In an effort to contain the evolving Covid-19 pandemic, the Victorian Government has announced a new set of state and city wide restrictions, including Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne’s metropolis.

In a statement issued today, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the temporary closure of selected non-essential businesses and retail stores, under stage four lockdown restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne.

What does this mean for salons? While hairdressers and barbers may still operate under Stage Three restrictions (in many parts of rural Victoria), all Melbourne salons will be required to cease operation for the next six weeks.

Effective 11.59pm Wednesday 5th August, all industries requiring ‘onsite operations’ will be required to cease trade for the next six weeks, ‘unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shutdown safely’.

“Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, news-agencies, post offices —plus everyone involved in our frontline response — will continue to operate,” shared Premier Andrews.

“These changes, in addition to the previous restrictions including working from home requirements, will mean around 1 million Victorians are no longer moving around the state for work,” he continued.

In an effort to reduce the economic fallout, Premier Andrews also announced two new grants (of up to $10,000) for those businesses affected:

“For those businesses that suffer significant losses or need to close as a result of the current restrictions, we will provide support through our expanded Business Support Fund,” he shared.

“Businesses in regional Victoria can apply for a $5,000 grant while those in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can apply for up to $10,000 in recognition of spending longer under restrictions.”

He added, “I understand this will have real and heavy consequences for a number of businesses, workers and their families. We’ll do everything we can to lighten that load.”

Our hearts and thoughts are with all who are experiencing hardship during these unprecedented times. We will endeavour to keep you up to date as the situation evolves.

Read the full statement here.