Are you planning to reopen your food business on the 1st June 2020?

 Here is what you need to know.

Cafés and Restaurants will be able to resume dine-in services for up to 20 people from the 1st June 2020. This is the first step to easing COVID-19 restrictions for businesses within the hospitality sector. There are a few requirements that must be considered and implemented within each food business and this information has been consolidated into Hospitality Industry Guidelines for coronavirus. Fortunately, the Guidelines do not impose any harsh requirements on proprietors and should be relatively easy to achieve. These measures have been designed to build confidence in the community so that people know it is safe to eat out. The Guide and a number of other resources to help you re-open your business, such as factsheets, checklists and posters are provided in the link below.

https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/coronavirus-covid-19/hospitality-industry-guidelines-for-coronavirus-covid-19

Key points that apply to the eased restrictions are:

  • The premises must be cleaned and disinfected before re-opening.
  • Up to 20 seated customers are permitted per enclosed dining area.
  • Physical distancing measures apply, where only one customer per four square meters is permitted in an enclosed dining area.
  • Tables must be 1.5m apart, with no more than 6 customers seated at each table.
  • Owners/managers of food businesses must display upon entry the maximum number of customers that are permitted inside their premises at any one time.
  • Owners/managers must keep a record of the first name and phone number of all dine-in customers to support contact tracing, if required.

If you have any questions about the easing of restrictions from the 1st June 2020, please contact Council’s Manager Community Health, Tim Rose, on 5398 0100.