Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Restrictions Extended until 11.59pm Tuesday, 27 July

Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed that the current COVID-19 lockdown will be extended for a further seven days, until 11.59pm Tuesday, 27 July.

We know this is not the news anyone wanted to hear today.

It’s natural to feel stressed, frustrated, sad or overwhelmed in the face of a further seven days of lockdown.

Take care of yourself, and please, be kind - we’re all navigating these changes together.

Seek help for yourself or family members if you need it, and remember that children and young people feel these stresses too.

  • Lifeline | 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days) |
  • Beyond Blue | 1800 512 348 (24 hours/ 7days) |
  • Kids Helpline | 1800 551 800 |

View the Premier’s statement here:

Under the restrictions, there are five reasons to leave your home:

  • Shopping for necessary goods and services
  • Care and caregiving, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test
  • Exercise, for up to two hours and no more than 5kms from your home 
  • Authorised work and permitted study
  • To get a COVID-19 vaccination

Masks must be worn at all times (except while at home) unless exempted.

The following Council customer-facing facilities and services are closed for the duration of the lockdown:

  • Bright Sports Centre and pool
  • Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford Libraries (Click and Collect available)
  • All Council-owned and managed halls and community centres
  • Alpine (Bright), Myrtleford and Mount Beauty visitor information centres
  • Bright Council Office - Customer Service will still be on hand to assist via phone on 5755 0555 or email
  • Learn to Swim Program
  • L2P Program
  • Supported playgroups

Porepunkah, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty transfer stations will remain open and operate with their regular trading hours. Customers are required to wear a mask and check in to attend these sites, and do not attend if unwell.

Dinner Plain:

All operations of tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding activities at Dinner Plain, as well as the Dinner Plain to Mount Hotham shuttle service, have ceased for the duration of lockdown.

If you have purchased a Dinner Plain lift pass or lesson for the coming days, Mount Hotham Ski Company will contact you direct to arrange for refund or credit.

Red zone travel requirements:

For those that have returned from a red zone on a permit – you must follow the requirements of your permit.

That means going straight home to quarantine for 14 days and only leaving to get tested.

If you need help getting the food and supplies you need to quarantine at home – call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

View all restrictions here:

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Alpine Shire Council is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it continues to evolve.

We are working with the Victorian Department of Health (DH) and other organisations to support our communities and businesses through the impacts of the pandemic, and act promptly as things change.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and we know it is an uncertain and stressful time for many. 

Support is available. Contact the the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Services on 1800 512 348 or visit

We all play a role in working to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information contact:

  • The Australian Government's National Coronavirus Helpline | 1800 020 080.
  • Translating or interpreting services | 131 450.
  • Victoria's dedicated Coronavirus Hotline | 1800 675 398.

Need help accessing food or essential services while isolating? Our Food and Essential Services Access Guide can help.

Covid Check Requirements - Alpine Resorts

It is recommend that Metro Melbourne visitors to Alpine Resorts have a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne and receive a negative test (children under 12 years not included) before arriving in the Alpine region. 

There are no physical checkpoints or licence checking, but in the interests of keeping everyone safe, it is recommended these recommendations are adhered with.

We thank you for your efforts in keeping our communities safe.

Changes to Council Services

The following Council customer-facing facilities and services remain closed until lockdown has been eased:

  • Bright Sports Centre and pool
  • Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford Libraries (Click and Collect available)
  • All Council-owned and managed halls and community centres
  • Alpine (Bright), Myrtleford and Mount Beauty visitor information centres
  • Bright Council Office - Customer Service will still be on hand to assist via phone on 5755 0555 or email
  • Learn to Swim Program
  • L2P Program
  • Supported playgroups
  • All tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding activities at Dinner Plain
  • Dinner Plain to Mount Hotham shuttle service

COVID-19 Vaccinations

A number of health providers in the Alpine Shire are offering COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible residents.

Alpine Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Clinic times: 9.30am – 4.00pm

By appointment only

Pfizer and Astra Zeneca available

All appointments can be made by phoning 1800 675 398 or on the online portal


> Mondays – Bright Hospital Alpine Community Health Centre

> Tuesdays – Myrtleford Hospital Urgent Care

> Wednesdays – Mount Beauty Hospital Conference Room

COVID-19 Vaccinations are free.

For information on eligibility, go to

What to bring to your appointment

  • A valid form of identification (for example, driver licence, proof of age card or passport)
  • Medicare card (if you have one)
  • Confirmation email (if you have one)

Learn more:

Contact your local Medical Centre to check on their vaccination services.

