Current COVID-19 restrictions for business

On 22 November 2020, Daniel Andrews announced further easing of restrictions. The whole state is now in the last step of the reopening roadmap. For more information as to what this means for your business, please download the PDF from the Victorian Premier's website. 

For the most current information please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus website.

Industry Restart Guidelines

The Industry Restart Guidelines outline the requirements businesses need to apply to safely operate in accordance with the easing of restrictions.

Industry Restart Guidelines are now available for download at the Victorian Government coronavirus website.

A full industry breakdown and what restriction level applies to your sector currently are available can be downloaded on the Victorian Government coronavirus website.

COVIDSafe principles for business

Every Victorian business that is open must have a COVIDSafe Plan.

Businesses that are able to operate under the Third Step must apply the six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces:

  • ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • wear a face mask
  • practise good hygiene
  • keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
  • avoid interactions in close spaces
  • create workforce bubbles.
  • Workers can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne for work, in either direction, provided they have a Permitted Worker Permit or a Metro-Regional Work Travel Permit issued by their employer. 

    See the Governments Sector Guidance pages for further guidance and frequently asked questions for your sector.

Business restrictions — metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

Information about industry specific restrictions under the roadmap for reopening is available on the Victorian Government's Industry restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne page and on the Industry restrictions for regional Victoria page. 

Every Victorian business that is open must have a COVIDSafe Plan.

If you operate a business in a high-risk industry in metropolitan Melbourne (warehousing and distribution, postal and distribution, or supermarket distribution sectors), you are required to have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan. You must also have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan if you operate an abattoir, meat, seafood and poultry processing and seasonal horticulture business anywhere in Victoria.

COVID Marshals are also mandatory for:

  • Abattoirs, meat processing facilities, poultry processing facilities and seafood processing facilities
  • All supermarket distribution centres
  • Distribution centres for temperature-controlled perishable food products
  • For regional Victoria only: indoor gyms and personal training facilities used by members of the public aged 19 and over. This requirement does not extend to other indoor sporting facilities such as basketball courts and gymnastic centres.

For frequently asked questions that apply to all businesses in metropolitan Melbourne, go to Information for business and industry for metropolitan Melbourne page. 

 Employer obligations

  • Have a COVIDSafe Plan in place that is regularly updated.
  • Ensure that any workers that can work from home are able to do so.
  • Collect records of all workers, subcontractors, customers and clients attending the work premises for 15 minutes or longer (certain exemptions will apply).
  • One worker per four square metres of enclosed workspace or in shared areas.
  • Employers must ensure that workers do not work across multiple sites, unless it is not practicable to limit workers to one site only.
  • If it is not practicable to limit a worker to only one work site, or if the worker has multiple employers, then the worker must declare this to their employer(s). The employer(s) must maintain a record of all workers who work across multiple work premises.
  • If your worker is unwell, send them home and ask them to be tested. They must stay home until they have their result. Financial support is available for workers who need to self-isolate or quarantine.
  • Report any positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), WorkSafe, Health and Safety Representatives, and notify your workforce.
  • Regularly clean your facilities, shared spaces and provide additional cleaning supplies.
  • Undertake risk assessments for cleaning and the potential closure of your workplace in certain situations.

 Free infection control training

Free, short, accredited training is available to help staff identify and manage the ongoing risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the workplace. Free infection control training will help businesses prepare to safely reopen and ensure their customers and workforce are protected.

Signs, posters and templates for your workplace

Businesses can also access a collection of signage, posters and questionnaires to assist in communicating key messages to workers and customers.

 Seasonal Horticulture and You Pick farm business guidance

The State Government have provided clarification for seasonal horticulture businesses and you pick farms. View this information on our webpage.

 

Questions?
If you have any questions or would like some assistance relating to the new restrictions, please get in touch with our Business team, Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm on 1300 368 333 or email business@yarraranges.vic.gov.au.