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As of the Monday the 8th, 75 per cent of office-based workers can return. Photo: Christina, Unsplash
  • 75 per cent capacity is allowed for public and private office-based workers starting this Monday
  • Follows 27 days with no community transmission in Victoria
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce welcomes decision

Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has announced that both public and private sector office-based workplaces can return to 75 per cent capacity starting next Monday, the 8th of February.

The decision follows Victoria recording no community cases over the preceding 27 days.

Other COVID-19 measurers will still remain in place such as record keeping requirement for all workers and visitors who attend a premise for more than 15 minutes.

“Victorians have achieved so much in the fight against the virus – and with 27 days free of community transmission, we’re delighted to be able see (sic) workplaces returning to something closer to normal” said Martin Foley, the Minister for Health.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Paul Guerra, welcomes the Premier’s decision.

With 27 consecutive days of no COVID-19 community transition, this is the right move and one that our Victorian Chamber members will welcome, particularly our CBD retail, hospitality and entertainment venues. Local metropolitan and regional shopping strips and hubs will also benefit from an increase in foot traffic,” says Mr Guerra.

“It’s fundamental to every workplace across the state and we can now move ahead with confidence to bring more workers back and get that collaboration and in person engagement humming.”

Mr Guerra acknowledged there would be challenges in regards to new working conditions at offices, but insisted the Chamber is already assisting members with plans surrounding this. Additionally, he calls for all workers to support local businesses.

“One message I have for everyone heading back to their desks from this week: please make a special effort to support the many businesses near your workplace if you can.”

“Buy a coffee, grab some lunch, duck out on a shopping trip on your break. Every little bit will help our valued businesses get back on their feet and restore Victoria’s reputation as the economic powerhouse of the country.”

The announcement was followed by data from the City of Melbourne that shows the number of pedestrians in the City Centre has recorded its highest morning count since April 2020.

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