Important information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

Alpine Shire Council is closely monitoring the situation and working with the Victorian Department of Health.

For up-to-date information, please refer to the Department of Health.

Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398

If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Videos about coronavirus and how to help prevent its spread

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available on the DH website including:

  • What is coronavirus?
  • How is coronavirus spread?
  • What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
  • What is close contact?
  • Who is most at risk of coronavirus?
  • What if I have travelled overseas?
  • Should I cancel my travel plans?
  • I am feeling unwell, what should I do?
  • Where are the coronavirus assessment centres?

Council assistance packages for residents and businesses


  • Residential ratepayers can enter into a payment arrangement or apply for financial hardship consideration regarding rates.  Each case will be assessed on individual circumstances with outcomes customised according to the need of each case.
  • Council will continue to maintain a vulnerable person’s register as described by the Department of Health and Human Services, Council’s Emergency Management Team will also work with partner agencies to assist the most vulnerable in our community.

Information on support for business is available on our Coronavirus Business Support page.

What is Alpine Shire Council doing in response to COVID-19?

Contact Customer Service via phone on 5755 0555 or email

Please check this page regularly to stay up-to-date about Council’s response to COVID-19 - this is a fast-moving, constantly changing situation

Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on an international scale. It is understandable during times like this that people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus.
While it is important to stay informed, and have some mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times. The Lifeline telephone, text and webchat services will continue as normal throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Lifeline - 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days)

Beyond Blue has launched a dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service - call or onlinePhone: 1800 512 348 (24 hours/ 7days)

Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800 or online

Albury Wodonga Health Mental Health Triage Service - 1300 104 211 | 24/7 Mental Health Triage Line

More resources:

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence, help is available.

Communicating with your child about COVID-19

Many parents and carers may be wondering how to talk with their child or children about COVID-19 and what information to share. Emerging Minds has a resource designed to help parents and caregivers to prepare for these conversations.

Support for specific segments of the community

People with a disability and their carers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities


Services for Parents

Crisis Support for Parents

  • Parent Helpline - 13 22 89 (8am to midnight 7 days a week)

Income and material support

Income support for individuals

JobSeeker Payment - A six-month supplement of $550 a fortnight for persons aged 22 to retirement age, who are unemployed or temporarily unable to work, and not in receipt of JobKeeper payment from an employer. Residence conditions and a means test apply.

Supplements for Centrelink Beneficiaries and other Income Support - New and existing JobSeeker and selected other Centrelink recipients will receive a six-month supplement of $550 a fortnight, with no asset test or waiting periods to access the payment. Eligibility for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance has been expanded to include permanent employees who have been stood down or lost their job, sole traders, self-employed, casuals or contract workers whose income has reduced, and those caring for someone affected by coronavirus.

Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief for People in Self-isolation

The Victorian Government can provide a two-week package of food and personal care items to people in mandatory self-isolation and in need. To find out more, phone 1800 675 398.

Red Cross Emergency Relief - The Red Cross can distribute one-off packages of food and essential items to eligible persons and families on temporary visas, funded by the Federal Government.

Help Paying for Electricity, Gas or Water

The Victorian Government Utility Relief Grant Scheme provides eligible Victorians with Pensioner, Health Care or Veterans Gold cards, and who are facing financial hardship or high rental costs, with up to $650 on each utility type across a two-year period or $1,300 for those with a single source of energy. Apply to electricity, gas or water retailers.

Alpine Communities Food Access Guide

Alpine Health has compiled an Alpine Communities Food Access Guide to support all community members to access local food.

Included are contact details of emergency food relief services in each Alpine township, as well as links to local food producers, food outlets, community gardens and food swaps. 

Advice and assistance for workers

Federal Government Economic Assistance

The Australian Government is acting decisively in the national interest to support households and businesses and address the significant economic consequences of coronavirus.

The Government’s economic response targets three areas:

Supporting Individuals and Households

This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.

  • Income support for individuals
  • Payments to support households
  • Temporary early release of superannuation
  • Temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown rates
  • Reducing social security deeming rates

Learn more about support for individuals and households

Support for Businesses

Hotline help for businesses dealing with COVID-19 impacts

A hotline is available for businesses dealing with the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

In addition to calling the Business Victoria hotline, business operators can also find information at

Council has a dedicated Coronavirus Business Support page, which is regularly updated with information, opportunities for support and important resources.

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