The majority of Victorian Public Service employees will be able to head back to their offices this month, with state government workplaces to return to 75% capacity from February 8.
Premier Daniel Andrews on Tuesday said that after 27 days of no evidence of community transmission in Victoria, the health advice has deemed it safe for most public and private sector workers to return to their offices.
However, employers will continue to be required to keep a record of all workers and all visitors who attend the premises for longer than 15 minutes.
The premier said legislation would be introduced into the Victorian Parliament this week that would allow the government to extend the State of Emergency until December 15, so that public health directions — such as requiring workplaces to have a COVIDSafe Plan — can continue to be enforced.
“Victorians have worked so hard to fight this virus. We’ve built something precious, and we need to protect it,” Andrews said in a statement.
“From our new permit system, to hotel quarantine and workplace COVIDSafe plans — these measures are fundamentally about keeping Victoria safe and open.”
The current State of Emergency is set to expire on March 15.
Victorian public servants have been permitted to fill their offices to 25% capacity since January 18.