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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, where possible. 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 s

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

CIRCUIT breaker action – effective 11:59pm, Thursday, 10 JUNE

The State Government has announced a further 7 day extension to the existing Circuit Breaker lockdown. However, restrictions vary between Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria. As expected, we will not be welcoming Melburnians into regional Victoria for the long weekend, as a 25km travel limit (outside of the 5 key reasons) is in effect.

Regional Victoria Restrictions

For Regional Victoria here’s what you need to know: (changes underlined)

Office Work:

  • If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home.
  • Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices capped at 50% or 20 people, whichever is greater.

Hospitality:

  • Open for seated service only with a maximum indoor cap of 75 people.
  • Including outdoors a total patron cap of 150 people.
  • Group sizes limits of 10.
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

    Accommodation:

    • Open.
    • Bookings permitted for single households plus two adults (plus their dependants).
    • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

    Tours and Transport:

    • Tour Transport: Open limit of 10 people per vehicle.
    • Indoor tourism: Open with a maximum of 10 people.
    • Outdoor tourism: Open with a maximum of 50 people, with limit of 20 people per group.
    • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
    • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

    Entertainment and Leisure:

    Indoor fixed seated entertainment:

    • Open up to 50% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 75 people per venue.
    • Group limit of 10 people.
    • Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-seated areas.
    • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

    Indoor non-seated entertainment venues:

    • Open to a maximum of 75 people per venue.
    • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
    • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

    Outdoor fixed seated entertainment:

    • Open up to 50% of seated capacity a maximum of 150 people per venue.
    • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
    • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

    Non-seated outdoor venues:

    • Group sizes to a maximum of 20 people.
    • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
    • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

      Amusement parks:

      • Open up to a maximum of50 people indoor.
      • Including outdoors a total patron cap of 100 people.
      • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
      • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

      Retail:

      • Open. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
      • ID checks and check ins are compulsory, all venues must be using the Service Victoria tracing app.

      Weddings:

      • Permitted with no more than 20 people.

      You can download a full Table of Restrictions here.

       

      Metro Melbourne Restrictions

      Metropolitan Melbourne moves to similar settings to those currently in place across regional Victoria, with no travel outside a 25km radius except for the 5 permitted reasons.

      If a regional Victorian needs to travel to Metro Melbourne they can only do so for the same 5 permitted reasons: Work or education; necessary goods and services; care and compassionate reasons; or to receive COVID-19 vaccination at the nearest vaccination centre to home.

       If you are eligible to get vaccinated, you should be making a plan to do so as soon as possible.

      It was announced that Victorians aged 40-49 years​ will now be able to access to the Pfizer vaccine. Those receiving the Pfizer vaccine must book an appointment by calling the 24/7 hotline 1800 675 398.

      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.

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

      Click here to read the full details, including definitions on essential providers and workers.

       

      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 has further extended the Business Support Fund, with a range of support initiatives aimed at the industries most impacted by the extended lockdown. Many of these programs are finalising details, and applications will be open soon.

      Payroll tax relief extended:
      An extension of the payroll tax relief for the remainder of the 2020/21 financial year for businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million.
      In addition, a further $137 million worth of tax relief packages will include waiving and deferring charges like liquor licensing fees, the congestion levy and increases to the landfill levy. 
       
      Grants available to businesses with payrolls up to $10 million. Allocations will be based on the following:
      • companies with a payroll of less than $650,000 will be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant;
      • companies with a payroll between $650,000 and $3 million, a grant of $15,000 will be made available; and
      • companies with a payroll between $3 million and $10 million will be eligible for a grant of $20,000.

      Licensed venues in the hospitality sector:

      The $251 million Licensed Venue Fund will deliver grants of between $10,000 and $30,000. Levels of funding in Regional Victoria will be allocated as follows

      • venues with licenses allowing 1-20 patrons will be eligible for grants of $10,000;
      • venues with patron caps of between 21 and 100 are eligible for $15,000
      • venues with patron caps of greater than 100 have access to grants of $25,000.

      Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package: 

      A $290 million package was released today that will focus on outdoor dining and entertainment, including specific support for sole traders in the tourism industry.
      The $87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package includes direct business support as well as opportunities for local government to access funds that will help them facilitate hospitality in outdoor environments.

      More detail will be available soon on the Business Victoria website (and we’ll let our members know as soon as it is announced).

      Looking for forms or application requirements? The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has compiled a range of official 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 has now officially ended.

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