Coronavirus Update
Changes to Watergardens in accordance with the Government directive.
Published 05 August

As we continue to navigate this quickly shifting COVID-19 period, we remain committed to keeping our community informed and providing a safe environment.

As an essential service provider, Watergardens remains open and trading, serving the essential needs of those that choose to visit us.


Stage 4 restrictions – what they mean for Watergardens

As announced by the Victorian Government, from Thursday 6 August there will be a number of significant changes at Watergardens as Stage 4 restrictions are introduced across metropolitan Melbourne.

The Victorian Government has stated that shopping centres can remain open during this time. As such, Watergardens remains open, operating at significantly reduced levels to provide access to permitted retail for our community, should you choose to visit us.

The Stage 4 restrictions will see many of our retailers temporarily close. The following essential goods and services are permitted to continue to trade during this time:

  • Supermarkets and grocery shops, including all food and liquor shops
  • Convenience stores and newsagents
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical centres for appointments that cannot be undertaken virtually
  • Retailers working onsite for the purposes of fulfilling online orders
  • Restaurants and cafes for delivery and contactless takeaway only
  • Bank branches
  • Medicare and/or Centrelink
  • Locksmiths
  • Laundry and dry cleaners
  • Telecommunication services
  • Maternity supplies
  • Post offices
  • Fuel retailing
  • Hardware, building and garden supplies retailing for tradespeople
  • Specialist stationery services for business use
  • Disability and health equipment, mobility services
  • Security services
  • Building maintenance, cleaning
  • Road transport (i.e. freight and couriers).
Although these retailers are permitted to trade, some may make the decision to temporarily close or otherwise reduce their hours. We encourage you to review our directory for the most recent information on individual retailers’ trading hours.

Please note that our café and restaurant retailers are permitted to remain open, offering takeaway and home delivery services only.  Details of café and restaurant retailers offering takeaway and food delivery is available here.

All other stores are considered non-essential under the Stage 4 restrictions and must close for trade from Thursday 6 August. For further detail on the business restrictions announced by the Victorian Government, we encourage you to visit

Don’t forget that you can also take advantage of our Order & Collect service, which lets you order from your preferred retailer and have your shopping delivered directly to your car. To find out more, click here.


Mandatory Face Coverings

If you choose to visit us during this time, please remember that you must wear a face covering at all times when visiting our Centre, unless:

  • You are under 12
  • You have a medical condition that prohibits the wearing of a face covering
  • It’s not practical
  • For professional reasons.

To help keep our entire community safe, please be sure to bring an appropriate face covering with you when you next visit Watergardens.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we all adjust to these rigorous new measures and navigate the changes together with kindness and compassion.

We have implemented a number of measures that assist us and our community in adhering to this directive, including:

  • All centre staff and contractors will be required to wear masks while at work, unless they have a valid reason not to.
  • Signage that clearly reminds our community they must adhere to the government mandate and not enter the Centre without a face covering unless they are exempt.
  • Close work with local police in monitoring our community’s adherence to this new directive, generally reminding our community of this new directive and asking those that aren’t wearing face coverings, without a valid reason, to leave the centre.

Where to buy a face mask at Watergardens

The retailers listed below stock face masks, however please note stock availability is not guaranteed due to the current high demand. We recommend contacting the store before you visit to check whether they have face masks in stock.


Helping to keep our community safe

As has been the case throughout the entire COVID-19 crisis, the health and wellbeing of our customers, staff, retailers and contractors is our number one priority. This is more important now than ever before.

