CoVid-19 announcement, National Cabinet

March 23, 2020 / Comments Off on CoVid-19 announcement, National Cabinet


The “Stage 1 CoVid19” restrictions DO NOT mean your business needs to shut down.

Continue to operate within the existing safe work practices, social distancing guidelines, 1 person per 4 square metre rule, and monitoring of health.

The Stage 1 restrictions come into effect at noon today, and relate to places of social gathering.

PVCA will be providing members ongoing industry updates via video link, and video IR seminars. To register for these email [email protected]

PVCA will guide all members on the process to apply for the SME grants (ranging from $20k to $100) announced by the Prime Minister. This will happen under separate cover.

The Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers (National Cabinet) agreed to implement, through state and territory laws, new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, to be reviewed on a monthly basis. We should expect these measures to be in place for at least 6 months.

The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).

Other facilities (eg. print and packaging businesses) are not yet impacted, but will be considered under stage 2 restrictions, if the National Cabinet deems necessary.

Individual State Premiers may make earlier decisions about other business shutdown. PVCA is in contact with the offices of all State Premiers, and will advise members within each State of any additional information, services or restrictions coming from States.

PVCA, your industry association will keep you informed as news emerges. There is a lot of speculation and rumour circulating. These damage our economy, and cause fear. Quoting Rudyard Kipling, “off all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears”. PVCA will only communicate facts provided to us by Government authorities.

Members should contact PVCA via the IR Hotline or [email protected] at any time, for assistance