09 June 2021

COVID-19 restrictions eased in Metropolitan Melbourne

The Victorian Government has announced easing of restrictions from 11.59pm Thursday 10 June 2021. This means that dental practices in metropolitan Melbourne will be able to return to Level 1 dental restrictions after that time, bringing them in line with dental practices in regional Victoria.

Face masks

Face masks will still be required indoors in both regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. This means all staff must wear a face mask in all areas of the dental practice (not just when treating patients) and patients must wear a face mask in the reception area. The face mask requirement applies to everyone aged 12 years and older unless an exemption applies. Face masks will not be required outdoors.

QR codes

The Acting Premier has also indicated that QR code check-in will become mandatory for all workplaces with limited exceptions. We will update members with more information once it becomes available. More information and details on registering to use the Victorian Government QR Code system is available on the Coronavirus Victoria website.

Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions remain in place for people living in metropolitan Melbourne, with a travel limit of 25km from your primary place of residence. Dentists are still permitted to travel to regional Victoria for work purposes only.

Screening patients

Practices should continue to screen patients for symptoms and if they have been at any of the potential exposure sites. You should defer treatment for anyone reporting symptoms or anyone who has been at one of the exposure sites. Screening patients prior to presenting for treatment remains one of our important mitigation measures in helping to reduce the risk of exposure in our practices.

Thank you

Thank you to members for your patience, support and understanding over the past two weeks as the ADAVB team has worked with the government to allow the safe return to dental practice.

Our ongoing advocacy has ensured that the Victorian Government has very clearly heard and understood the impact that these restrictions have had on dental practices and their patients, and was instrumental in ensuring that these dental restrictions were removed.