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Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package

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What support is available?

Grants of up to $5,000 will be available for eligible hospitality businesses with an annual payroll of less than $3 million.

 

Who is eligible for this grant?

A full list of the eligibility criteria for a grant will be published on Monday 28 September 2020 when applications open.

Eligibility criteria will include that the applicant:

  • operates a business with premises located in Victoria but not located in the City of Melbourne local government area.
  • holds a valid Class 2 or 3 Service Sector Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 (Vic) and/or a relevant Liquor License.
  • is registered with WorkSafe.

 

 

What can grant funds be used for?

  • Equipment to enable outdoor dining.
  • Training owners and staff to adapt to a COVIDSafe operating environment.
  • Marketing to promote outdoor dining.
  • Other costs associated with adapting or expanding outdoor dining.

 

 

How to apply?

Grant applications open on Monday 28 September 2020.

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Covid eliminated in six weeks with stage-four lockdown in July, do you agree?

The Covid-19 virus in Victoria could be eliminated if only stage-four lockdown was immediately introduced in the early period of the second wave. Victoria was only in stage-three lockdown from 9 July, when there were 860 active cases of the virus in the state, and it eventually entered stage-four on 2 August, but it was already too late.

According to the MJA analysis, led by a professor of epidemiology at the University of Melbourne’s school of population and global health, Tony Blakely, who previously estimated elimination of the virus in New Zealand to within a week of when it first occurred, and also predicted Australia was likely to experience a significant second wave, found that if Victoria introduced a six-week stage-four lockdown with masks from 9 July, elimination of the virus was possible.

In Blakely and his team’s modelling analysis, curfews or a 5km travel limit were not included, but adding a lockdown of closing all schools, department stores and hardware stores, most people except essential workers working from home, and mask-wearing made mandatory.

Though Victoria had lost such opportunity, Blakely believed there is still a light to reduce community transmission of the virus in Victoria as the numbers of cases have dropped greatly since Wednesday.

On the other side, a professor of epidemiology at La Trobe University, Hassan Vally, said whether Covid could be eliminated or not was just “a great deal of randomness or plain luck”. As concerning different countries’ pandemic situation, no one could predict the development of Covid. He believed that the issue is continuous and surely better models and better analyses could be found in the future.

 

Only a tiny fraction of Victoria’s lockdown fines paid

Until August 24, police have issued 19,324 fines during Victoria’s lockdown, while only 845 of the fines have been paid. The fines are worth more than $27 million.

Those fines should be paid in 49 days, including an initial 28-day payment period and a further 21-day reminder period. While 18 per cent of the unpaid fines have already reached the ‘notice of final demand’ stage. Enforcement of the fines can include vehicle wheel-clamping, delay of registration, takeover of personal property, and even imprisonment. However, the fines are quite high for ordinary people to pay. So civil liberties groups suggested police to show more mercy with fines, issuing more warnings instead of issuing fines to coronavirus lockdown rules’ breakers. And Fines Victoria responded that there were other payment options for those people who are facing financial difficulties. They could either pay their fine off over an extended period or do unpaid community work.

Besides, vulnerable people raised their concern about their rejected appeal though they have many reasonable excuses. Examples included a man with mental health issues who was fined for riding a bike outside his house and a young woman with a developmental delay who was fined for shopping more than 5 kilometres from her home.

 

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Australia migration policy changed by Coronavirus

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Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, Australia had decided to shut the border since March 2020, which made the non-citizens and non-residents cannot enter the country. With the gate closed, it seems impossible for inter-national movements. With the pandemic struck, the economy is now expecting to shrink over two consecutive quarters due to the immigration matters.

