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Face coverings in the workplace for Victorians

From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. You and your staff must wear a face covering at work, and to and from work, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth.

For employers, this means ensuring employees wear a face covering while at work, unless an exception applies.

Find more information on face coverings for business owners and employers in Victoria.

How do I keep my employees safe?


To keep workers safe and limit the spread of COVID-19, every employer should do the following at their workplace:

  • allow workers to work from home, where possible
  • ensure physical distancing by keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres between people
  • encourage all workers to frequently wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and to practise good hygiene
  • be aware of how to spot COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath) and make sure workers do not come to work if they are unwell
  • make sure your workplace is regularly cleaned and disinfected
  • have signs and posters around the workplace to remind workers and others of the risks of COVID-19 and the measures that are necessary to stop its spread

Check out the information on COVID 19 and work health and safety.

Find a range of resources for business to download and display in their workplaces.

Find out what to do if a worker has COVID-19.

Find all the resources you need to promote a COVIDSafe environment.

COVID-19 work health and safety small business hub

Safe Work Australia has created a new COVID-19 work health and safety information hub for small businesses.

The new Small Business Hub has tailored information and tools to help businesses manage risks from COVID-19 and keep people safe at the workplace.

The hub has guidance and resources for businesses transitioning back to usual operations as restrictions ease, as well as businesses that have been able to stay open safely.

It also features a new series of short videos with information on key COVID-19 work health and safety topics including:

  • risk assessments
  • physical distancing
  • cleaning the workplace

A range of other resources and tools are also available in the hub, including:

  • a small business planning tool
  • guidance on work health and safety duties
  • practical resources including posters and checklists

Go to the Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Small Business Hub.

Changes to your workplace


All employers are encouraged to consider alternative ways of delivering their business practices and services, such as:

  • switching to online ordering
  • payment and delivery

If it is not possible to work from home or redesign practices, it is vital that no worker comes to work if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

If unwell, workers should contact their primary health care provider, who can liaise with the local public health authority to determine when it is safe for them to return to work.

Access the Telehealth services for a medical consultation over the phone or video conference.

Protect vulnerable people in your workplace


If you have a vulnerable person working for you, you should support them to work from home where possible. If that isn’t possible, you must do a risk assessment and may need to make other work arrangements for them.

Vulnerable people – people at greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19 – include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 65 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 70 years and older
  • people with a compromised immune system

Find out more about protecting a vulnerable person in your workplace.

State and territory work safety requirements

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in ACT.

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in NSW.

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in NT.

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in QLD.

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in SA.

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in TAS.

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in VIC.

Find out how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic in WA.

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