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What restrictions are in place?

GREATER SYDNEY LOCKDOWN 

Greater Sydney’s lockdown will be extended until end of September. 

If you live or work in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, you need to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

People must stay within their Local Government Areas or within 5kms of home if they leave for any of the essential reasons.

The necessary reasons to leave home still include sourcing essential supplies, care and caregiving, unlimited outdoor exercise, and work not able to be done from home. However, you can now only shop for essential goods within 5km of your home, or within your local government area.

Only one person per household per day may leave the home for shopping.

 

12 LGAS OF CONCERN WITH TOUGHER RESTRICTIONS

The following LGAs have tougher restrictions from 12:01am Monday 23 August 2021: 

  • Fairfield
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Liverpool
  • Cumberland
  • Blacktown
  • Paramatta
  • George’s River
  • Campbelltown
  • Penrith (including Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, St Mary's)
  • Bayside
  • Strathfield
  • Burwood

From 12:01am Monday, 23 August 2021, the following additional rules will apply for residents and businesses in the LGAs of concern as listed above:

  • The following retail premises must close except for click and collect: garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building supplies, landscaping material supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies (tradespeople are allowed to shop in-store where relevant); and
  • All exams and other education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC. The government will provide further information on its education plan in due course.

The following new restrictions around workplaces and authorised workers from the LGAs of concern will be introduced:

  • Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August 2021.
  • Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work site or they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August 2021.
  • From Saturday 28 August 2021, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorized worker and cannot work from home; and
  • From Saturday 18 August, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issues by Service NSW.

 

CURFEW FOR 12 LGAS OF CONCERN LIFTED 

The curfew in place for Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith local government areas will be lifted from 9pm, Wednesday 15 September, 2021.

The curfew meant that you could not leave your home between 9pm and 5am unless you have one of the following reasonable excuses:

  • leaving your home to go to work (ensuring all other requirements for work are met)
  • collecting or dropping off children at childcare
  • providing care to a vulnerable person
  • obtaining medical care or in an emergency
  • attending to legal obligations or animal welfare.

 

PERMITS FOR TRAVEL TO REGIONAL NSW

A permit system for some travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will take effect from 12:01am on Saturday 21 August 2021. 

Under the updated public health order, the following people traveling from Greater Sydney to regional NSW require a permit:

  • anyone from Greater Sydney (including authorised workers from the LGAs of concern) who needs to travel more than 50km from Greater Sydney for work purposes, noting the existing requirement for such workers to have had a COVID test in the previous seven days;
  • people travelling to a second home outside Greater Sydney. This is now only allowed if you are using the home for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs (if so, only one person may travel there);
  • people inspecting a potential new residence, but only if they have a genuine intention to relocate as soon as practicable (no investment properties); and
  • people who are permanently locating. 

For the purposes of this public health order and permit, Greater Sydney will no longer include Shellharbour and the Central Coast. People travelling to Shellharbour and the Central Coast for the above reasons will require a permit to do so. 

Taking a holiday to a second residence is not a reasonable excuse to leave home. 

Information on permit applications are available on the Service NSW website. 

 

RETAIL TRADE RESTRICTIONS

Retail food services including pubs, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets are not permitted to trade except to offer takeaway or home delivery services. Cinemas, entertainment venues and casinos, and beauty therapy services including hairdressers, nail salons, and massage parlours, are also not permitted to open.

Businesses providing essential products and services that can be open include:

  • supermarkets
  • grocery stores including
    • butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable, seafood
    • other food or drink retailers that predominantly sell or display food or drinks
  • kiosks and other small food and drink premises
  • petrol stations
  • banks and financial institutions
  • shops that, in the normal course of business, operate as or sell and display
    • newsagents
    • chemists providing health, medical, maternity and baby supplies or
    • liquor stores
  • post offices
  • vehicle hire premises, not including the premises at which vehicles are sold;
  • shops that predominantly carry out repairs of mobile phones
  • laundromats and drycleaners.

From 12:01am Monday 23 August 2021, the following retail premises must close except for click and collect: garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building supplies, landscaping material supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies (except for tradespeople).

‘Click and collect’ and home delivery 

Businesses may continue to operate if they provide goods and services to customers that are 

  • ordered by phone or internet 
  • delivered to customers 
  • collected by customers.

A 'click and collect' service can also be used by customers to return or exchange goods by prior arrangement either by phone or internet.

Businesses may continue to operate if they provide goods and services to customers and follow the requirements for

 

MANDATORY FACE MASKS 

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, the following additional rule will also be introduced for Greater Sydney (including regional NSW until 28 August):

  • Mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.

In the affected regions, for the period of the lockdown, face masks must be worn outside of the house at all times including while at work.

When you leave home, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. 

You must wear a face mask

  • when you are outside in a public place (such as on a street or at a park)
  • in all indoor areas of non-residential premises
  • at certain outdoor gatherings
  • if you are on public transport
  • in a major recreation facility such as a stadium
  • if you are working in a hospitality venue
  • in indoor and outdoor areas of construction sites, except when an exemption applies such as when
    • wearing a face mask creates a safety issue or
    • there is a worksite emergency
  • when working in an outdoor area.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all members that while you must take reasonable steps to advise customers to wear a mask in your store (ie signage, staff on entrance) it is not the responsibility of retailers to enforce these rules. Should a customer refuse this lawful direction, please refer the matter to security or police.

 

AUTHORISED WORKERS

An authorised worker can attend work at any of the retail or hospitality venues listed above.

You can go to work in the same local government area you live in if: 

  • you live and work in the affected local government areas
  • the business is allowed to be open
  • you cannot work from home.

 

REGIONAL NSW LOCKDOWN & RESTRICTIONS 

Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days emerged from lockdown at 12:01am on Saturday, 11 September.

Stay-at-home orders will remain in place in the following LGAs:

Bathurst, Bega, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cabonne, Central Coast, Central Darling, Cessnock, Dubbo, Dungog, Eurobodalla, Forbes, Gilgandra, Goulburn, Mulwarre, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Mid-Western, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Narromine, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Upper Hunter, Walgett, Wingecarribee.

From 1pm, Thursday 16 September 2021, stay at home orders will be lifted for Bega Valley, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and Upper Hunter Shire LGAs (bolded above). 

The following freedoms will be available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have lifted:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces

  • Up to 5 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sq, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Schools:

  • Schools can reopen with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person 4sqm or 75 percent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals:

  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel:

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.

