Posted on 5 August 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi
Victoria will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm tonight, Thursday 5 August.
From 8:00pm tonight, there are only five reasons to leave home: getting the food and the supplies you need, exercising for up to two hours, care or caregiving, authorised work or education if you can’t do it from home, or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.
Shopping and exercise must be done within 5km of your home or the nearest location.
Face masks will remain mandatory indoors (not at home) and outdoors unless an exception applies – this includes all workplaces and secondary schools.
Private gatherings are not permitted except for an intimate partner or nominated person visits. Public gatherings are not permitted. Exercise is limited to two people.
Childcare and Early Childhood Care will remain open. Schools will close, with primary and secondary school students returning to remote learning – except for vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers who can learn on site.
Where a parent or carer indicates that a student with a disability cannot learn from home due to vulnerability or family stress, the school must provide on-site learning for that student. This will apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.
For psychologists- during the lockdown Psychologists should use telehealth for non-emergency client sessions and to only see clients face-to-face for urgent care that is not clinically appropriate for telehealth. Masks are required for in person sessions unless a valid exemption applies. Psychologists should use a disposable, surgical face mask.
Further information will be available on the Victorian Government Website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au
We know how challenging lockdowns can be, please get in touch with AAPi if you need any help or support. We will get through this together.