Each state and territory has their own compliance measures set out in the relevant Public Health Order or Direction, which outline the requirements which must be followed in order to operate in a COVID-Safe way.
The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, recently announced that as of 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 July, people in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be required to wear a face covering/mask when leaving home for one of the four permitted reasons in the current Stage 3 restrictions. This means that some employees will be required to wear a face mask or covering while they are working. The Premier noted that in some instances, wearing a mask or face covering at work will not be practical. Employers should consult with their employees about what is appropriate for their workplace in order to meet this requirement as part of work health and safety obligations.
At the time of writing, there is limited guidance on this however the following links are useful resources to refer to:
- Worksafe Victoria: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/safety-alerts/recommendation-wear-face-mask-when-physical-distancing-not-possible
- Department of Health & Human Services Victoria: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-covid-19
The table below outlines the operating requirements for businesses in each jurisdiction.
Further advice or assistance
For further advice or assistance on this topic, or any workplace relations matter, Employment Plus clients who have placed two or more candidates have free access to the Ai Group Workplace Advice Line.
Call 1300 862 217 8:30am-5:15pm AEST Monday to Friday.
The information contained in this article is correct at the time of writing (11:00am on 23 July) and does not constitute legal advice. Changes to rules and Public Health Orders are changing frequently, so it is recommended that employers check with their local state/territory health department for up-to-date information.