Masks:

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.

 

YASS VALLEY LOCKDOWN 

To protect the people of NSW from COVID-19, new restrictions will be introduced for the Yass Valley Council area from 12.01am Tuesday 14 September for two weeks.

Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in the Yass Valley Council area or have been there on or after Thursday 9 September.

Everyone in these areas must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated. 
  • Work, or tertiary education, where you cannot work or study from home;
  • To attend a wedding or a funeral. A maximum of 11 people can attend a wedding service. This means a maximum of five guests, the two people being married, the two witnesses, the celebrant or officiant, and one person recording the service. A maximum of 10 people can attend a funeral.

You must wear a face mask in all indoor or outdoor areas, other than a place of residence. This includes when you are on a street, in a park, at the shops or at work. There are limited exceptions, such as where you are in a vehicle with members of your household or your nominated visitor (‘singles bubble’), when exercising, when eating or drinking, and in emergencies.

 

ALBURY & LISMORE LOCKDOWN 

From 6pm, Thursday 16 September 2021, Albury and Lismore will go into lockdown for an initial 7 days. 

The only reason to leave your home during this period for one of the five reasons: sourcing essential supplies, authorised work or education, care and caregiving, exercise and to get vaccinated. The NSW Health Department has also released a list of other reasonable excuses.

Exercise and shopping will be limited to 5km from home or within the LGA. 

You must carry proof of your address if you have left your home.

Lismore will also be excluded from the NSW and Queensland border bubble as it becomes part of the restricted NSW border zone. Lismore residents and anyone who has been in Lismore in the 14 days prior to Thursday 16 September can no longer cross between states for essential work, school, shopping, medical reasons or caring for another person. 

 

 

ADDITIONAL FREEDOMS FOR THOSE FULLY VACCINATED

From 12:01am on Monday, September 13, those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed additional freedoms. 

In 12 LGAs of concern:

Households in the LGAs of concern with adults that are fully vaccinated are allowed unlimited exercise. Households can also be out for up to 2 hours of recreational activity every day in addition to exercising. People must still stay within a 5km radius of their household or their local LGA. 

Rest of greater Sydney & regional NSW

 

ROADMAP FOR REOPENING

Stay-at-home orders for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted from the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target.

Only fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions will have access to the freedoms allowed under the Reopening NSW roadmap. We note that a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose.

The freedoms for vaccinated adults will come into effect on the Monday after NSW hits the 70 per cent double dose target and include:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces:

  • Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail). 
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel:

  • Domestic travel, including trips to regional NSW, will be permitted.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.

Non-vaccinated young people aged under 16 will be able to access all outdoor settings but will only be able to visit indoor venues with members of their household.

Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.

There will be revised guidance on isolation for close and casual contacts who are fully vaccinated, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.

Masks:

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.

When NSW hits the 80 per cent double dose target, the government intends to open up further freedoms around international travel, community sport, major events and other areas.

QR Codes mandatory for retail

Use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at all workplaces and retail businesses from Monday 12 July. New locations include:

  • Retail businesses and supermarkets
  • Individual shops within shopping centres
  • Shopping centres display QR codes at entry points
  • Gyms

Set up your QR Code by visiting the NSW Government website HERE. If you need help setting up your code, phone our hotline at 1800 RETAIL and press 4.

Restrictions Update

South-East Queensland Restrictions 

Restrictions will ease in all of Queensland from 4pm Friday 27 August 2021. 

Up to 100 people can gather in homes, with no limit for people gathering in public spaces. 

 

Businesses & Venues (Indoor premises)

Business and venues (including places of worship, convention centres, retail, dining, gyms, hairdressers, beauty and personal care services etc.) are allowed to operate with the following restrictions : 

  • Indoor - 1 person per 2sqm or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating with the COVI Safe Checklist. 
  • Eating and drinking while standing allowed. 
  • No restrictions on self-service food. 

 

Stadiums & Indoor & Outdoor Events

  • 100% allocated seated and ticketed for stadiums
    • Patrons must wear a mask at all times, including when seated.
    • Patrons must be seated to eat and drink. Masks can be removed when eating or drinking.
  • 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events or 1 person per 2sqm indoors. 
  • No restrictions on outdoor events, however you are encouraged to wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance. 

Ticketed venues: 100% capacity with allocated seating (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas, indoor sports, universities and other higher education institutions). 

Community sport: no restrictions. 

 

Mask mandates

Masks must be work when at stadiums, at an airport, and on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland. 

South East Queensland - You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. Public transport and ride share: must wear a mask including waiting for the transport in a public space such as a bus stop, taxi rank or train station. Outdoors: you must wear a mask when unable to stay 1.5m apart from people who are not part of your household. Indoors: you must wear a mask in indoor spaces (including workplaces, but not in your own home) unless it is unsafe or you can stay 1.5m apart from other people. This includes cafes, restaurants, pubs etc. unless eating or drinking, seated or standing. Schools: masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school.  

Rest of Queensland - Everyone is encouraged to carry and wear a mask when physically distancing is not possible. 

Exceptions

There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 (unless they are at school in Grade 7) and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities.

If in doubt, wear a face mask. You must wear a face mask when leaving your home, if you cannot wear a face mask please do not leave your residence.

If you are an essential worker and you cannot wear a face mask due to a medical condition, you are strongly encouraged to stay at home and not go into your workplace, unless you are fully vaccinated.

 

Check In Qld App

In addition to the hospitality sector, from 1am Friday 9 July, the Check In Qld app will be mandatory for a number of new sectors. 

We note that our list is more prescriptive than what is currently on the Check In Qld app page – this list is what is outlined in the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction. Businesses within a shopping centre require a QR code, and customers need to check in at the shopping centre and each business within the centre.