We continue to implement and maintain stringent precautionary measures to keep our entire community safe. These include:

  • A strengthened focus on disinfecting commonly touched areas, sanitising high-touch points with high-grade disinfectant throughout the Centre.
  • Positioning permanent hand sanitisation stations at key points throughout the Centre.
  • Placing Australian Government-issued information posters in our bathrooms, which outline crucial information on how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Rolling out public hygiene advertisements across the Centre, reinforcing the preventative measures each of us should adopt.
  • Installing signage and floor decals across parts of the Centre, reminding our community to keep 1.5 metres between themselves and others at all times, including when queuing or moving through the Centre.
  • Adjusting air-conditioning systems to maximise the intake of fresh air, ensuring that quality air is circulated throughout the Centre.
  • Reminding our community to adhere to government mandates to wear a face covering while outside of the home, unless there’s a valid reason not to.
  • Working closely with our retail partners to help ensure that we are all playing our part to keep our shared environments safe.

While we are doing what we can to help protect the health of our community, we all have a part to play in keeping our community safe, and that means:

  • Practise social distancing while you’re at the Centre and always keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly (take advantage of our hand sanitisation stations located throughout the Centre) and safely cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wear a face covering, unless you have a valid reason not to, and follow all government directives and advice.
  • Most importantly, stay at home if you are feeling unwell, are awaiting test results, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

As always, we are closely monitoring public health updates and are prepared to act quickly should the advice change. Once again, the health and safety of our community is our overriding priority.


Planning your visit

As part of the Stage 4 restrictions, you can only travel up to 5km from your home to shop for necessary goods and services, and only one person from your household can leave home to shop once per day. Please keep this in mind if you are planning on visiting Watergardens for your essential needs. For more information on the Stage 4 restrictions, we encourage you to visit

If you’re planning on visiting Watergardens for your essential shopping, it’s important to plan your trip in advance to help keep our community safe. Here are some things to think about when planning your visit:

  1. Avoid visiting the Centre at peak times
  2. Check store trading hours and individual conditions of entry in advance
  3. Pre-book health and other appointments
  4. Wear a face covering
  5. Most importantly, if you are feeling unwell or are awaiting test results, stay at home.

Considering a visit to Watergardens? Before you visit, we have put together a list of things you should consider, to ensure a safe and pleasant shopping experience. Click here to read more.


Centre Trading Hours

While we are continuing to assess the evolving situation, and are prepared to respond if necessary, Watergardens trading hours are as follows:

Monday: 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 5:30pm
Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Watergardens have made the decision to temporarily remove late night trading on Thursday/Friday evening from 9 July, with the exception of Supermarkets and some other essential services. When planning a visit, we recommend you contact individual retailers for store specific trading hours.


Customer Service Desk

Our customer service desk located near Big W has temporarily ceased operation. 

We are still here to help click here for more information on services, gift card purchases and retailer details.


Further Store Updates


  • Aldi open 8:30am until 8pm.
  • Big W closed until further noticeStore Click & Collect service available.
  • Bunnings closed until further notice. Store Click & Collect service available.
  • Harvey Norman closed until further notice. Store Click & Collect service available.
  • Hoyts Cinema closed until further notice.
  • JB HiFi closed until further notice. Store Click & Collect service available.
  • Target closed until further notice. Store Click & Collect service available.
  • Woolworths (in The Marketplace) open to all customers from 8am until 8:30pm.
  • Woolworths South (in The Eastern Mall) will close to customers providing space to fulfill online and delivery orders.
  • Zone Bowling closed until further notice.

Restaurants & cafes:

As of 2 July, restaurants and cafes must revert back to Stage 3 restrictions. Open to serve takeaway and home delivery. Our food court seating areas will also remain closed. Click here to view all restaurants and cafes at Watergardens.

  • Watergardens Hotel closed until further notice.

Beauty Services:

In accordance with the Victorian Government directive, beauty and personal care services will temporarily close.


From 2 July, in accordance with the Victorian Government directive gyms will temporarily close. We recommend contacting the gyms or fitness studio directly, or visiting their website for more information.

  • Anytime Fitness closed until further notice.
  • F45 Training closed until further notice.
  • Goodlife Health Club closed until further notice.


 We will continue to provide updates in real time as they evolve.