OC Connections response to Victoria’s Lockdown Directive

27 May 2021

The Victorian Government has introduced a seven-day lockdown across the state, effective from 11:59pm tonight, Thursday 27 May until 11:59pm Thursday 3 June. This lockdown means that people can only leave their home for the following reasons:

  • Shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)
  • Caregiving or compassionate reasons
  • Essential work or permitted education
  • Exercise (can leave home for two hours of exercise with one other person)
  • To get vaccinated

A travel limit of 5km from your place of primary residence will also be in place (other than for travelling for essential work) and masks must be worn everywhere. Please refer to the Table of Restrictions from the Victorian Government for your reference.

Based on the information known today, this lockdown will be in place until 11.59pm Thursday 3 June, 2021 unless otherwise advised.

In response to this directive, and like the previous snap lockdowns OC Connections will follow all requirements, resulting in the closedown of OCCE, Day Support hubs, Short Term Accommodation (respite) and in-home support unless it is an essential service.   

A modified service will be provided for Day Support participants and families at 773 Warrigal Road that cannot be supported at home or who are a family member of an essential worker. All infection control guidelines will be in place with staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants and all staff.

Residents living in our community homes will continue to receive additional supports to participate in activities during the day and we will continue to offer day support activities to those residents in their homes as these programs are deemed to be essential to support the individual’s health, safety, behaviour and wellbeing. Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries about the provision of these supports.

OCC Enterprises will be closed and all Supported Employees and staff have been directed to stay home during this lockdown.

Support Coordination participants have been advised that face-to-face meetings will not take place during this time.

We are in the process of contacting each and every family to discuss the best way to support their family member into the future.

This latest outbreak has seen a wider spread of Exposure sites across Greater Melbourne. It is important for you to check these sites so you know if you have been at risk of exposure to the virus.  Please visit the Victorian Government’s Exposure Sites listing.

If you have visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed, you must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. You should also contact the Department of Health at 1300 651 160

If you have visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed, you should urgently get a test and isolate until you receive a negative result. You should also contact the Department of Health at 1300 651 160. If you have visited a Tier 3 exposure site during times listed, you should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

And, if you or your family member or anyone in your home have any symptoms, no matter how mild, please get tested and don’t attend any venue until you receive test results.

It’s clear – more than ever – this virus isn’t going away and vaccines are the only way we’ll ever get back to normal.  To find out how to access the vaccine, please visit the COVID vaccine site.

As with previous correspondence, we will continue to update you of the current status of our closure via email and updates on our COVID update page .  

For information about your nearest testing site you can visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398. 

Thank you for your continued support.  We will continue to work together to support participants, families and staff to stay healthy and safe.

Stay safe and well

Therese Desmond
Chief Executive Officer