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Update | Stage 4 Lockdowns in Victoria for TCF Industry

Under Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Restrictions the default is that workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted industry as set out in the guidelines. All Victorians are required to work from home, except where this is not practicable. Sole operators can continue to operate, if they do not have contact with the public, or with people other than those persons living in their primary household.

by The AFC

17 August 2020

Update | Stage 4 Lockdowns in Victoria for TCF Industry

Updated 17.08.2020

Please note that the most recent updated list of permitted Work Premises from 23:59 on 13 August is HERE.

Only manufacturing of medical equipment, consumables and personal protective equipment (PPE), including the manufacturing and supply of cloth masks and required raw materials is permitted under Stage 4.

No exemptions have been provided to any manufacturing industry that is not included on the Permitted Work Premises list. AFC have queried in relation to the questionable viability for many businesses to operate only to produce PPE or Cloth Masks, however the response as been that any exemptions relating to minimum viable production volumes would have the potential to lead to a lack of clarity and difficulty regarding enforcement. The manufacturing of other goods not critical, urgent or essential is not permitted.

Please continue to monitor the Business Victoria website and subscribe to the Small Business Victoria update newsletter to stay informed of any changes or updates.

We also recommend you monitor the DHHS website for the latest guidance and restrictions, and how they might impact your business.

Creative Victoria have a Creative Industries Q&A Page Here which you may also find helpful.

Updated 13.08.2020

We hope you are staying safe and well during this time. The latest updates for Victoria are challenging and deflating to say the very least, but we recognise the necessity to manage Covid-19 and people’s safety. 

We’ve received a lot of communication from industry this morning who are unclear on directions, so we wanted to share a quick update on how our industry is impacted with increased lockdowns in case you’re struggling to find the fine print.

Under Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Restrictions the default is that workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted industry as set out in the guidelines. All Victorians are required to work from home, except where this is not practicable. Sole operators can continue to operate, if they do not have contact with the public, or with people other than those persons living in their primary household.

Below are some headline points relating to TCF. Please see full details following for more comprehensive information.

CLOSED (FOR ON-SITE WORK)

  • Textile manufacturing

  • Leather tanning, fur dressing and leather product manufacturing

  • Textile product manufacturing

  • Knitted product manufacturing 

  • Clothing and footwear manufacturing

  • All Retail closed unless otherwise listed

OPEN (FOR ON-SITE WORK) - COVID SAFE PLAN

  • Medical equipment and PPE including cloth masks

RESTRICTED OPERATIONS OR INDUSTRY SPECIFIC OBLIGATIONS

  • Shopping Centres open for access to permitted retail only 

  • Retailers work onsite for the purposes of fulfilling online orders

  • Retail stores will be permitted to operate contactless ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place

  • Where contactless delivery is possible, the provider can operate for the purposes of contactless delivery but cannot be open to the public

  • All businesses must abide by Workplace Directions coming into effect 11.59pm, Friday, 7 August 2020. This includes face coverings, records of contacts and cleaning processes. Warehouses, online-only businesses and distribution business will need to abide by these obligations

See the DHHS update on the Premier’s Statement on Business Restrictions.
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Guidelines

PPE

Further to this, we are regularly receiving requests from Government and the community to be connected with businesses manufacturing cloth masks. We will be sharing a list on our website soon.

If you’d like to be included, please provide information via This Form.

Finally, we are regularly updating our PPE post as new information becomes available. Be sure to keep an eye on it if relevant for your business.


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