Covid-19 updates

If you plan to visit Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong or Central Coast areas, there are restrictions in place from 4th Jan 2021 onwards;

For the northern zone of the Northern Beaches stay at home orders remain in place until 9 January 2021;

  • No visitors to the home.

  • Five northern zone residents can gather outdoors (not at homes) for exercise and recreation, from within the same zone.

  • Non-essential businesses remain closed.

The southern zone of the Northern Beaches is now under the rules for Greater Sydney.

For Greater Sydney (includes Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast)

The following measures for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) are effective until further notice:

  • Face masks will be mandatory in the following indoor settings:

    • shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)

    • public/shared transport, indoor entertainment (including cinemas and theatres)

    • places of worship

    • hair and beauty premises.

    • Face masks will also be mandatory for all staff in hospitality venues and casinos and for patrons using gaming services.

    • Compliance will start from Monday, 4 January 2021 with $200 on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance. Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Gym classes reduced to 30 people.

Places of worship and religious services limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people per separate area.

Weddings and funerals limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people.

Outdoor performances and protests reduced to 500 people.

Controlled, outdoor gatherings (seated, ticketed, enclosed) reduced to 2,000 people.

Night clubs not permitted.

For more details go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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Visitors allowed at Aged Care facilities again from 24th Dec

There are rules and restrictions, please check first.

The details are here https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/racf-latest-advice.aspx


Also, individual care facilities may have limits on numbers and times of visits to allow them to meet their requirements, so it is advisable to check with them.

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Northern Beaches split into 2 zones - Special rules for Northern Beaches and Greater Sydney over 24th 25th & 26th Dec

The Northern Beaches LGA in Sydney has been divided into 2 zones, each with slightly different rules. This is because the recent COVID outbreak has had more cases in the northern part. For a map of the zones and list of rules for each, go to the website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/northern-beaches


For rules for Greater Sydney region check here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/greater-sydney

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Mon 21/12 - Northern Beaches outbreak

Due to the outbreak in the Northern Beaches area there a restrictions for the Northern Beaches Local Government Area.

These apply up to and including Wed 23/12/20, when the NSW Govt will announce whether there is an extension or changes.


If you had planned to visit that area;

You must not enter the Northern Beaches unless you have a reasonable excuse.


A reasonable excuse includes entering the Northern Beaches to go to your place of residence in the Northern Beaches,

travel through the Northern Beaches in a vehicle if you don’t leave the vehicle while in the area,

do any of the activities that people living or staying on the Northern Beach may leave home to do, except to exercise or donate blood,

attend a wedding or funeral that complies with the Public Health (COVID-19 Northern Beaches) Order 2020.


Taking a holiday in the Northern Beaches is not a reasonable excuse.


If you or someone you know is already at Holiday accommodation;

If at 5pm on 19 December 2020 you have been temporarily staying in the Northern Beaches in short-term or holiday accommodation when your booking expires you may leave your accommodation to return to your place of residence or other accommodation.

However, you must continue to comply with the stay at home direction applicable to the Northern Beaches as long as it is in effect.

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Changes to numbers for hospitality venues, retail and places of worship from MONDAY 7th December


On Monday, 7 December 2020, the NSW Government will ease the following restrictions:


  • Venues including hospitality venues, retail and places of worship:


1 person allowed per 2sqm (with 25 people permitted before this rule applies), except for:

gyms and nightclubs (1 person per 4sqm, with a maximum of 50 people allowed in gym classes or on the dancefloor at nightclubs)


  • Stadiums and theatres:

outdoors: 100% seated capacity, and 1 person per 2sqm rule for unstructured seating areas

indoors: 75% seated capacity.


  • Gatherings in outdoor public spaces:

up to 100 people for outdoor gatherings (increased from 50)

up to 5,000 people for outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated (subject to the 2sqm rule)

up to 3,000 people for other organised outdoor events i.e. community sport and outdoor protests (subject to the 2sqm rule).


  • Dance floors:

up to 50 people indoors.


  • Singing

up to 50 performers indoors, no maximum cap outdoors

advice is for congregation/audience to continue wearing masks if singing.


Under the changes, maximum capacity caps will be removed, but the 1 person per 2sqm rule will apply for:

bookings at hospitality venues

weddings

funerals

regional agricultural shows

corporate events

religious services.


For more details go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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Increase to number of people allowed in private residences, public spaces and smaller venues from 1st December.

From Tuesday, 1 December:

  • Up to 50 people can visit a residence as long as an outdoor space is being utilised, however, it’s recommended no more than 30 people gather if the residence has no outdoor area. (The previous limit was 20 people)

  • Up to 50 people can gather outdoors in a public space (was previously 30).

