cafés Stage 4 Victoria

What cafés need to know about Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria

Cafés and coffee roasters in Victoria are allowed to continue operations under Stage 4 restrictions, which came into effect from 11:59pm on 5 August.

Cafés, restaurants, pubs, taverns, and bars, as well as “food and beverage product manufacturing” businesses are among the Permitted Work Premises that may operate with on-site operations.

Cafés will remain takeaway and delivery only, with customers only able to visit a café with five kilometres of their home.

Warehousing and distribution centres in Melbourne will be limited to no more than two-thirds the normal workforce allowed onsite at any one time.

All employees that must work onsite will require a worker permit to leave to travel to and from work. The government says this is the employer’s responsibility to ensure.

Penalties of up to $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) will apply to employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements.

There will also be on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 (for individuals) and up to $9,913 (for businesses) for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employers, and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work

Employers can download the form, and find more information on issuing a permit HERE.

Employees must carry the worker permit and should carry photo identification when travelling to and from the workplace. A worker permit can be shown electronically to authorities such as a photo, or scanned copy, on a mobile device.

An employee working at more than one site must keep a log of the places visited including date, time, and place of attendance.

Employees can also find more information through the above link.

These rules will be in place until 13 September, unless further announcements are made.

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