Automotive Retail is not prohibited under Chief Health Officers Direction (No.3)
There is a lot of speculation & rumours regarding Essential Travel fines & the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) have attempted to clear this up with both the Chief Health Officer (CHO) & Victoria Police (VicPol)
We acknowledge that VicPol are in a difficult position especially when enforcing the CHO directives. VACC have asked for clarification for our customers & staff regarding the travel to & from our stores with correspondence to the relevant parties mentioned below. Please see the key notes & the full bulletin link can be found below.
Advice from the Office of the Minister for Police, The Hon Lisa Neville
"VACC is correct in that the automotive trade is not being prohibited from work or opening, so staff can work, and customers engage as appropriate and consistent with the CHO requirements around density quotients and physical distancing"
Accordingly, the Office of the Minister for Police has provided VACC's correspondence to the Chief Commissioner's office to ensure it informs the ongoing messaging to police members during this time.In addition, police officers are not meant to be stopping people from travelling for work or restricting trade of businesses that can and should remain open as long as they are maintaining density quotients and physical distancing.
Directions issued by the Chief Health OfficerThe Stay at Home directions (No 3) came into force at midnight on 7 April 2020 and replace the Stay at Home directions (No 2).
These directions outline the limitations on leaving home for all Victorians and provide clarification of previous directions.
I draw your attention to:Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic), Section 20, Clause 6 (1)(Viii) 'Leaving premises to obtain necessary goods and services' where it states that a person can leave a premises to obtain goods and services provided by:(viii) a retail facility that is not prohibited from operating by the Restricted Activity Directions.
As a retail business not currently restricted by current rulings, we are open for business. Please stick to the rules for social distancing & travel both on your way to our shop or whilst instore.
Please Note: This is not intended as legal advise. Check the link below to the full bulletin from the VACC. Bulletin was current in Victoria at time of being published, this may change as current conditions evolve.