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The State Government has announced change of restrictions to Victoria's latest lockdown effective from 11:59pm Friday, the 17th September. 

For Metropolitan Melbourne, this means there are six reasons to leave home:

  • Shopping for food and supplies
  • Authorized work or permitted education
  • Care and caregiving
  • Exercise for up to 4 hours and with 1 other person (within 10km from home)
  • To get vaccinated or tested
  • outdoor social interaction (conditions apply)

Other restrictions are as follows:

Visitors to home are not permitted.

10km travel limit applies from place of primary residence.

Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors

Public gatherings permitted for personal training (for up to 2 people plus the trainer), social interaction (for up to 2 people from separate household) and for five people from two households if people aged 18 and over are fully vaccinated.

No private gatherings allowed

Playgrounds are open for children under 12, with one parent or carer.

Outdoor skateparks and outdoor gym equipment is open now.

Cafes and restaurants can open for takeaway only.

Schools, Childcare and Early Childhood Care are closed except to children of authorised workers.

Public exposure sites

The following exposure sites have been identified in the City of Whittlesea 

Tier 1 exposure site:

  • Epping: Goodstart Early Learning Epping Pacific Epping, 571-583 High Street 3076. Exposure period: 09/09/2021 7:00am - 4:00pm, 06/09/2021 - 08/09/21 and 10/09/21 7:30am - 4:00pm.
  • Mernda: Mernda YMCA Early Learning Centre 2 Goulburn Street 3754. Exposure period: 13/09/2021 6:30am - 3:30pmThomastown: Thomastown West Primary School 98-112 Main Street 3074. Exposure period: 13/09/2021 8:45am - 4:00pm
  • Mill Park: Mill Park Superclinic 250 Childs Road 3082. Exposure period: 06/09/2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • South Morang: Magnum Support Services, Suite 22, Level 1 797 Plenty Road 3752. Exposure period: 06/09/2021 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • South Morang: Little Learners, 205 Gordons Road 3752. Exposure period: 02/09/21, 03/09/21, 06/09/21 10:00am - 10:45am, 4:00pm - 4:45pm, and 07/09/2021 - 08/09/2021 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Mernda: 601 Bridge Inn Road Job Site Mernda, 3754. Exposure period: 1/09/21 7:00am 4:00pm
  • Mill Park: Optus - Westfield Plenty Valley 415 McDonalds Road 3082. Exposure period: 05/09/2021 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Epping: Northern Medicals, 65-66 Saxony Drive 3076. Exposure period: 26/08/21 4:50pm - 6:35pm
  • Epping: Epping Plaza Medical and Dental Centre, Shop 216, 571-583 High Street 3076. Exposure period: 30/08/21 12:30pm 1:15pm
  • Thomastown:  KFC Thomastown, 27-33 Spencer Street 3074. Exposure period: 03/09/21 7:30pm - 12:30pm

Tier 2 exposure sites:

