Business restrictions - Metropolitan Melbourne

 

Updated 27 October 2020, 5:15pm

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October third step restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne (with some restrictions easing).

Under the third step restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne:

  • The four reasons that you can leave home have been removed, however the 25km travel limit remains.
  • Food and drink facilities including food courts, will be open for indoor and outdoor dining.
  • Live music will be allowed in bars.
  • Retail and entertainment to reopen.
  • Religious gatherings can take place with 10 people plus a faith leader.
  • Tourism operators open with 10 people per group.
  • Manufacturing, wholesale, medical, pharmaceutical and PPE supply can operate at 100 per cent workforce capacity.
  • Construction can return to 100 per cent workforce capacity.

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November, the 25km travel limit will be removed and intrastate travel can recommence.

From 11 October all Victorians must wear a fitted face mask whenever they leave home. All face masks must cover the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, scarves or loose snoods, loose buffs or neck gaiters will no longer be classified as a sufficient face covering. Further information is available on the DHHS website

Detailed information on all of the restrictions listed below can be found on the Vic.gov.au website, the Department of Health and Human Services website, or Business Victoria website.

The Victorian Chamber’s Business Restart Services can help support businesses to restart safely.


Working directive

  • You must continue to work from home when you are able to do so.
  • All administrative functions, even in essential services, need to be undertaken remotely.
  • All open businesses and services must have a COVIDSafe Plan focused on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace.
  • For businesses and industries that fall into grey areas when it comes to their operation, the dedicated Industry Coordination Centre within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will consider their case. They can be contacted through the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.
  • To find out more, visit Creating a COVID Safe workplace on the Business Victoria website.
  • The 25km limit does not apply to work.

There are heavy fines for failing to comply with directions issued by the Chief Health Officer.

Access member only resources that can help you keep workers safe on site or at home.

If you need more support contact our Health, Safety and Wellbeing team:

03 8662 5196 
HSW@victorianchamber.com.au
Online enquiries

For information and assistance on any aspect of your employment obligations, the Victorian Chamber Workplace Relations Advice Line can help.

03 8662 5222

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Warehousing and distribution centres

Under the third step of restrictions, Victorian warehouse and distribution centres will be open with a High Risk COVIDSafe plan.

Each warehouse and distribution centres will:

  • enact a High Risk COVID Safe Plan focused on safety, prevention and response if coronavirus cases are linked to their workplace
  • increase the regularity of deep cleaning
  • enforce the wearing of face coverings by staff on site
  • reduce the number of people in the workplace.
  • Employees will be prohibited from car-pooling to and from work, able to work at only one premises and required to inform their employer if they share accommodation with anyone working at another high-risk workplace.

Further information is available at Business Victoria.

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Restaurants and cafes

  • Restaurants and cafes are open for dine in.
  • Staff numbers must be kept to the absolute minimum required. You must also have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.
  • From 26 October, staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening on 27 October but must not serve customers.
  • From 27 October, food and drink facilities will be open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/ or drink):
    • Seated dining only.
    • Maximum 10 people per group, seated 1.5m from other groups (both within the venue and between patrons at adjacent venues)
    • For indoor space: Open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 20 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements (1 per 4m2 ).
    • For outdoor space: Open with cap of 50 patrons per venue outdoors subject to density requirements (1 per 2m2 ).
    • Live music permitted outdoors only with band included in venue limit, members must be 2m apart, wear a face mask.

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November:

  • Indoor: open with cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 40 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density quotient.
  • Outdoor: open with cap of 70 patrons per venue outdoors subject to density quotients.

Further information is available from the attachment to the Premier’s statement.

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Food courts

  • Open
    • Indoor seating: a maximum of two people per table, venue limited to the lesser of 25 per cent of a venue’s fixed seating capacity or a density quotient of one person per eight square metres. This would be subject to regular cleaning and taking of names.
    • Outdoor space: Outdoor areas with a maximum of 50 diners per area, group limit of 10, each area separated by 10m from the next. Maximum of four areas (200 people).

