Business guide to Coronavirus


Last updated: 1:44pm 14 September 2020

Entire industries have been ordered to close across metropolitan Melbourne
to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria. To ease the economic impact the government announced a $3 billion coronavirus business support package, including $1.1 billion in cash grants dedicated to small and medium-sized business.

Stay up to date with the latest news here or check out our Business Grant Finder for more support. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the restrictions on Monday 3 August, limiting the movements of around 1 million workers in Victoria. This is on top of the estimated 500,000 already working from home, and 250,000 others stood down earlier in the pandemic. 

On Sunday 6 September Premier Danial Andrews announced stage 4 restrictions will continue for an additional two weeks in metropolitan Melbourne and stage 3 restrictions will ease slightly in regional Victoria from 14 September.

Impacted businesses

  • supermarkets
  • grocery stores
  • bottle shops
  • pharmacies
  • petrol stations
  • banks
  • convenience stores newsagencies
  • post offices
  • hardware, building and gardening supply stores (only available to tradespeople, not the general public)
  • disability, health, mobility and equipment stores
  • maternity supply stores.

  • retail stores, including
    • hairdressers and barbers
    • furniture stores 
    • motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts wholesale stores 
  • some manufacturing
  • accommodation and food services, including:
    • pubs and bars
    • restaurants
    • nightclubs
    • food courts 
    • accommodation (except for those funded by the Victorian Government in response to COVID-19, e.g. for returned overseas passengers to quarantine)
  • administration and support services, including: 
    • employment services
    • call centre operations
    • debt collection services 
  • professional and technical services, including:
    • legal and accounting services
    • advertising services.


Exceptions are available for retailers to run delivery services and contactless click-and-collect, however, they must comply with strict COVID safe rules and regulations.  


Manufacturers in the impacted area who aren’t being forced to close include meat and seafood production facilities. These producers are considered essential but high-risk and must comply with the following restrictions:

  • Businesses must reduce production to a third of their peak capacity.
  • Employees can only work at a single site and they must wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Supermarkets are required to reduce their distribution centre workforce to a third of their peak level.

For a full list of impacted industries, click here


Help is available

There are grants available if your business has been impacted by the restrictions. 

The Victorian Government is investing $3 billion to help those impacted by ongoing restrictions and to prepare for 'COVID-normal' business.

The grants will provide $3 billion in cash grants, tax relief and cash flow support available to Victorian businesses that have been most affected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Grants from this program will help businesses survive the extended period of restricted trading. Visit Business Victoria for more information and to apply. 

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