The Victorian Government announced updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

To support businesses impacted by these restrictions , one-off grants will be made available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program:

  • $10,000 for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions
  • $5,000 for employing businesses in regional local government areas (except Mitchell Shire)
  • Businesses which have already received a BSFe grant, or have applied for one, will not need to re-apply. Successful applicants will automatically receive this additional allocation.

Applications for the program will be extended until 14 September 2020


  • From 11:59pm on 2 August, the use of face coverings is mandatory throughout Victoria.
  • From 6pm on 2 August, Metropolitan Melbourne has moved to stage 4 restrictions 
    • DHHS page to access the Guide for Business Stage 4 restrictions word doc
    • How far is 5km from your home? see how far you are allowed to travel from your home under stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne.
  • From 11:59pm on 5 August, Regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire) has moved to stage 3 restrictions

“These changes will be in place for at least the next six weeks. As always, we’ll keep reviewing and realigning the restrictions in line with the advice of our health experts – and if we can change things earlier, we will.” Premier, Daniel Andrews

Across Victoria there’ll again only be four reasons to be out:

  • shopping for food and essential items.
  • Care and caregiving.
  • Daily exercise.
  • Work and study – if you can’t do it from home.

Businesses in regional Victoria will also return to Stage 3 restrictions. That means restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.

  • regional schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels and across the state. The only exception will be for our specialist schools.
  • Onsite supervision will again be made available for students who need it, including children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home.

Always check with the DHHS website for the latest updates.

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