The Federal Government health guidelines for stopping the spread of COVID-19 are:
These guidelines are also being used to determine which businesses fall into the essential or non-essential category. These categories regulate which businesses will be forced to close or have operating restrictions imposed.
The businesses that are closing have a higher risk of physical exposure, which means an increased likelihood of increasing the spread of coronavirus.
Businesses with operating restrictions are keeping people employed for as long as possible, whilst limiting the spread of coronavirus.
What is an essential business?
An essential business can be classified as any business in the health sector – including hospitals, doctor practices, pharmacies, chiropractors and physiotherapists.
Essential businesses also currently include parts of the hospitality industry, including restaurants and cafes (however strict takeaway only rules apply), and shopping centres.
Skilled trade services for residential are still available, including electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Although many trades have had to close where their primary work was in pubs, clubs, restaurants or RSLs.
Essentially, businesses can stay open where they are critical to health, school, trades and some retail where:
- social or physical distancing can occur
- the total number of people within an indoor or outdoor space can be managed
- good hygiene practices and suitable rubbish bins, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal, occur.
It is important to note that the classification of either essential or non-essential will continually change as the situation develops.