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COVID-19 government response timeline for Australia

Find out what policies Australia has implemented to combat the pandemic.
Jan 25th, 2020Jan 25
Level 0 of 4
C8: International travel controls - no restrictionsDetails
“People who arrive in Australia from an international flight with these symptoms should alert their airline, or a biosecurity officer if they have disembarked.” If people start getting symptoms in the week after arriving in Australia, they should see a doctor or go to hospital if they are very ill. If they have travelled to Wuhan, they should call ahead to ensure others aren’t put at risk. https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/first-confirmed-case-of-novel-coronavirus-in-australia
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Jan 25th, 2020Jan 25
Level 2 of 2
H1: Public information campaigns - coordinated public information campaign (eg across traditional and social media)Details
25th January- Information at ports after first cases confirmed, but no national campaign as yet. Information is on display at all major international ports around Australia, with instructions on what to do if travellers have symptoms or if symptoms develop. https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/first-confirmed-case-of-novel-coronavirus-in-australia
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Jan 25th, 2020Jan 25
Level 1 of 3
H2: Testing policy - only those who both (a) have symptoms AND (b) meet specific criteria (eg key workers, admitted to hospital, came into contact with a known case, returned from overseas)Details
First positive test of a man from China confirmed in Victoria - testing was based on symptoms and travel history (criteria). https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/first-confirmed-case-of-novel-coronavirus-in-australia
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Jan 25th, 2020Jan 25
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
First case in Australia confirmed on 25 January 2020. Health Minister's announcement says contact tracing will be undertaken. https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/first-confirmed-case-of-novel-coronavirus-in-australia
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Feb 1st, 2020Feb 01
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has advised Australians not to travel to China due to the "escalating threat" of the virus, while asking those who have returned from the country to self-isolate for 14 days. People who are not Australians, permanent residents or their families AND who have been in China cannot enter Australia. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-01/australians-told-not-to-travel-to-china-due-to-coronavirus/11920742
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Feb 3rd, 2020Feb 03
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Australian Government organises the evacuation of first plane load of Australians from Wuhan, who then spend two weeks in quarantine: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-51352145
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Feb 3rd, 2020Feb 03
Level 2 of 2
H1: Public information campaigns - coordinated public information campaign (eg across traditional and social media)Details
Messaging changed from focusing on people who had been to China, to general public messaging. See, for example: https://www.facebook.com/healthgovau/photos/a.991516417558722/2904944246215920/?type=3&theater
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Feb 7th, 2020Feb 07
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) issues interim guidelines, including comprehensive contact tracing ("contact management"); https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cdna-song-novel-coronavirus.htm; https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/7A8654A8CB144F5FCA2584F8001F91E2/$File/2019-nCoV-interim%20SoNG-v1.5.pdf
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Feb 23rd, 2020Feb 23
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
Feb 29th, 2020Feb 29
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Ban on arrivals from Iran. People who have been in Iran must spend 14 days in a third country before seeking to enter Australia. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-29/australia-announces-iran-travel-ban/12013884
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Mar 2nd, 2020Mar 02
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
First cases of community transmission recorded. News article quotes NSW state Health Minister saying contact tracing will be undertaken: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/02/coronavirus-first-cases-of-community-transmission-confirmed-in-australia
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Mar 3rd, 2020Mar 03
Level 2 of 2
H1: Public information campaigns - coordinated public information campaign (eg across traditional and social media)Details
This article criticises the government for being slow to engage a creative agency to undertake a campaign. It says a spokesperson for the Health Minister "conceded" that the national campaign began on 3 March 2020. [NB government put out public health messages before this date] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/australian-government-did-not-commission-coronavirus-campaign-until-a-month-after-first-case
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Mar 3rd, 2020Mar 03
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
"Most Australian states are still conducting testing as needed. If a suspected case is found, the state health department will undertake contact tracing and testing as required, while possible cases who self-identify based on travel history are tested at general practices or in emergency departments." This indicates that on March 3, contact tracing was done for every confirmed case throughout Australia; https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/should-australia-be-testing-more-broadly-for-the-c
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Mar 5th, 2020Mar 05
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Mar 8th, 2020Mar 08
Level 0 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - no restrictionsDetails
Statement by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee on 8 March 2020: "At this time the AHPPC consider that public events should proceed, but strongly recommend that people that are unwell with cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms should not attend public events or gatherings. This is particularly so for people who have recently travelled from overseas." Archived: https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-8-march-2020-0
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Mar 11th, 2020Mar 11
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Mar 12th, 2020Mar 12
Level 1 of 2
E1: Income support - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary (or if a flat sum, it is less than 50% median salary)Details
https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support.Government announced it will provide an Economic Support payment of $750 to approximately 6.8 million existing payment recipients and concession card holders that are eligible as at 12 March 202
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Mar 13th, 2020Mar 13
Level 0 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - no measuresDetails
Recommendations on public gatherings to come into effect as of 16 March https://www.pm.gov.au/media/advice-coronavirus
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Mar 13th, 2020Mar 13
Level 0 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - no restrictionsDetails
Prime Minister's statement of March 13, 2020 forecasts that the government will "provide public advice against holding non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday 16th March 2020." Archived: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/advice-coronavirus
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Mar 13th, 2020Mar 13
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
Differs by state/territory. State of Queensland has comprehensive contact tracing; further information: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/take-action/contact-tracing
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Mar 16th, 2020Mar 16
Level 1 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - recommend cancellingDetails
Advice applies to all of Australia. Based on the expert medical advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have agreed to provide public advice against holding non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday 16th March 2020. The recommendation to advise against non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people is precautionary and designed to reduce community transmission of COVID-19 in Australia. https://www.pm.gov.au/media/advice-coronavirus
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Mar 16th, 2020Mar 16
Level 2 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 101-1000 peopleDetails
Prime Minister's statement of 16 March 2020: "The National Cabinet also endorsed the advice of the AHPPC [Australian Health Protection Principal Committee] to further introduce social distancing measures. This includes the requirement that non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people should not occur." Archived: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/coronavirus-measures-endorsed-national-cabinet
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Mar 16th, 2020Mar 16
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Mar 16th, 2020Mar 16
Level 1 of 3
H2: Testing policy - only those who both (a) have symptoms AND (b) meet specific criteria (eg key workers, admitted to hospital, came into contact with a known case, returned from overseas)Details
Mar 17th, 2020Mar 17
Mar 18th, 2020Mar 18
Level 0 of 3
C1: School closing - no measuresDetails
The National Cabinet has accepted the advice of the AHPPC that schools should remain open at this time: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures
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Mar 18th, 2020Mar 18
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
The National Cabinet has accepted the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice that non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people (including staff) will no longer be permitted from Wednesday 18 March 2020. https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures This does not apply to essential activities such as public transportation facilities, medical and health care facilities, pharmacies, emergency service facilities, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, and mining sites, where it is necessary for their normal operation (although other social distancing and hygiene practices may be required in these settings).
