Coronavirus community information

Coronavirus

Following state government directives, we have returned to a COVID circuit breaker lockdown from 11.59pm 27 May until 11.59pm 10 June. This means face masks are now mandatory both indoors and outdoors. Council buildings and facilities will be closed, except where required to provide one of the essential services as listed below.

There will be five reasons to leave home:

1. Food and supplies

2. Authorised work

3. Care and caregiving

4. Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person

5. Getting vaccinated

Exercise and shopping will be limited to 10 kilometres from home. Shopping is limited to one person per day, per household.

Private and public gatherings will not be permitted, although visiting your intimate partner is OK. Single person bubbles will be allowed.

Childcare and kinder will remain open, but schools will need to close other than for the children of authorised workers and vulnerable kids and students in Years 11 and 12.

Shops like supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies will remain open. Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer take-away only. Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues will all close. Non-essential retail may only open for click and collect.

Hotels and accommodation can only stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made – unless it’s for one a permitted purpose, like authorised work. 

Face masks

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless an exemption applies. For more information, please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks

Testing sites

To find a testing site visit: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested. For exposure site updates, please visit: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks-covid-19

In line with state government advice, there will be restrictions on services to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of the Hobsons Bay community and Council staff. Please read the information below. 

Customer Service

Council’s Customer Service front counter will be closed. The community can contact customer service by phone on 1300 179 944 or by emailing customerservice@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au. A live chat function is also available through Council’s website.

Hobsons Bay Libraries

All five Hobsons Bay Libraries branches will be closed.

Return chutes will be closed. All items currently on loan have been automatically renewed until at least Wednesday 9 June.
 
There will be changes to upcoming library events. Some programs will be moving to an online format. Others, unfortunately, will need to be cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please visit the What's On page for more information.
 
The eLibrary collection is still available to access from home, with thousands of eBooks, eAudio titles, eMagazines, films and documentaries to keep you entertained.
 
Check the Libraries website and social media channels for further announcements: https://bit.ly/3a95Ydj

For more information, please call 1300 462 542, email library@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or visit https://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/

Council managed community centres

Newport Community Hub, Laverton Community Hub and Seabrook Community Centres will be closed, including for private bookings, except to provide essential services, where required. 

A range of programs and activities continue to be available from home virtually.

For enquiries, phone:

Newport Community Hub: 9932 1234

Laverton Community Hub: 9932 3011

Seabrook Community Centre: 9932 3010

Translated information from DHHS

Translated videos about COVID-19 from the Victorian Government:

Translated videos in 28 languages

Translated information from DHHS:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

English version: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/english

Translated coronavirus information from the Victorian Government is available online in the following languages:

Acholi

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/acholi  

Albanian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/albanian

Amharic

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/amharic

Arabic

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/arabic

Assyrian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/assyrian

Bengali

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/bengali

Bosnian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/bosnian

Burmese

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/burmese

Chaldean

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/chaldean

Chin

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/chin

Chinese Simplified

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/simplifiedchinese

Chinese Traditional

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/traditionalchinese

Cook Islands Maori (Rarotongan)

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/cookislandsmaori

Croatian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/croatian

Dari

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/dari

Dinka

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/dinka

Fijian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/fijian

Filipino (Tagalog)

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/tagalog

French

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/french

Greek

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/greek

Gujarati

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/gujarati

Hakka

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/hakka

Hazaragi

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/hazaragi

Hindi

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/hindi

Indonesian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/indonesian

Italian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/italian

Japanese

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/japanese

Karen

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/karen

Khmer

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/khmer

Korean

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/korean

Macedonian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/macedonian

Malay

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/malay

Malayalam

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/malayalam

Maltese

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/maltese

Nepali

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/nepali

Niuean - Vagahau Nieu

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/niuean

Nuer

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/nuer

Oromo

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/oromo

Pashto

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/pashto

Persian (Farsi)

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/farsi

Polish

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/polish

Portuguese

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/portuguese

Punjabi

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/punjabi

Rohingya

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rohingya

Russian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/russian

Samoan

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/samoan

Serbian

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/serbian

Sinhalese

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sinhalese

Somali

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/somali

Spanish

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/spanish

Swahili

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/swahili

Tamil

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/tamil

Thai

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/thai

Tigrinya

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/tigrinya

Tongan

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/tongan

Turkish

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/turkish

Urdu

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/urdu

Vietnamese

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vietnamese

Zomi

www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/zomi

 

More information about Covid-19 and getting tested:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested

Translated mental health information from Beyond Blue:

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/multicultural-people/translated-mental-health-resources

 

Languages:

Arabic Audio Files

What to do if you have tested positive for coronavirus:

How to isolate or quarantine in your home:

What to do if you are a close contact: 

What to do if symptoms get worse:

How to care for someone during a period of isolation or quarantine:

Police checks:

Pandemic leave disaster payment:

Test isolation payment:

Arabic Audio Script Close Contact(DOCX, 41KB)

Arabic Audio Script Worker Support Payment(DOCX, 29KB)

 

Lebanese Arabic: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/arabic (noting there may be differences in Lebanese Arabic compared to other Arabic forms)

Maltese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/maltese

Italian: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/italian

Greek: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/greek

 

Indian

Bengali: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/bengali

Hindi: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/hindi

Tamil: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/tamil

Punjabi: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/punjabi

Urdu: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/urdu

Nepali: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/nepali

 

Vietnamese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/vietnamese

 

Chinese

Traditional Chinese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/traditional-chinese

Simplified Chinese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/simplified-chinese

Chin: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/hakha-chin

Hakka: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/hakka (audio only)

 

Europe / Eastern Europe

Portuguese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/portuguese

Spanish: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/spanish

French: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/french

Croatian: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/croatian

Polish: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/polish

Russian: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/russian

Serbian: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/serbian

 

Easy English coronavirus resource

Easy English guide - Coronavirus Support for social connections(PDF, 3MB)

Traders in Hobsons Bay

Information about coronavirus for traders in Hobsons Bay is available here: www.hobsonsbaybusiness.com.au/Do-Business/COVID-19-information

For further information please email business@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.

Shops like supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies will also remain open. Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer take-away only. Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues will all close. Non-essential retail may only open for click and collect.

For up to date business and professional services details, visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Community events and consultations

All Council-delivered face to face events or consultations will be postponed or delivered online until further notice. The community can still provide feedback on any current projects currently out for public consultation by visiting Participate Hobsons Bay at https://participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Community Services

Maternal and Child Health Services will still see young and vulnerable babies in centres.

Breastfeeding support will continue face-to-face, while sleep settling and new parent groups will move online.

Immunisation sessions scheduled will still be delivered.

Supported playgroups have been suspended and pre-school field officers services will be delivered online and by phone. 

Youth counselling will be delivered online. Intake and assessment services will be delivered over the phone.

Planned Activity Group services will pause and we will support our older adult clients with well-being phone calls.

Delivered meals will continue. 

Sport and Recreation

Indoor and outdoor sports clubs, sporting and recreation venues, pools and public facilities will be closed.

Outdoor playgrounds will remain open. Touch point cleaning of playgrounds will occur regularly.

 

 

Department of Health & Human Services Easy English coronavirus resource

Easy English guide - Coronavirus Support for social connections(PDF, 3MB)

COVID-19 Victorian data

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-coronavirus-covid-19-data