Information about permitted workplaces in the retail trade (goods) 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.

Visit Business Victoria for information on Retail business operating reductions - stage 4 restrictions.

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

Permitted industries

Announcement date

Effective from

Supermarkets and grocery shops, including all food and liquor shops

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Convenience stores and newsagents

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Outdoor food markets

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Thursday 20 August

Fuel retailing

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Pharmacies

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Post offices

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Hardware, building and garden supplies retailing for trade

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Specialist stationery services only where related to COVID activities (i.e. laminating, printing, binding)

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Specialist services at telecommunications stores to support telecommunications as a critical service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Retail may operate as ‘Click and Collect’ only.

Tuesday 11 August 11.59pm Tuesday 11 August

Disability and health equipment, mobility devices, including products for health patients

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Maternity and baby safety products and supplies

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs only

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Agricultural retailers (drive through only)

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August

Attendance on site at other retail outlets for the purposes of fulfilling online orders

Monday 3 August

11.59pm Wednesday 5 August