COVID-19 Directions issued by Chief Health Officer

COVID-19 Directions issued by Chief Health Officer

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020

A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria from 16 March 2020 until 11 May 2020 to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).

A State of Emergency was declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 to manage coronavirus (COVID-19). This provides the Chief Health Officer with additional powers to issue directions to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep Victorians safe.

The application and implications of Directions issued under the State of Emergency are reviewed daily.

You can download the Chief Health Officer's directions on this page.

Restricted activity directions (No 4)

These directions place restrictions on businesses and other organisations, and limit recreational, cultural and entertainment activities. The Restricted activity directions (No 4) came into force at midnight on 17 April 2020 and replace the Restricted activity directions (No 3).

Visit the Restricted activity directions - frequently asked questions for more information.

Stay at home directions (No 4)

These directions outline the limitations on leaving home for all Victorians, and provide clarification of previous directions. The Stay at Home directions (No 4) came into force at midnight on 13 April 2020 and replace the Stay at home directions (No 3).

Visit the Stay at home directions - frequently asked questions for more information.

Care facilities directions (No 2)

This direction replaces the Care facilities direction, previously the Aged Care facilities direction, which restricted entry to all aged care facilities. It continues restrictions to care facilities, including alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, disability residential care and homelessness residential facilities. They came into force at midnight on 13 April 2020.

Visit the Restricting access to care facilities - frequently asked questions for more information.

Direction and Detention notice (No 2)

This direction is issued to people arriving in Victoria from overseas and advises them they must go into immediate compulsory quarantine for 14 days.

Visit the Information for overseas travellers page for more information.

Isolation on diagnosis directions (No 2) 

These directions make it compulsory for anyone with a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus to go into isolation for a minimum period, and to meet other compulsory conditions before being able to resume normal activities. They came into force on 13 April 2020.

Visit the About coronavirus page for more information on isolation.

Hospital visitors directions (No 2)

These directions restrict entry into hospitals to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus among hospital patients and staff. Paid workers and volunteers can enter as usual, but there are restrictions on the age and number of visitors for patients, and limits on the duration of visits. They came into force at midnight on 13 April 2020. 

Revocation of airport arrivals and cruise ships directions

This direction revokes the Airport arrivals and Cruise ship docking directions, recognising that both have now been superseded by the compulsory quarantine Direction and Detention notice.


Source: Department of Health and Human Services