This includes:

  • Retail food services including cafes, restaurants and fast-food outlets. This covers operations that may be part of another business, e.g. a restaurant in a casino or a café in a gallery, or a bar or restaurant at a theme park
  • Pubs, licensed clubs, RSL clubs, function centres, bars, wineries, distilleries and microbreweries and licensed premises in hotels
  • Venues that attract large crowds, such as stadiums, convention centres, theme parks, concert venues, nightclubs and cinemas
  • Shopping centres
  • Department stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Supermarkets, grocers, bakeries, butcher’s shops, fishmongers
  • Convenience stores, delicatessens
  • Post offices
  • Customer service branches of insurers, hardware stores, furniture stores, electrical stores, recreational goods stores, clothing and footwear stores, newsagents, a part of a place engaged in agriculture or industry which sells to the public the produce or products of the business, and indoor and outdoor food, craft or other markets.
  • beauty and personal care service, such as hairdressing, beauty therapy and nail services
  • indoor events, such as cultural festival and expos
  • outdoor events, such as fun runs and fetes
  • leisure and recreation facilities, such as gyms, health clubs, indoor sports facilities and indoor pools
  • short-term residential facilities such as hotels, boarding houses and short-term holiday rentals
  • outdoor recreation, such as caravan parks, camping areas, zoos and aquariums
  • public-facing government services, such as customer service counters in government buildings, galleries, museums, libraries and community centres such as recreation halls
  • weddings, funerals and places of worship (only required if indoor)
  • higher education institutions, such as universities, TAFEs and registered training organisations
  • adult entertainment venues
  • hospitals, residential aged care, disability service accommodation (applies to visitors, volunteers and contractors, not staff or patients/residents).

 

Queensland Border Bubble with Regional NSW reinstated

The Queensland Government has reinstated the border bubble with New South Wales where there are no cases, and where lockdowns have been lifted. Students and essential workers will be able to travel from the 12 New South Wales LGAs, where restrictions have eased, into Queensland. It’ll come into effect from 1am on Monday, 13 September 2021.

People crossing the border will still require a border pass and be able to meet certain requirements. 

Metropolitan Melbourne Lockdown 

Metropolitan Melbourne is under lockdown until 70% of the population have had at least one dose of vaccine. This is estimated to be around Thursday 23 September 2021.  

There are only six reasons to leave home:

  • Getting the food and supplies you need,
  • Exercising for up to two hours (increases to four hours from 11:59pm Friday 17 September),
  • Care or caregiving,
  • Authorized work or education if you cannot do it from home,
  • To get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.
  • Outdoor social interaction for up to four hours* (from 11:59pm Friday 17 September 2021).

*Outdoor social interaction means that one person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity. Additionally, up to five adults (plus dependents) from a maximum of two households will be able to gather outdoors if all adults present have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Shopping and exercise must be done within 5km of your home or the nearest location. From 11:59pm Friday 17 September, this distance will be increased to 10km.

Exercise will be limited to just you and one other person, plus dependents if they cannot be left at home. If you live in a larger household such as a sharehouse, or with extended family, you can no longer exercise with all members of your household. From 11:59pm Friday 17 September 2021, two people will be able to train outdoors with a personal trainer.

Face masks will remain mandatory indoors (not at home) and outdoors unless an exception applies – this includes all workplaces and secondary schools. People will not be able to remove their masks to drink alcoholic beverages in public.

Private gatherings are not permitted except for an intimate partner or nominated person visits. Public gatherings are not permitted, and exercise is limited to two people.

Childcare and Early Childhood Care will remain open. Schools will close, with primary and secondary school students returning to remote learning – except for vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers who can learn on site.

From 11:59pm Thursday, 2 September 2021, playgrounds will re-open – with strict rules to keep everyone safe. Playgrounds will be for children under 12 with only one parent or carer, and adults should not remove their masks to eat or drink. Playgrounds will also have QR codes for checking in.

In-home care – like babysitters – will also be expanded to school aged children but only if both parents are authorized workers.

At large scale construction sites, staffing must reduce to 25 percent or 5 workers on site, whichever is higher. 

Construction workers will now not be able to cross the metropolitan-regional boundary for work.  Tea rooms will need to close and food or drink will not be able to be consumed indoors at work. Worker shift bubbles must be in practice and all sites will require a COVIDSafe Marshal on site.

 

Authorised Worker Permits

Permits will be required to leave the house for authorized work for Metropolitan Melbourne and Shepparton.

Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work, from 11:59pm Tuesday 17 August 2021. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Permits will be available on the coronavirus website before these directions come into effect.

Permits will also need to be carried by higher education students who are on the Authorised Provider list.

 

Curfew Imposed During Lockdown

A curfew that restricts Metropolitan Melbourne residents from leaving the home between 9pm and 5am will be imposed from 11:59pm Monday 16 August 2021 until the population reaches 70% of the first dose of vaccine, estimated to be around Thursday 23 September 2021. 

Metropolitan Melbourne includes: Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham (except little River), Yarra City, Yarra Ranges.

 

Retail Trade Restrictions During Lockdown

Non-essential retail will not be permitted to open. Essential providers are classed as:

  1. a supermarket, grocery store, bakery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger
  2. an indoor or outdoor market, but only to obtain groceries or fresh food
  3. a restaurant, café, pub, bar or hotel, whether licensed or unlicensed, but only to the extent that: (a) it provides takeaway meals or drinks or a meal delivery service; or (b) it provides food or drink to the homeless
  4. a bottle shop
  5. a financial institution
  6. consular and diplomatic services; or g. court, tribunal or commission services
  7. a post office
  8. a news agent
  9. a pharmacy
  10. a petrol station (including a petrol station that sells groceries)
  11. vehicle and mechanical repair services
  12. a pet store or veterinary clinic
  13. urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person, animal or premises
  14. essential child protection activities
  15. a childcare or family day care provider
  16. a school, but only to the extent that education services are provided to the child of an essential worker or to vulnerable children
  17. a ‘click and collect’ service.

If you work at an essential provider, you are classified as an essential worker and can attend work.

Cafes and restaurants will only be able to offer take-away and delivery services.

Masks

  • Anyone 12 years and over must wear a fitted face mask whenever they leave their home, indoors or outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.
  • You can remove your mask in a public place when consuming food, medicine or non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Face masks are recommended for primary school aged children, but they are not mandatory.

 

Ballarat 7-Day Lockdown 

From 11:59pm, Wednesday 15 September, 2021, Ballarat will enter a 7-day lockdown.

There are only five reasons to leave home:

  • Getting the food and supplies you need,
  • Exercising for up to two hours,
  • Care or caregiving,
  • Authorized work or education if you cannot do it from home,
  • To get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

Other restrictions align with the Metropolitan Melbourne as outlined above, except for the curfew. 