 

Migration is the major driver behind Australia’s population growth. By an open-door immigration policy, it drew skilled workers, students and manual labour to the nation. During the 2021-22 financial year, the country’s population growth will drop to just 0.2 percent while the fertility rate is expected to drop to 1.58, from the 1.9 predicted in 2019-20 budget. Australia is facing an ageing population which relies on immigration in gaining workforce to contribute the tax base, which pays for future infrastructure and spending. It is predicted that the net migration loss of 2020-21 financial year is 72,000. The high dependency of immigration on population growth led to the prediction of shrink economy. While foreign education is Australia’s fourth-largest export, which worth about $20 billion a year. Economist Chris Richardson said the forecast of immigration numbers drop by 85 percent next year could bring $50 billion away from national income. Unfortunately, the international borders are expected to remain close until late 2021. Meanwhile, the Australia government is facing the largest deficit in history — $213.7 billion.

 

 

According to the budget revealed on 6th October, the government introduced changes to Migration Program planning in the recovery of Australia’s economy. As the migration cap remains 160,000 places as introduced in 2019-20. The skilled stream, the allocation of Global Talent Independent program have tripled to 15,000 places and the allocation of the Business Innovation and Investment Program also increased to 13,500 places. Under the family stream, 72,300 of 77,300 places will be allocated to partners applicants, there will be an additional requirement to undergo mandatory English language testing.


 

 

Migration is the lifeblood for Australia. Would the changes help relief and bring innovation to future Australia? We will keep eyes on it.

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Restrictions are being eased for Melbourne and regional Victoria

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From 19 October and again on 2 November, there are changes to restrictions on travel, activities and businesses. Here’s what you need to know

Melbourne

From 19 October the following changes to restrictions are in place

  • There will be no time limit on leaving your home for exercise or socialising outdoors.
  • The travel distance from your home will increase from 5km to 25km for exercise and shopping.
  • Outdoor gatherings will increase to 10 people from two households.
  • Tennis courts, skate parks, golf courses and hairdressers will reopen, subject to Covid-safe restrictions.
  • Real estate auctions will occur with a maximum of 10 people and commercial real estate inspections can occur.
  • Outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers. Indoor pools can open up for one-on-one hydrotherapy with a health professional.
  • The following will be allowed, subject to conditions: non-essential outdoor home maintenance, repairs, renovations and house painting can occur with a maximum of five workers.
  • Solo or automated car washing and pool cleaning will be allowed, mobile or home business pet grooming will be allowed, outdoor photography will be allowed, and there will be a full return of allied health services.

 

 

From 2 November the following changes to restrictions will occur

  • The four reasons for leaving home will be removed and people will be able to leave their home for any reason.
  • A maximum of two people, plus children, will be able to visit another home once per day. This won’t be a “bubble” arrangement as currently applies to single people in Melbourne.
  • More businesses will reopen subject to conditions.
  • Retail will reopen. Hospitality will reopen with a maximum of 20 people inside and 50 outside.
  • Beauty and personal services will return.
  • Outdoor sport and recreation for a household or up to 10 people in a group will be permitted.
  • Outdoor community contact sport for under 18-year-olds and non-contact sport for adults will recommence.
  • Outdoor fitness and dance classes with 10 people, not including the trainer, can resume.
  • A maximum of 20 people will be allowed for outdoor religious gatherings. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed at weddings. A maximum of 20 mourners will be permitted at funerals.
  • Outdoor seated entertainment will be able to host a maximum of 50 people or 25% of the venue’s fixed seat capacity.

 


 

 

Regional Victoria

From 19 October the following changes to restrictions are in place

  • Two adults and two children will be able to visit a home.
  • Hospitality venues can increase their capacity to 70 people outside and 40 people inside.
  • Outdoor religious gatherings will increase to 20 people.
  • Indoor pools will open for people 18 and under to a maximum of 20 people.
  • One-on-one hydrotherapy with health professionals will also be allowed.
  • Libraries and toy libraries will reopen to a maximum of 20 people.
  • Households will be able to visit a care facility, rather than one person visiting at a time.

 

From 2 November the following changes to restrictions will occur

  • Non-contact indoor physical recreation, such as dance classes, will resume for under 18-year-olds, up to a maximum of 20 people. Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where the child requires parental supervision.
  • Non-contact indoor community sport will resume for under 18-year-olds. The same limits on spectators apply.
  • Indoor trampolining centres reopen for under 18-year-olds with the same limits as those that apply for indoor physical recreation.

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