COVID restrictions easing
Nearly all remaining restrictions have been lifted statewide for fully vaccinated people.
Changes to restrictions include:
- For fully vaccinated Victorians there will be no limits in the home and no caps or density limits for cafés and restaurants
- The vaccinated economy will remain, as will masks in some high risk settings
- Non-essential retail settings are only open to Victorians who are fully vaccinated, under 12 years and two months, or have a valid exemption
- Self-quarantine obligations have been reduced for COVID-19 cases and fully-vaccinated contacts
- Businesses will be required to self-manage their exposure in line with public health guidance - COVIDSafe practices are strongly encouraged and a COVIDSafe plan is still required
- Exposure sites will no longer be published - the Department will use the new alert function in the Service Victoria app to notify patrons of higher-risk venues where positive cases have been present and advise them to get tested
- In addition to isolation changes for contacts, people who have COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days, instead of 14 days
All visitors to Council’s Visitor Information Centres will need to show evidence that they are fully vaccinated.
Masks are still be required for:
- Patrons attending all Council facilities and services until further guidance is provided
- Primary school staff and visitors and for students in Years 3 to 6
- Workers serving the public at hospitality venues
- Workers and customers at indoor retail
- Visitors and select workers in hospitals or care facilities
- People using public transport, taxi/rideshare and planes
- High-risk work settings such as corrections and meat, poultry and seafood processing
There are still be mask requirements, density limits and caps in place for weddings, funerals, places of worship and other settings if the vaccination status of attendees is not being checked.
A new online portal offering clear and simple ‘checklist’ advice for cases, contacts, workplaces and schools will be published at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist, which will also include advice on how to have the conversation with your family and friends.
COVIDSafe settings will also be published at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings.services
Getting vaccinated is more important than ever.
Book a vaccination here: https://www.alpinehealth.org.au/covid-19/vaccination-clinics
View restriction changes here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-restrictions-lift-regional-victoria-0
Learn more: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/
COVID-19 Testing Locations
Changes to Council Services
The following Council customer-facing facilities and services are open to patrons who are double vaccinated:
- Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford Libraries
- Alpine (Bright), Myrtleford and Mount Beauty visitor information centres
- Council-owned and managed halls and community centres
- Bright Sports Centre gym and pool
- Mount Beauty Sports Centre
Bright Council Office and Transfer Stations in Myrtleford, Mount Beauty and Porepunkah will continue to operate for all patrons as normal.
Visitors to all Council facilities will be required to check in via a QR code.
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 https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/
> 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 https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker
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)
Contact your local Medical Centre to check on their vaccination services.
2021 Fire Preparedness Travel Permit for Victorian residents
From Monday 11 October 2021, under an exemption to the current Chief Health Officer (CHO) directions, some Victorians will be allowed to travel to the Alpine Shire to undertake fire preparedness works if their property is subject to a Bushfire Management Overlay.
Do not apply for a travel permit if you can engage a local contractor or business. Property owners are strongly encouraged to use local contractors and businesses to prepare your property and to avoid travelling, as per the government guidelines.
Please allow up to five business days for your application to be processed.
> As a resident of metropolitan Melbourne, you are required to comply with Melbourne restrictions while in regional Victoria. This means you will not be able to visit local businesses to purchase supplies, you should travel with the tools and equipment needed.
> The letter is valid for 72 hours (this includes your travel time) for the purpose of preparing your property for fire and is single use only.
> Hospitality businesses, accommodation, beauty and personal services and tourism operators in regional Victoria are required to refuse seated service or bookings for residents from metropolitan Melbourne.
I have submitted my application - what's next?
If your application is accepted, you will be provided with a letter of support via email, allowing you to travel to the property stated for the sole reason indicated in the form.
Please note: Council reserves the right to exercise discretion whether fire prevention work is required to be undertaken at the property. The information provided will be shared with Victoria Police and other agencies as required under the current restrictions.
If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service (03) 5755 0555
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.
- Reducing the risk of infection
- About the coronavirus infection
- Reducing the risk of infection
- Restrictions on movement outside of the home to slow the spread of coronavirus
Videos about coronavirus and how to help prevent its spread
- How Victorians can work together to respond to coronavirus
- Videos presented by SBS on behalf of the Federal Government
- Videos about coronavirus in other languages
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?
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, lifeline.org.au and beyondblue.org.au 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)
- Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
- Chat online: www.lifeline.org.au/crisis-chat (7pm - midnight, 7 nights)
- Chat online: www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support (3pm - 12am, 7 days)
- Email: online.beyondblue.org.au/email/#/send
- Get a response in 24 hours
Albury Wodonga Health Mental Health Triage Service - 1300 104 211 | 24/7 Mental Health Triage Line
- Mental Health First Aid has a range of valuable resources.
- Advice from Dementia Australia for people caring for someone with dementia at home.
- Advice and resources for supporting mental health
- Tips from the Red Cross to help individuals and families maintain wellbeing and manage isolation
- ‘Taking care of yourself in isolation’ - a simple series of practical tips
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence, help is available.
- Centre Against Violence - 1800 015 188 or online
- Safe Steps - 1800 015 188 or online
- Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence - 1800 755 988 or online
- Victoria Police - 000
- Centre Against Sexual Assault - 1800 806 292 (24 hours)
- Child Protection Crisis Line - 1300 655 795 (Mon - Fri. 9am to 5pm) or 131 278 (after hours)
- 1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732 or online
- Men’s Referral Service - 1300 766 491 or online
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
- Medical advice, further support, and tips for keeping healthy for carers
- Carers Advisory Line on 1800 514 845 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm) or online
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
- Physical distancing, access to food and essential supplies, and other advice, emphasising cultural respect
- Play, Health and Learning at Home - About play, learning, safety and health, for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children, as well as services for parents.
- Fun activities for parents and children at home
Services for Parents
- Victorian Government services for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children.
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 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
- Leave, standing down employees, workers’ rights - Information from the Fair Work Ombudsman about employment rights and entitlements, paid and unpaid leave, standing down employees, finding work and flexible work arrangements.
- Information for Workers who are Migrants or Visa Holders
- JobSeeker Payments - See details under heading ‘Income and material support’ above
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:
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
Support for Businesses
Business Concierge Service
As we all navigate the newest changes to COVID-19 restrictions, help is on hand for our local businesses.
We know the Government’s increased identification checking and QR code record keeping requirements will place a strain on local businesses and staff.
We know it can be confusing to understand exactly what you, as a business operator, need to do.
That’s where Council’s Business Concierge can help.
Our Business Concierge is here to support businesses to implement COVIDSafe practices, ensure their customers check-in correctly and understand the importance of the check-in processes for contact tracing in case of outbreaks.
If you’re a small business operator who needs help to review your COVIDSafe plan, or advice on the checking in of patrons, please contact Council on 5755 0555 to be referred to our Business Concierge.
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 business.vic.gov.au.
Council has a dedicated Coronavirus Business Support page, which is regularly updated with information, opportunities for support and important resources.
Information in other languages
- From the State Government - Written information about coronavirus in over 40 community languages, including: Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Hazaragi, Khmer, Pasto, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
- From the Commonwealth Government - Further translated information about coronavirus.
- From the SBS - Translations and videos from SBS.
- From Health Translations - Translated information about Coronavirus provided by ‘Health Translations’ in various languages.