Code Brown will come into force at midday on Wednesday for all metropolitan hospitals and six regional hospitals.
Emergency services have been overwhelmed by a rise in COVID-19 hospitalisations and staff furloughed due to infections or being close contacts putting further strain on the service.
Last week, the Victorian government announced it would expand the exemptions for essential workers in order to ease the impacts of staff shortages.
Ambulance Victoria has stopped asking paramedics who are household close contacts to return to work after members spoke out about the hazard this was causing on the Ambulance Victoria workforce and community.
AEAV Secretary Brett Adie spoke with ABC and you can read the full article here.