Business restrictions tighten in Melbourne

REGIONAL Victoria has been largely spared from the restrictions on business announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday.

The exception is the meat industry, which based on the minimum required to operate safely onsite, will have its workforce scaled back to two-thirds.

However, local businesses could be affected by the closure of suppliers in Melbourne.

With metropolitan Melbourne now on stage four restrictions, the Premier clarified which types of businesses will be able to operate.

Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagencies, post offices – plus everyone involved in the state’s frontline response to the coronavirus pandemic – will continue to operate.

Industries where onsite operations will have to cease for the next six weeks including retail, some manufacturing and administration. These businesses will all need to close by 11.59pm on Wednesday, unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shutdown safely.

Retail stores will be permitted to operate contactless “click and collect” and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place, and hardware stores can remain open onsite, but for tradespeople only.

Food production, waste collection or supply chain logistics industries can continue, but must do so safely.

All open businesses and services will have until 11.59pm Friday o enact a COVIDSafe plan focused on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace.

Warehousing and distribution centres in Melbourne will be limited to no more than two-thirds the normal workforce allowed onsite at any one time.

The construction sector will move to pilot light levels.

These changes don’t directly affect regional areas, which will enter stage three restrictions on Thursday.