What the “Four Square Metre Rule” Means For Your Business

COVID-19 Coronavirus message asking supermarket customer to stand in space. Top view of feet standing in red circle with text in public space practicing social distancing. Blackboard background.

Many businesses in Victoria have quickly become aware of the “four square metre rule” currently in place as part of the Covid-19 restrictions.

As outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services, the four square metre rule applies to most venues and facilities with indoor and outdoor spaces that are accessible to the public including shopping centres, indoor and outdoor markets.

For business operators, it is useful to note that the four square metre rule applies to limit the number of customers/visitors in a space, but not the number of workers. Facilities can have the number of staff reasonably required to operate, in addition to any patrons permitted entry in accordance with the four square metre rule.

The aim of this rule is to limit the number of people gathering in a premise at one time and thus reduce the spread of Covid-19 amongst the community.

The following link provides a useful template sign from Business Victoria which can be utilised by businesses to display their maximum number of patrons.

https://www.business.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/1903305/Door-sign-Our-maximum-number-of-patrons-is.pdf

In recent times, Excell Security has received several enquiries about how we can assist retailers and other businesses with their implementation and day-to-day management of the current regulations, including the four square metre rule and the mandated wearing of face coverings.  Whilst the majority of Victorians proudly adopt the “all in this together” approach to protect our community from the spread of Covid-19, some businesses have had to deal with challenging customers and unacceptable behaviour directed towards their staff.  If you would like to discuss options for trained and licensed security staff to assist your team, we are here and ready to help.

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