Business guide to Coronavirus


Last updated: 5:51pm 7 December 2020

Coronavirus restrictions in Victoria continue to ease as case numbers remain at zero across the state. Stay up to date with the latest news here or check out our Business Grant Finder for more support. 

Latest updates

It was recently announced that private sector companies in Victoria will be allowed to move up to 50% of employees back into their offices from 11 January 2021. 

From 11 January 2020, the Victorian public sector will move to 25% staff in their offices and, on 8 February 2021, to 50%

Previous updates

Premier Daniel Andrews announced coronavirus restrictions will ease significantly in Victoria as of midnight on Tuesday 27 October. Businesses across Melbourne including retail, hospitality and entertainment will be permitted to open. 

A 20-person indoor limit will apply to all cafes and pubs, with 50 people allowed outside following the one person per square metre rule. Retail businesses must remain COVID-safe, while beauty business employees will be required to wear a mask.

The next update is anticipated from the Victorian Government on Sunday 8 November. It is expected Melbourne will be brought in line with Regional Victoria in the third step of restrictions.

As of 23 Novmeber 2020, the border between Victoria and New South Wales will be re-opened. 

Impacted businesses

  • retail stores, including
    • furniture stores 
    • motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts wholesale stores 
  • accommodation and food services, including:
    • pubs and bars
    • restaurants
    • food courts
    • entertainment venues 
  • hairdressers and barbers
  • 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.

Click below for a full list of impacted industries:

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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