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Mar 18th, 2020Mar 18
Level 2 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 101-1000 peopleDetails
Prime Minister's statement: "The National Cabinet has accepted the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice that non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people (including staff) will no longer be permitted from Wednesday 18 March 2020." NB No change to the restriction on outdoor gatherings, at this point, a maximum of 500 people. Archived: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures
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Mar 18th, 2020Mar 18
Level 0 of 2
C5: Close public transport - no measuresDetails
National Cabinet agreed that public transport is essential and that AHPPC advice should apply in relation to public transport (trains, trams, buses, ferries), taxi and ride share vehicles and transport of vulnerable populations, with particular attention given to cleaning and hygiene. National Cabinet agreed that domestic air travel is low risk. The issue of where people are travelling to and sensitive locations where travel should be restricted, will be developed with advice of states and territories. Source: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures
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Mar 18th, 2020Mar 18
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Advice to all Australians - regardless of your destination, age or health - is do not travel overseas at this time. This our highest travel advice setting – Level 4 of 4. We also now advise Australians who are overseas who wish to return to Australia, to do so as soon as possible by commercial means. Commercial options may quickly become limited. Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas, including Australians citizens and permanent residents, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival. https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures
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Mar 19th, 2020Mar 19
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
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Mar 19th, 2020Mar 19
Level 3 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban arrivals from some regionsDetails
Australia is closing its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents. The entry ban takes effect from 9pm AEDT Friday, 20 March 2020, with exemptions only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal guardians and dependants: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/border-restrictions
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Mar 20th, 2020Mar 20
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
Indoor gatherings of fewer than 100 people and outdoor gatherings of fewer than 500 people may proceed provided there is sufficient space for social distancing. Space requirements set out at: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-0
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Mar 20th, 2020Mar 20
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
PM statement of 19 March 2020: Australia is closing its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents. The entry ban takes effect from 9pm AEDT Friday, 20 March 2020, with exemptions only for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, including spouses, legal guardians and dependants. Archived statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/border-restrictions
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Mar 21st, 2020Mar 21
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
Report in financial review details 24/7 NSW operation to comprehensively contact trace. However, a report quoted (but unfortunately not properly linked) states that 14 percent of diagnosed cases could not be traced to previous contacts, implying that contact tracing was at least not entirely exhaustive. Since from this report, every confirmed case will still be contact traced, I leave the coding at 2, but future evidence of a more limited approach might suggest a downgrade to 1. http://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/inside-coronavirus-hq-the-virus-hunters-trying-to-stem-an-outbreak-20200319-p54bs5
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Mar 22nd, 2020Mar 22
Level 0 of 3
C1: School closing - no measuresDetails
Prime Minister says schools remain open, but parents can keep children at home if they wish. School closures announced in some states (Victoria, ACT, and forecast in NSW). Victoria: On Sunday 22 March, the Premier announced additional steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including bringing forward the school holidays in Victoria to commence from Tuesday 24 March. Early childhood education and care services, TAFE and training providers will remain open. ( https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx). Australian Capital Territory schools to be pupil-free from 24/3/20: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-23/coronavirus-covid19-how-canberra-schools-will-operate/12080248
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Mar 22nd, 2020Mar 22
Level 1 of 2
E1: Income support - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary (or if a flat sum, it is less than 50% median salary)Details
On 22 March 2020, the eligibility criteria for this payment was extended to new payment recipients who are eligible for their payment or card between 12 March 2020 to 13 April 2020 (inclusive). As long as someone had lodged a claim for an eligible payment and was eligible for that payment by 13 April 2020, they should have already received this economic support payment via Services Australia or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Payments were made from 31 March 2020 and would have been received by the majority of recipients by 17 April 2020. https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support
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Mar 23rd, 2020Mar 23
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
From PM statement of 22/3/20: The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020: Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation) Gyms and indoor sporting venues Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies). Archived statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-220320
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Mar 23rd, 2020Mar 23
Level 1 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - limited contact tracing; not done for all casesDetails
Case of the Ruby Princess and response thereafter (including calling in ADF to help with contact tracing) strongly implies that the current tracing mechanisms in place are not entirely comprehensive. Hence this indicator will be downgraded to 1 (limited contract tracing); https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/24/anatomy-of-a-coronavirus-disaster-how-2700-people-were-let-off-the-ruby-princess-cruise-ship-by-mistake
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Mar 24th, 2020Mar 24
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Victoria brings school holidays forward to 24 March; https:/www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/schools-closed-from-tuesday-in-drastic-bid-to-curb-coronavirus-spread-20200322-p54cpw.html?js-chunk-not-found-refresh=true
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Mar 24th, 2020Mar 24
Level 3 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 peopleDetails
The Prime Minister specifies that certain gatherings are to be no more than 10 people, including funerals and fitness training sessions, and weddings should be no more than 5 people. Archived: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020
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Mar 24th, 2020Mar 24
Level 1 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - recommend not leaving houseDetails
Prime Minister's statement of 24 March: "Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work - where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising. Keep visitors to your home at a minimum. In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups." Archived: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020
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Mar 24th, 2020Mar 24
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Mar 24th, 2020Mar 24
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
In addition to a ban on arrivals of non-citizens or non-residents or their families, there is now a ban on Australians travelling overseas, except on compassionate or humanitarian grounds: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020
