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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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Our Vision for Fed Sq

To be recognised internationally as a contemporary world site and Melbourne’s inspirational public space.

To manage and develop Fed Square to actively support and reflect Melbourne’s pre-eminent civic and cultural strengths.

View the latest Federation Square updates of COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

Update 8 - Additional Coronavirus Updates

5:05 pm - 30 March, 2020

On 29 March, the National Cabinet met again to discuss the implementation of further social distancing measures. Today, 30 March, the State Government has announced that Stage 3 restrictions will come into effect across the state from 11:59pm tonight. As part of this, gatherings are restricted to no more than two people except for family members and for work or education, with playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms to be closed and on the spot fines to be issued against people breaching these new directions. The National Cabinet also agreed to pursuing a moratorium on evictions for the next six months for residential and commercial tenants who are experiencing financial distress due to the impact of coronavirus. The details of how this would be implemented are being determined by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, in consultation with state counterparts. Further information about these new measures is available here.

Considering these new restrictions, it is important to reiterate that while Fed Square remains a thoroughfare, we are closed as a venue and we encourage anyone who can stay at home to stay at home.

Update 7 - Additional Social Distancing Measures

1:35 pm - 25 March, 2020

On 24 March, the National Cabinet announced new social distancing measures being put in place to counter the COVID-19 outbreak and reinforced several of the measures already in place. In addition to a ban on Australians travelling overseas, this latest announcement clarified and added to the list of prohibited activities and venues and exceptions to these new rules. Details of the announcement are available here, but the clear message from the Prime Minister last night and again from the Victorian Premier this morning is that anyone who can stay at home should stay at home.

While Fed Square remains a thoroughfare, we are closed as a venue. We strongly support the advice of health authorities at a Federal and State level that people who can stay at home should stay at home and suggest that people avoid coming to Fed Square. All venue spaces and tenancies at Fed Square are temporarily closed with the exception of 7-Eleven, which will remain operational during this time.

Fed Square has also made the decision to stop streaming Fed Cam on the Digital Facade until further notice. While Fed Cam is a much loved part of a visit to Fed Square, the health and safety of the community is of upmost importance at this time and Fed Square wants to do everything in its power to encourage the public to adhere to the advice provided by health authorities.

Update 6 - New Social Distancing Measures

4:32 pm - 23 March, 2020

On 22 March, the National Cabinet confirmed new social distancing measures in response to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Chief among these new measures is the temporary closure of many indoor venues, taking effect from midday today (23 March). These measures will be reviewed after one month. Due to these new measures it is anticipated that the majority of food and beverage tenants within the Federation Square precinct will be forced to temporarily close. Full information of these new measures is available here.

These new social distancing measures follow previous bans on outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, and indoor gatherings that allow for less than four square metres per person in the gathering space.

Fed Square is committed to working closely with its tenants, the public and other key stakeholders to ensure any disruptions and impacts brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak are minimised and Federation Square is in the best position to manage and recover from this situation.

Update 5 - Statement from the Premier

6:19 pm - 22 March, 2020

Fed Square wishes to share an announcement made by the Premier of Victoria today, 22 March, regarding a planned shutdown of all non-essential services over the next 48 hours. The press release summarising this announcement is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-32/.

We expect to receive more details about these measures over the coming 24 hours and will seek to keep you informed as soon as we have more information about the impact of this upon the Fed Square community.

 

Update 4 - Media Statement Regarding COVID-19

3:45 pm - 19 March, 2020

Late yesterday a member of Federation Square’s office staff returned a positive result for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The staff member has been in isolation since Monday, after showing symptoms over the weekend. This individual’s role is largely administrative, based wholly in the Fed Square office, and had no exposure to the public or tenants in the period after they were exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).

As an extra precaution, all non-essential staff at Fed Square Pty Ltd were last night directed to stay home, effective from this morning, with only core staff remaining in the office. These arrangements will stay in place until further notice.

We are doing this proactively in the interests of staff and the public.

We believe this is a cautious and prudent response in an evolving situation.

For the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19), visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

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Update 3 - COVID-19 Fed Square

10:59 am - 19 March, 2020

Fed Square would like to advise that all non-essential staff at Fed Square Pty Ltd are now working from home, with only core staff remaining in the office. These arrangements will stay in place until further notice.

All these actions are in place to safeguard the general public and tenants. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience during this difficult time.

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Update 2 - Fed Square COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

8:20 pm - 13 March, 2020

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), health authorities have advised that all non-essential, organised public gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020. Fed Square is committed to working closely with its tenants, the public and other key stakeholders to ensure any disruptions are minimised and Federation Square is in the best position to emerge from the impacts of COVID-19 stronger than ever.

We encourage people with tickets to events scheduled over the next few weeks to contact the event organiser to confirm if the event is postponed. While cancellations are inevitable, we will work with event partners to communicate any changes quickly and clearly, in a way that minimises the impacts on visitors and the precinct’s tenants.

If you are feeling unwell or have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus disease (COVID-19) stay at home (self-isolate). If you are concerned, please call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. The easiest way to protect yourself, family and friends is to pay attention to good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask if you are well.

For the latest information visit the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

We will endeavour to keep you updated on this situation.

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Update 1 - Fed Square Information Regarding Corona Virus

10:30 am - 3 March, 2020

Fed Square remains open for business and continues to welcome visitors from Melbourne, interstate and overseas.

There are no current plans to cancel any events, activations or any other public gatherings at Fed Square or elsewhere in Victoria due to coronavirus. Businesses and tourism operators across the precinct also remain open and need the support of the community at this time more than ever.

The outbreak in mainland China and in other parts of the world is of concern, however, the situation in Australia is significantly different. Victoria has plans in place to manage and mitigate the risks of coronavirus.

The spread of coronavirus occurs through close contact with an infected person, mostly face-to-face or within a household. It can’t jump across a room or be carried for long distances in the air. If you are not in a group at risk group of contracting coronavirus, you should go about your daily life and travel, work or study as normal. This includes continuing to use public transport, cars, taxis, hire cars, ridesharing, cycling or walking in public places.

The easiest way to protect yourself and event attendees is to pay attention to good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene:

  • You should pay close attention to good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue – or cough into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
  • Face masks are not recommended for use by members of the public in Victoria, although anyone who wants to be cautious can of course choose to wear one.

For the latest information, visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

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