Covid 19 Update- 27.7.2021

Victoria’s lockdown will officially be lifted from 11.59pm on 27th July 2021

  • Victorians will be able to leave their homes for any reason.
  • Masks required everywhere indoors and outdoors (except private residences).
  • Schools will reopen on Wednesday.
  • No visitors to the home for the next fortnight.
  • Public gatherings will be allowed with up to 10 people.
  • Hospitality, retail, beauty, personal care, entertainment venues and community facilities will open in line with density limits.
  • Businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits of 1 person per 4sq m.
  • If you can work from home, you should work from home. Office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.
  • Funerals and weddings will have a cap of 50 mourners.

More information on the easing of Restrictions can be found here
Visit the Coronavirus website for further information regarding Victoria restrictions.

Covid Safe Plans
It is mandatory for every Victorian business with on-site operations to have a COVIDSafe Plan. To ensure compliance, random spot checks are occurring throughout Victoria.
Your COVIDSafe Plan must demonstrate:

  • your actions to help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 to your workplace
  • the type of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your workforce
  • how you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in your workplace
  • how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. Some industries or workplaces are subject to additional industry obligations and have additional requirements of employers and employees.

Businesses must review and update their COVIDSafe Plans regularly, especially when restrictions or public health advice changes. Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.
Additional Industry Obligations
Horticulture operations using seasonal workers for seasonal horticultural work have additional industry obligations. They include:

  • Creating workforce bubbles.
  • Recording the roster of seasonal workers each day, including the work areas, work teams and breaks taken for each worker bubble.
  • Providing training to seasonal workers that covers good hygiene practices and ensuring workers do not come to work when they are unwell.
  • Ensuring staff have the facilities to practice good hygiene.

Operators must refer to the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions for full details of their additional obligations.