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Coming out of Lockdown: Changes to COVID Restrictions in Greater Sydney
8 October 2021
As Greater Sydney starts to come out of lockdown, there are a number of things that businesses and organisations will need to consider as the community returns to working, learning, recreating and socialising in person.
The following links provide helpful information on the reopening plans:
- NSW Government Roadmap portal
- NSW Roadmap to recovery Fact Sheet
- Current NSW Public Health Order
- NSW Health Minister media release dated 3 October 2021 summarising the key health advice
- COVID Safety Plans
- COVID-Safe Toolkit
- Mandatory Check-ins
- NSW Ventilation Guidance
- NSW Proof of Vaccination Factsheet
- NSW Vaccinations and Business Factsheet
- NSW Vaccination Compliance and Obligations Factsheet
- NSW Contact Tracing and Isolation Rules Factsheet
- NSW Managing occupational violence and customer aggression
- NSW Square metre rules
- NSW Face mask rules
Eased restrictions from 11 October 2021
The NSW Government has brought forward the lifting of a number of restrictions and continually is reassessing the implementation of the roadmap for easing the remaining restrictions. The most recent changes to the COVID roadmap were announced by the Premier on 7 October 2021 and include the following, effective from Monday 11 October 2021:
- up to 10 fully vaccinated visitors will be able to gather in homes (not including those aged 12 or under);
- up to 20 fully vaccinated people may gather outdoors (not including those aged 12 or under);
- up to 100 fully vaccinated people can attend weddings and funerals; and
- indoor pools will be reopened to fully vaccinated patrons.
Separate to these changes, the Deputy Premier also announced that workers in regional areas (outside Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast) who have had one vaccination dose will be able to return to work in person from 11 October 2021 and will have a grace period until 1 November 2021 to receive their second vaccination dose.
Anticipated eased restrictions from 25 October 2021
On the Monday after 80% of the NSW population aged 16 years and over have been fully vaccinated, the following additional changes will become effective (anticipated to be Monday 25 October 2021):
- wearing of face masks in office buildings will be optional;
- up to 20 fully vaccinated visitors will be able to gather in homes (not including those aged 12 or under);
- up to 50 fully vaccinated people may gather outdoors (not including those aged 12 or under);
- up to 3,000 fully vaccinated people may attend outdoor ticketed events.
Additionally, all school students will return to face to face learning from 25 October 2021.
Managing ongoing COVID Risk
While it is important to be optimistic as we transition into this new normal, there nevertheless remains a real risk of COVID transmission within workplaces and anywhere else people from different households gather. For this reason, over the coming months businesses and organisations should remain vigilant and ensure that they continue to put the health and safety of their staff, customers and the public first and foremost. This may include strongly encouraging all staff and customers to wear masks in indoor settings (except where eating or drinking), strongly encouraging staff to get fully vaccinated, putting in place alternative work arrangements (such as continuing working from home) for staff who are not yet vaccinated, only partially vaccinated or who are immunocompromised, or retaining capacity limits within premises, even where these infection control measures are no longer mandated.
Where can I find more information?
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