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Mar 25th, 2020Mar 25
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Media report of 25/3/20: This week, Victoria brought forward its Easter holidays, NSW encouraged parents to keep children at home and ACT schools went online. Many private schools have also closed of their own accord. Archived article: https:/www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/really-unusual-times-how-school-closures-will-affect-students-20200324-p54der.html?js-chunk-not-found-refresh=true
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Mar 25th, 2020Mar 25
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
Prime Minister's statement of 24 March 2020: "Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work - where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising." Specific types of businesses are required to close, e.g. beauty parlours, swimming pools, gyms. Full list in archived PM's statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020
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Mar 25th, 2020Mar 25
Level 2 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - broadDetails
On 25 March 2020, a 6 month temporary debt relief program came into effect to support individuals and businesses. The temporary debt relief measures include: Six month temporary debt protection Changes to bankruptcy notices Impacts to people who are currently bankrupt https://www.afsa.gov.au/debtrelief
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Mar 26th, 2020Mar 26
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Report from 26/3/20: [State] Premiers have announced a series of different measures for schools across the country, with some calling on parents to keep children at home if they can. Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia will keep schools open for the children of essential workers but will begin to implement pupil-free days in the coming weeks. Next week, schools in Queensland will be student-free, except for the children of essential workers. WA Premier Mark McGowan asked parents to keep children home if they could, but said schools would remain open next week. Classes will move to online learning in the second term in South Australia. Next week is set to be the final week of regular term in the Northern Territory. But from Monday, April 6 to Thursday, April 9, schools will be pupil-free. Schools will close for an early end-of-term break from next Friday in Tasmania before shifting to distance learning. Schools in Victoria have already started their school holidays after Premier Daniel Andrews brought the break forward to begin on Tuesday. For now, NSW schools remain unaffected but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has told parents they should keep children at home if they can. Archived: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-26/schools-which-states-are-going-pupil-free-coronavirus/12093340
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Mar 27th, 2020Mar 27
Level 1 of 3
H2: Testing policy - only those who both (a) have symptoms AND (b) meet specific criteria (eg key workers, admitted to hospital, came into contact with a known case, returned from overseas)Details
To be tested, you must meet one of the following criteria: You have returned from overseas in the past 14 days or spent time on a cruise ship, and you develop respiratory illness, with or without fever You have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days and you develop respiratory illness, with or without fever You have severe community-acquired pneumonia and there is no clear cause (including patients who have already been hospitalised for this condition) You have a fever or acute respiratory infection and you work in the healthcare or aged/residential care sectors, or you have spent time in a location that's defined by a state or territory as having an elevated risk of community transmission, or you have spent time at a "high-risk" location where there are two or more linked cases of COVID-19, such as an aged-care home, a remote Aboriginal community, a correctional facility, a boarding school, or a military base (including Navy ships) with live-in accommodation. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-27/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-criteria-eligibility/12097990
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Mar 29th, 2020Mar 29
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
This Sydney Morning Herald article unpicks the "messiness" of school closures in Australia, particularly in the states of Victoria and NSW. It includes references to some private schools closing from as early as March 15. Archived: https://www.smh.com.au/education/the-messiest-part-the-inside-story-of-how-nsw-schools-responded-to-covid-19-20200326-p54e67.html?js-chunk-not-found-refresh=true
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Mar 29th, 2020Mar 29
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
On 29 March the National Cabinet agreed to further limit public gatherings and events. Any non-essential events cancelled, limits on who can go to weddings and funerals. See Health Department website, archived: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19/limits-on-public-gatherings-for-coronavirus-covid-19#essential-gatherings
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Mar 29th, 2020Mar 29
Level 4 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings of 10 people or lessDetails
On 29 March the National Cabinet agreed to further limit most indoor and outdoor non-essential gathering to 2 people. See Health Department website, archived: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19/limits-on-public-gatherings-for-coronavirus-covid-19#essential-gatherings
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Mar 29th, 2020Mar 29
Level 1 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - recommend not leaving houseDetails
PM's statement: "National Cabinet’s strong guidance to all Australians is to stay home unless for: shopping for what you need - food and necessary supplies; medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements; exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements; work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely." Archived: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-statement
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Mar 29th, 2020Mar 29
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
Australians arriving back home from overseas required to spend 14 days in quarantine, usually in a hotel, in the city of their arrival: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-29/first-airport-passengers-face-mandatory-quarantine-arrive-sydney/12099734
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Mar 29th, 2020Mar 29
Level 2 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - broadDetails
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Mar 30th, 2020Mar 30
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Some states, such as South Australia, have not closed schools to begin with. Others, such as NSW have left schools open, but attendance went down to as low as 5%. Victoria has moved its school holidays forward, closing all schools from March 24 (including independent schools); https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/09/federal-education-minister-orders-independent-schools-to-reopen-for-term-two; https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/09/federal-education-minister-orders-independent-schools-to-reopen-for-term-two
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Mar 31st, 2020Mar 31
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
See, for example, fines introduced in Sydney (in the state of NSW) of up to A$11,000 (US$6,779) for people who leave their home without good reason: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/australia-enacts-sweeping-lockdown-powers-to-combat-coronavirus-spread/ar-BB11W267
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Apr 1st, 2020Apr 01
Level 1 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - limited contact tracing; not done for all casesDetails
Defence Forces assisting with contact tracing (tracing varies by state/territory): https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/lreynolds/media-releases/expansion-adf-support-covid-19-assist
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Apr 2nd, 2020Apr 02
Level 2 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' tripsDetails
Restrictions vary between states/territories. For instance, South Australia and Western Australia have not said people cannot leave their home. Summary in this Guardian article from 2/4/20: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/01/social-distancing-rules-australia-lockdown-coronavirus-strict-new-laws-legal-illegal-state-physical-restrictions-guidelines-explained-nsw-victoria-qld-queensland-act-sa-wa-two-person
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Apr 2nd, 2020Apr 02
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Apr 2nd, 2020Apr 02
Level 1 of 3
H2: Testing policy - only those who both (a) have symptoms AND (b) meet specific criteria (eg key workers, admitted to hospital, came into contact with a known case, returned from overseas)Details
Western Australia allows testing for people who have fever and respiratory issues: https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics General conditions of eligibility for rest of Australia remain more narrow. Available at Health Department website: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19
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Apr 2nd, 2020Apr 02
Level 1 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - limited contact tracing; not done for all casesDetails
Varies by state. Western Australia: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases Queensland: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/current-status-and-contact-tracing-alerts NSW: unclear, limited information Northern Territory: unclear, limited information Tasmania: small number of cases but evidence of comprehensive contact tracing, e.g. https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/media-releases/coronavirus-alert
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Apr 3rd, 2020Apr 03
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
The Federal Education Minister of Australia has requested independent schools to reopen for term two. See the press report published on April 3: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/09/federal-education-minister-orders-independent-schools-to-reopen-for-term-two According to this press report published on April 8, Australian schools remain open: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2240226-australia-seems-to-be-keeping-a-lid-on-covid-19-how-is-it-doing-it/
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Apr 5th, 2020Apr 05
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
The state of Western Australia joins a number of other Australia states/territories in closing its borders. You will no longer be able to enter Western Australia after 11.59pm, on Sunday, 5 April 2020 unless an exemption has been granted. Exemptions must be granted by WA Police prior to travel. You must carry your exemption form and proof of its submission when travelling. You may be asked to produce this documentation at a check point or by WA Police patrolling the area. Source: State Government website, available: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-advice-travelling-and-within-western-australia
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Apr 5th, 2020Apr 05
Level 1 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - limited contact tracing; not done for all casesDetails
Federal report identifies 9.3% of confirmed cases as not traced to a previous contact; https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/04/coronavirus-covid-19-at-a-glance-5-april-2020_0.pdf
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Apr 7th, 2020Apr 07
Level 1 of 3
H2: Testing policy - only those who both (a) have symptoms AND (b) meet specific criteria (eg key workers, admitted to hospital, came into contact with a known case, returned from overseas)Details
Testing differs by state, national guidelines are still symptoms and / or specific eligibility criteria. Some states have extended testing to anyone with symptoms, Victoria has started a limited amount of random screening. https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/6709758/who-can-get-tested-for-coronavirus/
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Apr 8th, 2020Apr 08
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
The Federal Education Minister of Australia has requested independent schools to reopen for term two. See the press report published on April 3: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/09/federal-education-minister-orders-independent-schools-to-reopen-for-term-two According to this press report published on April 8, Australian schools remain open: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2240226-australia-seems-to-be-keeping-a-lid-on-covid-19-how-is-it-doing-it/
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Apr 18th, 2020Apr 18
Apr 18th, 2020Apr 18
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6719283/international-border-closures-could-be-long-term/ - Borders are closed, however citizens and PR holders are allowed to return and will need to stay in a government arranged quarantine centre for 2/52 on return.
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Apr 27th, 2020Apr 27
Level 1 of 2
E1: Income support - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary (or if a flat sum, it is less than 50% median salary)Details
The Government has decided to reduce the JobSeeker Payment Partner Income Test taper rate from 60 cents to 25 cents from 27 April 2020. This will allow more couples to access payment where one of the couple loses their job and goes onto JobSeeker Payment, and the working partner is on a more modest income. https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support
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Apr 27th, 2020Apr 27
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
27 April Media Source: “Australia’s coronavirus testing regime to be expanded to include asymptomatic patients, The testing regime will be expanded nationwide, Chief Medical Officer Dr Brendan Murphy said during a press conference on Monday.” The initial calls to expand to asymptomatic or mild (including non covid-19 symptoms) to be tested was back in April. Media Source: http://archive.vn/eOLzC Youtube source of press briefing: http://archive.vn/ANBFC This government source says they aim to: "undertake strategically targeted asymptomatic screening in high risk settings or vulnerable populations, particularly in association with a case exposure in these settings." Clear allowance for those without symptoms aligns with a goal to maximise testing, and attempting to proactively detect asymptomatic cases (however unlikely), and of course expect a high hit rate for those with symptoms. NSW Government Source: http://archive.vn/BumdC
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May 15th, 2020May 15
Level 2 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)Details
NSW School students to return to school on 25 May. Archived Education Department media release: https://education.nsw.gov.au/news/latest-news/nsw-students-return-to-the-classroom-full-time ACT students to gradually return from 18 May. Archive Education Department information: https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/remote-learning-in-term-2-2020 Northern Territory students expected to be at school from 20 April: https://education.nt.gov.au/ Queensland: all students to be at school from 25 May: https://qed.qld.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media/novel-coronavirus South Australian schools are open: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/supporting-students/health-e-safety-and-wellbeing/covid-19-coronavirus/advice-families/learning-term-2 Tasmanian students have a staged return from 25 May: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/2020/05/tasmanian-students-to-return-to-learning-at-school/ Western Australian students expected to be at school from 18 May: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/term-2-schooling-arrangements Victorian students: staged return from 25 May to 9 June: https://education.vic.gov.au/parents/Pages/stagedreturn_overview.aspx
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May 15th, 2020May 15
Level 1 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - recommend not leaving houseDetails
