Covid-19 updates

"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 12 noon, 21 September, people aged 18 years and under who live in stay-at-home areas and areas of concern across NSW can create a bubble of three friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions:


· Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house. These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”;

· All people older than 18 years in all the households must be fully vaccinated;

· The friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same LGA; and

· If parents/carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.

From Mon 13th Sept - Small outdoor gatherings allowed in "Lockdown" areas for people who are for fully vaccinated

People across NSW who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to meet in outdoor public places within the following rules;

From 12.01am, Monday, 13 September:

For those who live in Lockdown areas outdoor gatherings in a public place of up to five people (including children) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home. (Mid-Western Regional Council area is currently in this category). All the adults must be fully vaccinated.


If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public place of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all of those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated.

  • You must have proof of your vaccination with you at all times

  • You must show a police officer your proof of vaccination if its requested.

Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or a medical contraindication certificate issued to you.

The 5 person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 years or under.

You are not prevented from attending more than one such gathering in a day.

If you are not fully vaccinated you can do the following things:

  • You can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space with 1 other person that you do not live with, or your nominated visitor ("singles bubble") for exercise or outdoor recreation.

  • If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all go out together for exercise or outdoor recreation.


When engaging in exercise or outdoor recreation, stay within your local government area. If you need to cross into another local Government area you must stay within 5km of your home.

Remember these are the rules for regional areas in lockdown. Other areas have different rules https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules

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).


Everyone in these areas must stay at home unless they have an allowed reasonable excuse to leave.

Check the reasons allowed to leave home here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions#reasonable-excuse-to-leave-home



They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.


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

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

Small weddings now allowed

From Friday 3 September 2021, small wedding services can be held in NSW.

You can attend a small wedding service if: 

  • you are legally required to conduct  the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant

  • you are one of the 2 people getting married

  • you are one of the 2 necessary witnesses 

  • you are recording the service or 

  • one of 5 guests. 

These rules mean that no more than 11  people (including the celebrant and a photographer/videographer) can attend a wedding  service under any circumstances.

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

Masks required outdoors from 23/8/21

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, the following additional rule applies for all of NSW (including regional NSW until 28 August):

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

You should have a mask with you even if exercising so you can put it on if needed.

The full rules for masks in Regional areas can be found here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions#face-masks

There are additional rules for some Sydney LGAs of concern.


See also the earlier listing below for details about general mask rules, including what you should do if you have a genuine exemption.

COVID-19 restrictions EXTENDED until the end of Sept (at this stage) across Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.


For the Greater Sydney are the following restrictions have been extended and some of the rules have also been adjusted.

Full details of rules are here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney


There are some additional restrictions for people who live in a number of LGAs of high concern. Details of those areas and their additional restrictions are here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-area


Note: The Central Coast and Shellharbour will no longer be included in Greater Sydney, instead being included in Regional NSW.


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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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;

https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19-check-card-privacy-collection-notice


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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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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