  • Mill Park: Mill Park Primary School 2/10 Blamey Avenue 3082. Exposure period: 13/09/2021 - 14/09/2021 8:45am - 6:00pm, 15/09/2021 8:45am - 4:00pm, 16/09/2021 8:45am - 3:00pm
  • Mill Park: 7-Eleven Mill Park 252 Childs Road & Morang Drive 3082. Exposure period: 08/09/2021 - 09/09/2021 7:00am - 4:24pm
  • Lalor: High Street Collision Repair Centre 434/436 High Street 3075. Exposure period: 13/09/2021 - 16/09/2021 7:30am - 11:00am
  • Epping: McDonald's Epping Corner High Street and Childs Road 3076. Exposure period: 14/09/2021 6:30am - 11:31am
  • Wollert: Dental One Epping North 18 Matilda Avenue 3750. exposure period: 13/09/2021 11:54am - 1:45pm
  • Thomastown: McDonald's Thomastown 30 Dalton Road 3074. Exposure period: 04/09/2021 3:00pm - 9:00pm,05/09/2021 3:30pm - 11:30pm, 06/09/2021 3:30pm - 8:30pm, 09/09/2021 3:00pm - 10:30pm, 10/09/2021 3:30pm - 9:00pm, 11/09/2021 2:30pm - 11:30pm, 12/09/2021 8:00am - 3:30pm
  • Doreen: Care Dental Group,100 Hazel Glen Drive 3754. Exposure period: 07/09/2021 9:50am - 11:30am
  • Mill Park: Coles - Westfield Plenty Valley Civic Drive 3082. Exposure period: 06/09/2021 8:30am - 5:00pm and 07/09/2021 7:00am - 3:00pm
  • Epping: KFC 519 High Street 3076. Exposure period: 08/09/2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • South Morang: The Greenhouse - Axis Lifestyle Centre, 797 Plenty Road 3752. Exposure period: 06/09/2021 12:00pm - 8:45p, 07/09/2021 12:00pm - 6:15pm, 08/09/2021 12:00pm - 4:15pm, 09/09/2021 12:00pm - 5:45pm and 10/09/2021 12:00pm - 6:15pm.
  • South Morang: ZAIT Bakery - Axis Lifestyle Centre 797 Plenty Road 3752. Exposure period: 05/09/2021 - 10/09/21 11:30am - 12:05pm
  • South Morang: TerryWhite Chemmart 8 The Promenade 3752. Exposure period: 04/09/2021 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Mill Park: Chatime Plenty Valley Kiosk 03/415 McDonalds Road. Exposure period: 09/09/2021 12:00pm - 5:30pm
    Thomastown: Best Friends Pets Thomastown 36 Dalton Road 3074. Exposure period: 06/09/2021 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Epping: Henry's Cafeteria, Northern Hospital 185 Cooper Street 3076. Exposure period: 31/08/2021 12:40pm - 1:05pm 01/09/2021 8:00am - 8:30am, 2:30pm - 3:15pm and 02/09/2021 8:00am - 8:25am
  • Mernda: Mernda Cafe Convenience, 1/40 Breadalbane Avenue 3754. Exposure period: 31/08/21 3:00pm - 7:30pm and 01/09/21 3:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Epping: O'Herns Road Apartment Building, 210 O'Herns Road 3076. Exposure period: 28/08/21 - 07/09/21 12:00am - 11:59pm
  • Thomastown: Australian Future Cabinets, 1/2 Clay Court, 3074. Exposure period: 01/09/21 8:00am - 4:30pm, 02/09/21 8:00am - 10:30pm and 03/09/21 10:00am - 1:30pm
  • Epping: Aldi, Aurora Vi[llage,315A harvest home road 3076. Exposure period: 02/09/21 3:15pm - 4:15pm
  • Epping: Coles Aurora Village, 315A harvest home road 3076. Exposure period: 31/08/21 1:45pm - 3:15pm 
  • Epping: Woolworths Pacific, 571 - 583 High Street 3076. Exposure period: 03/09/21 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Mernda: Theo's Fish and Chips, 2, 40 Breadalbane Avenue 3754. Exposure period: 31/08/21 3:00pm - 7:30pm, 01/09/21 3:30pm - 8:00pm, 02/09/21 9:30am - 10:40am
  • Mernda: Mernda café Convenience, 1/40 Breadalbane Avenue 3754. Exposure period: 31/08/21 3:00pm - 7:30pm and 01/09/21 3:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Bundoora: Apartment Complex, 21 Plenty Road 3083. Exposure period: 30/08/21 to 05/09/21 12:00am - 11:59pm
  • Whittlesea: Royal Mail Hotel Whittlesea, 29 Beech Street 3757. Exposure period: 02/09/21 11:00am - 4:30pm and 31/08/21 11:00am - 8:30pm
  • Thomastown: Future Cabinet, 1/2 Clay Court 3074. Exposure period: 27/08/21 8:00am - 5:30pm and 01/09/21 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thomastown: Bostik Australia, 51-71 High Street 3074. Exposure period: 30/08/21 2:00pm - 10:30pm and 31/08/21 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Thomastown: BGS Mechanics, 14/11 Brand Drive 3075. Exposure period: 30/08/21 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Epping: Zaatar Plus, 41 Miller Street 3076. Exposure site: 31/08/21 10:30am -12:00pm
  • Epping: Costco Wholesale Epping, 60 Deveny Road 3076. Exposure period: 28/08/21 11:00am - 12:30pm, 31/08/21 3:00pm - 4:30pm, 31/08/21 3:05pm - 5:07pm and 2/09/21 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Epping: ALDI Epping Plaza, 571- 583 High Street. Exposure period: 31/08/2021 3:35pm - 4:40pm
  • Lalor: No1 Fruit Market 37 May Road. Exposure period: 01/09/2021 12:10pm - 1:00pm
  • Lalor: Troy & Twinnie Beverage Bar, 33 May Road. Exposure period: 01/09/2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Epping: Coffee Hit Epping Plaza, 571- 583 High Street. Exposure period: 01/09/2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
  • Mill Park: The Sporting Globe Bar & Grill - Westfield Plenty Valley, 415 McDonalds Road. Exposure period: 29/08/21 4:45pm - 7:40pm and 27/08/21 4:30pm - 8:10pm

