Business and industry – Stage 4 restrictions update

On Wednesday 5 August, 2020 the Premier announced how each industry will operate during Stage 4 restrictions.

All businesses fall into one of three categories:

  1. Industries that will continue to operate. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagents and post offices, in addition to everyone involved in our frontline response.
  2. Industries that are permitted to operate, but under significantly different conditions. This includes meat works, food production, construction, waste management and supply chain logistics.
  3. Industries where onsite operations will have to cease for the next six weeks. Retail stores will be permitted to operate contactless ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place and hardware stores can remain open onsite, but for tradespeople only. Most manufacturing and administration will have to cease.

These businesses will all need to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shutdown safely.

Please note that 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.

For those businesses that suffer significant losses or need to close as a result of the current restrictions, we will provide support through our expanded Business Support Fund.

Businesses in regional Victoria can apply for a $5,000 grant while those in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can apply for up to $10,000 in recognition of spending longer under restrictions.

A work permit system will become available online later today – I will update you when I have more information

Further information can be found at and

For specific information on how business and industries can operate can be found at: