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There are simple things you can do to protect yourself, your family and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get vaccinated

Vaccination is an important defence against COVID-19 and vaccines are free for everyone in Australia. Find out more about vaccinations and where to book on the Victorian Department of Health website or visit our Vaccine information webpage.

Follow the COVIDSafe Settings

Stay up-to-date with COVIDSafe Settings on the Victorian Government website.

Get tested and stay home if you have symptoms

Get tested and stay home if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, however mild.

Stay vigilant with hygiene

Good hygiene is critical for slowing the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should be taking the following hygiene actions:

Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands regularly with for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water or use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Wash your hands when you get home, arrive at other people’s homes, at venues or at work.
  • Wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet.

Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands

  • Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share drink bottles, glasses, crockery or cutlery other than with people you live with.

Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with

  • Greet people with a smile or wave - don’t shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
  • Avoid crowds, especially indoors.
  • When waiting in line or walking through busy areas, be patient, give others space so they can give you yours.

Wear a mask

Watch our video below about to wear a face mask effectively.


Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces regularly (for example phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches, bench tops) can help stop the spread.

  • First step is cleaning, which means wiping dirt and germs off a surface. You can use common household detergent products stocked at supermarkets for cleaning.
  • Second step is to disinfect the surface. Supermarkets stock common household disinfection products – it is important to use products that are labelled "disinfectant" and to follow the instructions on the label.

Visit the Victorian Department of Health website for more advice.

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