"NSW – Yes, but only if it is takeaway and if you have met a friend for the purpose of exercising, or if you are visiting another person’s home. From 15 May, up to 10 people will be allowed to dine-in at a cafe or restaurant, as long as there are at least four sq metres per person. Queensland – Yes, as of Friday 1 May, people are allowed to leave the house for some recreational activities, including getting a takeaway coffee with one friend or the members of your household. From 16 May, cafes in regional or rural areas with no cases will be allowed to seat up to 20 people. Victoria and Tasmania – Yes, but only if it is takeaway and you have met a friend for the purpose of exercising. From midnight on the 12th May, you can go and have coffee at another person’s home, though the state government says you should only visit other people “if you really need to”." ACT, SA– Yes, as long as it is takeaway. WA – Yes, as long as it is takeaway. But from Monday 18 May, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to seat up to 20 diners as long as they follow the four sq metres per person rule. NT – Yes, as long as it is takeaway. Cafes and restaurants will be allowed to reopen from Friday 15 May.ttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/13/how-far-can-i-travel-visit-my-friends-family-parents-go-fishing-coronavirus-australia-lockdown-rules-covid-19-restrictions-guidelines-nsw-victoria-queensland-qld-wa-sa-act
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May 16th, 2020May 16
Level 1 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - recommend closing (or recommend work from home)Details
May 16th, 2020May 16
Level 4 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings of 10 people or lessDetails
Some states have restrictions on gatherings of <10 people; some states have relaxed those restrictions to include funerals of 20 guests indoors or 30 outdoors (e.g. Queensland from 15 May, Tasmania from 18 May). Two useful reports, archived: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/social-distancing-rules-australia-when-will-end-guidelines-coronavirus-laws-physical-covid-19-restrictions-signs-posters-nsw-victoria-qld-queensland-act-sa-wa-nt-tasmania https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-08/coronavirus-cafes-restaurant-restrictions-relaxed-states/12228866
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May 18th, 2020May 18
Level 1 of 2
C5: Close public transport - recommend closing (or significantly reduce volume/route/means of transport available)Details
18 May “Hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders will have to give up their public transport commute and drive to the city under strict new social distancing measures announced by the NSW government. Capacity on trains, buses and ferries will be slashed, temporary car parking set up at Moore Park and six new pop-up cycleways rolled out across Sydney, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Monday. Just 12 people will be allowed on a bus and 32 in a train carriage as the government works to maintain strict physical distancing of 1.5 metres on the network. Trains will run at 24 per cent capacity and buses at 14 per cent for the foreseeable future, meaning Sydneysiders may be prevented from entering railway stations as they fill up or watch near-empty buses drive past their stops” Source: http://archive.vn/zhhOo
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May 25th, 2020May 25
Level 2 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)Details
Schools reopened (note - gradual return to school depending on students' year level) but universities remain closed.
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May 25th, 2020May 25
Level 1 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - recommend not leaving houseDetails
Victorians still being asked to stay at home: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stay-home-restrictions-coronavirus Little by way of "stay at home" messages in other states. Note, for example, easing of "stay at home" restrictions in Queensland on 1 May 2020. Archived statement: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2020/5/1/queenslanders-urged-to-play-it-safe-this-weekend
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May 27th, 2020May 27
Level 1 of 2
C5: Close public transport - recommend closing (or significantly reduce volume/route/means of transport available)Details
May 27 Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan has published data showing about 390,000 public transport trips were taken in Victoria on May 27, or about 18 per cent of the system’s capacity, an increase of 73,000 from a week before. Reduced capacity in Victoria. Source: http://archive.vn/7NPvO
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May 29th, 2020May 29
Level 0 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - no measuresDetails
"Stay at home" is no longer a key message. See, for example, this line from the PM's Q and A with reporters of 29/5/20: "...as we’ve seen Australians move back out of their homes, go back into work places, slowly being and going back into playgrounds and into schools and all of these things they have been looking forward to doing for so long." Archived: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/press-conference-australian-parliament-house-act-29may20 Victoria - which held onto "stay at home" messaging longest - is no longer requiring people do so (but people are still encouraged to work from home if they can). See, for example, the new rules on this Victorian government website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/how-stay-safe-and-well-covid-19
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Jun 1st, 2020Jun 01
Level 2 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)Details
All students in the ACT had returned to school as of 2 June: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/help-and-advice/students-education-childcare Some year levels in Victorian and Tasmanian schools due to return on 9 June, by which point all year levels will have returned to school, Australia-wide.
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Jun 1st, 2020Jun 01
Level 1 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - recommend closing (or recommend work from home)Details
While "work from home" is no longer a feature of government advice, the country is somewhere between "step 1" and "step 2" of its three-step COVID-19 plan (see PM's remarks of 29/5/20: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-following-national-cabinet-meeting) According to the plan, that means "Work from home if it works for you and your employer". Archived guidelines: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/3-step-framework-for-a-covidsafe-australia
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Jun 1st, 2020Jun 01
Level 3 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 peopleDetails
Jun 1st, 2020Jun 01
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Northern Territory still has border controls in place.
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Jun 9th, 2020Jun 09
Level 0 of 3
C1: School closing - no measuresDetails
The return to school of specific year groups in the states of Victoria and Tasmania now means all Australian school students can be back in classrooms. In the state of Victoria, the return to school of students in years 3-9 means all year groups are now back in classrooms. Archived policy: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/Pages/stagedreturn_overview.aspx In Tasmania, the return of students in years 7-10 means all students can now be back in classrooms. Archived webpage: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/parents-carers/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
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Jun 12th, 2020Jun 12
Level 1 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - recommend cancellingDetails
Today the government announced that for outdoor venues up to 40,000 spectator capacity, ticketed and seated events will be able to be held in front of a crowd of no more than 25 per cent of capacity. Also social distancing of 1 person per 4sqm and/or staying 1.5 metres away from other people must be adhered to whenever and wherever possible, and also maintain good hygiene of handwashing. However, it is up to individual States and territories to make decisions on when to move to this situation. It is likely that some states will not want to change things too quickly, for example Victoria where there are more cases is easing restrictions more slowly. This doesn't include non-ticketed standing events such as music festivals. https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-12june20
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Jun 12th, 2020Jun 12
Level 3 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 peopleDetails
National Cabinet agreed to remove the 100 person limit on non-essential indoor gatherings under the Step 3 Framework and replace it with: 1 person per 4sqm; staying 1.5 metres away from other people whenever and wherever possible; However, Victoria still has a limit of 20 ppl in any public space at any given time, including restaurants and bars, and up to a max of 50 ppl for indoor or outdoor funerals (from 31 May onwards). http://archive.vn/UhGEq Victoria seems to be the most strict at this time.
