Victorian COVID Update, 15 July 2021

The Victorian Premier has just announced a snap 5 day lockdown for all of the state starting at 11:59 pm tonight, 15 July, 2021.

Until 11:59 pm next Tuesday, 20 July there will only be 5 reasons to leave home. It is the same rules that applied for the fourth lockdown last month.

  • One person from each household can leave the house once per day to get food and supplies.
  • Exercise (with one other person for up to two hours within 5 km of your home).
  • For care or care giving.
  • Authorised work or permitted education.
  • To get vaccinated.

Masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors except for in your place of residence.

The permitted workers are the same as they were for the last lockdown and are listed on the Victorian Government website here.

Construction and manufacturing are listed on the authorised workers list so if employees are unable to work from home they may continue to work as long as they adhere to all other COVIDSafe requirements.

Like last month there is no specific clarity around work in occupied residences. We still advise you to err on the side of caution and recommend that if jobs in homes with residents can be postponed then you should focus on jobs where there is no-one residing for the next 5 days. If the job is an emergency (or can be classified as essential) then you are able to proceed with the work as long as you adhere to all other COVIDSAFE requirements.

COVIDSafe Principles for business:

  • Every Victorian business that is open must have a COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Businesses should apply the Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces.
  • It is mandatory for customer-facing industries that require checking-in to use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service.
  • Businesses are responsible for ensuring workers and visitors always check-in and that electronic records are up to date.

I can't believe we are back here again. I'm so sorry. Please take care, look after yourselves and each other and stay safe.

Melissa Baker
National Industry Development Manager
Australian Glass and Window Association