31 August 2020
The Victorian Government will release its reopening roadmap this Sunday, 6 September, providing certainty and clarity to communities and businesses alike.
Ahead of this release, the Government will commence an intensive, and extensive, round of discussions with industry, unions and community organisations to inform the final development of Victoria’s roadmap to ‘COVID Normal’.
This consultation will be based around six principles for industry on a COVIDSafe re-opening, based on the best advice from our public health experts – and imperative to keeping our community safe.
We need the voices of industry to inform how this re-opening can happen practically, safely and steadily. This will be vital to planning what a ‘COVID Normal’ will look like, industry by industry.
Many of the key principles are things Victorian businesses and workplaces continue to practice every day:
Recognising there is no one size fits all solution, the Government will commit to tailoring guidance to different industries as part of the roadmap.
Additionally, wherever possible, workforce bubbles should be created to limit the number of staff who have prolonged and close contact with each other. To achieve this, teams of staff could be rostered on the same shifts, with no overlap in shift changes and a reduction in staff working across multiple sites.
Under the proposed framework, meetings and lunchtimes could also look different, with enclosed spaces avoided wherever possible. Opening doors and windows for airflow rather than relying only on recirculated air and moving tearooms and lunch breaks outside – along with meetings and team catch-ups – all help to reduce risk.
As part of our work to finalise a roadmap, the Government will also consult with community support organisations on the impacts of social isolation on Victorians.
The Government will also seek feedback on the current worker permit system and childcare arrangements – and these insights will be vital as we transition to a ‘COVID Normal.’
Engagement with industry, unions and community organisations will take place from today, with advice to then be provided to Victoria’s public health team who will consider feedback as work on the roadmap continues.
Based on the outcomes of these consultations, the Government and our health experts will finalise the plan for re-opening by the end of the week.
For more information about consultations contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15.