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Jun 12th, 2020Jun 12
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Australia’s federal government stepped up pressure on state and territory leaders on Friday to reopen internal borders, a step viewed as key to reviving the country’s coronavirus-hit economy Opening up borders will ultimately be decided by the leaders of the respective States and territories. Queensland has a closed border to Victoria. https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-australia/australian-pm-pushes-for-internal-borders-to-be-reopened-idUSL4N2DO4HP
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Jun 14th, 2020Jun 14
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
14 June "Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos encouraged Victorians with even the mildest symptoms to go get tested. "Symptoms that should prompt people to get tested include fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, or a runny nose. Even the most mild of symptoms could be a sign of coronavirus." When presenting with no symptoms though, it is called "asymptomatic testing". Sheets like this are common to explain that (1) yes, you absolutely can be tested but (2) unlike those who have symptoms and need to self-isolate, until a positive result is returned an asymptomatic person can go about normal activities. I suspect this is to encourage those with no symptoms to be tested because the fear of some being tested is that a positive result will mean compulsory isolation. Premier of Victoria announcement 14 June source: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-42/ Information Sheet for asymptomatic testing source: http://archive.vn/rdZnp
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Jun 19th, 2020Jun 19
Level 2 of 2
H3: Contact tracing - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified casesDetails
Tracing varies by 6 states. All states have declared comprehensive contact tracing as of 19th June. Government implemented a voluntary tracing appalled CovidSafe but this is not the main source of contact tracing. Source: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app 19 June Western Australia: The Department of Health is contacting all confirmed cases to identify and inform close contacts. Source: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases 12 June Queensland: If a person gets a positive test result for COVID-19, we do what is called ‘contact tracing’. Source: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing 23 May New South Wales: People identified as close contacts to someone testing positive should travel directly to the place where they will undertake their self-isolation (home or a hotel). Source: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/advice-for-contacts.aspx 24 June Northern Territory: Only 1 active case, evidence of tracing. The Territorian who tested positive to coronavirus travelled on 29 June from Melbourne to Brisbane on flight QF610 and from Brisbane to Darwin on flight QF836. Those seated near him on the plane will be contacted by NT Health staff. Source: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/current-status Tasmania: No active cases but evidence of comprehensive contact tracing. Source: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/media-releases/coronavirus-alert South Australia: 27th June: The Communicable Disease Control Branch’s contact tracing team will be boosted by up to 300 additional staff. Source: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/Conditions/Infectious+Diseases/COVID+2019/COVID-19+Response/SA+Health+response+-+COVID-19
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 2 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)Details
Due to a cluster of COVID virus in Victoria, two primary schools have had to close. One of the cases reportedly from a person in hotel quarantine. http://archive.vn/wip/TWecl
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 1 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - recommend closing (or recommend work from home)Details
as of 23 June most businesses in Australia have opened, many with a Covid safety plan in place, if required by the state. Some states have eased distancing requirement to 1 person per 2 square meters, others such as New South Wales are still at 1 person per 4 square meters for many places. This is state dependent: http://archive.vn/wip/iTSq5 http://archive.vn/9W8cP
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 1 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - recommend cancellingDetails
Based on state by state limitations to public gatherings and sizes. Some states are allowing sporting events with up to 500 people, some states (such as Victoria) still have fairly strict limitations to events and sizes. Weddings and funerals can be held in all states (differing limits to size and capacity) , but full list of attendees and phone numbers/emails must be kept for possible contact tracing. http://archive.vn/9W8cP http://archive.vn/pR0Yu
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 3 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 peopleDetails
Each state has their own limitation to gathering size. Victoria has the most restrictions on gathering size with public gatherings limited to 10 people, visitors in a home to 5, private worship or small religious ceremonies limited to 20 people plus officiant. Physical distancing of at least 1.5m from those you don't live with. http://archive.vn/UhGEq
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 0 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - no measuresDetails
From 23 June, no indication of stay at home policies.
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
You can only travel to Australia if you are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or are a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia. https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0
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Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 1 of 2
E1: Income support - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary (or if a flat sum, it is less than 50% median salary)Details
Jun 23rd, 2020Jun 23
Level 2 of 2
E2: Debt/contract relief - broadDetails
This KPMG report ( http://archive.vn/wip/adKge) has a breakdown of all of the tax and debt relief packages announced by states and federal government on deferral of payments, etc. Based on the information here, I code this as broad debt/contract relief. Some relief for small businesses, state and territory governments have various fiscal packages that include payroll tax relief for businesses and relief for households, discount utility bills (some regions, unsure what discount). http://archive.vn/SofPj http://archive.vn/wip/sRaE5
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Jun 25th, 2020Jun 25
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
June 25th Victoria introduces a ‘suburban testing blitz’ "...all residents of these suburbs will be eligible for free testing, with or without symptoms, with a priority on testing symptomatic cases. Door to door testing was added to cover everyone, with the majority of those tested obviously being asymptomatic: Victoria Source: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/202006/2001628_COVID-19_COVID-19%20suburban%20testing%20blitz.pdf They have started to test every single house regardless of symptoms or not: "Health workers going door-to-door to test residents in these hotspots will be using a new type of saliva test developed by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity that is less invasive, and painful, than nose and throat swabs. "Mr Andrews urged everyone to agree to be tested if a health worker knocks on their door." https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/testing-blitz-to-target-coronavirus-hotspots-as-state-records-33-new-cases-20200625-p555yp.html Some residents refused testing in the door to door blanket testing. Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has urged residents living in Melbourne’s coronavirus hotspots to get tested after more than 10,000 people rejected approaches by health workers to be swabbed. More than 164,000 Victorians have been tested as part of a blitz launched last Thursday, with local lockdowns now in place to contain growing suburban outbreaks. Media article : https://www.sbs.com.au/news/health-officials-raise-conspiracy-concerns-as-10-000-refuse-coronavirus-tests-in-victoria
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Jun 29th, 2020Jun 29
Level 1 of 2
C5: Close public transport - recommend closing (or significantly reduce volume/route/means of transport available)Details
