Victoria’s roadmap for reopening

On Sunday 6 September, the Victorian Government announced its steps to reopening, outlining how restrictions will be eased and the key ‘trigger points’ that must be met for this to happen.

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Industry restrictions

Under each of the steps to reopening, businesses will fall into one of four categories: closed, heavily restricted, restricted, or open with a COVIDSafe Plan. What a business must do under each of these categories will vary based on the industry they operate in.

What restriction levels mean for business

Closed
No people on site except for emergency maintenance and repairs

Heavily restricted
Staff can only attend work if permitted. Staff in permitted work premises must work from home if they can. Density quotients will apply. Staff levels will be reduced and the number of patrons will be limited. Businesses will also need to keep records and act quickly if staff become unwell. They will be required to ask staff to declare in writing or electronically before each shift that they are free of symptoms, have not been in contact with a confirmed case and have not been directed to isolate. Employers must ensure that staff members are not working across other work sites.

Restricted
Ensure physical distancing by ensuring staff work from home wherever possible, applying density quotas, some sectors can have additional staff and patrons, and no carpooling to work. Practise good hygiene by auditing of cleaning schedules. Keep records and act quickly if staff become unwell by asking staff to declare verbally before each shift that they are free of symptoms, and creating workforce bubbles by limiting the number of staff members working across other work sites.

Open with a COVIDSafe Plan
Staff should work from home wherever possible, density quotient applies and ensure staff follow current public health directions when carpooling.

Summary of steps towards COVID Normal

Step 1 – 11.59pm 13 September

  • Extension of current Stage 4 restrictions with small amendments
  • Curfew in place from 9pm to 5am
  • Stay within 5km of your home except for permitted reasons such as work or education if these cannot be done at home
  • Shopping for essentials, one person per household, once a day
  • Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only

Step 2 – later of threshold being met and 28 September 2020
Move from first step to second step if we reach an average daily case rate in Metro Melbourne of 30-50 cases over a 14-day period with public health advice regarding transmission source.

  • Curfew in place from 9.00pm to 5.00am
  • Only leave home for four reasons: school or work (if these cannot be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials, and exercise
  • Outdoor exercise with a personal trainer allowed
  • Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only

Step 3later of threshold being met and 26 October 2020
Move from second step to third step if we reach less that 5 new cases (state-wide average over last 14 days) and less than 5 cases with unknown source (state-wide total last 14 days).

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Hospitality open for predominately outdoor seated service only, with a patron cap.
  • All retail open, except personal care (hairdressers open)
  • Tourism operations remain restricted with limited booking sizes

Last steplater of threshold being met and 23 November 2020
Move from Third Step to Last Step if we reach no new cases for 14 days (state-wide).

  • No restrictions on leaving home
    •Public gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors
    •Hospitality open for seated service only
    •All retail open with safety measures
    •Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with some restrictions

COVID Normal
Move from Last Step to COVID Normal if we reach no new cases for 28 days (state-wide), no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in others states or territories.

  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No restrictions on public gatherings but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • Hospitality and retail all open
  • No limits on weddings or funerals but organisers encouraged to keep records of attendees
  • Galleries, museums and other entertainment venues open with safety measures and record-keeping

For further information and updates on the restrictions, visit the Victorian Government’s website.