Today the Premier expanded further on the restrictions and advised further details will be provided during this week. The restrictions are being implemented to limit the movement of people, and therefore limit the movement of this virus.
1. Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagencies, post offices, plus everyone involved in the frontline response, will continue to operate.2. Industries which will be required to cease operations include retail, some manufacturing and administration. These businesses will all need to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August. Information on industries effected will be provided later in the week.
3. The final list is made up of industries that are permitted to operate but under significantly different conditions. Information on industries effected will be provided later in the week.
All open businesses and services will have until 11:59pm Friday 7 August to enact a COVIDSafe plan focused on safety, prevention, and response if coronavirus is linked to the workplace. We previously provided information on how to become a COVIDSafe plan and it can be sourced here.
For those businesses that suffer significant losses or need to close due to the current restrictions, the Victorian Government will provide support through expanding the Business Support Fund. Businesses in regional Victoria can apply for a $5,000 grant while those in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can apply for up to $10,000 in recognition of spending longer under restrictions. Information can be found here.
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