Save Yourself and Community from Corona Virus Infection

Take personal action to reduce your exposure

  • Do not travel overseas or take a cruise.
  • Stay healthy with good nutrition, regular exercise, sensible drinking, sleeping well, and if you are a smoker, quitting. 
  • Do not participate in community gatherings including community sport if you are elderly or have pre‑existing medical conditions.
  • Take the following hygiene actions:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
    • Do not share drinking bottles, crockery and cutlery.
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
  • Ensure a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza) as soon as available. This could help reduce the risk of further problems.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly, for example telephones, keyboards, door handles, light switches and, bench tops.

Take personal action to protect your community

  • If you have returned from overseas you must self-isolate at home or in a hotel for 14 days. 
  • Do not organise or attend indoor gatherings of 100 or more people, or outdoor gatherings of 50 or more people. This is a directive from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and Victorian Government.
  • If you have had close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the previous 14 days you must self-isolate and must not participate in community gatherings including community sport.
  • Stay home if you are sick and don’t expose others. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, do not go outside your property or home, do not go to work, school or shops unless it is essential – for example to seek medical care.
  • Everyone should avoid crowds if possible. If you must be in a crowd, keep the time short.
  • Visits shops, cafes and restaurants sparingly. Where possible, consider home/office delivery and take-aways.
  • Where possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions (for example, Myki top ups).
  • If using a changeroom, do not share items like towels and soap bars, and wash your hands after changing.
  • Only travel when necessary and use public transport in less busy periods if you can. Walk or cycle to work if possible.
  • If you are elderly or have pre existing medical conditions do not use public transport.
  • Ride in the back of taxis, uber and ride shares.
  • Do not travel overseas or take a cruise.
  • Consider cancelling or postponing small family and community events – for example birthday parties, and remember, indoor events must be less than 10 people and outdoor events must be less than 50 people.

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