A Return to Lockdown for Metropolitan Melbourne. How Businesses in Other States Can Help Prevent a Second Wave

It’s bad news for business owners across Victoria as Daniel Andrews announces that stage three ‘stay at home’ restrictions will once again be imposed across Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

With 191 new cases marking a record high for Victoria, Daniel Andrews has acted upon the advice of public health experts and made the reluctant decision to reinstate lockdown restrictions.

This news comes hot on the heels of announcements that NSW would be closing its borders to Victorians as of the 8th of June.  

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This is a terrible blow to businesses across metropolitan Melbourne who were only just finding their feet after restrictions were eased to functional levels in June.

Unfortunately this announcement will see cafes and restaurants reduced once more to takeaway services, while the beauty, entertainment and fitness industries will again be forced to close their doors.

In the wake of this heartbreaking announcement, business owners in other Australian states may be asking themselves how they can avoid the same fate.

With the threat of COVID-19 still looming, Victoria offers a chilling demonstration of what a second wave may look like for Australians.

Every business can do its bit to reduce the chances of a second wave. First and foremost, it’s highly recommended that staff be allowed to work remotely when possible.

For business owners across Australia, this only emphasises the need for health and safety precautions in the workplace.

Every business can do its bit to reduce the chances of a second wave. First and foremost, it’s highly recommended that staff be allowed to work remotely when possible.

For businesses that can’t function remotely, strict social distancing guidelines must be adhered to at all times. That means maintaining 1.5 metres between all staff and patrons, and offering 4 square metres of space per person in any establishment.

For some businesses this may mean the use of portable partitions to allow safe movement for staff and patrons in areas where 1.5 metres cannot be provided.

Staff who are unwell or have been in contact with someone who’s been unwell must stay at home until they’ve been tested and cleared for COVID-19.

All high-risk areas such as bathrooms, showers or drinking fountains should be cordoned off, or at the very least cleaned regularly and thoroughly.

Hand sanitation stations should be offered at points of contact such as reception and information desks.

Reception desks should also be fitted with bench-mounted plastic partitions to prevent staff-to-patron contact.

At this point many Australian states have done very well to halt the spread of COVID-19, which may leave many believing that we’ve beaten the disease.

But with eased restrictions comes the risk of complacency, and businesses will need to be careful to discourage any flouting of the rules.

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Victoria is proof of the price we pay for carelessness, and is a frightening example of just how quickly a pandemic can grip Australia once again.

Australian states have done well in facing the COVID-19 pandemic, but we must be vigilant if we wish to prevent a second wave from once again bringing our country to its knees.

By following health and safety advice, your business has the power to prevent a second outbreak and save lives.

Be careful. Be vigilant. And stay safe.