02 June 2021
Changes to dental restrictions
The Victorian Government has announced a series of changes to restrictions across Victoria coming into effect from 11:59pm Thursday 3 June 2021.
Following our advocacy to the Chief Health Officer yesterday (Tuesday 1 July), restrictions on dental practice will be lifted in regional Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday 3 June. This means that dental practices in regional Victoria will be able to resume delivering dental care to patients from this Friday. It is still important to ensure that you continue to adequately screen patients for symptoms and attendance at exposure sites and defer appointments as necessary. Patients and staff will be required to wear a face mask indoors at all times (except during treatment for patients) unless an exemption applies, and density requirements of one person per four square metres will apply.
The acting Premier indicated during the press conference today that regional businesses will be required to confirm the identification of their customers to ensure that they reside in regional Victoria. Patients cannot travel from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria to access dental care. We are still seeking confirmation of the details of this requirement and will provide further updates when more information comes to hand.
Disappointingly, restrictions still apply for metropolitan Melbourne despite our requests to allow patients to access necessary dental care. We will continue to advocate to modify the current restrictions that only allow for urgent dental care.
Business Support Grants
The Government has announced further support through the Business Support package, with an additional $209 million to provide grants of up to $5000 for affected businesses. The applications will now be open from tomorrow, and we encourage dentists to apply here.
We will continue to update our website as new information becomes available.