"Friends Bubble" allowed for children in "Lockdown" areas from 21st Sept;
Children and teenagers aged 18 years and under will be able to create a ‘friends bubble’ to allow home visits provided the adults in their homes are fully vaccinated.
From Mon 13th Sept - Small outdoor gatherings allowed in "Lockdown" areas for people who are for fully vaccinated
Regional NSW lockdown extended for many regional areas including Mid-Western Regional Council
From Sat 11 September some regional areas will come out of lockdown, but NOT the Mid-Western Regional Council LGA.
Until further notice Stay-at-home orders remain in place for many LGAs in regional areas including Mid-Western, Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange and Lithgow. For a full list of areas still in lockdown go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules
(Note: Shire of Upper Hunter removed from lockdown on 16th Sept 2021).
There are still extra rules for the Greater Sydney Area and additional rules for LGA's of high concern.
Official details of the rules for Regional NSW (including Mid-Western Regional Council area) are here
Small weddings now allowed
There are also restrictions on people moving between Greater Sydney and regional areas for a wedding. A full explanation of those rules can be found here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions#worship-weddings-and-funerals
COVID-19 restrictions EXTENDED until the end of Sept (at this stage) across Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.
Note: The Central Coast and Shellharbour will no longer be included in Greater Sydney, instead being included in Regional NSW.
If you are not a Sydney resident but have been in Greater Sydney for any reason since 21st July you must also follow the Greater Sydney stay-at-home order rules for 14 days from when you were in the Greater Sydney area.
Visiting Greater Sydney
COVID-safe check-in card for those who don't have a smartphone
If you don't have a smartphone, you can now create your own check-in card that will allow you to check in quickly to venues and businesses.
You can create your personalised "card" on the Service NSW website and print it out to use. Or you can request a card be sent to you, by phoning Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW centre . Here is a link to more info;
Additional rules for use of masks
In addition to the existing rules for mask wearing, there is now a requirement to carry a mask at all times in some parts of NSW.
All the mask rules can be found here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/face-mask-rules
Proof of exemption;
28/6/21 - National cabinet decisions - Mandatory vaccinations for Aged Care workers, extra tests after quarantine period for international travellers
The Prime Minister has announced that Covid vaccinations will be mandatory for all Aged Care workers.
The Commonwealth will provide funding towards cost to Aged Care facilities if they need to arrange off-site vaccination and also some funding towards paid leave for staff to get vaccinated.
Some more details are available here;
International travellers (e.g. Australian citizens returning home) will be required to be tested again 2 or 3 days after they have completed their 14 day quarantine.