The publishing of geocaches leads to non-essential travel, something that the State Government has asked those living in COVID-19 restricted areas not to do. To that end, Australian Reviewers and Geocaching HQ have agreed to suspend the publishing of new caches in those areas until the crisis is over and current restrictions are relaxed by the State Government.
UPDATE: 17th February: The temporary lock-down (12th Feb to 17th Feb) will cease at 11:59 on 17th.
The reviewing and publishing of caches (other than Event type caches - see below) in the Melbourne Metropolitan area will recommence from 18th February.
This is be based on the advice provided by Dept. of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening roadmap: Metro Melbourne. and Statement From The Premier
Caches that have been reviewed and are being held will be published without delay.
UPDATE: 17th February: As per Metropolitan Melbourne advice.
UPDATE: 17th February: Following the end of the short lock-down the State restrictions on the number of people allowed at public or family outdoor gatherings, provides for a maximum of 20 person. Therefore, it is not possible to publish Event listings in Victoria until the restrictions are reviewed on 26th February.
When submitting an Event listing, the following additional requirements will apply;
Geocaching HQ have advised that the standard two week publishing requirement is still to be applied to Event type caches when coming out of a restriction period, which means the earliest possible Event listing for events submitted cannot be until two weeks AFTER the date the restrictions are lifted.
UPDATE: 17th February: Cache Owners should be addressing any maintenance issues and acknowledge any 'Needs Maintenance' logs, or alternatively, with a 'Write Note' log, where it is not possible to address an issue promptly (within 3 weeks of the NM log).
Reviewers have commenced maintenance sweeps and Geocaching HQ has resumed the automated emails to cache owners with low Health Score caches. Reviewers are now following up on caches with a low health score. If you get a nudge then you need to address the issue or acknowledge the request with a 'Write Note' log indicating a date when you hope to have the issue addressed.
Cinnamon Fungus has been identified in this area. It is spread through infected plants and the movement of contaminated soil and gravel, and there is no known cure. PLEASE TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO HELP MINIMISE THE SPREAD OF THE PATHOGEN INCLUDING;