June 29 “While public transport has been exempt from day one of the pandemic, patronage reduced by nearly 70% as Tasmanians stayed home to slow the spread, providing essential travellers with more room on board” Source: https://www.metrotas.com.au/communication/blog/2020/covid-19-coronavirus-advice-to-all-passengers/
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
9 postcodes within the state of Victoria have imposed lockdowns restricting the movement of residents to leave the house only for food or supplies, to work or study if you can't do it at home, give or receive care, exercise. In effect until 29 July. http://archive.vn/wip/P5I9a
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
9 postcodes within the state of Victoria have imposed lockdowns restricting the movement of residents to leave the house only for food or supplies, to work or study if you can't do it at home, give or receive care, exercise. in place until 29 July. affected postcodes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060, 3064. In other regions and states, most businesses have reopened with capacity regulations at 1 person per 2 square meters. http://archive.vn/wip/P5I9a
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
9 postcodes within the state of Victoria have imposed lockdowns restricting the movement of residents to leave the house only for food or supplies, to work or study if you can't do it at home, give or receive care, exercise. in place until 29 July. affected postcodes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060, 3064. In other regions and states, most businesses have reopened with capacity regulations at 1 person per 2 square meters. http://archive.vn/wip/P5I9a
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 3 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 peopleDetails
Each state has their own limits to public gatherings. At latest, Victoria has the most strict limit to public gatherings: 50 ppl can attend a funeral, but all other events, restaurants, bars, etc are limited to 20 patrons, or participants. What is unclear in the latest lockdown of postcodes in Victoria is what the limit to gathering size is- may assume it is under 10, in which case, this may be a 4? As this has not been specifically noted, I have coded this as a 3T for now. http://archive.vn/wip/P5I9a http://archive.vn/UhGEq
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 1 of 2
C5: Close public transport - recommend closing (or significantly reduce volume/route/means of transport available)Details
July 1 Public transport capacity in NSW to double as of 1 July (Suggesting it has been limited up to this point). From July 1, there will be 68 passengers allowed on a Waratah train carriage, 23 on a bus and 450 on a Freshwater ferry. Forty people will be allowed on a light rail and 65 in a metro train. We are still encouraging people to travel outside the peak where possible," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Tuesday. Source: http://archive.vn/k5s3z
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 2 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' tripsDetails
9 postcodes within the state of Victoria have imposed lockdowns restricting the movement of residents to leave the house only for food or supplies, to work or study if you can't do it at home, give or receive care, exercise. In place until 29 July affected postcodes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060, 3064. In other regions and states, most businesses have reopened with capacity regulations at 1 person per 2 square meters. http://archive.vn/wip/P5I9a
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Australia’s federal government stepped up pressure on state and territory leaders on Friday to reopen internal borders, a step viewed as key to reviving the country’s coronavirus-hit economy Opening up borders will ultimately be decided by the leaders of the respective States and territories. Queensland has a closed border to Victoria. Many states within AUS have regulations to who can and cannot cross into their state, especially if they have come from Victoria where there have been increased cases of COVID. https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-australia/australian-pm-pushes-for-internal-borders-to-be-reopened-idUSL4N2DO4HP
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Jul 1st, 2020Jul 01
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
The Australian international border remains closed to entry. Repatriation or anyone entering is subject to 14 day quarantine. https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0
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Jul 7th, 2020Jul 07
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
7 July In some states there have been 0 cases for over a month, and in some areas of NSW and Victoria there have been no sign of cases (some of these areas are remote and there is little movement in and out of towns), asymptomatic testing is discouraged. It is however encouraged for those at risk which includes anyone if current hotspots. NSW Source 7 July: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/frequently-asked-questions.aspx
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Jul 8th, 2020Jul 08
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
Schools in Melbourne and an area to the north called the Mitchell Shirewill largely returned to distance learning on 8 July. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-53335745
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Jul 8th, 2020Jul 08
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
Restaurants in Melbourne and an area to the north called the Mitchell Shire are only permitted to serve takeaway food from 8 July. Shops and hairdressers remain open. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-53335745
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Jul 8th, 2020Jul 08
Level 4 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings of 10 people or lessDetails
Stage 3 "Stay at home restrictions" introduced for all of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/updates/coronavirus-covid-19/statement-premier
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Jul 8th, 2020Jul 08
Level 3 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)Details
From 8 July, people in Melbourne and an area to the north called the Mitchell Shirewill will be kept to their homes, and will only be able to leave for essential reasons, such as for work, exercise and shopping for food and other necessities. This will last for six weeks. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-53335745
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Jul 8th, 2020Jul 08
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
8 July New South Wales Premiers give press briefings everyday. From 9:30: When talking about even towns that "might" have people from hotspots in other states: "... they get tested at the mildest symptom because it's our high rates of testing and contact tracing that will keep people as safe as possible. From 12:30: "... and I also stress is the strongest possible terms, anyone in the state that has the mildest of symptoms, come forward and be tested". Press briefing video: https://vimeo.com/436294706/f580d23023
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Jul 9th, 2020Jul 09
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
9 July Genomic testing has been used since prior to the first case in Melbourne and is now being used nationally. Source: http://archive.vn/AZCpr “Revealing COVID-19 transmission in Australia by SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing and agent-based modeling”. This is particularly important in the context of mild or asymptomatic infection. Source: http://archive.vn/n2to8
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Jul 12th, 2020Jul 12
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
