The Victorian Cabinet has proposed sweeping industrial and business closures and leaving only essential services operating to supply medical needs, food, power and communications to implement its draconian Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions.
The Andrews’ Cabinet has considered proposals to close down most construction sites, leaving only uncompleted residential sites and works necessary for safety open.
Vast parts of manufacturing and industry will also close although mining and farming will be allowed to continue work, especially agriculture and aquaculture food suppliers.
The Victorian Cabinet has considered leaving abattoirs open to secure supplies of fresh meat but Daniel Andrews has publicly questioned whether butchers will be allowed to operate.
Abattoirs in Victoria have proved to be COVID-19 hot spots.Manufacturers not involved in medical production, including masks and protective clothing as well as medicines and “paper products” — toilet paper – for household use face closure.Road, rail and air transport will remain open as well as wholesale warehouses and motor vehicle repairers.Banking and communication services are deemed essential to be kept running as is pest control and building cleaning services.Special services helping the vulnerable and elderly, and funerals as already announced, will be able to continue.