 

Restrictions eased at 70% vaccination for Metropolitan Melbourne & Ballarat

Due to the incredible efforts of the community in hitting the 70% vaccination target, restrictions will ease from 11:59pm Friday 17 September, 2021: 

  • There is another reason to leave home: social interaction. This means one person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity. Additionally, up to five adults (plus dependents) from a maximum of two households will be able to gather outdoors if all adults present have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 5km travel radius is expanded to 10km from your home– including shopping and exercise. If there are no shops within a 10km radius, you will be able to travel to ones closest to you.
  • An extra two hours of exercise a day will be permitted – for up to four hours per day.
  • Outdoor personal training will be allowed with up to two people plus the trainer.
  • Outdoor communal gym equipment and skateparks will reopen.
  • Child-minding for school-aged children will be permitted if only one parent is an authorised worker.
  • Real estate inspections will resume by appointment only. To ensure they’re COVIDSafe, only people from the same household can attend the inspection appointment and the real estate agent must stay outdoors during the inspection.
  • In order to continue working, construction workers state-wide will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 11:59pm Thursday, 23 September. 
  • Up to five people will be able to attend an entertainment venue or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class, or concert.

Read full list of state-wide restrictions here

 

 

Regional Victoria Restrictions

Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria from 11:59pm Thursday 9 September 2021, meaning the five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria. Shepparton comes out of lockdown and joins the rest of regional Victoria from 11:59pm, Wednesday 15 September, 2021. There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.

The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits. Regional Victorians will return to the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

Regional schools will reopen for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 students who live in regional Victoria, while remote learning will remain for all other levels. Onsite supervision at schools remains available for vulnerable children and children of essential workers in all year levels, including for students from metropolitan Melbourne.

Funerals will be permitted for up to 20 people and weddings will be permitted for up to 10 people, plus those required to conduct the service. Stricter limits will be in place for both weddings and funerals with people from Melbourne in attendance.

While restrictions remain in metropolitan Melbourne, businesses that are open in regional Victoria – such as restaurants or beauty services – must check the IDs of everyone they serve.

ALL RETAIL

All retail can open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. Check-in is still mandatory for all patrons. Masks are mandatory at all times and cannot be removed for eating/drinking in retail settings.

HAIRDRESSING, BEAUTY AND PERSONAL CARE

Open with a cap of 10 customers. Masks are mandatory at all times and must remain on for the duration of the service.

HOSPITALITY

Food and drink facility: Open for seated service only with maximum of 20 outdoors and 10 indoors subject to density limits.
Food courts: Open for takeaway service only. Masks must be worn at all times and cannot be removed for eating or drinking in retail settings.

 

Masks

  • Anyone 12 years and over must wear a fitted face mask whenever they leave their home, indoors or outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.
  • You can remove your mask in a public place when consuming food, medicine or non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Face masks are recommended for primary school aged children, but they are not mandatory.

 

Restrictions eased at 70% vaccination for Regional Victoria (except Ballarat)

From 11:59pm, Friday 17 September 2021, some restrictions will ease for regional Victoria (with the exception of Ballarat during their lockdown period): 

  • gyms and outdoor and indoor pools (excluding spas, saunas and steam rooms) will reopen with limits and hydrotherapy and swimming lessons can occur. 
  • Tour buses can operate up to 10 people.
  • Construction workers can access priority booking (phone only) and can walk up without a booking for Pfizer during key times at the old Ford Factory in Campbellfield, the former Bunnings in Melton West, Eagle Stadium in Werribee and the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Read full list of state-wide restrictions here

 

You must check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria QR code app, no matter how long you spend at that location.

Transitional restrictions in effect for Perth and Peel

Transitional restrictions are in effect from 12.01am Tuesday, 6 July 2021 until 12.01am Monday, 12 July 2021 for Perth and Peel, as we continue our safe and sensible pathway to pre-lockdown life.  

People should return to work unless they are vulnerable, and mask-wearing requirements remain in place.

Regional travel is permitted with mask-wearing requirements, except to remote Aboriginal communities.

Business and venues

  • 150 patron limit and 2sqm rule for:
    • Hospitality
    • Beauty/hairdressing
    • Public venues (swimming pools, recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums)
    • Fitness venues (gyms, pilates, yoga, dance studios). Indoor and outdoor fitness classes permitted, masks mandatory except when doing vigorous exercise  
    • Nightclubs
    • Places of worship. 
  • Maximum 50 per cent capacity for:
    • Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park
    • Seated entertainment venues for performances at theatres, concert halls, and cinemas

Who is required to wear a mask?

In the affected regions face masks must be worn indoors, on public transport, and outdoors if social distancing cannot be observed.

Specifically, face masks must be worn in the following settings

  • shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)
  • on public/shared transport and waiting areas for public/shared transport
  • weddings and funerals
  • while waiting for takeaway food
  • at workplaces.

Children 12 years and under and people affected by a medical condition are exempt.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all members that while you must take reasonable steps to advise customers to wear a mask in your store (ie signage, staff on entrance) it is not the responsibility of retailers to enforce these rules. Should a customer refuse this lawful direction, please refer the matter to security or police.

Who has to keep a contact register?

To help with contact tracing and to keep WA safe, a number of businesses will need to maintain a contact register.

This includes takeaway services, retailers and private or commercial buses or vessels that carry 20 or more passengers, and where different groups of people interact at any time.

The list of business required to maintain a contact register includes:

  • food and licensed venues (restaurants, takeaway services, food courts, cafés, bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs)
  • retailers (supermarkets, department stores, pharmacies, hardware and general retailers) and the retail components of other businesses (bank branches, post offices, manufacturing showrooms)
  • gyms, indoor sporting centres, wellness centres, health clubs and fitness centres
  • indoor play centres
  • saunas and bathhouses
  • swimming pool, both indoors and outdoors
  • places of worship, and funeral parlours
  • beauty and personal care services (hairdressers, barbers, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spa and massage parlours)
  • galleries and museums
  • cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues (casino, gaming or gambling venues)
  • motor vehicles or boats which are capable of carrying 12 or more passengers and is used on a commercial basis for a party, tour or function
  • auction houses and real estate inspections
  • community facilities, libraries and halls
  • zoos and amusement parks
  • function centres
  • hotels, motels, campgrounds or other accommodation facilities that ordinarily have check-in arrangements
  • boarding schools or residential colleges (not including residents)
  • adult entertainment premises (strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues)
  • venues where events are held and certain outdoor functions and gatherings under 500 people (e.g. weddings, corporate functions, carnival, fetes, festivals, markets, funerals/memorial services). 
  • public and private hospitals (visitors only – persons visiting patients or attending meetings/lectures, couriers, and contractors)

SafeWA

The WA Government has developed a free app, SafeWA, which assists businesses to keep their contact register system in an easy and convenient manner.