Stay up to date with the latest information at

View the NEW exposure sites map which is updated regularly by the Department of Health.

Travel restrictions

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Latest advice

If you visited any of the exposure sites listed on the Victorian Health Department website you should get tested immediately.

Even if you have not been to any of these sites, if you have any symptoms you should get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.

You can find out more about where to get tested online.

A Call-to-Test service enables vulnerable people who cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons to get tested at home. Read more about about to access this service.

Testing is at the following sites:

  • Mernda Station in Schotters Rd, Mernda from 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Northern Hospital at 187 Cooper Street, Epping from 8am to 6pm
  • 4Ctye Pathology at 52 Childs Road, Epping, Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm
  • 4Cyte Pathology at 420 Grimshaw St, Bundoora, Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm
  • 4Cyte Pathology at 6 Main St, Thomastown, 8am to 5pm
  • RMIT Bundoora East Campus car park, 264 Plenty Rd, Mill Park from 9am to 4pm

Find all the local testing sites and estimated wait times online.

You can pre-register for a COVID-19 test at some locations to save time. Fill out the online form. Check which centres are using the registration form.

Call 1800 675 398 for more information or 

Read more on the DHHS website.

Some people are eligible for an in-hometest. Call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 and select option 4 and then option 5 to find out if you are eligible for this Call-to-test service.

If you HAVE symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested you need to STAY HOME until you received your coronavirus test result.

You may be eligible for a Victorian Government payment if you don't have access to sick leave and are required to isolate. More information is available here.

Those aged 40 and over are now eligible for a vaccine at state-run centres. They can book, subject to availability, by calling 1800 675 398.

For more details, other vaccination centre locations, eligibility and bookings, visit

Local vaccination sites

Council Offices, 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang (follow the signs to the PRACC building). This is run by Northern Health.

  • Open: 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Available for: Walk-ins and bookings for AstraZeneca and Pfizer (pending supply). Visit the Northern Health website for up-to-date information. 
  • Book online:

Epping Memorial Hall on High St, Epping. This is run by DPV Health

  • Open: Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Available for: AstraZeneca only
  • Walk-ins and bookings 1300 378 829. Walk-ins currently not accepted for people under 60 years.

For more details, other vaccination centre locations, eligibility and bookings, visit

A fitted face mask is required instead of other face coverings because it provides better protection.

You should take the following actions to stay safe:

  • practice good hygiene
  • maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others
  • understand the risk and symptoms
  • help continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested, even if you have mild symptoms
  • stay home and avoid contact if you’re feeling unwell
  • take care wherever you go, assume others may be carrying the virus.

More information is available here.

Read more on the Victoria Government's website.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

The most reliable information on the coronavirus can be found on both the Victorian and Australian government’s websites.

Victorian Government

1800 675 398

Australian Government or
1800 020 080

Click here to visit the DHHS website for COVID-19 information translated in other languages.

You can call the coronavirus hotline if you have concerns: 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter call 131 450.

Additional resources are available on our website.



Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) program that aims to help people with disability access:

  • COVID-19 testing
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • advice and prevention through linking people to other health supports.

For more information

Or contact Northern Health Disability Liaison Officer via email

 People with disability can now contact the Disability Gateway for information and referrals about coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Disability Gateway can help families, carers and support workers, too.

The hotline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.

The Council for Intellectual Disability has easy English information 

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) have developed an easy English Guide to Coronavirus 

Read Access Ability Australia's social story about keeping safe during COVID-19.

Watch Don't Forget Us video 

There is information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians on the DHHS website.

There is also information on the Australian Government website: resources


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