The extreme staff shortage is having a flow on effect to everywhere from supermarket shelves to tourist strips.
While density limit restrictions have hit some hospitality venues, others are still struggling to open their doors.
“All of the people that need to go into isolation that are close contacts or indeed actually have contracted COVID themselves means that a lot of these businesses have had to close,” Victorian Tourism Industry Council’s chief executive Felicia Mariani said.
The rampant Omicron variant is causing issues throughout Victoria’s supply chain.
Coles moved first, putting limits on meats and rapid antigen tests.