How do the new second step lockdown rules apply to businesses?

The Victorian government on Sunday announced new-look lockdown rules and triggers for moving between the steps on its road map for restrictions.

Under the second step starting at 11.59pm on Sunday night there will be a number of changes for workplaces that the government says will see around 127,000 Victorians able to return to work.



This story is presented in three sections to take in both the existing road map (which would see about 101,000 Victorians back at work), the changes the government announced on Sunday (which add the other 26,000) and what happens next.

It is important to note the government also changed the thresholds for moving between the steps in its road map flagging that the Third Step could now occur on October 19 rather than October 26 providing case targets are met.


Rule changes under original road map:

  • Construction: The baseline for large-scale construction will go from 25 per cent of the total workforce to 85 per cent.For small-scale construction sites, specialist contractors will now be able to visit up to 5 sites per week, with a maximum of 2 per day. Early Stage Land Development density restrictions will increase to 20 workers per hectare.
  • Manufacturing (excluding meat and seafood processing): Manufacturing businesses that are currently closed will be able to operate at a maximum of 90 per cent of their normal daily worker level. Manufacturing businesses that were already operating under Stage 4 restrictions can continue to do so.
  • Wholesale trade: Wholesaling businesses previously not on the permitted work premise list will be allowed to open at 67 per cent of their normal daily worker level.
  • Postal and Distribution: The worker reduction will no longer apply to postal and distribution centres.
  • Childcare: All childcare is now open.

The changes to the original road map:

  • Meat and seafood processing: Workforce capacity for meat, poultry and seafood processing will be increased. In metropolitan Melbourne, workforce capacity will go up to 80% capacity for meat processing; 90% for poultry processing and 80% for seafood processing. In regional Victoria, workforce capacity will increase to 90% for meat, poultry and seafood processing.
  • Warehousing: The worker reduction will no longer apply to warehousing.
  • Supermarket and food distribution: The worker reduction will no longer apply to supermarket and food distribution.
  • Real estate: Residential property and display home inspections will be through a pre-arranged inspection, limited to 15 minutes. Attendees at private property or display home inspections are limited to one agent and one prospective purchaser or tenant and can be a couple.Any necessary marketing services can occur on-site, limited to one agent and one service provider.Metropolitan Melbourne residents will not be allowed to travel to regional Victoria for an inspection, and vice versa.
  • Tertiary education: Under the Second Step, where is it necessary for staff to be on campus, in order to do on-site teaching, assessments and work placements that is permitted under the Second Step.
  • State Critical Infrastructure: Current State Critical Infrastructure Projects List are updated to include the Melbourne Park Redevelopment project as well as the Old Geelong Road, Werribee and the Preston Package level crossing projects.
  • Film production: Pre-production of seven Film Victoria projects will be permitted to allow key personnel to secure locations, manufacture props, and design sets and costumes. Staff will work either by themselves or in small work bubbles. Location scouting would be done in a contactless way with one person per vehicle, maintain physical distancing and adhering to COVIDSafe plans.
  • Courts: Judges, Associate-Judges, Judicial Registrars, Magistrates, Coroners, Tribunal Members and their offices or urgent, priority or essential court or tribunal matters determined by the relevant head of jurisdiction, including for bail, family violence, remand, child protection, warrants and urgent guardianships, human rights or residential tenancies issues or any other priority matters.
  • Pet groomers: will be able to resume contactless services on-site (i.e. have a retail outlet) for animal welfare purposes.
  • Vehicle and boat maintenance: Mechanics will be able to do maintenance or repairs when required for safe operation, including logbook servicing of vehicles and boats.
  • Dental: Non-urgent procedures are permitted.
  • Allied health: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered professionals and other allied health professionals (e.g. speech pathology, dietetics, audiology) will resume some face-to-face appointments (estimated at 1700 active jobs).
  • Elective surgery: Under the Second Step, 75 per cent of usual elective surgery activity is permitted in metropolitan Melbourne. Regional Victoria will move to 85 per cent of usual activity from 28th September.
  • Gardening, landscaping and garden maintenance: Gardening, landscaping and garden maintenance businesses who have an ABN will be added to the permitted worker list, under the condition that they work entirely outside, contact-free and are able to complete the work safely working alone.

Third Step (as described in original road map)

Timing: When Victoria reaches an average daily case rate of fewer than five cases statewide over the previous 14 days and there are fewer than five cases with an unknown source statewide in the last 14 days.

  • CLOSED: Museums and galleries (indoor); indoor entertainment venues (incl. cinemas, performing arts and music venues); nightclubs and karaoke; gaming and casinos; adult entertainment and brothels.
  • HEAVILY RESTRICTED: Meat and seafood processing; professional sport and racing; adult education; outdoor entertainment venues; healthcare and social assistance; waste services; indoor physical recreation (gyms, fitness centres, studios, etc).
  • RESTRICTED: Supermarket and food distribution; hospitality; media and film production (employees to work from home or single site where practical); community facilities and libraries; courts creative studios (employees to work from home or single site where practical and onsite learning allowed with density rules and safety measures); tourism (limited booking sizes); accommodation; real estate; hair and beauty services; retail not on permitted workplace list; offices and professional services; .
  • OPEN WITH A COVID-SAFE PLAN: Construction; manufacturing; wholesale trade and warehousing; commercial passenger vehicles; postal distribution centres; Early education and child care; repairs, maintenance and cleaning with conditions; agriculture; permitted retail (under current permitted workplace list); mining; ports and freight; utilities; emergency and safety services; defence and national security; public transport; veterinary services.

Last Step

Timing: If state records no new cases for 14 days.

  • CLOSED: No industries closed.
  • HEAVILY RESTRICTED: professional sport and racing; adult education; courts (urgent matters only); indoor entertainment venues (incl. cinemas, performing arts and music venues); healthcare and social assistance; waste services; museums and galleries (indoor); nightclubs and karaoke; gaming and casinos; adult entertainment and brothels.
  • RESTRICTED: Meat and seafood processing; media and film production (employees to work from home or single site where practical); outdoor entertainment venues; creative studios (employees to work from home or single site where practical and onsite learning allowed with density rules and safety measures); tourism (limited booking sizes); retail not on permitted workplace list; offices and professional services; indoor physical recreation (gyms, fitness centres, studios, etc); commercial passenger vehicles.
  • OPEN WITH A COVID-SAFE PLAN: Construction; community facilities and libraries; accommodation; real estate; manufacturing; supermarket and food distribution; hospitality; hair and beauty services; wholesale trade and warehousing; postal distribution centres; Early education and child care; repairs, maintenance and cleaning with conditions; agriculture; permitted retail (under current permitted workplace list); mining; ports and freight; utilities; emergency and safety services; defence and national security; commercial passenger vehicles; public transport; veterinary services.

Covid Normal

Threshold: Move to this step if state reaches no new cases for 28 days, no active cases and no "outbreaks of concern in other states and territories"

  • All industries can open with a COVID-Safe Plan.

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