Automotive remains open during Victoria’s latest lockdown

Victoria is now a seven-day circuit breaker lockdown which began at 11.59pm on Thursday, 27 May 2021 in a bid to contain the growing cluster of cases in the state.

VACC confirms automotive, as an essential service, can remain open during this time. However, vehicle and parts sales operations are limited to click-and-collect services only. A five-kilometre radius will also be in place for retail.

VACC reminds members it is mandatory for every business with onsite operations to have a COVIDSafe Plan. Additionally, businesses must operate based on six COVIDSafe Principles including physical distancing, practising good hygiene, and wearing a mask.

Wherever possible, contactless services are advised, such as pickup and delivery (parts and vehicles) and key drop-off box facilities. During this time face masks must be worn inside (except in the home) and outdoors, and Victorians will be permitted to leave their homes for five reasons only:

  • Food and supplies, limited to one person per day, per household
  • Authorised work
  • Care and caregiving
  • Exercise for up to two hours, with one other person
  • Getting vaccinated.

Exercise and shopping are limited to five kilometres from the home. If there are no shops within the radius, Victorians are permitted to travel to the closest outlet. Supermarkets, food stores, bottle shops, banks, petrol stations, and pharmacies will remain open, while cafes and restaurants will be able to offer takeaway services only.

The circuit breaker lockdown will be in place until at least 11.59pm on Thursday, 3 June 2021, and the Chamber OHS&E Unit is available to support members and answer questions they may have about updating or maintaining their OHS&E obligations.

VACC also provides links to developing a COVIDSafe Plan, the six COVIDSafe Principles by which businesses must operate, and the full statement from the Acting Premier at https://vacc.com.au/News.

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