Dental restrictions in Victoria easing from 28 September

16 September 2020

Following the media coverage on this issue over the weekend, letters to the Premier, Health Minister and Chief Health Officer on Monday, and meetings and discussion with key independent members of parliament over the last few days, the government has announced today that dentists in metropolitan Melbourne will move to ADA Level 2 dental restrictions from 28 September, and to Level 1 dental restrictions from 26 October. This means that dentists will be able to resume non-urgent procedures including routine examinations, restorative treatment and orthodontic care according to the Level 2 dental restriction guidelines.
 
The ADAVB has been working tirelessly over the past month to push for the safe lifting of dental restrictions. As a result of our ongoing negotiations with the government over the past few weeks, the announcement to lift dental restrictions on 28 September was made today. We will continue to push to return to level 1 restrictions as soon as possible. The changes to restrictions have been outlines below:
 
Metropolitan Melbourne
 
Dental practices in metropolitan Melbourne will move to ADA Level 2 dental restrictions from Monday 28 September. Dentists should review the Level 2 guidelines and decision tree here. It is also important to review the industry restrictions that will apply from 28 September. Healthcare businesses will continue to operate under the ‘Heavily Restricted’ guidelines. These guidelines refer to physical distancing, wearing masks, stringent cleaning schedules, asking staff to declare they are symptom free and have not been directed to isolate, and creation of workforce bubbles. All businesses must have a COVIDSafe Plan.
 
Regional Victoria
 
Regional Victoria is moving to Step Three on the road map from 11.59pm, 16 September. Our recommendation for dentists in regional Victoria to operate at ADA Level 1 restrictions remains. Dentists in areas where there is a localised outbreak should continue to assess the risk in their area and consider operating at Level 2 dental restrictions.