Media Release 3 December 2020

Victorian business ready for a COVID Safe Summer

Victorian businesses are optimistic of good news on Victoria’s Roadmap to Reopening this Sunday.

When the Premier unveils the Government’s plan this weekend for a COVID Safe Summer, the Victorian Chamber hopes to see our restriction levels lifted. More closely aligning with NSW would make sense and help to eliminate the risk of inter-state poaching of events, visitors and jobs.

Specifically, local businesses seek:

  • Masks to only be required on public transport and in retail/supermarket environments
  • Density limits of one person per two square metres with a maximum of 300 patrons for restaurants, cafes and pubs, and allowing standing at outdoor venues
  • Up to 5000 people for outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated, subject to the one person per two square metres density requirement
  • A commitment to review the COVID Safe Summer framework in January when the hotel quarantine system has been tested and proven effective.

Victorians have done so well to get to where we are today and further initiatives like the government’s free QR Code for businesses have increased confidence that Victoria can open further and operate safely.

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

The Victorian Chamber’s negotiations with government around what a COVID Safe Summer should look like are motivated by ensuring that we protect events, businesses, visitors and talent from leaving for other states like NSW.

Victorians have come so far and business has proven that they can successfully adapt to the new COVID Normal by implementing hygiene practices, density limits, QR Codes and check in systems and staff training.

The hospitality and events sector in particular will be looking for positive news on Sunday and the boost they need to maximise summer trade and plan for their future. We deserve to have a COVID Safe Summer and for Victoria to be the best place in Australia to operate a business.

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