Preparing Industry and Businesses to Reopen*
*at 70% full vaccination – estimated 11th October 2021
Today, the NSW Government confirmed further details on the three-stage roadmap to reopen the state at 70% and 80% vaccination rates, with the final stage from December 1st.
To support and guide businesses in becoming COVID Safe and operational at 70% double vaccination, we have collated resources including:
The summary of public health measures for businesses are:
- If a staff member tests positive, whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, they must self-isolate for 14 days and follow the advice from NSW Health. 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.
Regarding vaccination compliance and obligations:
- Businesses are responsible for taking 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. On the spot fines of $1,000 may apply to individuals for not complying, or for using fraudulent evidence of vaccination or check-in. On the spot fines of $5,000 may apply to businesses for not complying with the Public Health Order vaccination requirements. Further penalties may apply for significant breaches.
Further information on the roadmap, including advice for businesses as we reopen at 80%, and fully reopen 1st December 2021, will be updated on nsw.gov.au.
COVID-19 travel registration has been extended
Also announced this week, the COVID-19 travel registration has been extended. Travel permits that were due to expire on 30th September will automatically be extended to 31th October 2021.
Thank you again for your ongoing support in helping to reopen the state. We look forward to continuing to engage with industry, businesses, and community as we work towards getting back to business.
Contact covid.communications if you need specific content or for further information.
The NSW Re-opening roadmap in a very useful Infographic format: Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions | NSW Government
Vaccination Guidance – Obligations for businesses, compliance, and proof of vaccination COVID Safe business | NSW Government
Contact tracing and isolation rules: Self-isolation rules | NSW Government
The Micro-business Grant will also be tapered
Contact Risk Assessment Business and Community Settings
- This was sent out last week, but some have been asking additional questions, which are defined in the attached.
For completeness, there are two contact risk assessments which defines close and casual contacts and the associated testing and isolation requirements:
- For community and workplace settings: contact risk assessment business community settings (nsw.gov.au)
- Health Care Worker: risk matrix hcw exposure (nsw.gov.au)