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Current Situation

As at 4 August 2020

The Australian Department of Health's update of 3 August reported 18,318 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Australia, including 444 new cases in the previous 24 hours. 4,386,911 tests have been conducted across Australia.

Updates from the Australian Department of Health can be found here:

States Breakdown

Australian Grape & Wine thanks our State Association colleagues for providing the following information as it pertains to each State:
New South Wales
As at at 24 July, winery cellar doors cannot  take bookings of more than 10 people. Patrons will need to be seated at all times.
Weddings and corporate events limited to a maximum of 150 people and attendees must be seated with no mingling or dancing.
All of these maximum numbers must comply with the 4 square metre rule and 1.5m social distancing.
Businesses must register a COVID Safety Plan with the NSW Government. Click here for a plan template and click here to register your plan.
Businesses must retain customer records in a digital format. NSWWIA’s recommended record keeping system is guestHQ - Register here.
Winery Cellar Doors, cafes, restaurants etc. must appoint a dedicated COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal to oversee social distancing, cleaning and hygiene at the venue.
The COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal must be dressed in distinctive clothing.
Large hospitality venues with a capacity of more than 250 people must have a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal on duty whenever the venue is open.
Smaller hospitality venues with a capacity of less than 250 people must have a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal during peak periods, and at least during lunch from 12pm to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm to 9pm.
Please note the need for a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal on premise. It requires one member of staff to be appointed the Hygiene Marshall and to be clearly identifiable. The Service NSW hotline suggests that the best way to do this is to have a ‘hi-vis’ vest on. They can be a normal working member of staff and can conduct other duties as well as monitoring the premise for Covid Safe practices.
As a reminder, it is also the obligation of each individual business to notify the government if a staff member tests positive. This can be done HERE
The Queensland Government is implementing enhanced border control measures, including border passes and identification screening.  Entry to Queensland is temporarily restricted by the Chief Health Officer under the Border Restrictions Direction.

Any person that has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days, including Victoria and Greater Sydney, must not enter Queensland.
See the list of declared COVID-19 hotspots.
Any person travelling from other Australian States or Territories, except Victoria or any declared COVID-19 hotspot, may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration and undertaking to present for a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms.
South Australia
South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall has announced some coronavirus restrictions will be tightened in South Australia as a result of the outbreak in Victoria.
As of midnight tonight, the number of people allowed to gather in homes will be reduced from 50 down to 10.
The Government will also be moving to allow only seated patrons at licensed premises.
The South Australian Government is also looking at the "density arrangements" in pubs and clubs as well as other venues, however no announcements have been made to date.
The Tasmanian Government has announced its current border restrictions will now remain in place until at least Monday 31 August 2020.
The Government had foreshadowed changes to restrictions from 7 August 2020, including removal of the need to quarantine when arriving in Tasmania from the low-risk jurisdictions of South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Instead, it remains the case that all non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania are required to enter quarantine for 14 days.
In addition, non-Tasmanian residents (who aren’t classified as Essential Travellers) who have spent time in high-risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises' in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are not permitted to travel to Tasmania and will be turned back at their own expense.
Full details on borders reopening are available at
 The following operations will remain OPEN (FOR ON-SITE WORK)
A  COVIDSAFE PLAN will be required

  • AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING: Farming including operations connected with agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, irrigation, permaculture, apiculture, grains, fibre production, dairy, fishing, aquaculture and livestock 
  • RETAIL TRADE (GOODS): Supermarkets and grocery shops, including all food and liquor shops
  • RETAIL TRADE (GOODS): Cafes, restaurants (take away and delivery food services only).

All open businesses and services will have until 11.59 Friday 7 August to enact a COVIDSafe plan focused on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace
Regional Victoria including Mitchell Shire will move to Stage 3 restrictions.
This means Regional residents must stay home except for the following four reasons:

  • For food and essential supplies
  • For study or work
  • For care and healthcare
  • And for exercise or outdoor recreation

When people are outside their home, they must wear a face covering.
No visitors are allowed in homes, and people are only allowed to gather with one person from outside a household in public.
A reminder that the DHHS website is the definitive source for all COVID-19 related information and regulations in Victoria.

Western Australia
Western Australia is currently in Phase 4 of the WA roadmap to relax COVID-restrictions. Decisions are 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.
The Roadmap has been 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
Western Australia's COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed even further, as WA's roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions. Phase 4 restrictions include:

  • 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.

Based on the latest health advice, Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap, due to be implemented on Saturday, 1 August, has been delayed.  The new tentative date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 15 August. A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date will be decided in about 2 weeks’ time.
Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities. It would also see the removal of WA’s 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for major venues.

Other online resources for grape and wine businesses:
For previous updates and fact sheets and operational guidelines visit our  COVID-19 page here.


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