COVID-19 updates, latest news and information

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From 11:59pm on Thursday 18 November, nearly all remaining restrictions will be lifted statewide for fully vaccinated people.

For information on Victorian restrictions, download the Statewide settings(PDF, 98KB) .

Face mask requirements have been relaxed. There is no requirement to wear face masks in some indoor and most outdoor settings. However, some settings still require a face mask. Face masks are strongly recommended where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Find out more on when to wear a face mask.

Regularly check the exposure site listing. If you have visited any of the exposure sites during the dates and times indicated, you must follow the health advice listed about getting tested and quarantining. Anyone who is concerned can call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 hours). Listing of exposure sites

Read our COVID-19 bulletin - 29 October 2021.

Changes to Shire services

Operating as normal
  • Customer Service centres (excluding Somerville)
  • Libraries
  • Youth centres
  • Resource Recovery Centres and hoppers
  • Maternal and child health and immunisation appointments
  • Meals on Wheels (delivered to the home only)
  • Personal care
  • Domestic assistance and home maintenance   
  • Animal shelter (appointments preferred)
  • Playgrounds and skateparks
  • Mount Martha Public Golf Course
  • The Briars, including the Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sporting fields (community sport training returns for minimum required to hold training)
  • Crib Point outdoor pool (weekends only)
  • Shire Nursey
  • Yawa Aquatic Centre and Pelican Park
  • Visitors Centre at the Briars
  • Civic Reserve and Somerville Recreation Centres
  • Mount Martha Community House
  • Mornington Community House
  • Community Halls
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Vaccination status requirements in relation to accessing our services 

Mornington Peninsula Shire is following directions issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer

Must be vaccinated
You must be vaccinated to visit one of our customer service centres or access ‘open premises’, which includes community premises such as libraries, community centres, youth centres and community halls, unless you are an  excepted person (which means you hold an acceptable certification that you are unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of a COVID-19 vaccine).

Can be unvaccinated
Unvaccinated people can access services that are deemed ‘essential’, which for Councils includes: immunisation services, maternal child health services, a food bank or a service for homeless persons.

Only the minimum number of people required to facilitate the service are allowed to access the relevant space, and the density quotient of 1 person per 4 sq m applies for that space.

COVID-19 vaccinations on the Peninsula

You can help stop the pandemic by getting a COVID- 19 vaccine when it is available to you.

How to get vaccinated

  • Call your GP to check if they are offering vaccinations or speak to your pharmacist
  • Call the vaccine hotline 1800 675 398 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine to book your vaccination

Local vaccination hubs

Vaccinations are also available at vaccination centres and at some GP clinics.
Visit the DHHS Vaccination Centres page or the Commonwealth GP-led Vaccination Clinics page.

More information:

Why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
Getting Vaccinated
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker
Translated information about COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 testing on the Peninsula

Local testing clinics

If you have any symptoms, however mild, you should get tested. Symptoms can include: fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

For further advice call the 24-hour Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your general practitioner or use the State Government's online self-assessment tool

Testing is free if done through a public health facility or GP offering bulk billing. 

Learn more about Coronavirus testing

Preparing for home quarantine 

If someone in your house is sick with COVID-19, everyone in the house must stay home for at least 14 days. Preparing your household can reduce stress if you have to quarantine at home.

Find out how to best prepare your household and what help and support are available to you should you need to isolate at home.

For further advice call the 24-hour Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398

COVID-19 and your physical health

 

COVID-19 and your mental health

It's important to maintain good mental health.

Look after yourself and your loved ones who are struggling. 

The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service has been developed by Beyond Blue to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic, including fear about the virus, financial stress, family stress, anxiety and loneliness.

The service offers easy access to a broad range of practical supports from online wellbeing tips, self-help tools to phone counselling from trained mental health professionals and peer to peer support.

If you need to talk to someone about how you are doing, you can call Beyond Blue to speak to a trained counsellor on 1800 512 348.

Headspace has also put out a mental health guide for young people.

Further information and resources:

Further information and resources