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Important Information On The Staged Easing Of Restrictions In Victoria

On Sunday, 6 September 2020, Premier Andrews announced a staged plan (roadmap) for easing of COVID-19 restrictions metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria (see Media Release).

There will be minor easing of restrictions at the end of what has been a 6 week lockdown period for metropolitan Melbourne from 11.59pm on 13 September (with further easing from 28 September based on a decrease in numbers), while regional Victoria will move directly to step 2 in the plan. Next steps are envisaged to unfold over the next couple of months, assuming case numbers continue to decrease.

AFIA has provided input into the Victorian Government’s roadmap, aiming to ensure that business activity re-opening was supported as fast as possible and that easing of restrictions was done in a clear way so all industries/businesses understood their operating environment. We will continue to engage with the Victorian Government over the coming weeks/months to ensure our members views and experiences are well understood.

Details of the easing of restrictions are specific and dependent on specified decreases in case numbers. To find out further information on the steps towards ‘COVID Normal’, roadmaps by region and industry restrictions by region, see here.

For the latest, also check out:

  • Victoria’s Health and Human Services – announcement of the new “Call-to-Test” service for people who have COVID-19 symptoms and cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons. This service is available to people with an injury, chronic health issue, or frailty affecting mobility, people with moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability, people with moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified as a psychosocial disability, and carers for a person with moderate to severe disability.Victorian Government’s Information on Emergencies and COVID-19 – provides information about leaving home during an emergency and answers specific questions/scenarios.
  • Victorian Government’s Information on Emergencies and COVID-19 – provides information about leaving home during an emergency and answers specific questions/scenarios.
  • Victorian Government: COVID-19 website - for the latest on the restrictions, including Worker Permits and Childcare Permits.

Important Information Regarding Stage 4 Restrictions

The following provides links to important information to help you protect your employees and businesses through the Stage 4 ‘Lockdown’ restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions in regional Victoria.

Victorian Premier: Media Centre - for the latest official announcements.

Department of Health and Human Services:

Coronavirus website – for the latest information and alerts.
Stage 4 restrictions  – for details regarding restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Business and industry stage 4 restrictions – for AFIA’s members the relevant categories are ‘financial and insurance services’ and ‘transport, postal and warehousing’.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Stage 4 restrictions - how they will affect your business.

Business Victoria:
COVID Safe Business – information about COVIDSafe plans, FAQs and specific guidance for different businesses and industries.
COVID-19 Business Support – the latest updates and information about Government support and mental health assistance.

Australian Government’s Department of Health: 3 Step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia - new ways of living and working

National COVID-19 Commission: Have a COVID-19 Plan – information for businesses about making sure plans are in place to manage a business through COVID-19 and plan for the future including links to information support and guidance such as Federal Government programs.

Work Safe Victoria: Coronavirus website – information about preventing and managing workplace risks, wearing face coverings in workplaces, etc.

SafeWork Australia: Website – information to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis including WHS guidance and links to find the most up-to-date information for each State and Territory across Australia.

AFIA has been working with key decision-makers and stakeholders to make sure AFIA’s members views and experiences are well-understood.