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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 making good use of technology to ensure work progresses on some of the important projects we’re planning. As the situation unfolds we’ll do what we can to provide support and information to our members.

Our Team

In line with the City of Greater Geelong, many of our team will be working remotely. Team Tourism is working and available should you have any questions or need additional support – 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

We’ve transitioned all visitor information services across the region to phone and email services. Each site has clear instructions for how travellers can reach our team. The service will continue to be provided from 9am – 5pm, 7 days per week via 1800 755 611 or vic@tourismgeelongbellarine.com.au

REGIONs at stage 3, AS melbourne moves to stage 4 (with a curfew)

As of Sunday night (August 2nd), the State Government has announced that Victoria is now in a state of disaster. This means significantly increased measures to restrict and penalise people for not obeying the directions of the Chief Health Officer as outlined below.

 

It is compulsory for anyone over the age of 12 to wear a face covering whenever you leave the house. 

All of Regional Victoria is now under Stage 3 restrictions, meaning the original Stay at Home rules apply as of midnight 5th August.

Restrictions for Regional Victoria – Updated 5th August

Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions are now in place for all regional areas, meaning you must not leave your home unless for:

  • Necessary Goods and Services  to shop for food and essential goods and services.
  • Care and Healthcare – to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment.
  • Exercise – to exercise or for outdoor recreation with your household or one other person.
  • Work – for work or study, if you can’t do it from home.

You are no longer allowed visitors in your home, or to visit the homes of others.

Remember to always maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from those you don’t live with.

More info on Stage 3 Restrictions here.

 

Restrictions for Melbourne Metro – Updated 5th August

Metropolitan Melbourne is now under Stage 4 restrictions, meaning a curfew has been imposed between 8pm-5am and residents may only leave their house for one of four reasons: 

  • Care and Healthcare – residents may leave to give or receive healthcare, or in some cases to accompany the person needing care. 
  • Work – if you can work from home, you must do so. 
  • Necessary Goods and Services – residents may only leave their house for shopping once per day, with only one resident allowed to leave at a time and all shopping must be conducted within a 5km radius. 
  • Exercise – again, only once per day for a maximum of an hour and within a 5km radius.

More info on Stage 4 Restrictions 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

The Victorian Government’s $500 million Business Support Fund is assisting small to medium businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Register your interest.

Looking for forms or application requirements? The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has compiled a range of offical paperwork for download – relating to Jobkeeper, redundancy, working from home and updated awards. They’re also waiving fees for new members (some major savings)!

FEDERAL

The Australian Government has announced an Economic Response to the coronavirus. Information on financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support can be found on business.gov.au or via the hotline on 13 22 15.

There is also financial support for businesses from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and can be found here. 

The JobKeeper program is now live, applications can be made via the ATO website – you’ll need to make sure you have your business linked to your MyGovID account, and submit the forms for each employee you intend to claim the subsidy for. Get started here.

official announcements

Your one stop shop for all the latest announcements and advice from Government and official bodies.

Latest Update Visit Victoria

Thursday, August 6. The Victorian Government has announced significant changes to the way we live and work in Victoria to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Stage 4 restrictions are now in place across metropolitan Melbourne and from 11:59pm this evening, 5...

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Latest Update from Victorian Tourism Industry Council

Monday, 03 August Yesterday afternoon, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that from 6pm on Sunday 2 August, a State of Disaster was being declared in Victoria. With that, Metro Melbourne was escalated to Stage 4 Restrictions until Sunday 13 September, with a curfew in...

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Latest Update From the State Government -Regional Victoria

Statement From The Premier - Sunday, 2 August From the outset of this second surge, our aim has been to protect regional communities. By putting a ring around the city, we want to protect the entirety of our state. For the most part, it’s worked. But as we know, this...

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Official Announcements

Latest Update Visit Victoria

Thursday, August 6. The Victorian Government has announced significant changes to the way we live and work in Victoria to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Stage 4 restrictions are now in place across metropolitan Melbourne and from 11:59pm this evening, 5...

Latest Update from Victorian Tourism Industry Council

Monday, 03 August Yesterday afternoon, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that from 6pm on Sunday 2 August, a State of Disaster was being declared in Victoria. With that, Metro Melbourne was escalated to Stage 4 Restrictions until Sunday 13 September, with a curfew in...

Latest Update From the State Government – Business Restrictions

Statement From The Premier - Monday, 3 August Guide for business – stage 4 restrictions Statement from the Premier on restrictions for business Yesterday, we asked Victorians to make some big sacrifices. Big, real and meaningful sacrifices. Today, sadly, we need to...

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