Working During Covid-19 Restrictions
COVID UPDATE 7 OCTOBER 2021
With the first vaccination milestone now reached, the NSW Government is further easing a number of restrictions as part of the Reopening NSW roadmap, which will allow fully vaccinated adults to enjoy more freedoms from next Monday 11 October.
Changes to the 70 per-cent roadmap – Monday 11 October
Up to 10 visitors (not counting children 12 and under) can visit a home (previously five). Outdoor gatherings are capped at 30 people (previously 20), and the cap for weddings and funerals has increased to 100 people (previously 50).
Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities.
Changes to the 80 per-cent roadmap
On the Monday after the State clears the 80 per-cent double vaccination hurdle, further restrictions will be relaxed. Fully vaccinated people will be able to have up to 20 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to a home (previously 10), and up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors (previously 20).
Up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events (previously 500), nightclubs will be permitted to reopen with seated drinking only and no dancing, and masks will no longer be required in office buildings.
All school students will also now return to on site learning with a range of COVID-safe measures in place by 25 October, with the second and third stages of the return to school plan now combined. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning on 18 October, with all other years now returning one week later (on 25 October).
From 1 December 2021, as Stage 3 begins, restrictions are eased for all NSW citizens, no matter their vaccination status. After 1 December it will be up to a business or organisation how they deal with unvaccinated people.
To be confirmed
Specific settings are still being finalised for the following topics:
- Compliance and tracking
- Unvaccinated children under 16 and cultural activity participation
- What happens if there is a positive case in a business
- Percentage settings in venues after 1 December
Create NSW will communicate the details for these points once they have been released.
Every production must have and be able to produce a COVID-Safe Plan. The Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-Safe Guidelines can be viewed here: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-support
Every production working on location should also advise the local Police Area Command that they are working in their area to avoid confusion or concern from local community members and possible shut down.
We ask that you continue to implement your bespoke stringent COVID-Safe plans to best ensure the safety of the cast, crew and the wider NSW community.
For regular updates and advice:
- COVID-19 | NSW Government
- NSW case locations
- COVID-19 Support Package
- NSW schools: COVID-19 advice for families
- Health advice regarding vaccinations.
Service NSW and support for businesses and individuals
- Information about setting up mandatory check-in with QR Code https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/customer-record-keeping/mandatory-electronic-check-in
- Service NSW has support for businesses affected by COVID-19 https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses
- Services Australia has support for individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19 https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment/who-can-get-it/nsw-eligibility-rules/greater-sydney
If you are not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment as soon possible https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-vaccination-nsw/get-your-covid-19-vaccination-nsw
Download your COVID-19 digital certificate via the Express Plus Medicare mobile app https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/express-plus-medicare-mobile-app
or your Medicare online account through myGov https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/medicare-online-accounts
- You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.
- Instructions are available on the Services Australia website https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof-your-covid-19-vaccinations
- If you can’t get proof online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.
- Call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm) and ask for your statement to be sent to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post.
- If you are not eligible for Medicare, you can call the Australian Immunisation Register and request your certificate be mailed to you or add your COVID-19 certificate to your digital wallet using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e1s1