Business restrictions - all of state

 

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

From 11.59pm on Sunday 8 November regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne are aligned in the third step of the roadmap to reopening.

Under the third step restrictions:

  • 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 with 5m distance from audience and 2m between performers, outdoors recommended with performers now excluded from venue limit.
  • Indoor entertainment venues to open with 20 people per space.
  • Food courts are open, limited to one person per 8m2 and two people per table indoors, and 50 patrons per area outdoors with one person per 2m2.
  • Indoor seating allowed with a maximum of 40 patrons indoors with one person per 4m2 and maximum of 10 people per space.
  • Outdoor areas open with a maximum of 70 diners per area, group limit of 10, and one person per 2m2.
  • Indoor religious gatherings allowed for up to 20 people, plus one faith leader.
  • Outdoor funerals increased to 50 attendees.
  • Smaller tour vehicles aligned to private gathering limit and larger vehicles permitted up to 10 people from any number of households where physical distancing is possible.
  • 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.

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

All Victorians must continue to 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 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 COVIDSafe workplace on the Business Victoria website.

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 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Warehousing and distribution centres

Victorian warehouse and distribution centres are 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

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Restaurants and cafes

  • Food and drink facilities are open for seated service, subject to limits:
    • Indoor: 40 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density of one person per 4m2 and a maximum of 10 people per space. “Spaces” can be separated by either temporary structures or at least five metres between collections of 10 seats or less, subject to the overall indoor cap of 40 and a density of one person per 4m2.
    • Outdoor: Up to 70 patrons per venue, subject to density of one person per 2m2 and maximum groups of 10 people.
  • Live music permitted with performers excluded from venue limit and recommended to be performed outdoors where possible:
    • Requirement of five metres’ distance from audience, and two metres between performers.
    • Performance and rehearsal rules for professionals apply to all live music settings.
  • 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.

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Food courts

  • Indoor: limited to the lesser of 25 per cent of a venue’s fixed seating capacity or a density quotient of one person per 8m2, with a maximum of two people per table, plus dependents.
  • Outdoor: limited to 50 patrons per area subject to a density quotient of one person per 2m2, with a maximum of 10 people per table, plus dependents.
  • Each area must separate by 10 meters from the next. No more than four areas per facility to a maximum of 200 people.

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


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).

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Shopping retail and real estate services

  • Retail (other than hairdressing, beauty and personal care): open with COVIDSafe Plan
  • Real estate inspections can be conducted for up to 10 people from any number of households, excluding the owners/residents of the property and the real estate agent.

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Entertainment and leisure

  • Indoor entertainment venues:
    • Cinemas, music halls, concert halls and auditoriums, galleries and museums and State Library of Victoria are open for a maximum of 20 people per space (e.g. each screening room, gallery space or auditorium) with 1.5m distance between bookings and maximum bookings of 10 people.
    • Performance times (including film screenings) staggered to minimum interval of 30 mins between sessions to avoid crowds in foyers and bathrooms.
  • Outdoor seated venues:
    • Open for up to the lesser of 50 people or 25 per cent of the venue’s fixed seat capacity for up to 10 people per group.
    • Groups must be 1.5m apart from each other and seated.
  • Indoor spaces at outdoor seated venues are closed except for toilets (exceptions for broadcasting)
  • Drive-in cinemas are open with no seating outside vehicles and venues with 500 or more capacity at one time must publish their COVIDSafe Plan online prior to opening. Indoor spaces closed except for toilets.
  • Non-seated outdoor entertainment spaces, such as zoos or live museums, excluding events:
    • Indoor spaces within these venues classified as museums open as per indoor entertainment for museums with a maximum of 20 people per space.
  • Retail betting venues open subject to both retail and licensed premises restrictions.
  • Casino:
    • Open 10 separate rooms, electronic gaming machines and electronic gaming tables only. Maximum of 10 people per room.
    • Additional COVIDSafe requirements apply.
  • Electronic gaming:
    • Electronic gaming to equivalent of 25 per cent of indoor hospitality limit of 40 patrons or up to 10 patrons per venue per electronic gaming room.
    • Additional COVIDSafe requirements apply.
  • Creative studios, including venues for art and music: Up to 10 people per space with 1.5 metres distance between patrons and subject to density quotient one person per 4m2.
    • No more than five people per space singing or using wind instruments for amateur groups
  • Nightclubs, karaoke, Adult entertainment, brothels and sex on premises, arcade, amusement park, escape room, indoor arena, stadium, convention centre and bingo venues are closed.

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Sport and exercise

  • Indoor physical recreation (including classes and personal training):
    • Adults:
      • Strict density quotient of one person per 8m2 with patron cap of up to 10 per space and 20 per venue and a maximum group size of 10 per session.
      • Patrons continue to wear face masks unless out of breath.
      • Staggered class times and time gap of 15 minutes to avoid congregation and exceeding group limits.
      • Required to have a COVIDSafe Marshal onsite.
    • Children (18 and under):
      • Non-contact activities permitted where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained for a maximum of 20 people. Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.
  • Indoor community sport not permitted for adults. Children (18 and under) permitted for non-contact activities where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained for a maximum of 20 people. Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.
  • Outdoor physical recreation permitted. Personal training permitted for up to 10 people plus a trainer. Fitness or dance classes permitted for up to 10 people plus a trainer.
  • Outdoor community sport:
    • Adults: Non-contact community sport permitted with the minimum number required to play the sport, including officials. Cap of 10 participants for individual events (e.g. running).
    • Children (18 and under): Contact and noncontact community sport permitted with the minimum number required to play the sport (including officials). Cap of 10 participants for individual events (eg. Running).
  • Indoor pools, including lessons open subject to pool maximum of 20 patrons or density quotient of one person per 4m2, whichever is lower.
  • Outdoor pools, including lessons, limited to the lesser of 50 people or a density quotient of one person per 4m2, except professional or high-performance training or competition, educational purposes for a single school or exclusive use for community sport.

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Ceremonies and religious gatherings

  • Indoor religious gatherings and ceremonies allowed for up to 20 people with a group size of 10 plus one faith leader, subject to requirements including a COVIDSafe plan and the density quotient.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies allowed for up to 50 people, plus one faith leader. Ceremonial participants are otherwise included in cap, held proximate to a place of worship.
  • Weddings allowed with up to 10 people indoors or outdoors, excluding the couple, celebrant and photographer.
  • Funerals:
    • Indoors: Up to 20 people, excluding infants under 12 months and persons necessary to conduct funeral.
    • Outdoors: Up to 50 people, excluding infants under 12 months and person necessary to conduct funeral.

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Tourism

  • Accommodation is open, but each group booking is restricted to:
    • Only members of a single household or intimate partners; OR
    • Only members of a single household plus two adults (from any household and any of their children or dependents.
    • Members of separately booked groups do not share bedrooms at the facility.
  • Outdoor tourism spaces open for groups up to a maximum of 10 people plus the minimum number required to operate the tourism service.
  • Indoor tourism spaces are open subject to the restrictions that apply to that specific setting, and COVIDSafe requirements.
  • Tour transport:
    • Smaller vehicles (where physical distancing is not possible) aligned to private gathering limit of one household plus two people from any household and their dependents.
    • Larger vehicles (where physical distancing is possible) is permitted up to 10 people from any number of households, infants under 12 months not included in cap).

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Manufacturing

In the third step of restrictions, 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 per cent 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 on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP


Construction

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

You can find more information on industry restrictions on the vic.gov.au website.

Updated 11 November 2020, 12:30pm

^ RETURN TO TOP