9 June 2021

The Victorian Government announced today that Victoria’s lockdown restrictions will ease as of 11:59pm Thursday 10 June, as planned.  However, regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne will continue to follow COVIDSafe guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.  The Metropolitan Melbourne restrictions include

  • Leaving home for any reason
  • Travel limit of 25km from place of primary residence in place (specific exemptions apply)
  • People in Metropolitan Melbourne cannot travel to regional Victoria (specific exemptions apply)
  • Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors (updated as of 10 June, 2021)
  • Private gatherings in the home are not permitted
  • Public gatherings outside are permitted for groups up to 10 people

View the Table of Restrictions and exemptions

These new restrictions mean a change in some operations at OC Connections, including:

  • A return of Day Support participants, within the density limits set by the Government.
  • Day Support Community Hubs will reopen to accommodate our participants, subject to density limits.
  • Residents undertaking Day Support activities at home will be able to return to Day Support locations, subject to density limits.
  • The reopening of OCC Enterprises, with Supported Employees returning to work under density requirements from Tuesday 14 June.  Where Supported Employees are unable to return to work, where suitable, working from home arrangements will be put in place.
  • Towards Employment will return to face to face delivery from Tuesday 14 June.

The following operational restrictions will apply, in support of care directives and operational infection control requirements:

  • Support Coordination will continue to hold virtual or outdoor meetings, where necessary
  • Community Living are unable to receive visitors, however, residents can meet visitors in public locations outside of the homes.
  • Administrative and Corporate Services staff will remain working from home to assist us in meeting density requirements on site.
  • Staff will continue to wear PPE, including surgical face masks and eye protection (face-shields preferred)

We continue to encourage the community to, where possible, book in to receive the COVID Vaccine.  The more people vaccinated, the more chances we have of returning to a more usual way of life.

It was announced that the COVID vaccine is now open to all NDIS participants, support workers and carers over 16 and more vaccination sites are anticipated to be announced over the coming weeks in addition to those listed on the Department of Health’s website.  You can find out more at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

We also would like to remind our community to remain vigilant in continuing to monitor exposure sites, adhere to social distancing requirements and monitor symptoms.  Please get tested (even if you are fully vaccinated) if you show any signs of COVID-like symptoms.  You can find COVID testing sites here and monitor exposure sites here.

Thank you and take care.

Therese Desmond
Chief Executive Officer