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How to return to work safely in Melbourne

Workers across Melbourne will be returning to work this week, but how to make sure your office is covid-safe and what are the current regulations?

More people who work outdoors will be able to return to work. Groups of up to five workers who work outside, including those who do the following types of work can return to on-site work:

  • outdoor non-essential home maintenance and repairs, including painting
  • outdoor pool and spa maintenance/cleaning for private residences and other outdoor cleaning
  • external car washing. This must be contactless and administration offices must remain closed
  • mobile pet grooming at residential properties, contactless with strict controls
  • outdoor professional photography including school photos (for purposes other than currently permitted purposes, e.g. media, real estate), they must have an ABN
  • letterboxing (for purposes other than local elections)
  • Solar power installers
  • Hairdressers and barbers will be able to recommence work. This includes operating mobile businesses and at home businesses, if they are registered, have separate entrances, and COVIDSafe practices.
  • Allied health providers that are currently listed on the permitted work premised list will be able to return to delivering all routine care
  • Hydrotherapy can resume between one health care professional and one client in indoor pools. No group sessions will be permitted and there will maximum of 10 people per pool at one time for hydrotherapy (five health care professionals and five clients).
  • The maximum number of people permitted to use outdoor swimming pools for exercise has been increased by the density quotient to a maximum of 30 people. Real estate auctions, both residential and commercial will be permitted outdoors with a limit of 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.
  • Commercial real estate pre-arranged inspections with 1 agent and 1 prospective purchaser or tenant.

Additional changes to retail, hospitality and personal services will be made from 1 November, in line with the advice of our public health team.


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