More roadblocks for Victorian businesses

19 September 2021

Victorian businesses are left shattered today, with news that many will have to remain closed until Victoria hits the 80 per cent double COVID-19 vaccination target, which is about eight weeks away on current predictions.


The Victorian Chamber has been advocating for a balanced and practical roadmap reflective of the National Cabinet Plan and Doherty Institute modelling, similar to that of NSW, they are ahead of us and they have determined that their model will enable them to open safely and effectively.

Under Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan, announced today:

At 80 per cent single vaccination (26 September):

  • Outdoor leisure activities such as golf and cricket permitted
  • Outdoor personal training for up to five fully vaccinated people permitted

At 70 per cent double vaccination (26 October):

  • Reasons to leave home and curfew dropped
  • Strip shopping open for outside trade only
  • Hairdressers and beauty open for up to five vaccinated customers
  • Hospitality open for outside trade only and density limit of 50 fully vaccinated people
  • Outdoor weddings and funerals permitted for up to 50 fully vaccinated people
  • In Regional Victoria only, hospitality venues can serve up to 30 vaccinated people inside

80 per cent double vaccination (5 November):

  • Hospitality open for up to 150 vaccinated people inside and 500 outside for seated service only
  • Masks will only be required inside
  • Vaccinated people can go to the office to work but those who are not vaccinated will still need to work from home if they can
  • Retail open
  • Hairdressers and beauty open for vaccinated people
  • Weddings and funerals permitted for up to 150 inside and 500 outside

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

“Victorian businesses wanted a pathway to prosperity, but instead we got a roadmap with roadblocks.

“Victorians deserve answers as to why Victoria’s health advice and roadmap is so different to NSW. It is extremely tough to look over the border and see our NSW neighbours get back to relatively normal life while we continue to be locked down in a holding pattern.

“The State Government must urgently commit to additional financial support for the many businesses that remain in limbo and do more to incentivise vaccination, such as public health orders to mandate vaccination for workers in all consumer-facing sectors.

“Business has been in crisis for the last 20 months, today’s announcement further intensifies that crisis and many businesses will not make it through.”

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