Be Ready to Take the Third Step

Whitehorse News - November 2020

As COVID restrictions ease and we enter the third step of the State Government Roadmap to Recovery make sure your business is ready to reopen. There are a number of State Government resources available to help you be COVIDsafe and ready for business.

COVIDSafe Plan

All business MUST have a COVIDSafe Plan before they can reopen. Information, including training, instructions and templates are available to help at

Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package

Grants of up to $5000 are available to help eligible hospitality businesses adapt their operations to outdoor dining. You can use the funds for practical things like umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and bollards, as well as training and marketing. Closes 11 December or when funds are exhausted. More at Business Victoria website.

Extended outdoor dining liquor license

There is a new, easier way to help venues with existing liquor licenses temporarily extend the outdoor areas they a licenced for. More at:

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

Grants of up to $30,000 for eligible liquor licenses with hospitality venues impacted by the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Closes 23 November or when funds are exhausted. More at Business Victoria website.

Sole Trader Support Fund

Grants of $3000 to eligible non-employing sole traders who are impacted by the restrictions in Victoria’s roadmap for reopening. Soles traders must operate from a commercial premises or location (residential premises are not eligible). More at Business Victoria website.

Third Round of the Business

Support Fund: grants of up to $20,000 to eligible businesses, ensuring they continue to receive the support they need to make it through restricted trading. Closes 23 November or when funds are exhausted. More at Business Victoria website.