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Current Situation

As at 25 June 2020

As COVID-19 restrictions are eased across Australia, it’s more important than ever that we continue to follow the latest guidance and requirements identified by health authorities to keep our communities safe.

For businesses, this means ensuring COVIDSafe workplaces that protect staff, customers and visitors. This is important not only for health reasons but also from the perspective of building the community confidence which is essential to restoring economic activity and jobs.

You may already be aware of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission’s business planning tool. The tool is aimed at helping businesses create individual plans to: 

  • put safety protections in place for their workers and customers
  • communicate with employees and their families and customers
  • manage a case of coronavirus in the workplace
  • restart after a coronavirus incident.


Additionally, the NCCC has published a checklistto help businesses work through safety, logistical and sustainability issues as well as providing information on where to access advice and assistance.

The checklist reminds businesses of the steps they should be taking to be COVIDSafe and includes new guidance to develop plans for a sustainable future.  As we return to social activity and the economy begins to recover, it will be essential for all businesses to plan for their future in a COVID-constrained environment.  

We also strongly recommend that you visit the websites of your state and territory government COVID-19 safe work websites and SafeWork Australia, where you can access a wide range of helpful materials.

Once businesses have satisfied all relevant requirements, Australia.gov.au has posters, stickers and decals on topics such as capacity numbers, social distancing and hygiene that can be displayed to demonstrate businesses are taking appropriate steps to ensure their premises are as COVIDSafe as possible.  

 

New South Wales

The current restrictions for Cellar Doors are:

Capacity must not exceed 50 customers or one customer per 4 square metres (4m2) (excluding staff) per existing separate seated food or drink area, whichever is the lesser. Venues may have multiple existing seated areas.

Maximum of 20 people per individual group.

Customers consuming food or drink on the premises must provide their name and contact details, including a telephone number or email address.

Operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and keep a record of all people entering the premises.

 

Queensland

The current Stage 2 restrictions remain in place for Queensland businesses.

Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafés, and cellar doors of up to 20 patrons per room or per defined area (indoors or outdoors) for a venue when following the COVID SAFE Industry Plan

Under Stage 3, businesses are still required to have their COVID SAFE Industry Plan.  Stage 3 restrictions are still planned to commence on 10 July 2020, subject to further planning and review. These include interstate travel and a maximum of 100 people will be permitted for:

  • gatherings in public spaces and homes
  • restaurants, cafés, pubs, and cellar doors


For all businesses that are open or opening in Queensland, a voluntary general checklist is available to assist you in opening safely.  Voluntary Generic Checklist for Business

 

South Australia

An updated Roadmap to Recovery has been released detailing the Step 3 easing of restrictions that will take place on Monday 29 June.

  • Social distancing requirements will be reduced to one person per 2m2.
  • Businesses and defined public activities with an existing COVIDSafe Plan do not need to complete a new plan and will be emailed an updated version of their existing plan before 29 June.
  • Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVIDSafe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence. A new plan will be available on the website later this week.

 

Tasmania

Stage 3 restrictions will apply from 12 noon, 26 June 2020.

Gatherings at households – including shacks – remain limited to up to 20 people at any one time, not including residents of the household. You should not visit others or have visitors to your home if you are unwell.

Read more about Physical distancing.

The number of people permitted at businesses/activities (other than households) is now determined by the density of the area, up to a maximum of:

  • 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises; and
  • 500 people in an undivided space outdoors.

Maximum density limit is one person per 2m2 .

Where the number of people permitted according to the density limit is less than the gathering limit, the lower number applies.

The limits outlined above do not apply to the following specified premises, but the number of people on these premises should not exceed the total number specified in the occupancy permit for the premises under the Building Act 2016.

Patrons must be seated in premises where alcohol is sold, meaning activities that are not seated are not permitted. Patron numbers at these and other businesses will be determined by gathering limits, where the maximum density limit permits. Where practicable, business operators, staff, volunteers and attendees should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. The maximum number of people permitted on a premises includes staff.

 

Victoria

The State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for another four weeks to continue the measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep Victorians safe.

