May 27, 2021

Tonight, our state will transition back to stay-at-home COVID restrictions for one week to slow the spread of the current outbreak. I understand this will be a stressful, unsettling and uncertain time for many people. Please be kind to one another and reach out for support if you need it.

Below is a summary of the seven-day circuit-breaker restrictions that will come into effect from 11.59pm tonight, Thursday May 27.
There are five reasons to leave home:

  • To buy necessary goods and supplies. Shopping will be limited to five kilometres from your home (or shops closest to you) and will be restricted to one person per day per household.
  • To exercise, for up to two hours, with one other person or members of your household. The five-kilometre limit also applies.
  • For authorised work and education.
  • For care-giving, compassionate or medical reasons.
  • To be vaccinated.

Masks must be worn everywhere except your own home, unless a medical exemption applies.
Childcare and kindergartens will remain open, but schools will only be open for children of authorised workers or vulnerable children.
More information about these restrictions, including a list of authorised workers, is available here.

I know this is not where any of us wanted to be, but I know that our community will band together and get through this as we have many times before.

If you need any help interpreting the directions or accessing supports, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with my office on 5382 0097 or email [email protected]

Take care and be kind,


Victorian school students will return to flexible and remote learning from tomorrow, with the exception of vulnerable children and the children of essential workers.
I would like to give a big shout out to all students, parents and teachers who are embarking on the remote learning journey once more. I know it can be really hard, so please be kind to yourselves. We’re all in this together, and we can only do the best we can.
South Australia
At the time of writing, South Australia had imposed restrictions for people who had been in Greater Melbourne or Bendigo, but had not made an announcement on whether there would be any changes for cross-border residents travelling into the state. If the SA Government makes any announcements about this, I will post them on my Facebook page.
You can access the current South Australian directions here.

The NSW Government has advised that people subject to the stay-at-home measures in Victoria should not be travelling to NSW unless they are permitted to do so.
Anyone who is permitted to travel to NSW who has been in Victoria after 4pm today (Thursday, May 27) must follow the directions that apply in Victoria. This means these people must remain at their home or place of residence in NSW for the seven-day duration of the Victorian measures unless for essential shopping, medical care, caregiving, outdoor exercise, and essential work or education.
More information is available here.

At the time of writing, there are 34 active COVID-19 cases in Victoria. The list of exposure sites is growing quickly, so please check the Department of Health’s list here. Please note there have been some delays in the government’s listing of exposure sites.

Wimmera Health Care Group COVID Clinic
At Wimmera Base Hospital, Horsham, Read Street.
Open daily from 9am to noon. No booking needed.
Horsham Respiratory Clinic
148 Baillie St (next to Lister House Medical Clinic)
Call 5382 0011 or visit the website here to make a booking.
Western District Health Service drive-through testing service
At Hamilton Base Hospital, entry via Foster Street.
Open between 10am and noon Monday to Saturday.
No appointment necessary.


  • contains information about restrictions and health advice, and also has links to relevant financial assistance and support
  • The Victorian Coronavirus Hotline – 1800 675 398
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service Wimmera South West – 1300 735 578 or visit
  • Head to Health provides links to trusted online and phone mental health supports and resources
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • Headspace – Horsham, for people aged between 12 and 25: 5381 1543
  • Safe Steps crisis line – 1800 015 188
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