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COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTRE

Tourism Geelong & The Bellarine will be updating this page regularly with information provided by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Department of HealthTourism Australia, Victorian Tourism Industry Council VTIC and other government announcements as we receive them.

WHAT WE’RE doing

As a team, we’re ensuring work progresses on all of our important projects. As circumstances change, we’re adjusting timelines and plans to ensure that we’re fully prepared for not only the current situation, but the future too.

We’re actively monitoring and advocating on behalf of the tourism industry for our region and will provide all the relevant support and advice right here. Or just give us a call.

Our Team

In line with the City of Greater Geelong directions, many of our team will be working remotely. Team Tourism is available should you have any questions or need additional help – these arrangements will remain in place until further advice.

info@tourismgeelongbellarine.com.au
03 5223 2588
Monday – Friday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine

Our Approach to Visitor Servicing 

Our Visitor Information Centres will be closed during the lockdown.

Visitors can reach our team from 9am – 5pm, 7 days per week via 1800 755 611 or vic@tourismgeelongbellarine.com.au

Regional RESTRICTIONS FROM 11.59PM Sunday 19 September

The State Government has announced the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire will be placed into a 7 day lockdown from 11.59pm, Sunday 19 September.

 

This will see us at the same level of restriction as Melbourne, but without a curfew.

That means non-essential businesses are closed, there is a 10km travel limit and there are only six reasons to leave home:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, medical care or to get a COVID test
  • authorised work or permitted education
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (within a reasonable distance and time)

You can also spend up to a total of four hours outside, in limited groups, once per day to:

  • exercise, and / or
  • have outdoor social interaction in limited groups.

For tourism and hospitality in Greater Geelong, the main things to be aware of are:

  • Hospitality: Back to take away only. Picnics are allowed now in small groups depending on the vaccine status of those attending, consider using that as a new take away opportunity.
  • Accommodation: Guests already on site can stay, and people with exceptional permitted circumstances can be accommodated but no new holiday arrivals can be taken.

Face coverings: Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home. Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 or require more guidance call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days 1800 675 398

For specific clarification on any of these requirements, the Business Victoria hotline is available on

13 22 15.

Please note, Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine will provide information directly to members through email as information comes to hand. This website may not be updated immediately and information could be delayed. If you would like to be a member and receive communications regarding the tourism industry click here.

You can follow the current up-to-date advice and information here. 

THE ROADMAP

Victorian Government Roadmap will outline how the state navigates the coming weeks and months.

Key points:

  • Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne will continue to operate with different restriction levels, and each zone has a separate roadmap to reflect these differences.
  • At 80% fully vaccinated (double dose), regional Victoria and Metro Melbourne come together under the same rules. At this point we can expect more significant reopening of the tourism industry in line with Melburnians being able to travel freely across the state.
  • This 80% milestone is also significant in terms of increased capacity limits and a wider range of activities being allowed. (Modelling indicates this should occur around 5 November 2021, subject to Public Health consideration of epidemiology at the time).

We know our sector has had an incredibly tough time to this point, but much of the challenge has come from the overwhelming sense of uncertainty. We are hopeful that this roadmap provides a level of confidence for businesses and the public that we’ll be taking steps forward for the rest of this year to a better way of living, operating and, importantly, travelling.

Download Victoria’s Roadmap – Delivering the National Plan here – The Roadmap at a glance.

Download the Summary of proposed restriction levels – Regional Victoria here – A detailed list of what restrictions will look like in each phase.

Read the statement from the premier here.

Government Support Available

Local

City of Greater Geelong council has released a financial hardship policy supporting their existing business support package. This policy gives businesses and residents who pay rates, rent, fees and/or charges to the City the ability to defer payments for a mutually agreed period and create payment plans to suit individual circumstances. Read more about all the policy updates here.

The Business Support Package includes a program of expert professional advice in human resources, financial management and digital marketing, as well as business mentoring for operators within the region via Geelong Business Support. If you need help navigating these options, the Geelong business concierge service is available to help on 5272 5272. This Taking Care of Business fact sheet outlines the support that is available and to who. 

Golden Plains Shire has announced a range of Business Support measures to help businesses within the region.
Find out more details, and apply for any relevant packages here.

State and Federal

The Victorian Government has further extended the Business Support Fund, with a range of support initiatives.

    • Business Costs Assistance Program Round 4
    • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund
    • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

    The Victorian Government will assess which sectors remain under severely impacted settings before making further announcements on arrangements for the two-week period from 17 September.

    Further information on these grants can be found here. 

      If your business has received these payments in the past, they will be paid automatically. Further information about these support programs is available at www.business.vic.gov.au

      Any businesses that do not qualify for these payments and have experienced at least 70% reduction in revenue are encouraged to apply for the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund.

      For staff, individual and sole traders 

      Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment will apply to workers and eligible sole traders in regional areas now subject to the same lockdown arrangements as Metropolitan Melbourne. This is set at $450 for anyone who loses between 8 hours (one day) and 20 hours of work, and $750 for 20 or more hours of work lost. 

      Individuals with certain Commonwealth income support are eligible for a $200 payment if they have lost 8 hours or more of work. 

      For employees, these payments are managed through www.servicesaustralia.gov.au 

      Micro businesses and sole traders who wish to apply for the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment can make an appointment with the Business Victoria Concierge Service on 13 22 15.

      Read the full Statement here.

      Announcements

      Relevant announcements and advice from Government and official bodies.

      Useful Links

      Official Announcements

      Important Information on Snap Lockdown and Victoria’s Roadmap

      Sunday 19 September 2021- Seven day lockdown to start 11.59pm tonight It’s been a big day and there’s a lot to unpack from the Premier’s press conference this afternoon. First and foremost, the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire have been placed into a 7 day...

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