  • Small hospitality venues (up to 200 square metres in size) will be allowed to have one person per two square metres indoors.

For more details go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


From Monday, 23 November - Increased capacity for outdoor religious services, also outdoor events such as concerts:

For outdoor religious services - Up to 500 people outdoors, provided the audience is seated (with 1 person per 2 square metres if assigned a seat, or 1 person per 4 square metres if seated in an allocated seated area (e.g. where the grass is marked or on picnic rugs)

Increased capacity for outdoors singing and carols:

Up to 30 singers will be permitted outdoors, subject to COVID-safe requirements (the limit of 5 remains for indoor venues). The audience or congregation may participate in the singing, but anyone 12 years or older must wear a mask.

Increased capacity for controlled outdoor events (such as concerts) that are ticketed and held in an enclosed or fenced area:

Up to 3000 people can attend with 1 person per 2 square metres if assigned a seat, or 1 person per 4 square metres if seated in an allocated seated area (e.g. where the grass is marked or on picnic rugs).

In addition, capacity at funerals will increase to 300 people from 1 December.

New Year's Eve - for details of New Year's Eve celebrations check the NSW Govt website here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/major-events/new-years-eve


Special exemption will allow more people to attend Remembrance Day services;

An exemption will apply for NSW Remembrance Day services which will allow gatherings of up to 100 people in a COVID Safe way.

The one-off exemption will apply for services at NSW community war memorials. All services must:

  • comply with current social distancing measures

  • have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.


COVID-19 restrictions for religious gatherings and gyms eased from Friday 23 October 2020.

Under the eased restrictions:

  • religious gatherings and places of worship (excluding weddings and funerals) can have up to 300 people attending

  • NSW gyms will only be required to have a COVID-19 safety marshal if there are more than 20 people in the gym at one time.

People attending religious services will be required to provide personal details in case of contact tracing. The use of face masks is strongly recommended for all services.

COVID-19 safety plans must be in place for all religious gatherings and gyms across NSW.

People attending gyms are reminded to follow the COVID-19 recommendations to help stop the spread of the virus:

  • visit facilities during quieter periods

  • practice good hygiene before, during and after working out

  • maintain physical distance at all times

  • wipe down equipment with disinfectant after each use.

for more info on COVID-19 rules in NSW go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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Numbers to increase for gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants in NSW, from Fri 23rd October.

From Friday 23rd October:

• 30 people can gather outdoors in public spaces (previously this was 20);

• 30 customers per booking, and 30 customers per table at hospitality venues (previously the rule was a maximum of 10);

• In addition, as of Friday 16 October, corporate functions of up to 300 people can now be held at any appropriate premises, including at restaurants, subject to a COVID-Safe plan (previously just function centres).

Additionally, from 1 December, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors. This advance notice is intended allow people to make plans and book venues knowing the capacity ahead of time.

Businesses wishing to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions must use electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details.

For more details check NSW Govt info at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


Increased numbers of patrons allowed in outdoor hospitality venues from Fri 16th Oct

From Friday, 16 October 2020 restrictions at hospitality venues in NSW will be eased to allow one patron for every two square metres in outdoor areas (previously this was one person per four square metres).

Businesses wishing to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions must use electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details.

More details can be found here https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/covid-19-restrictions-eased


Increased numbers allowed for outdoor music events in NSW from 13th Oct 2020

Under changes effective immediately, 500 people will be able to attend outdoor seated music performances and rehearsals, subject to the four square metre rule and people being seated (previously only 20 people were permitted).

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From Sat 26th Sept - More families can attend community sports, more school and inter-school activities allowed, and a modest increase to dancing at weddings.


Weddings

Up to 20 people in the official wedding party to take to the dance floor, where previously only the happy couple were permitted

Community sport

From this weekend (i.e. Sat 26th Sept), more than one parent may now attend community sporting activities if physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres can be maintained between people that are not from the same household.

School camps/carnivals

Accommodation facilities and overnight event organisers should develop and implement a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All carpooling should continue to be avoided.



Changes to Term 4 school guidelines include:


  • Community Languages Schools Program will recommence face to face learning

  • interschool activities can recommence on September 26 2020 where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place

  • playing wind instruments, singing and chanting is permitted with strict restrictions

  • Year 6 formals and graduations are permitted

  • high school formals are permitted from 12 November 2020 to limit any HSC disruption

  • Kindergarten orientation, Year 7 transition, excursions and camps can resume with strict guidelines.

  • Musical ensembles can also resume, as long as players keep a 1.5 metre distance from one another, or three metres for players of non-reeded woodwind instruments.

School Holidays

There is no restriction on school holiday travel within NSW for people who live within the state however, anyone who is unwell should defer travel plans and get tested.


For more details go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19