State of Disaster in Victoria

On Sunday, the Victorian Premier announced drastic stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne to tackle the on going spread of COVID-19. These measures included a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am where the only reason to leave homes was either for work, medical care or caregiving. During the other times, shopping was restricted to one person from each household every day within a five kilometre radius. Face coverings were mandatory and exercise was also limited to one hour per day within a five kilometre radius from home.

Further information was provided yesterday regarding how this will impact businesses in the upcoming six weeks. According to Premier’s announcement, businesses will be divided in to three sectors depending upon how essential they are:

  • First Sector: Grocery Stores, Supermarkets, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagencies, post offices and all front line response workers will continue to operate.
  • Second Sector: Retail, some manufacturing and Administration. These businesses will have to shut down by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, 5th of August. Retail stores will be able to operate ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with stringent safety practices in place.
  • Third Sector: These businesses will be allowed to operate but under changed conditions. They will be required to prepare and implement a COVID Safe plan in order to prevent and contain the virus. Industries in this sector include the meat/food production, waste management, construction and logistics. Maximum number of staff in abattoirs, warehousing and distribution centres will be reduced to two thirds. Major constructions sites will have to face significant challenges with no more than 25% of normal work force on any given site and a maximum of five people on smaller construction projects. Government projects will also be reduced to a minimum number of workers.

As per the Premier’s press release, all these restrictions will limit the movement of about a Million Victorians around the State for work.

Under the given circumstances, Dieterle & Victory will be able to provide storage for our clients. If this is required, please contact your sales or Customer Service Representative.

D&V stands with all Victorians in these tough times and hopes for a quick transition back to normal life.