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Support for business during the COVID-19 outbreak

Our COVID-19 small business economic response includes:

  • An immediate six (6) month rebate on fees for Food Act registrations and Footpath Trading permits.
  • Three (3) month rent deferral to commercial tenants of Council owned buildings.
  • Access to Council’s hardship policy to property rates on Commercial properties where their business has been extensively impacted.

To ensure a quick reimbursement Council staff will be contacting you within the next two weeks.

Australian Government support

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold we encourage you to be aware of the Australian Government's economic response to the Coronavirus - read the announcement here.

Current support includes:

Victorian Government support

All businesses across the state can access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ​​​​​​has further information on grants and support for small businesses.  

The Victorian Small Business Commission's fact sheet on difficulty paying the rent may also assist. 

For more information on government support for businesses to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, please visit the and/or

Information for food businesses

The Australian Government has prohibited all dining (inside and outside) in all cafes and restaurants to reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Only takeaway and delivery services are permitted.

We are strongly committed to assisting proprietors of local food businesses to remain open for business by transitioning to takeaway and delivery services.

Resources to assist you

Information for food businesses in Bayside

Advice for food business on COVID-19/Coronavirus

Home delivery guidelines

Materials to display in your food business

Wash your hands regularly

Cover your cough and sneeze

Cleaning for food businesses

Health information

Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19/Coronavirus information from the Department of Health and Human Services