SafeWA can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

More information on how to use the SafeWA app and troubleshooting tips are also available for businesses and venues.

Katherine lockdown extension

Lockdown in the Katherine remains until 12 pm Friday 20 August 2021.

Effective from 12.00pm on Thursday 19 August 2021, the below areas will enter a full lockdown for 24 hours:

  • Municipality of Katherine including Tindal

Residents from affected areas must stay at home for the 24-hour lockdown period and people are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries and medications
  3. For work that is considered essential and cannot be done at home
  4. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home in the company of no one other than the following:
    • if the person resides alone – one other person
    • if the person does not reside alone – one or more of the other persons residing at the same premises
  5. In case of an emergency or if there is family violence or to provide essential care to a loved one or dependent who cannot support themselves and co-parenting arrangements.

For everyone in the lockdown area, masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence for one of these five reasons.

Your place of residence is where you live right now.

Masks must be worn at all times when leaving home.

All businesses, retail outlets, hospitality venues, gyms, pools and community centres are closed. Cafes and restaurants are able to offer take-away and delivery services. Schools will be closed except for the children of essential workers.  Childcare centres will open only for the children of essential workers.

Anyone caught breaching directions – including not wearing a mask – faces a $5,000 fine.

Police will be establishing interception points to control travel in and out of these regions.

Territorians in the lockdown areas should not travel – including out of the Territory – unless it is for one of the five reasons.

Non-Territorians in the lockdown areas are permitted to leave the Territory by air only.

It is an offence not to comply with CHO Directions and fines will be issued for those failing to follow lockdown directions.

 

Greater Darwin lockdown lifting 

Lockdown in the Greater Darwin Area ends at 12pm Thursday 19 August 2021. Restrictions will stay in place after the lockdown lifting until 12pm, Thursday 26 August 2021. 

Restrictions for Greater Darwin

Restrictions will be in place until 12pm on 26 August 2021 for high-risk activities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our community. This date has been chosen as it represents one replication cycle, or 14 days from the first positive case in the Territory.

All businesses and places where customers and clients visit need to use a check-in system, like The Territory Check-In App. Pen and paper will still be permitted. You are required to check in everywhere you go, no matter how long you spend at that location.

From 12pm today there will be no restrictions on the reasons to leave home if you live in Greater Darwin but staying COVIDSafe remains important.

Travel

  • Travel is permitted outside of Greater Darwin - a mask must be worn when you cannot maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.

Face masks

  • Face masks must be worn in public when you cannot maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.
  • Wear a mask at places like the supermarket, shopping centre, the hairdresser and beauty salons.  Wear a mask when out for dinner but it can be removed when seated and eating and drinking.
  • Masks are not required at work where physical distancing of 1.5m can be applied.
  • Workers who come into close contact with patrons, or who work in environments where physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be applied will need to wear a mask. This includes people who work in retail, hospitality, the beauty sector and customer service industries.
  • Masks must be worn on public transport, taxis and ride-share services
  • You do not need to wear a mask when at home

Visitors at home

  • You can have up to 10 people visit your home at a time, not including household members.

Businesses

  • All businesses and places where customers and clients visit must use the Territory Check-In App and be able to comply with physical distancing and mask wearing requirements.
  • Hospitality venues are open for seated service only. Patrons will be required to wear a mask when they go to the bar to order but this can be removed when seated and eating and drinking.

Gatherings

  • Private gatherings may occur including weddings and funerals.
  • Physical distancing and mask wearing is required.
  • Guests should practice high levels of personal hygiene including hand washing and sanitising.
  • Guests should not attend if sick.

Events

  • Big events must have a QR Code system in place and be able to comply with physical distancing and mask wearing requirements.
  • Markets are a high-risk site and will remain closed.

Sport

  • Indoor exercise including at gyms, Zumba, barre, pilates and yoga studios will remain closed.
  • Non-contact sports permitted. This includes golf, tennis, cricket and swimming.

Place of Worship

  • Places of worship will open. A check-in system should be used, masks must be worn and physical distancing applied.

Education and childcare

  • Schools, vacation care and childcare centres will open 20 August 2021. Mask requirements apply to people aged 12 and over.

Testing

It’s important that if you have any symptoms that you get tested for COVID-19, particularly if you have been in the Greater Darwin area since 21 June 2021.

To arrange a COVID test, book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

If you have symptoms regardless of where you are living, you are urged to get tested,

A hotline has been established to provide information about the lockdown arrangements: 1800 193 111 operating between 8am – 8pm daily.

Check-in everywhere, every time

The Territory Check-In App will become mandatory for use in all NT businesses, shopping centres, venues and events. Pen and paper will still be permitted. You will be required to check in everywhere you go, no matter how long you spend at that location.

 

Restrictions and responsibilities

Premier Steven Marshall has announced a 7-day lockdown for South Australia from 6pm on Tuesday, 20 July 2021 until midnight Tuesday, 27 July.

The state will move to Level 5 Public Activity restrictions:

  • 1 per 4sqm density limit
  • Stay at home unless leaving for one of the five essential reasons; essential work, providing healthcare for a vulnerable person, essential shopping, medical reasons (including vaccination and testing) or to exercise
  • Mandatory mask use when outside the home.
  • Closure of community activities.
  • Masks are essential in all high-risk indoor settings (except school and offices), on public transport and outside where social distancing is not possible.

From 12:01am Wednesday, 28 July 2021, the state will be easing restrictions: 

  • Hospitality, retail, construction and all business to reopen
  • Density limit of 1 person per 4 sqm
  • Seated food and beverage consumption (indoors and outdoors)
  • Home and private gatherings maximum 10 people (including
    household members)
  • Weddings and funerals maximum 50 people
  • Masks required for:
    • High-risk settings, health care services, personal care
      services and on passenger transport services
    • Strongly recommended in other settings where you cannot
      socially distance
  • Gyms can reopen with 1 person per 8 sqm
  • Schools to reopen.

From 12:01am Thursday, 5 August 2021, the state will be further easing some restrictions: 

  • Density limit increases to 50% capacity, a 1 per 2 sqm limit. 
  • Gyms will move to a 1 per 4sqm density limit. 

