The Premier has announced that metro Melbourne will move to Step 2 on the roadmap to ‘COVID normal’, effective 11:59pm on Sunday 27 September. For adult education settings (which includes universities), Step 2 still equates to ‘heavy restrictions’ including:
- Work and study from home where you can.
- Strict controls on students approved to attend campus or undertake placement or fieldwork activities.
University students in their final year of study who would not graduate by the end of January 2021 (i.e. even with extended delivery into summer) will be able to attend on-site for learning and assessment and/or work placements where necessary to complete their qualifications. Further information about the COVID-safe resumption of these activities will be provided directly to affected staff and students as soon as possible.
Other notable changes include:
- Everyone will now be required to wear a fitted face mask, covering the nose and mouth (unless medical exemption applies). Scarves, bandannas and face shields on their own will no longer be permitted.
- The curfew will be lifted from 5am Monday 28 September but the fine for unlawful gatherings is to be increased.
Regional Victoria remains at Step 3. For the university this means activities remain ‘restricted’ and that staff and students must continue to work and study from home and only attend on-site where approved for hands-on, skills-based learning.
For more information on the DHHS website.
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