I’m here with the COVID-19 continuity update for Australian businesses on 7th July.
Today, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced that suburbs in metropolitan Melbourne are returning to Stage 3 restrictions at 11:59pm on Wednesday 8th July.
In today’s briefing:
Victoria: Reinstatement of Stage 3 Restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne: what this means for your business
These are the same restrictions we were all under throughout all of April and May. They aren’t any more severe (apart from the community housing towers). Once again, it is assumed homeschooling will be required for primary school students and non-VCE students (remote learning details will be announced early next week).
The restrictions are planned to be in place for 6 weeks, however we need to expect that it could be longer.
My strong advice to businesses with operations in Victoria is: don’t let your planning be distracted by the outbreak turmoil. The restrictions are what we traded through previously when we were in the stage of “weather the storm.” (Here’s a link to my briefing on the “weather the storm” stage)
You need to maintain focus on planning your business model. There’s still a lot more that needs to be done in many businesses to prepare for the end of JobKeeper. This advice applies to businesses, whether your operations are located in Victoria or other states.
The important thing for Tenfold clients is that there will be further support for affected Victorian businesses. In his briefing today, Dan Andrews said:
“Other businesses that had opened will have to close. I know and understand how significant that will be and there will be a big job for us to continue providing support.
The responsible ministers will have more to say soon about further business support and I’ll be having further conversations with the prime minister about some of the very special needs that Victorian businesses are going to need met over these coming weeks and months.”
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is already calling for an extension of JobKeeper in Victoria by an additional 2 months. We expect to hear more about the business support in the coming days – we’ll keep you posted.
Once again, I remind you that the restrictions allow people to go to work if they can’t work from home.
The DHHS website states: “If you cannot perform your role from home or another location, then you are able to attend your workplace.”
See the advice on the DHHS website here:
In the press conference today, it also appears that the Victorian government will loosen the criteria for parents who need to send their children to school. Previously this option was only open to critical medical workers, but the dialogue today was around “workers that couldn’t perform their jobs from home”. We’ll hear more over the coming days.
I’ll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.
Ashley Thomson B.Eng(Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Tenfold Business Coaching