Announcement on how Stage 4 restrictions affect businesses and workplaces

Premier Daniel Andrews announced 3 lists that will apply during Stage 4 restrictions. These changes, in addition to the previous restrictions, will mean around 1 million Victorians are no longer moving around the state for work.

More announcements will be made with more information in the coming days.

COVID Safe plan

All open businesses and services will have until 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August to enact a COVIDSafe plan. This plan must focus on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace.

Supermarkets, pharmacies and other retail

The following retail services (plus everyone involved in our frontline response) will continue to operate:

  • supermarkets

  • grocery stores

  • bottle shops

  • pharmacies

  • petrol stations

  • banks

  • newsagencies

  • post offices

Retail, manufacturing and administration

Industries where onsite operations will have to cease for the next 6 weeks include 

  • retail

  • some manufacturing

  • administration

These businesses will all need to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shut down safely.

Retail stores not listed above will be permitted to operate contactless ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place.

Hardware stores can remain open onsite, but for tradespeople only.

Industries permitted to operate

In industries that can’t close, but where we’ve seen a number of cases or emerging new risks, we’ll be making some big changes to make these workplaces safer – for workers and for their families.

This includes mandated reductions to the number of workers onsite.

  • The meat industry workforce will be scaled back to two-thirds. This will apply to abattoirs in Melbourne and across the state.

  • Warehousing and distribution centres in Melbourne will be limited to no more than two-thirds the normal workforce allowed onsite at any one time.

  • Our construction sector will also move to pilot-light levels. For major construction sites, that means the absolute minimum required for safety – but no more than 25% of the normal workforce onsite. Small-scale construction will be limited to a maximum of 5 people onsite.

These workplaces that are continuing to operate will also have additional requirements including extra PPE, staggering shifts, staggering breaks, health declarations and more support for sick workers to ensure they stay home.

Worker permits

Employees working in permitted industries who cannot work from home will be required to have a new ‘Worker Permit’ when travelling to and from work.

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, employers will be required to issue signed permits to their employees to allow them to attend a workplace. 

Enforcement of business and workplace restrictions 

These changes will be enforceable. And the onus will be on employers to make sure they’re doing the right thing by their workers, including ensuring those with symptoms – and potentially the virus – do not come to work.

The dedicated Industry Coordination Centre in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will consider the case of businesses and industries that fall into grey areas.

Support for affected businesses 

For those businesses that suffer significant losses or need to close as a result of the current restrictions, we will provide support through our expanded Business Support Fund.

Businesses in regional Victoria can apply for a $5,000 grant.

Businesses in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can apply for up to $10,000 in recognition of spending longer under restrictions.

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