Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Changed restrictions are now in place for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

More information about restrictions is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Permitted activities within these areas will be different from other areas of Victoria. This includes permitted activities on public land, and the responsibilities of land managers in implementing revised directions:

There are 4 reasons that you can leave home:

  • Shopping for food or other essential items
  • To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  • Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

Every Victorian in these areas must play their part. By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

What has changed?

Changed restrictions are now in place for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

More information about restrictions is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Permitted activities within these areas will be different from other areas of Victoria. This includes permitted activities on public land, and the responsibilities of land managers in implementing revised directions:Metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell – activities and access to public land Rest of Victoria – activities and access to public land

Please remember:

  • If you choose to travel outside your home, please do so responsibly
  • Take responsibility for your own hygiene, bring your own hand sanitiser, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and be mindful of others
  • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
  • If you feel unwell, stay home.

Caravan parks and camping grounds

Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

From 11:59pm on 8 July 2020 you are not permitted to leave home for the purposes of a holiday. Travel from restricted areas within metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire to areas elsewhere in Victoria is not permitted.

Camping grounds and caravan parks are not permitted to remain open, except for a limited range of occupants:

  • People who live there permanently
  • People without a permanent place of residence
  • People whose permanent place of residence is temporarily unavailable
  • People who have travelled to Victoria for work
  • People who were already staying there temporarily at the time the restrictions came into force
  • People who need emergency accommodation as a result of family violence or other threat
  • People who require accommodation for work, where their work is helping to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Camping Ground Closures - Mitchell Shire

Mount Disappointment State forest – Andersons Garden, Blairs Hut, Number One Camp, Number One Camp Horseyards and Regular Camp

Tallarook State forest - Freemans Camp, Tassie Camp and Trawool Reservoir Camp

Camping Ground Closures - Yarra Ranges Shire

Yarra State forest - Big Pats

Rest of Victoria

Camping, including campgrounds and bush camping, is allowed. Communal facilities like kitchens and bathrooms at campgrounds can open. Physical distancing and gathering directions still apply.

Public toilets will be opened with scheduled cleaning. Ensure personal hygiene and physical distancing is observed.

Please remember:

  • If you choose to take advantage of any changes to public health directions, please do so responsibly.
  • Take responsibility for your own hygiene, bring your own hand sanitiser, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and be mindful of others.
  • Remember – 1.5 metres of physical distancing at all times
  • If you are unwell, stay home

Forest closures

Hume closures

  • Brocks Road from Refrigerator Gap Track to boundary of Alpine National Park, Hume Region
  • Cairn Creek Track, Hume Region
  • Corn Hill Logging Road and adjoining unnamed tracks, Hume Region

Gippsland closures

  • Haunted Stream State Forest

Beach closures

Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Beaches within the Melbourne metropolitan area are open only for the purpose of exercise and recreation.

You are only allowed to exercise outside with one other person, or members of your household. Exercise includes water-based activities including swimming, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing and surf skiing.

Lifesaving clubs are closed, and Life Saving Victoria (LSV) beach patrols have ceased for the season.

Travel from restricted areas within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, to areas elsewhere in Victoria is not permitted. While you can visit beaches in metropolitan Melbourne, you should stay close to home and use common sense and consideration when it comes to these activities.

If you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and visit local beaches for exercise:

  • Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • You are only allowed to exercise with one other person, or members of your household.
  • Check that the park is open before travelling.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and be mindful of others.

Rest of Victoria

Beaches are open and accessible for exercise and recreation.

If visiting a beach:

  • Gathering sizes can be up to 10 people, however multiple groups of 10 people should not gather close by.
  • Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes to their activities.
  • You should only leave home if you really need to.

Frequently asked questions

Emergency information

You can also connect to multiple sources for emergency information, including

For park closures go to www.parks.vic.gov.au

For latest information on fires go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 10/07/20