Business restrictions - Regional Victoria

 

Updated 26 October 2020, 1:45pm

From 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October, the following changes take effect in regional Victoria.

  • Indoor non-contact fitness (including gyms) to resume with a density quotient of one person per 8m2 and patron cap of 10 per space (max 10 per group/class) and a cap of 20 per venue
  • Indoor pools (including swimming classes) are open subject to pool maximum of 20 patrons or density quotient (one person per 4m2)
  • Live music permitted outdoors only with band included in venue limit. Members must be at least two metres apart and wear a face mask (except singers).
  • From 11.59pm Sunday 25 October, City of Greater Shepparton is aligned with rest of regional Victoria
  • Food courts are open
  • Indoor seating allowed with a maximum of two people per table. Venue is limited to the lesser of 25 per cent of a venue’s fixed seating capacity or a density quotient of one person per 8m2.
  • Outdoor areas open with a maximum of 50 diners per area, group limit of 10, each area separated by 10 metres from the next and a maximum of four areas (200 people)
  • Grade 6 & Year 12 Graduations permitted if within the existing grade cohort (e.g whole grade six cohort, not individual classes). Students and staff only and it can be broadcast for parents and others.
  • Indoor religious gatherings allowed for up to 20 people, plus one faith leader.
  • Outdoor funerals increased to 50 attendees
  • Tour vehicles that support the primary outdoor offering of the tourism facility allowed for trips of up to 30 minutes
  • Smaller vehicles allowed with private gathering limit of household plus two people and their dependents. Larger vehicles allowed with up to 10 people (infants under 12 months not included in cap).
  • Construction has no workers cap with High Risk COVIDSafe Plan for onsite operations
  • Manufacturing, wholesale, medical supply, pharmaceutical supply and PPE supply with High Risk COVIDSafe Plan, mobility restrictions, no workers cap, and pre-shift declaration.

Regional businesses must now check customer IDs before serving them or face fines. From midnight 11 October, businesses that are currently closed in metropolitan Melbourne but are open in regional Victoria, will face fines of up to $9,913 if they consciously fail to check their customers identification. Regional businesses who do the right thing but are misled by someone intent on breaking the rules will not be fined under the changes. Instead, individuals found deliberately ignoring the restrictions will risk a fine of $1,652. Residents of metropolitan Melbourne who are found in regional Victoria without a valid reason face fines of up to $4,957. Further information is available on the Premier of Victoria’s website.  

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 Department of Health and Human Services website, or Business Victoria website with specific details in the Stay at Home Directions (non-Melbourne)

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


Working from home directive

  • If your staff can work from home, they must work from home – you must not permit them to work at your workplace.
  • However, if they cannot do their work from home, they can go to work. When at work, they should maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between them and others and practice good hygiene.
  • All Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, this includes wearing a face covering while at work, unless they have a lawful reason for not doing so. This also includes when they are travelling for work purposes, for example either to or from work on public transport or in shared cars with people outside their household. 
  • Unwell staff must stay at home. You should actively encourage them to do so.

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

Updated 24 September 2020, 3:30pm

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Warehousing and distribution centres

From 11.59pm on Sunday 13 September, 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
  • staff should work from home wherever possible (to be relaxed over time)
  • apply density quotient for some settings (could be reduced over time)
  • ensure staff follow current public health directions when carpooling

Further information is available Business Victoria

Updated 24 September 2020, 3:30pm

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Restaurants and cafes

From 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 October the following will apply:

  • Food and drink facilities open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/or drink) with a maximum 10 people per group, seated 1.5m from other groups
    • Indoor spaces are open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 40 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements (one person per 4m2).
    • Outdoor spaces increasing to a patron cap of 70 patrons per venue outdoors subject to the density quotient (one person per 2m2)
    • Indoor seating allowed with a maximum of two people per table. Venue is limited to the lesser of 25 per cent of a venue’s fixed seating capacity or a density quotient of one person per 8m2.
    • Outdoor seating allowed with a maximum of 50 diners per area, a group limit of 10, and each area separated by 10 metres from the next. Maximum of 4 areas (200 people).
  • Live music permitted outdoors only with band included in venue limit. Members must be at least two metres apart and wear a face mask (except singers).
  • Hospitality venues in other sectors such as sports arenas and racetracks are subject to the same restrictions as other hospitality if open to the public
  • Food courts are open

Updated 26 October 2020, 1:45pm

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Personal services (hair and beauty services)

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September, personal services will be open with a COVIDSafe Plan:

  • Beauty and personal services can resume where the client can wear a face covering for the entire duration of the service. For example, nail services, ear piercing and body tattoos.

