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Stage 3 restrictions

Stage 3 restrictions came into effect in regional Victoria on 6 August 2020.

This means there are only four reasons to leave you home:

Get tested 

Get tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild. 

There are now two COVID-19 testing clinics in Ballarat. Anyone who is showing even the mildest of symptoms should get tested. 

Testing is currently available to people with the following symptoms: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, and loss of sense of smell or taste. 

Booking a test is simple:

You must return home immediately after the test and remain in self-isolation until you receive your test result. 

Practice good hygiene  

Good hygiene is critical for slowing the spread of coronavirus. Everyone should be taking the following hygiene actions: 

Wash your hands 

  • Wash your hands regularly with for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water or use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol 

  • Wash your hands when you get home, arrive at other people’s homes, at venues or at work 

  • Wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet 

Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands 

  • Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands 

  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands 

  • Do not share drink bottles, glasses, crockery or cutlery other than with people you live with 

Keep your distance 

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from anyone you don’t live with 

  • Greet people with a smile or wave - don’t shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting 

  • When waiting in line or walking through busy areas, be patient, give others space so they can give you yours 


Face masks are now mandatory

Victorians are now required to wear a face covering when leaving home.

If you cannot purchase or make a face mask an alternative form of covering including a scarf or bandana may be used. 

And while it's important we're all wearing a mask and protecting one another, it doesn't mean they can't be stylish. To help you in your search for a mask, we've put together a list of local creators and businesses currently making and selling them.

How to make a cloth face mask (Vic Gov, DHHS) 

Putting on and taking off a face mask requires strict hygiene practices so that you don't accidentally transfer the virus to yourself or others. 

Ballarat Health demonstrate how 

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