COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Current restrictions

This page provides details on business restrictions and will be updated as new information about the COVID-19 pandemic becomes available.


Updated 18 November, 3pm

STATEWIDE

From 11.59pm Thursday 18 November, Victoria enters Phase D of the National Plan.

  • Venue density and capacity limits no longer required although non-essential are only be open to Victorians who are fully vaccinated, under 12 years and two months, or have a valid exemption.
  • Masks are still be required for primary school staff and visitors and for students in Years 3 to 6, for workers serving the public at hospitality venues, for workers and customers at indoor retail, for visitors and select workers in hospitals or care facilities, and for people using public transport, taxi/rideshare and planes. High-risk work settings such as corrections and meat, poultry and seafood processing will continue to require masks.
  • There are no limits on travel or accommodation in Victoria. Vaccination requirements still apply to relevant settings within an accommodation complex, such as a restaurant or a gym. There are no limits on leaving Victoria, but travel may be impacted by rules outside the state.
  • Workplaces must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place and keep records of everyone attending using the Service Victoria app. Additional obligations may apply for some industries.
  • All indoor and outdoor events with less than 30,000 fully vaccinated attendees will be able to proceed with no special approval and outdoor events with 30,000 or more will only need to publish their COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Most people who come into contact with a confirmed positive case outside their home won’t have to self-quarantine, and instead will be required to get a standard (PCR) test and isolate until they receive a negative result. This means exposure in places like offices, restaurants or nightclubs won’t automatically result in quarantine for the patrons or staff.
  • Those who acquire the virus will be required to isolate for 10 days, instead of 14 days. Most people who come into contact with a confirmed positive case outside their home won’t have to self-quarantine, and instead will be required to get a standard (PCR) test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • No limits on the number of people that can gather in a home or public places.

All businesses are urged to review their employee vaccination requirements and how to check the vaccination status of your customers.

Working directive

There are posters and other resources to help you, including posters for checking digital vaccination certificates. For more information, visit checking customers' vaccination status.

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

 

Businesses can call a Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 for the latest information on the COVID-19 response, how this affects businesses, how to keep their workplace safe and advice on how to plan for emerging situations and anticipate likely developments. Businesses can call the Business Victoria Hotline for the latest information on QR code requirements.

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

Industry assistance

For COVIDSafe Plans templates and guides, see below for 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.

Government assistance

Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program Small Business Mentoring Service Victorian Government Business Officers

Tools and resources

COVID-19 Mental Health Webinars COVID-19 Industrial Relations Webinars COVID-19 Business Webinar with guest Four Pillars

 

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