Covid-19 updates

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


The public health order includes a number of lawful reasons for not wearing a mask.

You are not required to wear a mask if you have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.

Please be respectful to people who are not wearing a mask as the reasons for not wearing a mask are not always visible or obvious.

Proof of exemption;

If you are in a situation where masks are mandatory, a regulatory officer can ask you to confirm the lawful reason you are not wearing a face mask.

If asked by a police officer, you must show them either

  • a medical certificate or letter from the health practitioner or NDIS provider or

  • a statutory declaration.

You must also carry and produce evidence of your name and address to a police officer if requested.

For more details about exemptions and proof requirements https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/face-mask-rules

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Stay-at-Home restrictions for Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Shires - including people who have visited those areas

From the beginning of Wednesday 21 July 2021 until the beginning of Wednesday 28 July 2021, stay at home rules apply to;

  • all people who live in or are temporarily staying in the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas

  • anyone who has been in these 3 local government areas since Saturday 17 July 2021.

There are limited reasons why you can leave your home.

For more details on the rules check out the NSW Govt website at

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions

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COVID-19 restrictions EXTENDED until 11:59pm on 30/7/21 across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.


For the Greater Sydney area the following restrictions are in place:

  • From Sunday 18th July most retail businesses and many other businesses must close in Greater Sydney, though for some delivery, takeaway or click-and-collect services can be provided. For a full list of businesses check the website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#closure-of-retail-businesses

  • Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);

  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;

  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;

  • Funerals limited to ten people in total

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);

  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);

  • Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);

  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

  • There are some additional restrictions for people who live in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs.


Restrictions in regional NSW will remain until 30/7/21 at this stage - see below for Regional rules.

There are also additional testing requirements for some areas within Sydney.

For a full list of Greater Sydney restrictions go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney

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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.


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Visiting Greater Sydney

A person must not enter Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour without a reasonable excuse.

Reasonable excuses for entering the area also includes returning to your home if you live in Greater Sydney.

You cannot take a holiday in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

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Restrictions for rest of NSW EXTENDED until 11:59pm 30/7/21

There are limits on how many people can be in a home;

Up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children. A member of the hosting household is not counted as a visitor.

You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an indoor area of a non-residential premises in NSW.

There are also restrictions relating to venues, events, functions and various other activities.

For the full list go to this website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw

Schools in regional NSW will resume term as normal week commencing 12th July. Check with your school or NSW Dept of Education to check from which day your child should go to school e.g. for most schools/years Mon 12th will be a pupil free day.

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/calendars


Compulsory for all workplaces and retail outlets to use the Service NSW QR code from Monday 12 July

In addition to hospitality buisnesses and hairdressers that already were required to use the Service NSW QR code system, from 12 July, the following businesses will need to display the Service NSW QR code and take reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using the Service NSW QR codes or digital sign-in sheet:

  • Retail businesses and supermarkets

  • Individual shops within shopping centres

  • Shopping centres will also be asked to display QR codes at entry points where practicable

  • Gyms

  • Offices, including call centres

  • Manufacturing and warehousing

  • Universities and TAFE

  • Schools including teachers and visitors (such as parents and contractors) but excluding students.

Businesses such as hospitality and hairdressers that were already using the Service NSW QR code will also need to ensure staff and visitors such as maintenance workers and delivery drivers check-in, when they resume services after the lockdown period.

Hospitality businesses will now need to extend the use of the Service NSW COVID-Safe check-in to all customers including takeaway orders.

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Mudgee Vaccination Clinic - now taking bookings for all people aged 40+

The special COVID-19 Vaccination clinic is located at Mudgee Showground in the main pavillion.

Bookings can now be made by any person 40 years of age or older.

The vaccine for 40-59 year old is Pfizer, for 60 years + the vaccine is Astra Zeneca.

However if you have already had your first vaccine shot, the Health Department advice is to get the SAME vaccine for your second, 12 weeks after the first.

Bookings through the online booking system are preferred.

Book here https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/mudgee-NSW-2850/mudgee-respiratory-clinic/doctors

by scrolling down to the green "Book Appointment" button.

If you are unable to use online booking call 6362 4031 between 10am and 4pm Mon-Fri.

Check if you are eligible for the current stage of the vaccine rollout at this page https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

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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;

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-statement-5


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.

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Dine & Discover Vouchers

Mid-Western Regional Council area has now been added to the areas where these vouchers can be used.

To download your vouchers start here https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-dine-discover-nsw-vouchers

To find out where you can use your vouchers, start here https://mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au/dine-and-discover/business-finder


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