To: CCF Victoria staff, members and stakeholders.

Good afternoon.

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the further easing of restrictions in Victoria from 11.59pm on Sunday 6 December. The following is a high-level summary of some of the key changes. For more detail on these changes, please see the Summary of COVIDSafe Summer Restrictions.

Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer – changes to how we live

From 11:59pm on Sunday 6 December:

  • Victorians can host up to 30 people in their home per day. Outdoor gatherings in public places can increase to 100.
  • Everyone should carry a mask at all times, and they are mandatory on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, and in retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.
  • The cap for funerals and weddings will be removed, subject to a new density limit of 1 person per 2sq metres. Where the ceremony is held in your own home, the limit of 30 people applies.
  • The same new density limits will apply for community facilities, including libraries, RSLs, and community halls.
  • In gyms, the density limit will move to 1 per 4sq metres – with exercise classes limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.
  • There can be up to 50 people on a dancefloor, with a density of 1 person per 4sq metres.

Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer – changes to how we work

From 11:59pm on Sunday 6 December: 

  • Density limits in our pubs, restaurants and cafes will shift to 1 person per 2sq metres for both indoors and outdoors – with no other cap.
  • In hospitality, the use of electronic record keeping – a QR code – will be mandatory.
  • For small operations, there are no density limits if the patron number is under 25.
  • For retail and beauty services, businesses can move to 1 person per 2sq metres – if they also introduce electronic record keeping. For businesses where that is not possible, the existing density limits will continue to apply.

We are awaiting the release of an updated set of Guidelines  (Revision 9) from the Building & Construction (B&C) Industry Working Group, pending guidance from Foundations for Safety Victoria (FFSV) via WorkSafe for wearing of face masks on sites.  It is anticipated we will have this over coming days and together with some other amendments flagged previously (including travelling in hoists/lifts), we expect to issue Revision 9 on Wednesday or Thursday this week, following final review by the B&C Industry Drafting Group. 

In the meantime, please remain compliant with Revision 8, Industry Guidelines Rev 8 Final 16th October 2020, and your compliant CovidSafe Plan

The Return to Offices – changes from 11 January 2021

Subject to public health advice

  • In the private sector, we will move to a 50 per cent return for office workers.
  • For the Victorian public service, up to 25 per cent will be able to return to the office, moving up to 50 per cent on 8 February 2021.

Updated information will be published soon in the relevant sector guidance pages on the Coronavirus website.

While I am taking a very short break at the moment, I look forward to catching up with many of you this Friday, 11 December 2020, at our 2020 CCF Victoria Heritage Lunch. Should be a great day with the awarding of the 2020 Ken Edgley medal and CCF Heritage memberships (> 25 years) and of course to hear from top AFL Umpire “Razor” Ray Chamberlain.  It’s a great opportunity to join a select group of industry leaders for a relaxed Heritage Lunch to recognise and celebrate our collective achievements in 2020.

There are not many spaces left and bookings close today.  To avoid disappointment, click here for more details and to reserve your seat.

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

Kind regards

John Kilgour

CEO, CCF Victoria