I’m here on Monday 15 February with an update for business and Tenfold clients on the Victorian lockdown and restrictions.
In this briefing:
1. Update to essential industries/workers
2. Lockdown timeframe
3. More support packages for business
Update to Victorian restrictions for essential industries/workers
There have been changes to the essential workers list. The changes aren’t significant but we note that manufacturers supplying the building and construction sector are now permitted to operate, and food producers have also been added to the list of permitted workplaces.
We were led to believe in the press conference on Friday that this lockdown would be similar to Stage 4 but this is not the case. The officially published restrictions are significantly tighter; I encourage you to review the restrictions to understand how they apply to your business – see here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/business-and-industry-essential-workers-and-essential-providers-list
The Victorian government has also advised that work required to make your sites safe and secure for the lockdown is allowed. For information on closing down sites, the MBAV has a useful guide – click here.
Victorian lockdown timeframe
With five new locally acquired cases on Friday, one new locally acquired case on Saturday and two new locally acquired cases on Sunday and another one this morning, this Victorian outbreak is different to the recent outbreaks in WA and Queensland. In both of those outbreaks, only a single hotel quarantine worker was infected and the outbreak was contained at a single case. The Victorian outbreak now totals 17 people including multiple people at a function in Coburg.
The WA and Queensland circuit breaker lockdowns finished after five days, but there is a chance that this Victorian lockdown might be extended. Keep this in mind as you roll out your lockdown plans so you can prepare for all eventualities. Keep speaking to your business coach – they’re here to guide and support you. The team of coaches at Tenfold are sharing information on the situation that we’re gathering across a wide range of industries.
More support packages for business
It has been reported that the Victorian government is preparing a support package for businesses impacted by the shutdown. We don’t know whether it is likely to be a broad package that supports many businesses or a targeted package that supports those most impacted such as hospitality and tourism. The Tenfold business coaches will keep an eye on any developments and let you know.
Ashley Thomson B.Eng. (Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Tenfold Business Coaching