12th July Clusters in Victoria and Sydney Australian contacts tell us that it is common knowledge that no one is ever turned away from a test. It is not recommended by the government still that asymptomatic people get tested because in their results, they provide little yield. However as clusters have. broken out in Victoria and now Sydney, many people have been concerned that there is a conflicting message. On one hand they're saying anyone who has gone into these areas must be tested regardless of symptoms. On the other hand, they have said asymptomatic people don't require a test. ***H2 definition is” "Open public testing (e.g “drive through” testing available to asymptomatic people)." This is true, as asymptomatic testing is "available" just not "recommended".*** There is a transcript from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer from 12th July that confirms asymptomatic testing: It has always been "available", meeting your criteria, but going one step further, in outbreak areas the medical officer is recommending asymptomatic testing. He admits in this statement that asymptomatic testing has been conducted (therefore available), inferring this is the practice generally aside from cluster areas. "The reality, from the Victorian experience that we've seen, is that there have been many, many thousands of tests conducted on asymptomatic individuals for very little yield- but when I say yield very few positives out of the asymptomatic testing that's being conducted down there. "The asymptomatic test has a role in places where there's local small clusters, so the Casula case is a very good example. So we don't want to miss any cases in that sort of scenario, therefore we're going to recommend asymptomatic testing." Australian Department of Health Source: http://archive.vn/zFZNu
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Jul 13th, 2020Jul 13
Level 2 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing (only some levels or categories, eg just high school, or just public schools)Details
Schools in regional and rural Victoria, other than Mitchell Shire, resumed on-site learning from the start of Term 3 on Monday 13 July. Schools remain closed for other year groups. Schools are open as normal in other parts of the country https://education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/term3.aspx
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Jul 14th, 2020Jul 14
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
From 14 July, certain Australian states closed their borders; people undertake interstate travel to these states must quarantine for 14 days in government-provided accommodation on arrival. https://www.health.gov.au/news/state-quarantine-requirements-for-interstate-travel
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Jul 16th, 2020Jul 16
Level 2 of 2
C3: Cancel public events - require cancellingDetails
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Jul 16th, 2020Jul 16
Level 4 of 4
C4: Restrictions on gatherings - restrictions on gatherings of 10 people or lessDetails
No social gatherings are permitted currently in Victoria. 5 ppl can attend a wedding, including the couple, celebrant and 2 witnesses, whilst 10 ppl can attend a funeral. Other parts of the country do not have restrictions. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/social-gatherings-metropolitan-melbourne-and-mitchell-shire-covid-19
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Jul 16th, 2020Jul 16
Level 2 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with exceptions for daily exercise, grocery shopping, and 'essential' tripsDetails
Stay at home order for Victoria with 4 exceptions: exercise, shopping for essential items, providing care to another, attending medical appointments. Other states do not have such restrictions. https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria
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Jul 16th, 2020Jul 16
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
In Victoria movement beyond one's suburb is discouraged, travel beyond or into metropolitan Melbourne is prohibited, some state borders are closed.
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Jul 16th, 2020Jul 16
Level 4 of 4
C8: International travel controls - ban on all regions or total border closureDetails
Border remains closed to all but returning residents. Residents are subjected to 14 day mandatory hotel quarantine on return.
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Jul 16th, 2020Jul 16
Level 3 of 3
H2: Testing policy - open public testing (eg "drive through" testing available to asymptomatic people)Details
Testing is recommended for people with symptoms, however, anyone can access a testing centre and tests are not refused.
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Jul 19th, 2020Jul 19
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
Lockdown in Victoria extended on 19 July. Closures of some non-essential businesses and encourages people to work from home where possible. Non-essential retail stores, hairdressers, take-away food and drink outlets, and offices are still open. Businesses are open as usual in other parts of the country. https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria https://www.cotavic.org.au/news-items/state-of-emergency-extended-to-keep-slowing-the-spread/
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Jul 30th, 2020Jul 30
Level 2 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for some sectors or categories of workersDetails
Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria have seen the closure of many workplaces. Take-away food shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, health services and petrol stations remain open. Construction work continues with limits of numbers of ppl on site. A few other industries are allowed to continue operating with various restrictions. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/07/victoria-stage-4-restrictions-melbourne-lockdown-rules-covid-19-stage-four-metropolitan-metro-explained-what-you-need-to-know https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/business-industry-stage-4-restrictions-covid-19
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Aug 2nd, 2020Aug 02
Level 3 of 3
C2: Workplace closing - require closing (or work from home) for all-but-essential workplaces (eg grocery stores, doctors)Details
All but essential workplaces are closed. Supermarkets will continue to stay open to allow people to buy food so there is no need to stock up on groceries. Other shops will only be available for delivery or click and collect. Metropolitan Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, and capital of the Victoria region, entered Stage 4 restrictions on 2 August, to last 6 weeks and Stage 3 restrictions apply to regional Victoria as of 5 August. From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne, Stage 4 restrictions apply. Victoria State Government Source: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-4-restrictions-summary-covid-19
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Aug 2nd, 2020Aug 02
Level 3 of 3
C6: Stay at home requirements - require not leaving house with minimal exceptions (eg allowed to leave once a week, or only one person can leave at a time, etc)Details
A curfew is in place between the hours of 8pm until 5am. This means you must be at your home during these hours. The only reasons to leave home between 8pm and 5am will be work, medical care and caregiving. Only one person per household can leave home to get necessary goods and services. They can leave once a day, which means people can’t do multiple shopping trips. You should limit the time you spend away from home. If you are unable to leave a child, children or an person in your care at home unattended, then they may accompany you. Metropolitan Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, and capital of the Victoria region, entered Stage 4 restrictions on 2 August, to last 6 weeks and Stage 3 restrictions apply to regional Victoria as of 5 August. From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne, Stage 4 restrictions apply. Victoria State Government Source: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-4-restrictions-summary-covid-19
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Aug 2nd, 2020Aug 02
Level 2 of 2
C7: Restrictions on internal movement - internal movement restrictions in placeDetails
Metropolitan Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, and capital of the Victoria region, entered Stage 4 restrictions on 2 August, to last 6 weeks and Stage 3 restrictions apply to regional Victoria as of 5 August. From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, if you live in metropolitan Melbourne, Stage 4 restrictions apply. Victoria State Government Source: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-4-restrictions-summary-covid-19 You can only travel up to 5km from your home. You should stay as close to your home as possible, for example shopping at the nearest supermarket. For some people the nearest essential goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider.
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Aug 3rd, 2020Aug 03
Level 3 of 3
C1: School closing - require closing all levelsDetails
All students in Victoria returned to online learning with the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions on Monday 3rd August. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/07/victoria-stage-4-restrictions-melbourne-lockdown-rules-covid-19-stage-four-metropolitan-metro-explained-what-you-need-to-know
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