Stage 4 restrictions for business

On 3 August 2020, Daniel Andrews announced new requirements for businesses within Metro Melbourne as part of Victoria’s stage 4 restrictions.  

All businesses now fall within three categories; closed for onsite work, open (for on-site work) with a COVID Safe Plan and restricted operations or industry specific obligations with a COVID Safe Plan.  

Businesses allowed to remain open include:

  • Supermarkets, grocers, butchers, bakeries and bottle shops
  • Chemists
  • Petrol stations
  • Convenience stores and newsagents 
  • Post offices
  • Banks

Businesses required to close for onsite work include:

  • Hairdressing
  • Administrative, Professional, Financial and Office services
  • Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade unless supporting open industries.
  • Retail (open for click and collect and delivery only) 
  • Hardware, building and garden stores open to tradespeople only (click and collect or delivery available to everyone).

These businesses must close by 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August 2020.

Business open for onsite work with restrictions including reduced workforce and COVID Safe Plan include:

  • Construction
  • Building
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouses
  • Distribution

These businesses must enact a COVID Safe Plan by 11.59pm Friday 7 August.

Visit the Victorian Government website here for information on what category applies to your business. View a detailed list of restrictions in place for each sector(PDF, 229KB)

COVID Safe Plan

Industry specific information 

Permitted worker scheme 

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

  • The workplace is part of a permitted activity, or
  • All employees are working from home.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility.

Penalties will apply to employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements.

There will also be on-the-spot fines for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employers, and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work.

Visit DHHS for more information and to download the latest permitted worker permit template.

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