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From 11:59pm Thursday 10 June, updated restrictions will be in place. See the Victorian Government’s statement.

U3A Bendigo Will Open Activities Tuesday 15 June 2021

Last Update 11 June 2021
Cleaningsignagerecord keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with on-site operations. All businesses are encouraged to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service and to ensure that customers check in. It is mandatory for some sectors to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service – a full list can be found here. Your business must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan. Businesses that fail to do the right thing face significant fines. 

Victoria’s Restriction Levels

The State of Emergency has been extended until 11:59pm on 1 July 2021 to allow the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s directions to remain in force.

Full Table of Restrictions

Community facilities:

  • Open
  • Face masks mandatory indoors and outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Community facilities including libraries can open with 150 per venue (indoors and outdoors) including up to 75 indoors, and a maximum group size of 10.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 people outdoors

COVID-19 Chief Health Officer Update

Updated 10 June and Issued by: Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer.

  • For regional Victoria, the travel restrictions and five reasons to leave home have been lifted.
  • All year levels and all students return to face-to-face schooling.
  • Face coverings:
    • must be carried at all times
    • must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies
    • must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Public outdoor gatherings will be limited to 20 people.
  • Visitors to the home are allowed – limited to two people and their dependants – once per day.
  • There’ll also be increases to the capacity limits at places like restaurants, entertainment venues, community facilities and religious gatherings. Indoor sport, including gyms, will also be able to reopen with careful limits on the number of people permitted at any point in time.
  • More information about the new restriction arrangements can be found at COVIDSafe Settings.

In metropolitan Melbourne, face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless in a private home or unless an exception applies. From more details, please read the statement from the Acting Premier.

How we Live – Regional Victoria

Positive COVID-19 fragment wastewater detection in Bendigo suburbs

There has been a detection of viral fragments of COVID-19 in a wastewater sample taken from the sewer sub-catchment serving suburbs north-west of Bendigo. This new detection is of interest as there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in that area.
The unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 and is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed’ the virus or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.

Residents of and recent visitors between 3 and 7 June to the suburbs of California Gully, Eaglehawk, Epsom, Huntly, Jackass Flat, Maiden Gully, Marong, North Bendigo and Sailors Gully are urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any symptoms develop.

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system and a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found. The Department of Health has increased wastewater testing in the area and will continue to monitor the situation closely. More detailed information is available at Wastewater testing.

City of Greater Bendigo – Restrictions from 11:59pm June 10

Wearing masks indoors is mandatory, so anyone visiting a City facility must wear one.
It will also be mandatory for customers to check into facilities via QR code, or registering their details with the organisation. IDs will be checked.
Customer Service Centres in Bendigo and Heathcote will re-open on Tuesday June 15 following the long weekend. 

Bendigo Art Gallery, The Capital and Ulumbarra theatres and The Engine Room, and indoor swimming pools and gyms at Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre and Peter Krenz Centre will all remain closed until Thursday June 10, when it is expected the Victorian Government will make further announcements regarding restrictions.
Bendigo East Swimming Pool will re-open Friday June 4, but with restrictions. Anyone wanting to swim is encouraged to check the pool’s Facebook page for further details.

Travel Permit Zones

All of Victoria must comply with circuit breaker lock down restrictions when required to do so.
The place of residence you are currently in must remain your place of residence for the duration of any circuit breaker restrictions. Travel in Victoria is limited to 10km from your primary residence. A holiday isn’t a reason to leave home. 

U3A Bendigo Suspends Activities until Further Notice

Important information
Cleaningsignagerecord keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements continue to apply for all venues and facilities with on-site operations. All businesses are encouraged to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service and to ensure that customers check in. It is mandatory for some sectors to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service – a full list can be found here. Your business must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan. Businesses that fail to do the right thing face significant fines. 
Vaccinations
From Friday May 28, all Victorians over the age of 40 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Victorians aged 40-49 years will be able to access the Pfizer vaccine at state-run vaccination sites. People aged 40-49 years receiving the Pfizer vaccine must book an appointment by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. This is essential as not all vaccination centres will have the Pfizer vaccine available. Victorians aged 50 years and over will continue to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, either through a state-run vaccination centre or a participating GP clinic. Find your nearest site.
Stay up to date
Stay up to date with the latest exposure sites. Anyone with symptoms should get tested immediately. The list of testing sites includes wait times. For more information go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

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