What the new restrictions mean for Victorian tradies

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Unfortunately, Victorians have hit another bump in the COVID-19 road.

With the announcement of stage four restrictions in Melbourne, and stage three restrictions being enacted across regional Victoria, it’s important to understand how these changes are going to affect how you work.

Suppliers will remain open but will have varied protocols, depending on the business

Be sure to check out your suppliers’ new rules as a response to COVID-19. Many will be providing contactless delivery and click and collect.

Only essential maintenance work can be carried out at homes and businesses from 11.59PM on Wednesday 5th of August.

Essential maintenance work includes:

  • Keeping food cold in supermarkets
  • Providing running water
  • Heating
  • Sanitation

Non-essential includes:

  • Cosmetic repairs
  • Property updates.

If you’re a construction site, have a COVID Safe Plan

A COVID Safe Plan means:

  • Regular cleaning
  • One worker per four square metres of enclosed workspace or in shared areas
  • Records of all personnel on site
  • You must be able to provide evidence that there is no blending or cross over shifts

To make sure that your business is operating lawfully, with the correct plan, visit Business Victoria.

If you’re working on a small constructions site, only 5 crew are allowed at any given time

Constructions projects with under three storeys can continue with a maximum of 5 people onsite.

Large scale projects can continue with 25% of the usual team including supervisors

Each site must have a High Risk COVID Safe Plan. If you’re working on a state or state civil project, work will continue without crew reductions.

You cannot start a job at any new sites over the next six weeks

Wherever you are working on Thursday 6th of August is the only job you may continue during the restriction period.

Financial support will be available

The Victorian and Federal government will be providing packages to help you through this time. We’ll keep you updated when we hear more.

We acknowledge this is a tough time for everyone and look to provide support when you need it most. Look out for your mates and stay safe.

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