During these unprecedented times Advance Cessnock City have compiled important information and resources for everything you need to know about the new COVID-19 rules and restrictions and what it means for your business.
COVID-19 Current rules and restrictions
Rules and restrictions that apply to businesses throughout NSW.
Reduced COVID-19 restrictions are in place in NSW from 15 December 2021.
Some rules have changed, including
- density limits no longer apply
- most premises are open to all people, regardless of vaccination status
- proof of vaccination is not required at many venues
- QR check-in is now only needed for certain high-contact premises
- face masks no longer need to be worn in many indoor areas.
Check all the rules here that apply to businesses in NSW.
Although the public health orders now permit entry to businesses for people who are not fully vaccinated, some businesses may make it a condition of entry that you are fully vaccinated or wear a face mask.
NSW Health strongly advises people get fully vaccinated and wear a face mask where they cannot socially distance.
Masks, COVID-19 Safe Check-in and vaccination evidence
If you are over the age of 12, you must still wear a face mask:
- at a public transport waiting area
- while on public transport
- at airports and on aircraft when the aircraft is flying above NSW
- for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated.
Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings.
COVID-19 Safe Check-in
COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are only required at
- pubs, small bars and registered clubs
- hairdressers, spas, nail, beauty, waxing, and tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
- gyms (except dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics, and martial arts studios)
- hospitals (except patients of hospitals or hospitals with an electronic entry recording system that records sufficient information such that it can be used for contact tracing)
- residential care facilities or hostels (except in relation to the residents)
- places of public worship
- funeral, memorials and gatherings afterwards
- strip clubs, sex on premises venues, sex services premises
- indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.
If you are entering a premises where check-in is required, you must:
- check in with the Service.NSW app or
- provide your details to the occupier of the premises.
Most premises in NSW are now open to everyone, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
You no longer need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated at most premises in NSW.
However, you still need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated if you
- attend an indoor music festival with more than 1000 people
- work in certain industries.
Follow the vaccination requirements for workers.
Check what you need as vaccination evidence.
Occupiers of premises
Some premises may choose to require people to be fully vaccinated as a condition of entry.
It is a matter for the occupier of each premises to exercise judgement on what is appropriate for their premises and the well-being of their staff and customers.
If you want to enter premises where an occupier has chosen to require you to be fully vaccinated, the occupier may ask to see your vaccination evidence. You do not have to show the occupier your vaccination evidence, but if you do not, the occupier may not let you in.
COVID-19 cases in the workplace
If you run a business, you must notify SafeWork if a worker has contracted COVID-19 at work, or was likely infectious in the workplace.
For more information visit Guidance for businesses with a worker who tests positive for COVID-19.
Information sourced from the Australian Government and NSW Government.
We provide this website to inform the public and to provide information to businesses. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this information, no guarantee can be given about the suitability, completeness or accuracy of any of the material that this site may be linked to or other material on the Internet.
The following are free services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
Mental Health Line - 1800 011 511
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Mensline - 1300 789 978
Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800
Beyondblue - 1300 224 636
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000.
More resources available online from: https://headtohealth.gov.au/service-providers
What about the well being of your business?
We know that good business health supports good mental health, and vice versa. We want to ensure that small business owners have the tools to manage the challenges so they can focus on enjoying their business.
The ASBFEO's My Business Health portal provides links and resources.
If you're trying to improve your own mental health, or support somebody else with mental health issues, the Australian Government's Head to Health provides links to trusted Australian online and phone supports, resources and treatment options.