Businesses & Workplaces


Announcement made at 3.15pm, Monday 3 August 2020

Premier Daniel Andrews announced 3 lists that will apply during Stage 4 restrictions. These changes, in addition to the previous restrictions, will mean around 1 million Victorians are no longer moving around the state for work.

More announcements will be made with more information in the coming days.

Click here for a full list of industries 

Category 1: Business that will remain open

The following retail services (plus everyone involved in our frontline response) will continue to operate:

  • supermarkets
  • grocery stores
  • bottle shops
  • pharmacies
  • petrol stations
  • banks
  • newsagencies
  • post offices

Category 2: Business that will remain open but significantly reduced

The second category of businesses will have to scale back the way they work

These businesses will stay open but operate very differently from midnight Friday:

  1. Meat works will move to two-thirds production, they will be dressed in full PPE including gowns and face shields, as if they are health workers, they will be temperature checked, they will be tested;
  2. Construction will be divided into three parts;
  • Large scale government projects reduced by half already and there will be plans to reduce the workforce more;
  • Very large commercial building will need to reduce their workforce down to the practical minimum, and can have no more than 25 per cent of their workforce working; and
  • Residential construction will be restricted to five people per site.

All businesses that remain open, including category 1 and 2 must ensure their COVIDSafe plan is in place prior to 11:59pm Friday 7 August.

Catagory 3: Closed Onsite Businesses

Industries where onsite operations will have to cease for the next 6 weeks include 

  • retail
  • resturants
  • some manufacturing
  • administration

These businesses will all need to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shut down safely.

Retail stores not listed above will be permitted to operate contactless ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place.

Hardware stores can remain open onsite, but for tradespeople only.


These changes will be enforceable. And the onus will be on employers to make sure they’re doing the right thing by their workers, including ensuring those with symptoms – and potentially the virus – do not come to work.

The dedicated Industry Coordination Centre in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will consider the case of businesses and industries that fall into grey areas.


For those businesses that suffer significant losses or need to close as a result of the current restrictions, we will provide support through our expanded Business Support Fund.

Businesses in regional Victoria can apply for a $5,000 grant.

Businesses in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can apply for up to $10,000 in recognition of spending longer under restrictions.

We will continue to bring you all the information as it becomes available.