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Coronavirus (Covid 19) Update

Read latest updates on our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Keeping your business safe

The advice from the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus (COVID-19) website continues to be evolve regularly, and so please monitor their website for updates.

A range of sectors/industries are subject to COVID-19 Restricted Activity Directions, and the following is provided to protect staff and patrons, and to comply with the government’s current restrictions.

From 01 June onwards the easing of restrictions will enable a range of sectors/industries to resume and/or expand their scope of business. The following guidelines from Business Victoria website have been developed to assist businesses prepare to safely resume operations in accordance with the easing of restrictions, while also ensuring the public feels confident that their health and safety is being protected:

Hospitality Industry Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the COVID safe requirements, the venue set up is to adhere to the following:

a)    capacity limits of 20 patrons per separate dining space (not including staff). Subject to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, capacity limits will increase to 50 patrons on 22 June, and 100 patrons in the second half of July;

b)    density quotient of 1 patron per 4 m2 of floor space accessible to patrons;

c)    tables to have no more than six patrons and arranged so that patrons from different tables are not closer than 1.5 metres when seated; and,

 d)    encourage all staff and managers to complete the Victorian Government online coronavirus (COVID-19) training, including ensuring at least one staff member at the venue has completed the training.

It is also important for food premise to ensure they are also meeting food safety requirements in accordance with advice from Food Standards Australia.

Page 4 of each guideline lists the actions required to safely re-open your business, which are different for each industry type, however the following are common to all.

  • Provide all staff with a copy of the relevant guidelines.
  • Undertake a deep clean of the premises and implement additional hygiene and cleaning measures and practices.
  • maintain a contact register of all visitors to the venue (first name, telephone number, date and time of visit) including patrons, suppliers, maintenance workers to support contact tracing and store it securely on-site for at least 28 days after the visit.
  • Be ready to work with the Department of Health and Human Services in the event of a case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in an outbreak affecting your business.

For all businesses, Safe Work Australia also has numerous resources to assist complying with WHS laws and to protect staff and patrons, including:


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