Important Information Regarding

Easing Of Restrictions Related To COVID-19

12th May 2020,

As you might be aware the Australian Government has implemented a 3 stage framework for easing restrictions related to COVID-19. Each state and Territory will ease these as they see appropriate.
For our state Victoria, the premier Daniel Andrews has announced on the 11th May 2020:

There are five reasons that you can leave home:

  • shop for food and other necessary goods and services
  • access medical services or provide caregiving – for example, this includes shared parenting obligations or providing care and support to an unwell, disabled, elderly or pregnant friend or relative
  • attend work or education where you can’t do those things from home
  • exercise and participate in some recreational activities adhering to the rules
  • visit friends, family and loved ones while adhering to the rules

Some restrictions have been cautiously eased to allow people to look after their own, and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection.

These new arrangements will come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday, 12 May.

This includes :

  • Having family and friends visit you at home – with up to five visitors being allowed into your home.
  • Gatherings of people for the purposes of non-contact sport and recreation in public settings, such as National, State and public parks – with groups of up to ten being allowed to gather.
  • Small gatherings of up to 10 people at some indoor facilities such as places of worship and community centres – along with those required to run the facilities. The four-square metre rule applies in these settings.

Within ACCS to ensure our clients, staff, volunteers and contractors remain safe we will be also easing the restrictions slowly. It is important that the following preventative measures continue:

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • If you cannot get to water or soap – please utilise hand sanitizer only if your hands are not soiled – if your hands are soiled – best practice is then to wash them for at least 20-30secs
  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • If unwell, avoid contact with others and isolate
  • It is important that when you are out shopping or socialising that you continue to maintain social distance at least 1.5 metres from people
  • Ensure your environment/home is maintained clean and safe

Notify us at ACCS on 1800 953 963 immediately if you or any of your immediate family members/visitors have:

Developed common cold or flu like symptoms such as:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Breathing difficulties – please call an ambulance if you have this symptom
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • If you or any of your immediate family members or visitors have been tested for COVID-19
  • If you or any of your immediate family members/visitors have travelled or returned from travel in the last 14 days.


ACCS Management and staff will continue to:

  • Monitor the Department of Health and Human Services website on a daily basis within regards to the updates and requirements for COVID-19.
  • No staff member is permitted to work if they are feeling unwell, this includes even if they have a slight cough.
  • Staff can only return to work once they receive a medical clearance.
  • DCW staff require to maintain social distance when attending to your care needs where possible – for example if cleaning your home – you will be asked to go to another room.
  • DCW staff require to wear their personal protective equipment such as mask, gloves, aprons, blue over shoe protectors if you are unwell to ensure risk of any infection is minimised to you and them.
  • Please be assured all of our staff including in admin/management have further completed training sessions on infection control that was released by the Department of health to ensure best practices are implemented to try and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 or any other viral infection such as the influenza.

To ensure we all slowly move to more of a normal lifestyle where we can leave our homes and visit our loved ones/friends, it is important that the above measures remain to continue to be implemented by all within our community to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either via mobile on 0499 808 352 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please take care and stay safe!!!!
Visnja Marincel
Manager, Quality, People & Culture (MQPC)