Information about permitted workplaces in the accommodation and food services sector operating under current restrictions.

In permitted workplaces:

  • If you can work from home, you must work from home.
  • If your employees can work from home, you must support them to work from home.
  • You need a permit to leave home for work and the permit requires your employer to state you cannot work remotely.
  • Any onsite functions must operate under the minimum obligations to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) including have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.
  • For operational guidance and frequently asked questions for businesses and industries visit Business Victoria.

This information is subject to the Directions of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

Permitted industries

Announcement date

Effective from

All types of accommodation where it relates to a person’s primary residence, including:

  • Hotel, caravan park, hostel, etc
  • supported residential services
  • boarding schools, residential colleges and university accommodation services

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Accommodation provided or funded by the Victorian Government in response to COVID-19, including:

  • for returned overseas travellers
  • for people subject to direction and detention notices
  • for diagnosed persons and close contacts
  • for critical COVID responders (e.g. Hotels for Heroes)
Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Accommodation for work purposes on a temporary basis or for workers in critical sectors beyond hotels (e.g. caravan parks)

Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August
Accommodation where it is unsafe for a person to reside in their primary place of residence Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August
Emergency accommodation, including refuges and accommodation for people who are experiencing homelessness Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August
Only essential support to be provided for in-home support for aged services Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August
Cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, taverns and bars (take away and delivery food and drinks services [consistent with their licence only]) Thursday 20 August 11.59pm Thursday 20 August
Other essential accommodation and food services such as roadhouses (to comply with national heavy vehicle regulations) Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August
Emergency food service provision, including Foodbank, meals-on-wheels and other emergency food relief services Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August