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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 remain open while melbourne and mitchell return to stage 3 restrictions

In response to a significant increase in cases, the State Government has announced that as of midnight Wednesday 8th July, metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be returning to Stage 3 restrictions – meaning the Stay at Home orders will remain in place for six weeks. While the rest of Victoria remains under relaxed restrictions, this announcement has a major impact on regional operators with such a significant percentage of the visitor market now unable to travel for recreation.

This is a significant reminder to continue following health guidelines and government advice, including the official directive that regional businesses must now check identification as part of records requirement and refuse service to those who reside in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire LGA. There will also be an increased police presence ensuring that these travel restrictions and other directives are enforced.

We will update advice as further detail is provided, and anticipate a return to a ‘supporting local business’ messaging (with potential for regional restrictions to ease further) as well as a potential focus on inter-regional travel. 

Download the full Summary of Restrictions HERE.

Updated 9th July – No change to restrictions in regional Victoria (except Mitchell Shire), meaning: 

  • Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
  • The number of visitors to a home will reduce to 5 visitors.
  • Patron limits in restaurants, cafes and pubs will remain, with up to 20 seated patrons per space (indoor or outdoor). A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
  • Bars and clubs can have up to 20 seated patrons per space. A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
  • Seated service of alcohol without food will be allowed.
  • Retail TABs will be able to reopen in line with rules on retail businesses while TAB facilities inside licensed premises will need to observe density and patron limits that apply to those venues.
  • Patron limits in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and outdoor arcades will remain, with up to 20 patrons per indoor space.
  • Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open with up to 20 seated patrons per space.
  • Remember to always maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from those you don’t live with.

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 from TGGB Executive – Brett Ince

Changed Restrictions for Melbourne Wednesday, 8 July Like you, I was disappointed with the news yesterday that metropolitan Melbourne will return to stage 3 lockdown conditions for the next six weeks. Whilst restrictions inside our region haven't changed, this measure...

read more

Latest Update From the State Government

Statement From The Premier - Tuesday 07 July 2020 Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July. 2020 has not been the year any...

read more

Latest Update Visit Victoria

Friday, 3 July The Victorian Government has announced a new $5 million fund to support regional accommodation businesses affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions for some Victorian postcodes.   A number of regional accommodation businesses may be affected...

read more

Lifeline For Victoria’s Famous Live Music Venues

July 4th The Victorian Government is supporting our world-famous live music venues to respond to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic with a new program providing grants to help pay wages and basic business expenses. Minister for Creative Industries...

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Useful Links

Upcoming Training

Tue 14

Introduction To ATDW – Setting Up Your Listing

14 July @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tue 14

Five Steps To Reboot Your Digital Marketing

14 July @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wed 15

Get The Most Out Of Your ATDW Listing

15 July @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thu 16
Thu 16

Official Announcements

Latest Update from TGGB Executive – Brett Ince

Changed Restrictions for Melbourne Wednesday, 8 July Like you, I was disappointed with the news yesterday that metropolitan Melbourne will return to stage 3 lockdown conditions for the next six weeks. Whilst restrictions inside our region haven't changed, this measure...

Latest Update From the State Government

Statement From The Premier - Tuesday 07 July 2020 Based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July. 2020 has not been the year any...

Latest Update Visit Victoria

Friday, 3 July The Victorian Government has announced a new $5 million fund to support regional accommodation businesses affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions for some Victorian postcodes.   A number of regional accommodation businesses may be affected...

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