|Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – Thursday 16 July 2020
Stage 4 restrictions
Over the last few days there has been speculation in the media that the Victorian Government may consider implementing stage 4 lockdown restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne, should numbers of community transmission of COVID-19 increase.
The MMA is in regular communication with relevant contacts within the State Government, to stay abreast of the latest information. It is our understanding that while it is not off-the-table, there is no imminent plan to roll out stage 4 lockdown restrictions.
The Melbourne Market is essential in the supply of fruit, vegetables and flowers to Victorians. The MMA has a business continuity plan in place, and we have done extensive planning and preparation to allow the Market to continue to operate.
If compliance with social distancing and other implemented measures are not adhered to, it will mean the way you buy and sell produce will need to be modified to limit almost all person-to-person contact. Should this happen, we are ready to enact a range of procedure changes to help ensure Market businesses can continue to operate.
In line with the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the MMA is strongly recommending that all Market users wear a face mask when working in the Market.
The term ‘face mask’ includes cloth masks and single-use face masks (commonly called surgical masks). Both masks are suitable for use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find out more about the different types of face masks and a list of frequently asked questions, which we recommend you read, on the Victorian Government website.
Face masks are another effective tool in reducing the risk of spreading the virus; however, keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others and washing your hands are still the best defences against coronavirus.
Thank you for doing the right thing
It has been positive to see Market users following social distancing rules, and many people wearing face masks. We thank the Market Community for your cooperation in helping ensure the safety and business continuity of the Market.
Notifying the MMA of COVID-19
To allow the MMA to take all appropriate actions to combat any spread of COVID-19, you must inform us if you have either:
– Been diagnosed with COVID-19
– Determined by the DHHS as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
Notifying the MMA in these instances allows us to implement measures such as sanitising cleans to relevant areas and notifying appropriate people and businesses. Please call the 24-hour security number on 0408 334 555, if either scenario applies to you at any stage.
A summary of previous COVID-19 updates and operational changes are kept on our website, click here to access.
If you have any further questions, you can call the 24-hour security number, 0408 334 555.