Services such as facials, certain face tattoos, lip waxing, or certain face piercings where it is not possible to wear a face covering are not allowed. Further information is available from the Department of Health

Updated 24 September 2020, 3:30pm

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Sport and exercise

From 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 October if you live in regional Victoria the following applies:

  • Indoor non-contact fitness (including gyms) open 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.
  • Outdoor physical recreation:
    • Up to 10 people in any group, unless all members of the group are part of the same household.
    • Physical distancing maintained, shared or communal equipment must be cleaned between users.
  • Community sport:
    • Outdoor contact and non-contact sport allowed for people 18 and under - limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of 11 players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires).
    • Outdoor non-contact sport allowed for adults- limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of 11 players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires).
  • Personal training allowed outdoors with up to 10 people (trainer not included in cap).
  • Outdoor communal gym equipment open - no shared equipment.
  • Outdoor swimming pools are limited to the density quotient of the pool itself or 50 patrons per pool, whichever is smaller, other than for the following exceptions:
    • Exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes.
    • Exclusive use for community sport.
  • Indoor pools (including swimming classes):
    • Open subject to pool maximum of 20 patrons or density quotient (1 person per 4m2)
  • Publicly accessible playgrounds are open, outdoor only.
  • Playcentres are closed.
  • Skateparks are open, outdoor only.
  • Trampolining centres are open outdoors but closed indoors.

From 11:59pm 1 November, the following applies:

  • Indoor physical recreation:
    • Non-contact physical recreation for those aged 18 years and under (e.g. dance classes).
    • Non-contact physical recreation means that the activity can be done with a distance of 1.5m.
    • Spectators limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where the child requires parental supervision.
    • Non-contact for 18 years and under only, maximum of 20 people.
  • Indoor community sport:
    • Non-contact sport for those aged 18 years and under.
    • Non-contact sport means a sport capable of being done with a distance of 1.5m, including recreational classes.
  • Trampolining centres are open indoors for those aged 18 years and under with same requirements as indoor physical recreation.
  • Spectators limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where the child requires parental supervision.

Updated 26 October 2020, 1:45pm

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Entertainment, leisure and travel

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September, the following applies to entertainment, leisure and travel:

  • You can go on holiday in regional Victoria. This includes being able to book accommodation with the people you live with, your intimate partner, or the household you have formed a bubble with. People who live in metropolitan Melbourne cannot go on holiday.
  • Some outdoor entertainment and attractions including zoos, drive-in cinemas and open air attractive will be allowed to resume if they have COVIDSafe Plans in place and in line with other restrictions, including density limits.
  • Restrictions will continue to apply to the reasons you can travel to metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne is currently in Second Step restrictions. You can only travel to metropolitan Melbourne for care or compassionate reasons, permitted work or study, or for necessary goods or services, if this is the closest service or shop to your home.
  • Indoor museums and galleries remain closed.

Updated 19 October 2020, 2:45pm

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Community facilities

From 11.59pm on Sunday 18 October, the following applies to community facilities:

  • Libraries and toy libraries will open for a maximum of 20 people, with no more than 10 in a space, subject to density quotient.

Updated 19 October 2020, 2:45pm

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Ceremonies and religious gatherings

From 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 October, the following applies:

  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies: up to 50 people, plus one faith leader, proximate to a place of worship.
  • Indoor religious gatherings: allowed for up to 20 people, plus one faith leader.
  • Funerals: Indoors up to 20 and outdoors up to 50

Updated 26 October 2020, 1:45pm

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Care facilities

From 11.59pm on Sunday 18 October, the following applies:

  • One household for up to two hours at a time, may visit a patient or resident in a care facility for a range of purposes. 

Updated 19 October 2020, 2:45pm

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