As you may now be aware, the Victorian Premier has announced that as at 11:59pm tonight, Friday 12th February a 5-day snap lockdown will be in place for all of Victorians.
What we know:
There will be four reasons to leave your home: shopping for the things you need, care and caregiving, exercise and work, if it is essential.
- Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from your home. If there’s no shops in your five-kilometre radius, you’ll be able to travel to the ones closest to you.
- Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors – whenever you leave home.
- You won’t be able to have visitors to your home. And any public gatherings won’t be able to go ahead.
- For school students, that means learning from home, unless they need onsite supervision as the children of essential workers. Unis and TAFEs will close or move to remote learning. Childcare and kinders will remain open.
- Gyms, pools, community centres, entertainment venues and libraries will all need to close.
- And as with Stage 4 restrictions, all non-essential retail will close, but essential stores like supermarkets, bottle shops and pharmacies will remain open. Cafes and restaurants will only be able to offer take-away.
- Hotel and accommodation providers will be able to stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made.
- Funerals will be able to go ahead with up to ten people. Weddings will need to be postponed.
A list of who is considered an essential worker will be made available online. But the short answer is – if you were a permitted worker during Stage 4 restrictions – you’ll most likely be an essential worker now too. For everyone else, we need you to work from home.
Our recommendation to our members:
At this time, unless you are employed within an inpatient health service setting or residential aged care facility, we would be strongly recommending that you cancel all face to face appointments for the next 5 day period and reschedule to telehealth where possible.
– All members need to make your own decision about whether to provide remote services (see the MA Telepractice Policy) Your MA membership insurance will cover these services provided you work within your scope of practice, including maintaining, as always, comprehensive clinical notes. It is important that you provide your patients who elect for remote consultations with a comprehensive patient informed consent form outlining how the service is to be delivered, costs and that private health insurance may not cover remote consultations.
Additional resources for Telehealth can be found in this webinar
– Under current industry restart guidelines, all business must have in place a COVID-safe plan (based on the COVID-safe principles) – as attached.
What we are doing:
– reaching out to all Victorian Health Departments in an effort to ensure myotherapists are not locked out of in-person care beyond the 5-day lockdown
The messaging from the Premier and CHO has been very clear as to the extremely infectious nature of this variant of COVID, and the need for a hard lockdown.
Please remember, these public health orders are in place to minimise movement throughout the community and to keep you, your patients and the community safe.
We must do everything we can to keep our communities safe and prevent unexpected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Stay Safe. Exercise common sense and let’s get through this in a short, sharp manner so as to avoid this extending beyond the 5-day order.