Victorian Stage 4 Restrictions – Update
Australian Logistics Council
The Victorian Government has provided industry-specific guidance for the Transport, Postal and Warehousing sector to assist in compliance with its Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions.
Permitted businesses can only have employees on-site if it is not reasonably practicable for the employee to work from home and the employer and employee comply with the Directions currently in force, including the Workplace Directions and the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Directions.
From 11:59pm tonight, new restrictions for warehouses and distribution centres come into effect.
These restrictions apply to warehouses and distribution centres statewide, except supermarket businesses and businesses supplying medicine, pharmaceuticals and personal protective equipment, who are under different requirements.
Warehouses and distribution centres in Victoria must:
- enact a High Risk COVID Safe Plan focused on safety, prevention and response if coronavirus cases are linked to their workplace;
- reduce the number of people in the workplace (generally to not more than 67 per cent of their daily peak and daily total workforce);
- increase the regularity of deep cleaning; and
- enforce the wearing of face coverings by staff on site.
Employees at distribution centres and warehouses are:
- prohibited from car-pooling to and from work;
- able to work at only one premises; and
- required to inform their employer if they share accommodation with anyone working at another high-risk workplace.
Businesses with specific questions regarding their circumstances are encouraged to contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15.
Update on Queensland border controls
The Queensland Government has announced tighter border restrictions will come into effect from 1:00am on Saturday, 8 August.
The exemption framework for freight movement remains in place under these tighter controls.
Freight workers must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass that indicates they are entering Queensland to perform an essential activity.
Freight workers are also reminded that as much as possible, they must remain isolated from the general public and in their vehicle or accommodation until they depart Queensland, or for 14 days (whichever is shorter).