COVID-19 Stage 2 Restrictions

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With the release of Stage 2 restrictions the Federal Government has flagged even tighter measures around social distancing.  Rent relief and land tax have been flagged as additional steps, in yet to be released Stage 3, to further assist Australians through the crisis.

Services like supermarkets, petrol stations, banks, post offices and other essential services will stay open.    

As both the Federal and State Governments have warned, if you can stay home, you must stay home. A full list of Stage 1 and 2 restrictions will be released at  

In the meantime, The National Cabinet agreed the following services must close by midnight Wednesday the 25th March:

  • Amusement parks and arcades.
  • Indoor and outdoor play centres.
  • Community and recreation centres, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, wellness centres.
  • Public Swimming Pools.
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres.
  • Auction houses.
  • Real estate auctions and open house inspections.
  • In store beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours, spa and massage parlours (excluding allied-health-related services, for example physiotherapy).
  • Food courts within shopping centres will be able to sell takeaway. 

Other services

  • At this point Shopping centres will remain open.
  • Hairdressers and barber shops can continue, but a customer must not be on the premises longer than 30 minutes.
  • Personal training and boot camps are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Weddings can continue, but only with the couple, the celebrant and witnesses (to a maximum of five people).
  • Funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Outdoor and indoor food markets will be addressed by each state and territory.

Businesses seeking advice about whether they are affected can call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

For further information see our articles on Coronavirus and Australian Workplace Law, COVID-19 Working From Home and our Working from Home Checklist.  If you are seeking specific Workplace Relations legal advice contact Rosa Raco directly on 03 5499 613.

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This article has been prepared by Vanessa Baglieri, Marketing Manager. We are passionate about helping businesses grow by sharing information. The content of this article is legal information, not advice and is not tailored to your circumstances, speak with Rosa Raco directly if you require legal advice regarding your specific circumstances.

This article is current as at 2pm, 25th March 2020.

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