 

Non-essential retail

Under South Australia’s Level 5 restrictions, the following places are deemed essential retail and are permitted to open:

  • a grocery store, supermarket, butcher, bakery, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger , including delivery services associated with such stores;
  • an indoor or outdoor market, but only for the purpose of the sale of groceries or fresh food and not for the purposes of the sale or supply of food or
    beverages prepared on site (whether for consumption on site or take away);
  • a restaurant, café, bar, hotel, club or winery but only for the purposes of the provision of takeaway food or beverages or a meal delivery service;
  • a bottle shop;
  • financial institution;
  • a post office;
  • newsagent;
  • pharmacy;
  • hardware store;
  • petrol station;
  • distribution centre;
  • retail good workers supporting the operation of online or phone ordering and collection or delivery of retail orders;
  • a pet store;
  • a veterinary clinic and related services (such as on farm visits and animal care services), where a genuine animal welfare issue exists or for the
    purpose of artificial insemination of an animal;
  • an abattoir, meat, seafood or poultry processing plant.

Personal care services such as hairdressers, barbershops, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, wellness centres/day spas/massage parlours, saunas/bathhouses and any other place which beauty therapy/tanning/waxing/piercing/body modification takes place not permitted. 

COVID SAfe Check-In

All defined public activities and general retail industry premises must have a completed COVID Safe Plan and have an approved contact tracing system enabled.

All people entering the place must upload their relevant contact details to the approved contact tracing system. This upload is automatic when you use the COVID SAfe Check-In to scan the QR code.

For more information, visit the COVID Safe Checkin page.

 

Activities that require a COVID Marshal

A COVID Marshal is required for the following prescribed operations:

  • The onsite purchase and consumption of food or beverages (indoors or outdoors).
  • Religious or faith-based ceremonies (other than wedding ceremonies or funeral services).
  • Supermarkets and hardware stores.
  • Gatherings of 51-150 people at residential premises.
  • Distribution centres (including associated transport operations).
  • Gymnasiums and fitness centres.
  • Swimming pools used by the public.
  • Sporting clubs.
  • Any activity where a COVID Management Plan is required.
  • Public assemblies.
  • Any operation which may be defined by the state coordinator.

ACT LOCKDOWN

The ACT lockdown has been extended until 11:59pm Friday 15 October, 2021.

From 5:00pm Thursday 2 September 2021:

  • one household (any size) or up to 5 people can gather outdoors for up to 2 hours for exercise or non-organised recreation.
  • outdoor playgrounds will reopen where people can maintain physical distancing. Enclosed playgrounds will need to apply the one person per four square metre rule.
  • the number of people able to attend a funeral increased to no more than 20 people (excluding the people necessary to conduct the funeral).
  • the number of people able to attend a wedding increased to no more than 10 attendees (excluding the celebrant, but including persons being married and two witnesses).
  • other religious ceremonies which are time critical are permitted to go ahead with no more than 10 people (excluding those conducting the service).
  • the recommencement of services that operate outdoors and where physical distancing can be maintained, such as outdoor maintenance and gardening and dog grooming services.
  • ACT schools will continue with remote learning for the rest of Term 3. All ACT public schools and Early Childhood Education and Care services, including out of school hours care, will remain open for children of parents and carers who cannot work from home and vulnerable children.

During lockdown, people can still only leave their homes for essential reasons. 

The six essential reasons you can leave your home during this lockdown are:

  • to buy essential groceries and medicine
  • to access essential healthcare including in-home care
  • for essential work
  • to exercise outdoors for one hour per day in your region
  • to get a COVID-19 test
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccinated.

You can view more details on the reasons you can leave home here.

General retail will be closed, and hospitality venues will only be able to operate takeaway services. Businesses that has to remain open are urged to actively prevent any browsing in their stores.

From 11:59pm on Friday 17 September 2021, small businesses who are currently permitted to operate a click and collect or click and deliver service can to have up to 5 people in the business at any one time, or one person per four square metres (whichever is lesser). Activities must accord with COVID-19 Requirements for Click and Collect Services for non-Essential Retailers.

Mandatory mask wearing will also be reintroduced in the ACT, meaning everyone must have a mask on them at all times. 

A reminder for all to use the Check In CBR app at such as critical time to assist contact tracers.

 

ACT BUSINESS LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

The refinements to the Public Health Direction will come into effect as at 11.59pm tonight, Friday, 27 August 2021. The adjustments are being made to make it simpler for businesses to manage and conduct their business safely during the lockdown. These changes have been communicated directly to NRA CEO Dominique Lamb by the ACT Government, but may take some time to be updated on the ACT COVID-19 website.

Essential retail businesses
To provide further safety to employees of essential retail services, the following essential businesses will be required to operate through a click and collect service or click and deliver, with only the minimum number of employees necessary to be present on site to fulfil the services:

  • Hardware and building supplies
  • Agricultural and rural supplies
  • Pet stores
  • Businesses that predominately sell essential office supplies.

Tradespeople will be able to continue to enter hardware and building supply stores.

The above-mentioned essential retail businesses will also be required to develop a COVID Safety Plan and have this plan in place by Friday 3 September 2021. Developing and following a COVID Safety Plan will be an important step in keeping your staff and patrons safe as we continue to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on our community.

Non-essential retail businesses
The refinements will allow non-essential small and local retail businesses to operate a click and collect or click and deliver service, with no more than five people permitted to be present at the business at any one time,  or one person per four square metres (whichever is lesser).

The definition of a small and local retail business is one that, at 12 August 2021, had 20 or fewer full time equivalent staff working for the business. This includes the owner or operator. Any casual or part time employees are taken into account as a fraction of a full time equivalent.

All other non-essential businesses
The refinements will enable all other ACT businesses, which have not been permitted to operate under the current Direction, to have up to two people enter the business premises for the following reasons:

  • for essential maintenance work or other work to ensure the safety of the premises
  • as required or authorised by law
  • for emergency purposes, for example, operating critical systems such as alarms, monitoring, cold storage, and utilities
  • to accept deliveries that cannot reasonably be delayed or diverted to another premises, or
  • to provide an urgent and essential service for the administration of the business, which cannot be undertaken at home, for example, administering payroll.

Further information on permitted activities and which businesses can operate during the lockdown is available on the ACT COVID-19 website.