The State of Emergency will be extended until 11.59pm on 19 July 2020, which allows the Victorian Government to continue to enforce physical distancing and isolation requirements, as well as other directions from the Chief Health Officer. The substantial increase in the number of household contacts spreading the virus amongst extended family groups shows the battle against coronavirus is far from over.


In line with the most up-to-date advice, the following changes will take place:

Gatherings:

  • Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people.
  • The number of visitors to a home will reduce to 5 visitors.
  • Remember to always maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres from those you don’t live with.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs:

  • Patron limits in restaurants, cafes and pubs will remain, with up to 20 seated patrons per space (indoor or outdoor). A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
  • Bars and clubs can have up to 20 seated patrons per space. A maximum group size of 10 people applies.
  • Seated service of alcohol without food will be allowed.

Cellar Doors:

  • You can now sell alcohol by the bottle and glass or sell a wine tasting experience without a meal if patrons are seated. You are also allowed to offer free samples if you wish, to a seated patron at cellar door.
  • The number of people allowed in an enclosed space remains at 20 people until 12 July, provided the social distancing rule of one customer per 4m2 is met.
  • You may seat groups up to 10 (in the same party) who will be allowed to dine in or drink together at the same table
  • Tastings must continue to be seated until further announcements are made regarding this.

Victoria’s winery restaurants and cafes can resume dine-in service, so long as they are meeting the requirements outlined by the Deputy Chief Health Officer including patron limits, physical distancing, signage and hygiene.

Wineries with a restaurant or cafe are able to sell alcohol by the bottle and glass or sell a wine tasting experience without a meal if patrons are seated. In addition, they can sell full bottles from their cellar doors for consumption away from the premise.


As part of this sales process, where the liquor licence permits it, a cellar door may also choose to offer free samples of its produce to a seated customer to help the customer choose what to buy


Western Australia

Phase 4 of the WA roadmap to relax COVID-restrictions further starts Saturday, 27 June (effective from 11.59pm Friday, 26 June). Decisions based on WA health advice and only possible due to consistently low case numbers and WA's hard border with the rest of the country.

Gathering limits will now only be determined by WA's reduced 2m2 rule. The 2m2 rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons.

Roadmap updated to include Phases 5 and 6. Phases 4 and 5 are three weeks apart, and contingent on latest health advice. Roadmap and more information available at www.wa.gov.au

Western Australia's COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed even further, as WA's roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions. Due to the response to COVID in WA, Phase 4 will start on Saturday, 27June 27 (11.59pm Friday, 26 June) and will result in:

  • All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed;
  • Gathering limits now only determined by WA's reduced 2m2 rule;
  • The 2m2 rule will include staff only at venues that hold more than 500 patrons;
  • Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises;
  • No requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises;
  • Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements;

 

Western Australians must continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and good personal hygiene to better protect themselves and the general health of our community.

WA businesses will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented.

COVID Safety plans help mitigate the risk of COVID-19, are in line with health advice and provide extra confidence to patrons and staff entering the business premises.

Depending on infection rates locally, Phase 5 is planned to be introduced on Saturday, 18 July (effective from 11.59pm Friday, 17 July) and will result in the removal of the 2m2 rule.

It is also expected to see the removal of all gathering restrictions, other COVID-related rules introduced by the State Government and the 50 per cent capacity limit for major venues.

Phase 6 was going to include the removal of WA's hard border with the rest of the country and travel restrictions currently in place for remote Aboriginal communities. A tentative date for the removal of WA's hard border was planned to be included as part of Phase 6, however this has been put on hold due to the rapidly evolving situation in Victoria.

 

Wine Australian Market Bulletin

Please see Wine Australia’s latest market bulletin ‘Global consumer trends in the short term’ at: https://www.wineaustralia.com/news/market-bulletin/issue-207

 

WEBINAR

Wine Australia webinar

Consumer wine consumption behaviour during and post COVID-19 in South Korea, China and Japan.  Date: Thursday 2 July. Time: 4–5 pm (Australian Central Standard Time)

Wine Intelligence CEO Lulie Halstead is back! This time, Lulie will present findings from the latest Wine Intelligence COVID-19 impact reports for South Korea, China and Japan.

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