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Information for members of the public and invited guests regarding the official program of the Governor of Victoria.

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The Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and her husband Mr Anthony Howard AM, QC place paramount importance on the safety and wellbeing of the community at the present time. The Office of the Governor is, therefore, closely following advice from the Victorian Government and the national Cabinet in responding to COVID-19, the coronavirus, in relation to events at Government House and in relation to events that the Governor and Mr Howard might attend in the broader community.

During these days of increased social distancing, the Governor and Mr Howard are continuing their work for Victoria, but they are doing it in ways that are consistent with the advice from the Victorian Government and the national Cabinet, and sensitive to the concerns in the community regarding the risks of transmission of COVID-19. For this reason, most events that were to occur at Government House in the short to medium term will not proceed. In the same spirit, the Office of the Governor is working with organisations that had intended to host the Governor and Mr Howard in the community and, in most cases, those events will not proceed as scheduled.

If you were to attend an event at Government House, you will be contacted directly in relation to the status of that event. However, if you are unsure or have any queries, you can phone the Office of the Governor on 03 9655 4211 or email replies@govhouse.vic.gov.au.

The Governor and Mr Howard are continuing a full program of engagement with the community in novel ways, particularly through the use of communications technology. All sectors of the Victorian community are encouraged to continue to make requests for engagements with the Governor and Mr Howard, for both now and in the future, remembering that many engagements can be conducted through online technology. Requests can be made to requests@govhouse.vic.gov.au.

All Victorians are urged to follow the advice of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (www.dhhs.vic.gov.au) and the Commonwealth Department of Health (www.health.gov.au) in relation to COVID-19.