 

Face mask usage in the workplace

It is currently mandatory for people aged 12 and over to always wear a face mask when leaving home, including in workplaces. To clarify workplace arrangements, a person may remove their face mask when performing essential work in an indoor space, but only when:

  • in an office where no other people are present; or
  • when sitting or standing at a workstation in an office; and
  • 1.5 metres away from any other person.

As soon as a person is no longer alone or is moving, they must again wear their face mask.

Business owners are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure employees are wearing masks appropriately in the workplace.

If you are over the age of 12 years old you must have a mask with you when leaving your home, including in workplaces.

Exemptions to these requirements include:

  • If the person has a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask detrimental to their condition.
  • If the person is consuming food, drink or medicine.
  • If the person is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Due to the nature of a person’s essential work.
  • Because of an emergency.

 

Check In CBR app

From 12 noon Thursday 15 July 2021, it will be mandatory to use the Check In CBR app on Canberra’s buses, light rail, taxis and rideshare and all retail settings.

Register your business or venue to use the Check in CBR app

 

List of essential workers

Workers:

A person who is:

  • working for an essential provider or business that is permitted to operate
  • critical to, and involved in, the ACT’s COVID-19 response
  • a fly in fly out worker or a drive   in drive out worker who is required for industry or business continuity and maintenance where the service is time-critical, who is responsible for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to the ACT
  • a transport, freight or logistics driver
  • employed as flight crew
  • a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly or the person on the staff of such a member
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, or the person on the staff of such a member
  • anyone required to ensure the functioning of the ACT Legislative Assembly or the Commonwealth Parliament
  • Federal, State or Local Government worker determined to be essential by the relevant Head of the Government Agency

Any person who performs work that is essential for the continued operation of:

  • essential health services
  • funerary or mortuary services or related activities
  • emergency services, including:
    • the State Emergency Services
    • fire fighting services
    • paramedical services
    • ambulance services
    • air ambulance and medical retrieval services
    • police services or  protective services officers stationed on border duties or otherwise engaged in policing duties
    • military and defence services deployed for activities in the ACT
    • state security or national security
  • a wedding or a funeral
  • specialist services at telecommunications stores to support telecommunications as a critical service

Any person who provides or works in the following:

  • essential infrastructure and essential services required to maintain or protect the safety, health or welfare of the community or a   section of the community (whether provided by a public or private undertaking), includes construction, maintenance and repair of such infrastructure.
  • organisations that provide urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person or animal (for example, food banks, domestic and family violence services, RSPCA).
  • urgent repair and maintenance services, including plumbing, electrical and heating repair.
  • roadside assistance services.
  • domestic and commercial waste and resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services).
  • journalist and media services.
  • services related to the administration of justice.
  • essential legal services that are not able to be provided electronically.
  • a factory or facility that is not able to be shut down without causing damage or loss to plant and equipment, but only those operations that are necessary to  prevent that damage or loss.
  • building and road construction services.
  • veterinarians and any staff to ensure the safe functioning of a veterinary clinic, including home visits where there is a genuine animal welfare issue.
  • public transport, including taxis, rideshare services and other public passenger services.
  • air transport, including the operation of airports.
  • freight services, including postal and courier services.
  • furniture removalists, but only where moves cannot be reasonably delayed.
  • essential security services
  • a blood bank.
  • care services for people with particular needs because of homelessness, age, infirmity, disability, illness or a chronic health condition.
  • production and distribution of:
    • food and groceries for sale by a supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store,   market or fishmonger (including for sale by operators of such premises at an indoor   or outdoor market)
    • liquor for sale at a bottle shop
    • medical and pharmaceutical products.
  • primary industries only to the extent  necessary to ensure adequate supply of food to, and care of, animals and maintenance of crops.
  • a hotel, motel or other accommodation facility to the extent that they provide accommodation services in accordance with approved reasons.
  • manufacturing, fabrication or assembly of goods and materials necessary for or related to supporting defence or security industries or construction and building industries.
  • Maintenance of essential research activities.

Employers need to determine whether an employee is essential. Prior to entering their workplace, individuals must advise their employer that they are subject to ‘Stay-at-Home’ requirements.  Workplaces may have their own entry requirements and approval processes and these should be complied with.

If an employer approves an employee to attend the workplace, they must wear a mask at all times.

Employers may wish to consider conducting their own risk assessments prior to any affected individuals attending the workplace.

No current restrictions

With the fluctuation of lockdowns and restrictions across all Australian states and territories within the past few weeks, we have collated a list of open grants per state and territory to help businesses stay afloat during these tough times.

We understand there can be a maze of rules and criteria to navigate to apply for grants and support packages. The National Retail Association has a dedicated team who can help you write and apply for grants for a small fee should you require assistance. We have the expertise to support you with breaking down the eligibility, providing training options (if relevant) and completing a competitive submission. Contact us on training@nra.net.au or on 1800 732 066.

 

NATIONAL

JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme

The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is an incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16–35 years. Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

Employees who are unable to earn an income during the lockdown may be able to access the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Payment amounts will vary from $200 to up to $750 depending on the hours of work lost during the lockdown and other eligibility criteria.

More information about the scheme and how to apply is available on the Services Australia website.

QUEENSLAND

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants

Your business may be eligible for financial support through the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants. $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses across Queensland affected by the COVID-19 lockdown that commenced on Saturday 31 July 2021 and lockdowns in other states.

You may be eligible to receive a grant of $5,000 (excluding GST). This grant may be used for business expenses.

Your business doesn't have to be located in South East Queensland, but you must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of the lockdown.

Grants are also available for large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector operating in the 11 local government areas in the lockdown, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

Business Boost Grants Program*

The Business Boost grants program provides support to businesses to advance improvements in their efficiency and productivity. You may be eligible to receive a grant payment of $15,000 (excluding GST) on completing your proposed project. Applications will close when enough applications are received for competitive assessment, and eligibility criteria applies.

Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program*

The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience. Applications have closed for South East Queensland, however, remains open for regional Queensland.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 state public health order. This may involve a lockdown, hotspot or movement restrictions.

COVID-19 Business Grants*

A one-off payment to help businesses with cashflow support for the first 3 weeks of lockdown between $7,500 to $15,000 depending on the decline in turnover.

JobSaver

Fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (as at 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses.

