Wodonga Council
COVID-19

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Your safety is our priority.


Wodonga Council wants to assure its community that it is business as usual at this time for many of its operations during the onset of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

The safety of our community and our staff are always our top priority. 

If you have cold or flu like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath or runny nose, even if these are mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.


Current situation and restrictions

The Victorian Government has announced lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria from 11.59 pm on Thursday, September 9.

A summary of the changes is outlined below. For a detailed overview of the restriction changes, see the Table of Restrictions.

Key points:

  • The five reasons to leave home will be removed in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton.
  • There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.
  • The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits.
  • Regional Victorians will return to the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but up to 25 per cent capacity of office workers may return, or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

There remains a significant risk of Delta cases seeding from NSW or metropolitan Melbourne. Therefore:

  • Restaurants and cafes can reopen for seated service with patron caps.
  • Retail, hairdressing, entertainment venues and community facilities will also open with density limits and patron caps
  •  Masks will continue to be required indoors and outdoors, including workplaces, unless an exception applies.
  • While restrictions remain in metropolitan Melbourne, businesses that are open in regional Victoria – such as restaurants or beauty services – must check the IDs of everyone they serve.
  • Funerals will be permitted for up to 20 people and weddings will be permitted for up to 10 people, plus those required to conduct the service. Stricter limits will be in place for weddings and funerals if people from Melbourne are in attendance.
  • Regional schools will reopen for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 students. Remote learning will remain for all other levels. Onsite supervision at schools is available for vulnerable children and children of essential workers in all year levels, including for students from metropolitan Melbourne.

Cross-border residents and permits

On September 19, 2021, the Chief Health Officer declared that 66 Local Government Areas in NSW, plus Jervis Bay, will move from an Extreme Risk Zone to a Red Zone under Victoria’s travel permit system.

This will help Victorians who have only been in these areas to come home, where they need to isolate for 14 days and get tested regularly. The areas changing are those which are not in lockdown and are listed at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/limited-restrictions

All LGAs on the NSW-Victorian border are becoming red zones – except for Albury, which is in lockdown. If you live in the cross-border community – and you haven’t left the cross-border area or you haven’t been in an Extreme Risk Zone any time in the previous 14 days – you can cross the border and enter Victoria without a permit for any reason.

People who have been in an Extreme Risk Zone – such as Albury – in the previous 14 days are still required to obtain a Cross-Border Community – Extreme Risk Zone permit and travel only for permitted reasons should they wish to enter or re-enter Victoria. Limited exemptions and exceptions, and other valid permits, apply.

Permitted reasons are still as follows:

  • Necessary goods and services, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test
  • Care and compassionate reasons
  • Work (whether paid or voluntary, including for charitable or religious purposes) or education (including childcare or early childhood services) or permitted education (including permitted childcare and early childhood services)
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccination 
  • Visiting an intimate partner
  • Moving house 
  • Driving someone who cannot drive themselves for one of the above reasons 
  • Travelling between places in Victoria where it is easier to travel through NSW 

For more info on Victoria’s travel permit system, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system. These pages will be updated regularly include the new areas in lockdown and the new travel zone designations.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Victorian Roadmap – Delivering the National Plan

The Victorian Government has announced Victoria’s new roadmap to deliver the National Plan.

The roadmap is based on expert modelling from the Burnet Institute and is set against COVID-19 thresholds including hospitalisation rates, and the vaccination targets already set out in the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response.

The COVID-19 thresholds detailed in the roadmap will be important measures to maintain as Victoria moves through the different stages in order to safeguard the health system.

For information on Victoria’s roadmap to deliver the National Plan:

Roadmap - Delivering the National Plan: How we work: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorias-roadmap-delivering-national-plan 

Indicative dates in the roadmap include:

  • September 26: 80 per cent of Victorians expected to have had at least one vaccination dose. This is Phase A of the National Plan.
  • October 26: 70 per cent of Victorians expected to have had both vaccination doses. This is Phase B of the National Plan and lockdown will end in Melbourne.
  • November 5: 80 per cent of Victorians expected to have had both vaccination doses. This is Phase C of the National Plan, and regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will come together under the same rules.
  • November 19: Once 80 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated, restrictions will align with Phase D of the National Plan.

For more information about how the roadmap applies in regional Victoria, see the summary of proposed restriction levels for regional Victoria https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/210919%20-%20Roadmap-Regional.pdf 

A one-page summary of the roadmap is also available: · Victoria's roadmap https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/210919%20-%20Roadmap_0.pdf 

Support packages
COVID-19 Disaster Payments

Eligible workers across the state who lose hours due to the lockdown will be eligible for support through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will businesses that do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs because they are not registered for GST.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment payments will be administered through Services Australia, with Victoria assuming responsibility to fund payments in areas that have not been declared a hotspot by the Commonwealth.

Business Costs Assistance Program

Around 18,000 businesses in regional Victoria will automatically receive payments of $5,600 ($2,800 per week) if they have previously received grants under the Business Costs Assistance Round Two or July Extension programs.

The payments will allow businesses to continue paying overheads and other costs while they are unable to operate.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per week will be made to more than 2,000 licensed hospitality premises in regional Victoria that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs.

Payment amounts will be tiered according to a premises’ capacity: $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons, $10,000 for 100-499 patrons, or $20,000 for a capacity of 500 patrons or more.

More information about businesses support is available at business.vic.gov.au.

Learn more about the council's rates payment information at wodonga.vic.gov.au/About-Council/Rates/Payments 

Support Resources
Isolation and quarantine - financial and other support
Financial support

Financial support for coronavirus (COVID-19): coronavirus.vic.gov.au/financial-and-other-support-coronavirus-covid-19

Mental health support

Support for specific groups in the community

Social and wellbeing support for youth

Other relevant links

Victorian Government website

Find all the information and advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and what they're doing to assist during COVID-19.

Visit the DHHS page.

Your health and wellbeing

Staying physically active and mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic is important. 

See the tips and who to contact if you're feeling unwell.

Coronavirus Health Line

The national health line is 1800 020 080. Victoria's dedicated Coronavirus hotline is 1800 675 398. 

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

Report a COVID-19 breach happening now on the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

Report a breach that has already occurred at https://onlinereporting.police.vic.gov.au

Kindness is catching


Showing a little kindness can go a long way.

Together with AlburyCity we've created the #KindnessIsCatching campaign asking all border residents to look out for your neighbours - particularly those who are most vulnerable - and show community spirit.

Get involved here