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As the effects of COVID-19 keep progressing, SSKB is committed to going above and beyond to assist your community in navigating these difficult times. This article will be updated with COVID-19 updates that affect Committees and Owners.

Monday 7 September Update

Victoria

Following the announcement from the Premier yesterday afternoon, Victoria’s stage 4 restrictions have been extended. The current lockdown will be extended for two weeks beyond the original date of September 13, with some minor changes coming into effect from September 28.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said that the state government would consider bringing forward the current predicted dates for reopening if the daily case numbers significantly reduced. Under the current reopening plan, restrictions are currently set to ease significantly from October 23. This date will be brought forward if the 14-day average of case numbers falls below five. The 14-day average reported today was 95.5.

You can view the road map to reopening Victoria here.

COVID-19 restrictions roadmap Metro Melboune

COVID-19 restrictions roadmap regional

There will be some changes to the stage 4 restrictions as of September 13.

For Melbourne Metropolitan:

Step 1 – from September 13

  • Most restrictions will continue with a small number of restrictions being eased.
  • The changes will be:
    • Residents are required to stay within 5 kilometers of their homes and will still only be able to leave home for shopping, exercise, care-giving purposes and permitted work.
    • The curfew will be extended to 9:00pm rather than the current 8:00pm curfew.
    • Residents will be able to exercise for up to two hours per day from the current one hour.
    • People living alone and single parents with children under the age of 18 will be able to nominate one visitor to attend their homes.
    • Work, hospitality and retail restrictions will remain the same.

Step 2 – from September 28

  • If Melbourne reaches an average daily case rate of 30-50 over the previous 14 days, it will move to a second stage of restrictions.
  • The changes will be:
    • Outdoor public gatherings of up to five people from two households will be allowed
    • Childcare and early education will reopen
    • More workplaces will be permitted to reopen (TBC)
    • Construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade and warehousing and postal distribution centres will all move from being heavily restricted industries to restricted industries.
    • Outdoor pools would reopen and personal training for up to two people would be allowed, but gyms would remain closed.
    • Outdoor religious ceremonies will be allowed for up to five people and one religious leader.

Step 3 – from October 26

  • If the state records an average of fewer than five daily new cases and five mystery cases on average over a two-week period, Melbourne can move to this step 3 from October 26
  • There will be no curfew and no restrictions on residents to leave home
  • Five people from one household will be able to visit another household
  • Retail and hairdressing will reopen (beauty will remain closed)
  • Cafes, restaurants and bars will reopen for on-site dining (outdoors) with limits capped at 10.
  • Melburnians will be able to travel across the state.
  • People will still be encouraged to work from home if possible.
  • Up to 10 people at weddings and 20 people at funerals.
  • Real estate will be available for private inspections by appointment only and outdoor auctions will have numbering limits.
  • Indoor facilities such as gyms will reopen with strict restrictions.

For Regional Victoria:

From 11:59pm on September 13, all of regional Victoria will jump straight into a more relaxed version of stage 3 restrictions.

The changes will be:

  • Schools will start to return to onsite learning for all students in term 4.
  • Public gatherings of up to five people from up to two households will be allowed.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings of up to give people will be allowed.
  • Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor pools will be allowed to open.
  • Many restrictions will stay the same.

Regional Victoria will be allowed to move into the next phase when it meets two conditions:

  • a 14-day average of fewer than five new cases per day
  • zero cases with an unknown source over 14 days

The changes will be:

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Up to 10 people allowed to gather outdoors
  • Hospitality venues will be allowed to have up to 10 seated patrons (outdoors)
  • Interstate travel will be allowed against regional Victoria.
  • Real estate inspections will be allowed by appointment only.

Final state before ‘COVID normal’

  • Further restrictions will ease on November 23 if no new cases are recorded for a two-week period.
  • Public gatherings will expand to 50 people
  • Households will be able to have 20 visitors
  • Hospitality venues will have a group limit of 20 with a total cap of 50.
  • Real estate will operate as normal with safety measures in place.
  • Weddings and funerals will be able to have 50 people.

Cases
Victoria recorded 41 news cases overnight and sadly, a further nine Victorians have died, which takes the total number of deaths to 675.

What does this mean for Owner’s Corporations?
With the continuing increase of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, it is important that your Owners Corporation continues to practice good hygiene and continues to wear masks when leaving your home as per state regulations. Currently, the restrictions will still limit the use of common areas etc. Feel free to reach out to your SSKB Manager for any clarification or concerns specific to your building.

Your complex/building are urged to ensure all residents are extra cautious and continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.

Living in a high-density apartment block can seem daunting in the current environment. We encourage all of our clients to take a community approach and do the right thing, for the health and safety of all residents. Following all public health directives is vital.

  • Regularly wash/sanitise your hands;
  • Do not use common areas that are closed for safety (pools, gyms, BBQ areas);
  • Follow all directives on no visitors;
  • Follow any number limits on lifts.

SSKB are here to assist you during this time

It all may feel very overwhelming so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Owners Corporation Manager for any questions or concerns with your building.

If you require additional support there is a dedicated coronavirus mental wellbeing support service that you can/should reach out to if you need.

Victoria

https://www.vic.gov.au/restrictions-roadmap-regional-victoria

There will be some changes to the stage 4 restrictions as of September 13.

For Melbourne Metropolitan:

Step 1 – from September 13

  • Most restrictions will continue with a small number of restrictions being eased.
  • The changes will be:
  • Residents are required to stay within 5 kilometers of their homes and will still only be able to leave home for shopping, exercise, care-giving purposes and permitted work.
  • The curfew will be extended to 9:00pm rather than the current 8:00pm curfew.
  • Residents will be able to exercise for up to two hours per day from the current one hour.
  • People living alone and single parents with children under the age of 18 will be able to nominate one visitor to attend their homes.
  • Work, hospitality and retail restrictions will remain the same.

Step 2 – from September 28

  • Most restrictions will continue with a small number of restrictions being eased.
  • The changes will be:
  • Outdoor public gatherings of up to five people from two households will be allowed
  • The curfew will be extended to 9:00pm rather than the current 8:00pm curfew.
  • Residents will be able to exercise for up to two hours per day from the current one hour.
  • People living alone and single parents with children under the age of 18 will be able to nominate one visitor to attend their homes.
  • Work, hospitality and retail restrictions will remain the same.

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