COVID-19 updates, latest news and information


From 11:59pm Friday 17 September, the following restrictions will be in place across Metropolitan Melbourne, including the Mornington Peninsula.

Curfew from 9pm to 5am - a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons.

Stay at home unless:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons
  • authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate
  • socialize or exercise (up to four hours, with one other person plus dependants if they cannot be left unattended. The other person can be from another household).
    Up to five people may gather from two households may socialize or exercise if everyone over age of 18 have had two vaccination doses.
  • receive a COVID-19 vaccination
  • other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply) 

If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person alone then they can accompany you. If your closest supermarket is further than 10km, you can still shop there.

For detailed information on restrictions, download: Table of Restrictions(PDF, 94KB) 

Face coverings:

  • must be carried at all times
  • must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies
  • recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies
  • exception for food and drink limited so that face coverings can only be removed to eat and to drink non-alcoholic beverages   

Regularly check the exposure sites listing

Please check the listing and 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). The listing is being regularly updated. Listing of Exposure sites.

COVID-19 testing on the Peninsula

There are a range of testing locations. Find local mobile testing locations on the Peninsula Health website.

Read: COVID-19 newsletter 17 September 2021

Changes to Shire services

Continuing as normal:

  • Rubbish, recycling and green waste bins collection
  • Maternal and child health and immunisation appointments
  • Meals on Wheels (delivered to the home only)
  • Personal care
  • Kindergartens 
  • Animal shelter (appointments preferred). 

Closed to the public:

  • Resource Recovery Centres (open to commercial use only - card payments only and permits must be shown)
  • Hoppers
  • Mount Martha Public Golf Course
  • Community Halls and Houses
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
  • Visitors Centre at the Briars
  • Recreation centres and pools
  • Boat ramps

Open for people who live within 5km:

  • The Briars, including the Wildlife Sanctuary 
  • Beaches 
  • Playgrounds
  • Skateparks
  • Sporting fields (for personal exercise only).

Modified services:

COVID-19 Vaccinations

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

COVID-19 vaccinations are run by State and Federal Governments and may also be provided by your GP.

Peninsula Health is providing the COVID-19 vaccines at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals by appointment. For more information, visit the Peninsula Health website.

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

Who should get tested?

Anyone with symptoms, or those that have visited any of the exposure sites during the dates and times indicated should get tested as soon as possible.

Symptoms can include: fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

While you are waiting for your test results, you must isolate and stay at home. The Department of Health and Human Services is providing a one-off $1500 payment designed to financially support Victorian workers who are self-isolating or quarantining at home because they are waiting for test results, have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.
Learn more about the worker support payment

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

Learn more about Coronavirus testing.

Testing sites on the Peninsula

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

  • Peninsula Health - Frankston Hospital: Yuille Street - Drive through & Walk in – 8:30am - 6pm
  • Peninsula Health - Rosebud Hospital: 9am – 4pm

Latest updates and information on mobile testing locations on the Peninsula Health website.

Other testing facilities:


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