Reopen, restart and recovery

 

Updated 9 November 2020, 5:30pm

On Sunday 6 September, the Victorian Government announced its four steps to reopening. 

From 11.59pm Sunday 8 November, metropolitan Melbourne became aligned with regional Victoria in the third step of easing restrictions. Among the changes, the ‘ring of steel’ border and 25km rule was removed. Workplaces will no longer need to be on the permitted work list to open and worker permits to travel into regional Victoria are no longer required.

From 11.59pm Sunday 22 November, Victoria will move into the last step of the roadmap before entering COVID Normal. These changes include an increase on private and public gatherings, an increase on density limits for some businesses, and a further reopening of businesses in the entertainment and leisure industries.

A summary table is found below. 

Industry restrictions

Under each of the steps, businesses will fall into one of four categories: closed, heavily restricted, restricted, or open with a COVIDSafe Plan. What a business must do under each of these categories will vary based on the industry they operate in and whether they are in metropolitan Melbourne or regional Victoria. The below provides a summary of the restrictions. More information on industry restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria can be found on the following Victorian Government websites.

Metropolitan Melbourne

Regional Victoria

What restriction levels mean for business

Closed: No people on site except for emergency maintenance and repairs
Heavily restricted: Staff can only attend work if permitted. Staff in permitted work premises must work from home if they can. Density quotients will apply. Staff levels will be reduced and the number of patrons will be limited. Businesses will also need to keep records and act quickly if staff become unwell. They will be required to ask staff to declare in writing or electronically before each shift that they are free of symptoms, have not been in contact with a confirmed case and have not been directed to isolate. Employers must ensure that staff members are not working across other work sites. 
Restricted: Ensure physical distancing with staff working from home wherever possible, applying density quotas, some sectors can have additional staff and patrons and no carpooling to work. Practice good hygiene with auditing of cleaning schedules. Keep records and act quickly if staff become unwell. Ask staff to declare verbally before each shift that they are free of symptoms and create workforce bubbles by limiting the number of staff members operating across other work sites.
Open with a COVIDSafe Plan: Staff should work from home wherever possible, density quotient applies and ensure staff follow current public health directions when carpooling. 

Further details of the restriction levels can be found on the Victorian Government website.

Summary of steps towards COVID Normal

All of state
STEP3

 Regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne aligned from 11.59pm Sunday 8 November 

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Public gatherings: up to 10 people outdoors
  • You can have up to two people visit you at home each day. This replaces household bubbles.
  • Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
  • Libraries can open for up to 20 people indoors
  • Limits of people allowed in restaurants and cafes increases to 70 people outdoors and up to 10 per indoor space, with a venue limit of 40. Live music permitted outdoors
  • Food courts open
  • All retail open, including personal care and hairdressers subject to mask wearing and COVIDSafe Plans. 
  • Indoor swimming pools open with maximum of 20 patrons
  • Gyms open subject with patron cap of 10 per space and one person per 8m2
  • Outdoor religious gatherings allowed for up to 50 people. Indoor allowed for up to 20 people. Funerals allowed with 20 indoors and 50 outdoors
  • Licensed tourism operators with open-air vehicles permitted to operate.
  • 25km travel restriction removed
  • Intrastate travel allowed
LAST STEP

 From 11.59pm Sunday 22 November 

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Public gatherings: up to 50 people outdoors
  • Up to 20 visitors at home
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality open for seated service only
  • All retail open with safety measures
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with some restrictions

Please visit our Business Restrictions – all of state page for further information on individual sectors.

COVID Normal

Victoria will move into the last step of COVID-normal subject to public health advice.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • No restrictions on visitors at home
  • Schools open for onsite learning with safety measures
  • Hospitality and retail all open
  • No limits on weddings or funerals but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with safety measures and record-keeping

All open businesses and services are required to enact a COVIDSafe Plan focused on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace. For COVIDSafe Plans templates and guides, see below download links. For further information on employer obligations visit Business Victoria.

The Victorian Chamber is partnering with the Victorian Government to deliver a business mentoring program to help small businesses navigate the economic challenges posed by restrictions to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Click here to view more details about the program.

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


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