On Tuesday 27th July, the Victorian Premier announced the easing of restrictions for Victoria from 11:59pm tonight (27/07) allowing Victorian's to travel again to regional locations including the Alpine Resorts.
More details are to follow but at this stage we know:
MANDATORY COVID TESTING
Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts is permitted provided visitors and workers have had a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of arrival at the alpine resort. Children under 12 years not included.
Visitors must be able to show evidence of a negative test as a condition of entry into Falls Creek resort.
If you are getting a COVID test in order to visit Falls Creek and you are asymptomatic then you do not need to isolate while you wait for your test results. Remember to leave time for your test to be processed. Most test results are returned within 24 hours, but it can sometimes take up to 48 hours.
For those planning to visit the snow for a week (and not staying at a resort), that would mean getting tested every three days whilst in the Alpine region.
Those advised by the DHHS that they do not need to quarantine include:
- those tested as part of a surveillance testing or other targeted testing program and
- who are not being tested due to concerns about cases that might have been missed.
A checkpoint will be set up again to ensure all visitors entering the resort have a negative COVID test received within 72 hours upon arriving and have a valid resort entry permit or resort booking for season permit holders.
Guests staying off the mountain must be
Update: The COVID test does not need to be a Victorian test and can be conducted interstate if the State is currently a Green Zone.
Please visit the Coronavirus Victoria website here to see the current testing locations.
ALPINE RESORT STAFF TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Please view the Special Testing Bulletin for the details of testing requirements for people who work in an alpine resort but live elsewhere (must have a negative result within 7 days before entering an alpine resort) and for those who live in an alpine resort.
Falls Creek residents require a driver's licence with a Falls Creek address or letter from your employer stating you are living and working on the mountain for the winter season.
Testing Clinic information and a booking link to book an appointment are also included in the document.
Click here to view: Special Testing Bulletin 27 July - Alpine Testing Requirements
Bookings are permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubbles only.
Falls Creek Ski Lifts have announced that the ski lifts will be operating as of Wednesday 28th July. For more information please visit skifalls.com.au
FOOD & BEVERAGE VENUES
Will re-open for seated service only with a maximum patron cap of 100 per venue. Group limits of 10. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. A venue smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people per venue before the density quotient applies. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.
To keep Victoria safe, remember that you shouldn't be travelling if you have COVID-19 symptoms. You must get tested and stay at home even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
These measures are necessary to ensure we can all enjoy the snow season safely, protect local businesses and communities. We thank you for your cooperation.
Please check back to the NEWS page of this website for updates on resort operations.
To view the Victorian Premiers statement please CLICK HERE.
For further details on the government directives please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au