28 October 2020

Work is continuing safely on Victoria’s Big Build, our biggest transport upgrade ever.

Construction on large-scale public infrastructure projects is critical and is continuing with strict COVIDsafe Plans in place on all project sites across Victoria.

The health and safety of our workforce and community remains our top priority. Workers on all of Victoria’s Big Build sites are required to wear face coverings unless they meet any of the criteria for exception – such as a medical condition or for Occupational Health and Safety guidelines.

Physical distancing measures are in place as well as increased hygiene practices.

Second Step restrictions – metropolitan Melbourne

Metropolitan Melbourne in currently in the Second Step of the roadmap to reopening. From 11:59pm on Sunday 18 October 2020 some restrictions are easing.

The four reasons that you can leave home remain, however some changes have been made to restrictions:

  • shopping for food or other essential items
  • exercise and outdoor social activity with members of your household; or up to ten people (including you) from a maximum of two households – as long as you do not travel more than 25km from home
  • permitted work, and for the purposes of education for some school-aged children
  • caregiving, for compassionate reasons, or to seek medical treatment.

Information for those who need to travel

When using public transport or replacement buses for essential reasons:

  • Everyone must wear a mask, unless an exemption applies.
  • Extra cleaning is being carried out on all bus replacement services to keep passengers and staff safe. All services, stops and stations are being disinfected and sanitised every day.
  • Commuters are being asked to practise good hygiene while using public transport. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you travel. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. If you are unwell, stay at home.
  • Passengers are being reminded to keep their distance where they can, and try travelling outside peak times when less people are using the network. When using escalators, try to stand four steps away from the person in front and avoid walking up or down.

For more information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.