Coronavirus community information
The Victorian Government has extended the state's sixth COVID lockdown.
The current lockdown will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians have had at least one dose of vaccine. This is estimated to be around 23 September. A curfew will also be imposed from 9pm to 5am and permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work, consistent with the arrangements that were in place last year.
- There are five reasons to leave home – to shop for supplies; provide care; essential work or education; two hours of exercise; and to get vaccinated
- Remain within a 5km radius of your home
- Masks are mandatory indoors (except in the home) and outdoors (unless an exemption applies)
- Private and public gatherings are not permitted
In line with state government advice, there will be restrictions on Council services to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of the Hobsons Bay community and Council staff.
The Department of Health has set up a drive through testing site in the Bayfit carpark on Mason Street, Altona North. There will be separate entry and exit points and the site has capacity for up to 100 vehicles. Children under the age of five cannot be tested at the drive through site. The testing site will be open for the next seven days from 8am to 8pm daily. Bookings are not required but you can pre-fill a testing form via https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill
Testing is also available at:
- Altona North Medical Clinic, Circle Health (all ages, appointment required)
6/230 Blackshaws Road, Altona North
Phone: (03) 9393 3900
- 4Cyte Pathology - Altona North - walk through (all ages)
263 Millers Road, Altona North
Phone: 13 42 98
- Your local GP (call before you visit, they may perform the test or refer you to another provider)
- Drive through
Gate 3, Langs Road, Ascot Vale
There are many ways to access COVID-19 vaccinations including through GPs, medical and respiratory clinics and some pharmacists in Hobsons Bay, as well as through vaccinations hubs across Melbourne.
- A vaccine surge clinic has been set up inside the Altona Badminton Centre in Mason Street, Altona North. The clinic ran a pilot session on Saturday 4 September and further dates are released as doses and staff become available. The clinic is staffed by local doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Keep an eye on Council's Facebook page for vaccine dates as they are released. To book, visit https://healthengine.com.au/book/86832
- A pop-up vaccination hub has been launched at the Australian Islamic Centre in Blenheim Street, Newport. The AIC and Western Health has partnered to administer COVID-19 vaccines at the mosque from Tuesday 7 September. Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines will be available and Arabic-speaking doctors and translators will be onsite. Bookings can be made through calendly.com/aicbooking
A map of other nearby clinics and pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines can be viewed below.
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For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination program, including eligibility, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine
If you need help to isolate, there is support at hand. The Hobsons Bay Community has Heart Virtual Hub has details of several self-help welfare and support services in the community that are available to provide immediate assistance, including food relief, crisis intervention support, emergency supplies, clothing, financial counselling, mental health and family violence assistance. Visit the Hobsons Bay Community has Heart Virtual Hub for details.
For exposure site updates, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites
Department of Health & Human Services Easy English coronavirus resource
Easy English guide - Coronavirus Support for social connections(PDF, 3MB)
COVID-19 Victorian data