Victorian businesses have reportedly been told to prepare to open their doors within days, nearly a week earlier than the Premier’s original 2 November open date.
According to The Herald Sun, major companies were briefed that Premier Daniel Andrews would reveal on Sunday that businesses could open as early as Wednesday.
Masks will be mandatory in all businesses, and customers must adhere to the one person per 4-square metre rule.
“We are very well placed to make some significant announcements on Sunday, and they will be a testament to the absolute determination of the Victorian community to see this thing off,” Andrews said on Friday.
But on Saturday, Victoria recorded seven new cases, ending a week-long streak of daily cases not exceeding five.
The new date hinges on no new major outbreaks however, so it remains to be seen whether Saturday’s case numbers affect eased restrictions.
Currently, barbers and hairdressers have been reopened under CovidSafe guidelines, but hospitality venues and retail outlets are still not open to customers.
From November 2, the Premier will allow hospitality venues to seat 50 people outside and 20 inside, and retail will be able to return - again, under CovidSafe guidelines.
CEOs urgent plea to Vic Premier
Chiefs and directors of Australia’s largest companies pleaded with the Victorian Premier in an open letter earlier this week to open doors sooner rather than later.
“The current situation is not sustainable,” the CEOs stated.
“Victorians are hurting badly, personally and economically. Medical experts have warned of the devastating effects the restrictions are having on health and mental wellbeing.”
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