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COVID-19 Update: Second Step Restrictions


As of 11.59pm on Saturday the 27th of September, Victoria entered the ‘Second Step’ of the Premier’s lockdown roadmap.

Each step of the Premier’s lockdown roadmap sees COVID-19 restrictions easing in certain ways until Victoria is open again as part of ‘COVID normal’.

For further information please visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website, which will be updated as additional information becomes available.

What does this mean for Out Doors?

As an Essential Service, the staff of Out Doors Inc will continue to work remotely, supporting the community as best we can. Programs will continue to be suspended until further notice.

We do hope to run day activity programs in November and December (dependent on advice from the Department of Health and Human Services).

If you need to get in touch, please Contact Us.

What does The Second Step mean for me?

Source: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

  • From 5am on Monday 28 September there is no longer a curfew in metropolitan Melbourne. You can leave home at any time for one of the four reasons.
  • The four reasons that you can leave home remain, however some changes have been made to restrictions:
    • shopping for food or other essential items
    • exercise and outdoor social activity with members of your household; or up to five people including you (and from a maximum of two households) – as long as you do not travel more than 5km from home. This needs to be in a public outdoor place (for example a local park).
    • permitted work, and for the purposes of education for some school aged children. This includes taking children to a school, childcare or an outside school hours care service in which they are enrolled.
    • caregiving, for compassionate reasons, or to seek medical treatment
  • For many secondary students, remote and flexible learning continues in the Second Step.
  • In Term 4, from 12 October, there will be a phased return for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 6, VCE (years 11 and 12 or those doing VCE, VCAL subjects, International Baccalaureate, or VETiS) and special schools.

As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

We all need to continue to play our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

What if I need to talk to someone?

If you or anyone you know needs to talk to someone during this time, contact:

We wish you all the best during this difficult time and will keep you updated via email and our FacebookInstagram and Twitter accounts. 

Media Contact: Iudita Trifa-Schmidt, or (03) 9417 2111.

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