Stay Home. Stay Safe.
In the midst of our second pandemic lockdown, we urge business and the community in the region to stay at home during Stage 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions to help protect you and your loved ones.
The restrictions, which have been in place since August 6, are aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus and minimising impacts on the community.
There is a real and growing threat in some regional communities; we only have to look at the rapid increase in infection rate in Colac to see how quickly the virus can spread.
Given the rise in cases across the G21 region, we were not surprised that the Premier has taken this course of action.
Under the restrictions, there are only four reasons that you can leave your home:
- to shop for food and essential goods or services
- to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
- to exercise outdoors
- for work or study, if you can’t do it from home.
Otherwise, you need to stay home.
Residents must also wear a mask or face covering when they leave home.
The Government has stated that the restrictions will remain in place until Sunday 13 September.
G21 strongly urges the community to abide by the Victorian Government directives to stay home as much as possible and to limit your movements.
The next six weeks will be very difficult for many business owners, employees and the community as businesses are closed or restricted and community facilities close their doors again.
There are State and Federal Government support payments for people who are out of work because of COVID19, or who need to self-isolate and don’t have access to sick leave.
Isolation and for some people loss of income can be challenging to mental health, making a person feel sad, anxious, lonely and depressed.
As a community, one of the most important things we can do is keep in touch with others - whether it be by phone, on video call, via social media or even through the mail. We also need to think of those without large networks.
It is also important that people who are struggling to cope are made aware of the range of services available to support them (below are details for Beyondblue, Lifeline and headspace).
We all in the middle of another very challenging period, but our community is resilient, and we will make it through by looking after ourselves and each other.
We all have a responsibility to follow the Stage 3 restrictions in order to reduce new case numbers and save lives.
For the most up-to-date public health information, visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19
Mental Health Support
Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
Beyond Blue 1800 512 348
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service.
Eheadspace 1800 650 893
Online and webchat support and counselling for 12-25 year olds, their family and friends.