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S.O.E Declaration

S.O.E Declaration

A State Of Emergency In Victoria Will Come Into Effect From Midday Monday

A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria to help combat COVID-19 (Corona Virus), and will come into effect from midday today (March 16).

A press release from the State government states, that the declaration has been put in place to provide the Chief Health Officer with the powers he needs to enforce a range of measures.

These include a 14-day isolation requirements for all travelers entering Australia and to cancel mass gatherings of more than 500 people, as agreed by National Cabinet yesterday.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced the State of Emergency this morning, which at this stage will be in force for the next four weeks, but may be extended.

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The first direction from the Chief Health Officer under these new powers will include banning non-essential mass gatherings of over 500 people such as cultural events, sporting events or conferences.

Gatherings that are deemed essential and may continue include public transport, food markets and workplaces.

Schools, TAFEs and universities will remain open for now but have been asked to restrict mass gatherings such as assemblies and lectures of over 500 people.

The powers also allow the Chief Health Officer to do whatever is necessary to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the risk to the health of Victorians.

While most Victorians are voluntarily complying with requests to isolate, the expanded powers mean that people who don’t comply with a directive could receive a fine of up to $20,000.

Anyone needing advice about whether a mass gathering can proceed can contact the DHHS advice line on 1800 675 398.

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