  • Employing businesses: 40% of weekly payroll, with a minimum payment of $1,500 per week and a maximum payment of $10,000 per week
  • Non-employing business: $1,000 per week
COVID-19 Micro Business Grants*

A fortnightly payment of $1,500 for businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

Micro Business Support Grants

Small businesses, sole traders or not-for-profit organisations with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions may be eligible to apply for a fortnightly payment of $1,500 to cover business expenses for the duration of the Greater Sydney lockdown.

Deferral of payroll tax

NSW Government has announced a deferral of payroll tax until 7 October 2021, and 25 per cent reduction in payroll tax for the 2021/22 financial year for eligible customers. More information on tax relief is available at ServiceNSW.

Commercial landlords liable for land tax will be eligible for a land tax concession of up to 100 per cent of the 2021 land tax year liability where they reduce the rent of financially distressed tenants. More information on commercial lease support is available at ServiceNSW.

 

VICTORIA

21 July 2021 Top-Up Payment

All business that received payments through the Business Cost assistance program round two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will receive $2800 or $4200. These payments will be processed automatically.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

Eligible workers who lose work due to the lockdown can access the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as can sole-traders who do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs.

The payment is $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours work over seven days or $750 for 20 hours or more of work lost.

Business owners who want help applying for the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment can access the Business Victoria Concierge Service on 13 22 15.

Business Costs Assistance Program

Around 18,000 businesses in regional Victoria will automatically receive payments of $5,600 ($2,800 per week) if they have previously received grants under the Business Costs Assistance Round Two or July Extension programs.

The payments will allow businesses to continue paying overheads and other costs while they are unable to operate.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per week will be made to more than 2,000 licensed hospitality premises in regional Victoria that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs.

Payment amounts will be tiered according to a premises’ capacity: $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons, $10,000 for 100-499 patrons, or $20,000 for a capacity of 500 patrons or more.

Victorian Events Support Package

The Victorian Events Support Package delivers five streams of support including the Sustainable Event Business Program, the Impacted Public Events Support Program, the Independent Cinema Support Program, the Live Performance Support Program (presenters), and the Live Performance Support Program (suppliers).

Business Continuity Fund

A $156 million Business Continuity Fund will be established to deliver $5,000 grants to up to around 30,000 businesses that remain impacted by capacity limits placed on businesses by necessary public health restrictions.

Twenty-four eligible sectors are covered by the fund including gyms, cafes, restaurants, catering services and hairdressers. All recipients must have received or been eligible for the previous Business Cost Assistance Program.

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and Landlord Hardship Fund

The package, to be fully funded by the Victorian Government, will deliver $80 million to provide support to landlords that provide rent relief to their tenants.

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

Business in regional Victoria that do not qualify for this new support and have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent are encouraged to apply for the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund, which provides grants of $14,000 to successful applicants.

Alpine Business Support Program

This targeted program will provide payments of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per week, depending on business type and location.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment can help you when COVID-19 restrictions last for more than 7 days. You can’t get this payment for the first 7 days of an event.

COVID-19 Business Support Grant - July 2021

One-off emergency cash grant to assist businesses during current lockdown:

  • $3,000 for employing SME businesses.
  • $1,000 for non-employing SMEs.

Applications for a Business Support Grant will close at 11:59pm on 30 September 2021.

South Australian COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant 
  • $3,000 cash grants for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses (e.g. sole traders) in eligible industry sectors that have experienced a decline in turnover of 30 per cent or more over a two-week period as a result of the COVID-19 trading restrictions introduced from 28 July 2021.
  • An additional CBD grant of $1,000 will be available for eligible businesses (both employing and non-employing) with a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD (postcode 5000), in recognition of the increased impact on city businesses as a result of people working from home.

Applications for the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant are expected to be open on 13 August 2021 and will close at 11:59pm on 17 October 2021.

Major Events Support Grant

A new Major Events Support Grant of up to $25,000 for eligible events that were either cancelled, or suffered a significant financial loss, as a result of having to be cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 lock down in July or further restrictions to 4 August will be funded by the South Australian Government.

Landlord and tenant support

Landlords who provide tenants impacted by COVID-19 with rent relief may be eligible for a 25% reduction on the land tax payable on a parcel of land in the 2019-20 land tax year.

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grant: Round Two, June 2021

The grant program will provide $3000 cash flow support to small businesses in industry sectors most impacted and will be made available to eligible small businesses across Perth, Peel and regional Western Australia.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Territory Business Lockdown Payment Program

The Territory Business Lockdown Payment has been established to provide immediate financial support to businesses during a lockdown period. This payment is an amount of $1,000 and those eligible will need to submit a simple online application.

Small Business Survival Payment*

Much like the immediate survival payments, one-off payments of between $2,000 and $20,000 will be offered to support those businesses that have experienced considerable reductions in turnover and need some support to get through the ongoing COVID 19 impacts and the traditionally low tourist season.

Business Growth Program*

The Business Growth Program helps businesses access professional services to improve their performance, sustainability and profitability. It also provides mentoring and coaching support.

 

AUSTRALIA CAPITAL TERRITORY

COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme

Eligible ACT businesses can apply for credits on the cost of eligible fees and charges of up to $10,000 (inclusive of GST) per ABN. This program will provide credits for payroll tax, utilities, rates and certain business licenses for small businesses that can demonstrate a 30 per cent loss in revenue. This is for small businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $10m per annum. More details on this program will be available soon.

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

The ACT COVID-19 Business Support Grants will deliver support of $10,000 for employing businesses and $4,000 for non-employing businesses over the three-week lockdown period where those businesses' turnover has declined by 30 per cent or more as a result of the COVID-19 public health measures. This program is jointly funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.

Applications are now open. Follow the links for the Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions and the application form.

 

I need help with my mental health

Dealing with the emotional fallout of lock down scenarios, having to make staff redundant and struggling with concerns about the future of your business is not something you have to do alone.

 

The National Retail Association is a strong advocate for retailers looking after their, and their employees, mental health. Please find following a variety of resources for you to utilise if you need assistance. And, as per our CEO's statement below, feel free to contact us for more information.

We are acutely aware as to how tough it is out there and we remind you to make sure you are looking after each other and yourselves where possible. In times like these, maintaining your mental health is incredibly important. If there is anything we can do, if you need to speak to someone, please do not hesitate to contact us – we are always here for you and your business rain, hail or shine.  We are in this together.

Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association