9.30am – Saturday, 13 February 2021

To: CCF Victoria staff, members and stakeholders.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Circuit Breaker Lock-down Update – From the CEO’s Desk

Good morning.

I trust you all had a good night sleep and are well prepared for the 5 day “circuit breaker” lock-down period. 

I have just received the following advice and clarification from the State Government (DJPR) in relation to essential infrastructure and greenfield developments ….

“In response to the question regarding essential road construction: public roads are deemed essential construction. Roads on private greenfield developments are not essential and should close of the lock-down period.”

I would also like to provide you further context for the action being undertaken by the State Government and the latest advice we have received for the Building & Construction industry late last night.

Latest Government Advice for Building & Construction

The Victorian Government announced a five day ‘circuit breaker action’ that comes into effect across the state from 11:59pm Friday 12 February- 11:59pm Wednesday 17 February 2021.

The Chief Health Officer and his team have recommended this action because of the highly infectious nature of this mutant UK strain of the virus.  This is a short, sharp action that we’ve seen work in Queensland and Western Australia and will help keep Victorians safe.  This change applies to the whole of Victoria.   

There will only be four reasons to leave your home:  

  • shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day) 
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons 
  • exercise for up to two hours a day, with one other person or members of your household or intimate partner 
  • permitted work – if you can work from home you must. 

Face masks are mandatory everywhere except in your home and you must stay within 5km of your home.  The 5km limit does not apply to work, or when giving or receiving care. You can also leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence. 

For more detail on these changes, please see the Premier’s statement and Table of Restrictions

Depending on their role, some workers are permitted to attend onsite. However, if you or your workers can work from home you must.  For a full list of necessary goods and services and permitted workers please see the Table of Restrictions   

The Government has also encouraged us to continue our engagement with our industry networks and let you know that all businesses must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan

Record keeping

All businesses must record contact details of anyone on their premises for 15 minutes or more, including staff, customers and suppliers. Electronic record keeping is preferred.  

Keeping an accurate record – and encouraging staff and visitors to your venue to register their details – is vital to helping us track any potential spread of the virus. Signage to remind people of this requirement, in addition to other safety measures, is available. 

The Victorian Government QR Code Service is free for all Victorian businesses, organisations, clubs and events. These records help contact tracers in the event a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is identified.  


If you or your workers get symptoms, even mild symptoms please get tested. Every test helps keep Victorians safe.  You can find more information at  www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au  or call Business Victoria on 13 22 15

If you have any further queries in regards to the “lock-down” period and seek clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will endeavour to respond, or take these up directly with Government representatives.

Until my next update …. keep well – keep safe.

Kind regards,