Stage 3 restrictions March 30
9am, 30 March 2020 Source: Victorian Government
As agreed by National Cabinet, gatherings will be restricted to no more than 2 people except for members of your immediate household and for work or education.
Under the Stage 3 restrictions, the new directions will mean that what was previously advice about staying home, will become enforceable.
Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms will also close.
These Stage 3 restrictions will come into effect from 11:59pm Monday 30 March 2020. They will be in place for 4 weeks and reviewed as required.
If people breach these directions, they face on-the-spot fines of $1,652 for individuals and $9,913 for businesses. Larger fines can also be issued through the courts.
We’re also telling Victorians – there are only 4 reasons to be out:
- shopping for what you need – food and essential supplies
- medical, care or compassionate needs
- exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
- work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely
As we deal with this health crisis, we know that for many Victorians it’s an economic crisis as well.
That’s why a moratorium on evictions will be introduced for the next 6 months for residential and commercial tenants who are experiencing financial distress due to the impact of coronavirus. This will apply across all states and territories.
All of the following will no longer be taking place:
- Cafes & Restaurants – takeaway and delivery can continue
- Food Courts in shopping centers – takeaway from those food outlets can continue
- Auction Houses and gatherings together in auction rooms
- Real Estate Auctions and Open House Inspections
- Outdoor and Indoor Markets – States and territories have very different arrangements in terms of the types of markets they have, and they’ll be making those decisions specific to their states and territories
- Beauty Therapy, Tanning, Waxing, Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors and Spa and Massage Parlors (excludes health-related services in those areas, physiotherapists, things of that nature, health-related and allied health services)
- Cinemas, Nightclubs, Casinos, Gaming or Gambling venues, Adult Entertainment venues, Concert venues, Theatres, Arenas, Auditoriums and Stadiums.
- Amusement Parks and Arcades
- Play Centres
- Community and Recreation Centres, Health Clubs, Fitness Centres, Yoga, Barre and Spin facilities, Saunas, Bathhouses, Wellness Centres (Boot camps and personal training is limited to a maximum of 10 people and the social distancing arrangements must be strictly enforced)
- Social Sporting based activities, Swimming Pools
- Galleries, Museums, National Institutions, Historic Sites, Libraries, Community Centres, Youth Centres, Local Government and Non-essential Facilities
- Community Facilities such as community halls, clubs, RSLs, PCYCs.
- Places of Worship
- Government announces level 3 restrictions for dentistry
Level 3 restrictions have been placed due to increased community transmission of Covid-19 and the increased threat to the community. This means that unless you are experiencing an URGENT dental concern (pain, trauma, facial swelling, infection or have a serious dental issue that can’t wait 4-6 months without treatment) it is safer to stay home rather than come into your dentist. Please contact your dentist and they will be able to determine which issues are urgent and which are best deferred.
- Hairdressers and Barber Shops – can continue to provide those services but need to strictly manage the social distancing and limitations of the number of people in their premise. So that’s four square meters per person. And on top of that, to restrict the amount of time a patron is in the premises to no more than 30 minutes and preferably less.
- Weddings – can continue where it is just the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses. That’s no more than five people. And the four square metre rule has to be observed.
- Funerals – no more than 10 persons, observing the four square metre rule per person and social distancing practices.
If you have any questions about your business’s ability to open under restrictions you can contact the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline by calling 13 22 15.
The Government is introducing a subsidy program to support employees and businesses. The JobKeeper Payment is designed to help businesses affected by the Coronavirus to cover the costs of their employees’ wages, so that more
employees can retain their job and continue to earn an income.
Keeping Australians in work and businesses in business will lay the foundations for a stronger economic recovery once the Coronavirus crisis passes.
The Government has announced its intention to pass additional legislation to introduce this new measure.
If legislation is enacted, support will be directed to employers to pass on to employees.