Media Release 23 July 2020

Businesses support one-off $300 payment for Victorians to isolate following Covid-19 tests

Victorian businesses support the announcement of a one-off $300 payment for eligible workers who isolate following a Covid-19 test, helping protect their workmates and employers.

The payment comes off the back of Premier Andrews’ statements earlier this week, where more than half of those who later tested positive had not self-isolated between being tested and getting their result.  

Victorian Chamber members have reported that they are making all the necessary arrangements to keep operating safely and this is another mechanism that will enable workers to do the right thing and isolate when they experience any symptoms and get tested. 

To be attributed to Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Paul Guerra:

“This payment will be a huge help to Victorians to do the right thing and isolate when they get a Covid-19 test and are awaiting their results.

“We know it is hard for many workers at the moment who may be experiencing reduced shifts or hours due to the restrictions in place in Victoria and, if they don’t have sick leave, losing the income of just one shift is more than they can afford. 

“This takes the pressure off those workers and businesses as there is no excuse to not get tested at the first sign of symptoms and isolate until the results are in. 

“We’re in for the fight of our lives in this Covid-19 battle and we all have to pull together and look out for each other. Getting tested when you have any symptoms is the right thing to do and protecting your co-workers and local community by isolating while you await your results should be automatic for everyone.” 

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