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November:

  • Open.

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Personal services (hair and beauty services)

  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal services are open with requirement that only services where the client can wear a face covering are permitted (e.g manicures, pedicures, body waxing and tattooing).

Further information is available from the vic.gov.au website. 

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Shopping and retail

  • Real estate auctions: permitted outdoors, limited to 10 members of the public, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.
  • Real estate inspections: allowed in accordance with record keeping requirements and density quotients, up to a maximum of 10 people from two households excluding the real estate agent.
  • Other retail is open.

Further information is available from the vic.gov.au website.

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Entertainment

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November

  • Electronic gaming open
  • Venues may open gaming rooms with 25 per cent of indoor hospitality cap – i.e 10 of the max 40 patron quotient.

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Sport and exercise

  • You must not travel more than 25km from where you live to exercise. You can also exercise within 5km of your workplace if you are a permitted worker, but you will have to carry your permitted worker permit.
  • You can exercise with members of your household or up to 10 people outdoors (including you) as long as you do not travel more than 25km. The 10 people can only come from a maximum of two households.
  • Outdoor sport settings to reopen, which do not require facilities to be entered, staffed, or the use of communal facilities (such as changerooms, toilets – this will enable the use of tennis courts, golf courses, bocce).
  • Outdoor swimming pools are open for exercise, limited to the number of people permitted by the density quotient to a maximum of 30 people./li>
  • A personal trainer can exercise outdoors with a maximum of two clients. Physical distancing and cleaning requirements apply.

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November:

  • Indoor (non-contact) fitness, including indoor gyms to resume with:
    • density quotient of one person per 8m2 and patron cap of 10 per space (max 10 per group/class), cap of 20 per venue
    • controls such as recommendation to wear face masks, limits on shared equipment, time between groups and requirement for a COVID-safe marshal on site.
  • Indoor pools (including swimming classes): open subject to pool maximum of 20 patrons or density quotient (one person per 4m2)

Further information is available from the vic.gov.au website.

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Ceremonies and Religious gatherings

From 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October

  • Indoor religious gatherings: allowed for up to 10 people, plus one faith leader
    • must have COVIDSafe Plan
    • only one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
  • outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies
    • up to 20 people, plus one faith leader.
  • Weddings: up to 10 people.
  • Funerals: up to 20 people, infants under 12 months not included in cap.

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November

  • Indoor religious gatherings: allowed for up to 20 people, plus one faith leader
    • must have COVIDSafe Plan
    • only one gathering at a time whether indoor or outdoor
  • outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies
    • up to 50 people, plus one faith leader.
  • Weddings: up to 10 people.
    • Funerals: up to 20 people, infants under 12 months not included in cap.
    • Outdoors: up to 50 people.

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Tourism

From 11:59pm Tuesday 27 October

  • Outdoor spaces: open, but each group restricted to up 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the tour.
  • Tour transport: permitted in open air vehicles, for groups of up to 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the tour.

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November

  • Outdoor spaces: tour vehicles that supports the primary outdoor offering of the tourism facility, for trips of up to 30 minutes.
  • Smaller vehicles: private gathering limit of a household plus two people and their dependents.
  • Larger vehicles: up to 10 people, infants under 12 months not included in cap.

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Manufacturing

In the third step of restriction, the manufacturing sector (excluding meat and seafood processing) can move to the ‘restricted’ stage of reopening.

  • Manufacturing that was closed in Heavily Restricted phase can operate at a maximum of 100% of normal daily worker level
  • Staff who can work from home, should work from home
  • Carpooling restricted as per public health directions

Meat and seafood processing remain at the ‘Heavily Restricted’ stage but have an increased workforce capacity and have additional restrictions placed on them.

You can find more information about permitted industries on the vic.gov.au website.

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Construction

  • Can operate at 100 per cent workforce capacity
  • No site visit limit on specialist contractors.

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