What the latest restrictions announcement means for business

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The Victorian government has on Monday unveiled changes to the coronavirus restrictions that apply around the state.

Within those changes there are a number of differences that apply to business and industry.



Below is a list of some of the changes that will apply from 11.59pm on Tuesday night and under the next planned easing of the rules at 11.59pm on November 8.

This is a breaking story that will be updated so please come back to check for new information.

Hospitality

From 11.59pm on Tuesday, October 27:

  • Preparation for opening (staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening but must not serve customers): customer-facing facilities including hospitality, retail and entertainment that are reopening may return to work following announcement (26 October)
  • Food and drink facilities: open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/or drink): Maximum 10 people per group, seated 1.5m from other groups
  • For indoor space: open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 20 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements (1 per 4 square metres)
  • For outdoor space: Open with cap of 50 patrons per venue outdoors subject to density requirements (1 per 2 square metres). Live music permitted outdoors only with band included in venue limit, members must be at least two metres apart, wear a face mask (except limited exemptions). Other requirements apply

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

  • Food and drink facilities: open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/or drink): No change to most restrictions
  • Indoor: group and space limit of 10 and seated service, cap of 40 patrons subject to density quotient
  • Outdoor: Increasing to a patron cap of 70 patrons per venue outdoors subject to the outdoor density quotient. Live music no change.

Retail

From 11.59pm on Tuesday, October 27:

  • Preparation for opening – staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening: customer-facing facilities including hospitality, retail and entertainment may return from 26 October;
  • Hairdressing, beauty and personal care services: open with requirement that only services where the client can wear a face covering are permitted (e.g. manicures, pedicures, body waxing, tattooing);
  • Market stalls: open;
  • Auction houses: open; and
  • Other retail: open

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

  • No further change

Entertainment

From 11.59pm on Tuesday, October 27:

  • Preparation for opening – staff can enter the premises to prepare for opening: customer-facing facilities including hospitality, retail and entertainment may return from 26 October
  • Indoor venues: Theatre, cinema, auditorium, gallery, museum, arena, stadium, open for broadcast only
  • Non-seated outdoor spaces, excluding events: outdoor spaces open with density quotient; indoor spaces closed AND requirement for COVIDSafe Plan and venues with 500 or more capacity at one time must publish their COVID Safe Plan online prior to opening;
  • Seated outdoor spaces with fixed or allocated seated spaces/zones: Outdoor spaces open with a maximum 10 people per group, groups must be 1.5m apart from each other and seated: If fixed seating a patron cap of 50 people or 25 per cent of the venue’s fixed seat capacity, whichever is lower OR if no fixed seating but allocated seated spaces/zones: density quotient and maximum of 50 patrons at the venue;
  • Drive-in cinemas: outdoor space open, no seating outside vehicles permitted;
  • Arenas and stadiums: can operate for exclusive use by a single school at any one time for education purposes, for professional sport or broadcast;
  • Retail betting venue: If wholly contained within a licensed premise: open, subject to licensed venue and retail restrictions OR if not wholly contained within a licensed premise the can open subject to retail restrictions; and
  • No change for arcade, amusement park, escape room, casino, gaming machine area, bingo centre, brothels, sex on premises venues.

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

  • Electronic gaming can return when Melbourne aligns with regional Victoria on 8 November 2020;
  • Venues may open gaming rooms to 25 per cent of indoor hospitality patron cap – i.e. 10 of the max 40 subject to density quotient; and
  • Otherwise no change.

Accomodation

From 11.59pm on Tuesday, October 27:

  • No change.

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

  • Accommodation: open BUT each group booking is restricted to only members of a single household OR only intimate partners OR only members of a single household and two adults and any of their dependent children or dependents; and
  • Members of separately booked groups do not share bedrooms at the facility.

Industry, construction and offices

From 11.59pm on Tuesday, October 27:

  • Work: work from home if you can;
  • COVIDSafe Plan: no change;
  • Manufacturing, wholesale, medical, pharmaceutical and PPE supply: 100% workforce capacity. Other additional obligations remain in place;
  • Poultry processing facilities: no change;
  • Abattoirs and meat processing facilities: no change;
  • Seafood processing facilities: no change; and
  • Construction: 100 per cent workforce capacity. Site visit limit on specialist contractors removed. Other additional obligations remain in place.

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

  • No further change.

Real Estate

From 11.59pm on Tuesday, October 27:

  • Real estate inspections: allowed in accordance with record keeping requirements and density quotients, up to a maximum of 10 people from two households excluding the real estate agent; and
  • Real estate auctions: can be conducted outdoors and in accordance with up to 10 members of the public, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction and the owners and/or residents of the property.

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

  • Real estate inspections: increase limit to 10 people from any number of households, subject to density quotient and COVIDSafe requirements.

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