COVID-19 update for the Melbourne community

July 12, 2020 by A J-Wire community service announcement
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Australia’s Chief Health Officer and Victorian Chief Health Officer have both stated that Melburnians should wear face masks if social distancing cannot be maintained during their outings for one of the four permitted reasons to leave their home.

The wearing of a mask is not compulsory. However, community members are encouraged to adopt this practice for their own and others’ wellbeing.

The Victorian Government is ordering 2 million reusable masks and 1 million disposable masks – how and when these will be distributed is yet to be announced. For more information on this announcement, click here.

The four permitted reasons to leave your home ARE NOT invitations to leave your home. You must only leave home for essential reasons ONLY.

Business Support Package

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has announced a $534 million business support package for businesses and workers doing it tough amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The $534 million package includes:

• $5000 support grants for more than 80,000 eligible businesses
• $30 million fund for hardest hit hospitality businesses
• $36 million for mental health support for business owners
• $20 million fund for CBD businesses
• $40 million: regional tourism fund

To read the full announcement click here.

Jewish Care Victoria: Response to Stage 3 Restrictions

Jewish Care Victoria is taking all necessary precautions in accordance with the Department of Health requirements for Aged Care Providers, in response to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions. This includes advice for visitors, staff, clients, Elders and their families.
The Board of Jewish Care Victoria has made the difficult decision to once again restrict visitation to all our homes apart from exceptional circumstances where visitors are supporting end of life care. Elders will not be able to leave any of their homes except for medical appointments. We understand and acknowledge the impact this decision will have on both our Elders and their families.
For further information on residential care, active living arrangements, in-home care and other Jewish Care services please read their full statement here.

You are not alone.

Call Jewish Care on 8517 5555 for support.

The Jewish Care Victoria COVID-19 Helpline is available to assist and support those in the Victorian Jewish community impacted by the coronavirus.

Call 8517 5555 on Monday to Friday between 8:30am – 5:00pm if you or someone you know are, as a result of the coronavirus:

Experiencing emotional distress and worry,
Finding yourself social isolated,
Experiencing financial hardship or losing your connection to community and are in need of a helping hand to run errands and collect groceries.

Jewish Care is partnering with the Erdi Foundation, Spotlight Foundation, Victor Smorgon Charitable Trust, Gandel Philanthropy and Besen Family Foundation to assist and support those in the Jewish community of Victoria who have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus.

You are not alone.

Call 8517 5555 on Monday to Friday between 8:30am – 5:00pm and one of Jewish Care’s professional and qualified staff will contact you within 1 business day.

Get in touch with Josh Burns MP for Federal Government information and support.

If you need help with accessing Centrelink, a visa or any other federal government support, please contact Josh Burns’ office on 9534 8126 or

Get in touch with David Southwick MP for State Government information and support.

For further information and support relating to State Government health advice, restricted activities and areas, education and State Government financial assistance, please contact David Southwick MP at 9527 3866 or at


Victorian Restrictions and Places of Worship

For information on how Victoria’s current restrictions impact Shules and other places of worship, visit the Department of Health and Human Services webpage here.

Please check the ‘last updated’ notice on the bottom of the page and be patient while the Department updates their advice with these new developments.

Victorian Jewish Community COVID-19 Taskforce


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