NEW SOUTH WALES

Roadmap to reopening

AT 70% DOUBLE DOSES

REACHED ON

11 OCTOBER 2021

AT 80% DOUBLE DOSES

REACHED ON

18 OCTOBER 2021

FROM 01 DECEMBER 21

To support and guide businesses and industry in becoming COVID Safe and operational at 70% double vaccination, the following ‘need to know’ resources are available:

summary of public health measures for contract tracing and isolation rules

  • If a staff member tests positive, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, 14 days self-isolation is required and NSW Health follow up. Businesses will refer to their COVID-19 Safety Plan and risk assessment approach for further instructions on notifying other staff.
  • Businesses must inform NSW Health if three or more employees test positive for COVID-19 in a seven-day period.
  • NSW Health guidelines will enable businesses to assess workplace risk if a COVID-19 case is identified and confirm actions to be taken.
  • Businesses can reduce the risk of closure or staff going into isolation by implementing rigorous COVID-19 Safety Plans. Other proactive steps businesses can take include ensuring staff are vaccinated and implementing regular onsite testing programs for workers.

As NSW reopens, it is important that businesses are prepared to welcome back customers in a COVID Safe way and that new compliance obligations are understood. This guidance has been prepared to assist businesses and is not a substitute for legal advice. Refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman for more information.

Industry and businesses are responsible for keeping their premises safe and minimise the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. Businesses will need to:

  • Take reasonable steps to prevent unvaccinated people entering your premises. For example, having prominent signs stating requirements, Service NSW QR codes, staff checking vaccination status upon entry and only accepting valid forms of evidence of vaccination, or medical exemption.
  • Authorised officers will monitor businesses re-opening, particularly those that have vaccination requirements, for example hospitality, retail, gyms, and personal services (e.g. hair, beauty).
  • Penalties may apply for individuals and businesses who don’t comply with the Public Health Order vaccination requirements. Further penalties may apply for significant breaches.