COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UPDATE: 23 July 2021


NSW COVID updates


• 2021 COVID-19 Support Package: The NSW Government will provide financial assistance, support measures and tax relief to help businesses and people across the state impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions. Details on all of the packages available are here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/2021-covid-19-support-package
• Mask wearing: An amendment to the mask wearing rules means that people not required to wear masks must now carry evidence of their exemption and produce it for police officers if requested. Advice around mask wearing is here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/face-mask-rules
• Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas: From the beginning of Wednesday 21 July 2021 until l the beginning of Wednesday 28 July 2021, stay at home rules apply to
o people who live in or are temporarily staying in the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas
o anyone who has been in these 3 local government areas since Saturday 17 July 2
The rules differ slightly from those in Greater Sydney and the details are available here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions
• Byron Bay sewage detection: NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at sewage treatment plant in Byron Bay, where there are no known cases. It is the first detection this year at the Byron Bay sewage treatment plant, which serves about 19,000 people in Byron Bay, Wategos, Suffolk Park, Sunrise and Broken Head. Everyone in these areas are asked to be especially vigilant for symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear again, please be tested and isolate again. Additional testing facilities are being set up in Byron Bay. You can find your nearest testing centre here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics

NSW Travel Declarations in place


There are a range of conditions on people entering NSW from other states – the details are available here and summarised below.
ACT: No travel declaration required
Northern Territory: Currently listed on a NSW Health COVID-19 concerns notice. You must Complete a travel declaration and follow the rules for interstate travellers from the NT.
Queensland: Currently listed on a NSW Health COVID-19 concerns notice. You must Complete a travel declaration every 72 hours and follow the rules for interstate travellers from QLD
South Australia: Currently listed on a NSW Health COVID-19 concerns notice, entry restrictions apply including stay at home conditions. You must follow the rules for interstate travellers from SA and Complete a travel declaration
Tasmania: No travel declaration required
Victoria: Currently listed on a NSW Health COVID-19 concerns notice, Exemptions exist for NSW-Vic border resident, but entry restrictions apply for other travellers including stay at home requirement. You must follow the rules for interstate travellers from Victoria and Complete a travel declaration.
Western Australia: Currently listed on a NSW Health COVID-19 concerns notice, You must Complete a travel declaration and follow the rules for interstate travellers from WA

Australian Capital Territory
• There are currently travel requirements in place for people coming to the ACT from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.
• The latest advice is available here https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/entering-the-act
• Advice for travellers from NSW is available here https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/entering-the-act/nsw
• Restrictions apply to travellers from Greater Sydney and the Central West
• If you are travelling to the ACT from anywhere in NSW other than the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Orange, Blayney and Cabonne regions and you haven’t visited a close or casual contact exposure location, you do not need to advise ACT Health that you are travelling and you will not be subject to any requirements once in the ACT.
• Some exemptions are available for the ACT/NSW border region – meaning that area within 100km from the border of the Australian Capital Territory, including the City of Queanbeyan, and a number of towns and villages including (but not limited to) Yass, Murrumbateman, Bungendore, Sutton, Gunning, Gundaroo, Binalong and Bredbo.

Queensland
• All of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria are declared hotspots.
• The New South Wales border zone has been reinstated.
• New requirements are in place for freight and logistics workers.
• Attached is updated advice on the various health directions in place to support the QLD border closure.
• There is a lot of detail in these so the QLD government site here that has Questions and Answers about travelling to Queensland
• For QLD COVID-19 related enquiries people can call 134 COVID (13 42 68)

South Australia
• From 12:01am 19 July 2021, any person arriving from New South Wales (excluding the LGA of Broken Hill) is currently prohibited from entering South Australia except for essential travellers and some permitted arrivals. All details are available here https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application
• The New South Wales Cross Border corridor is now limited to the LGA of Broken Hill and communities in South Australia including Manna Hill, Olary, Tikalina and Cockburn.
• Cross border corridor residents will still be permitted to enter South Australia however, only for a strict number of reasons:
o Employment or education
o Providing care and support or receiving care and support from another person
o Obtaining food, petrol or other fuel or medical care or supplies
o Obtaining COVID-19 vaccination.
• Exemptions are available here https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/health-advice/essential-traveller-health-exemption
• Updates have been made to the Cross Border Travel Associated Direction in South Australia in relation to furniture removalist from NSW, ACT and VIC. https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/front-page-news/updated-cross-border-updated-directions-22-july-2021#.YPo3SugzaUl

Victoria
• There have been no changes to the Victorian arrangements for cross border communities this week and the details of the arrangements are here https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/information-cross-border-communities
• People are reminded that Victorian residents in the cross-border communities must only leave their house for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • care and caregiving, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test
  • exercise
  • authorised work and permitted study
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination

You must stay within 5km of your home and are only permitted to leave for the above reasons. New South Wales or South Australian residents of the cross-border communities must comply with lockdown restrictions while in Victoria, which includes only entering for the 5 reasons, or under the conditions of a Specified Worker Permit, a Transit Permit, an exemption or an exception.

Summary of NSW Restrictions for the Murray Region, NSW

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 may have the greater of 25 people or one person per 4 square metres at your premises.

A 20-person limit and you must wear a face mask applies to classes or activities at a gym. dance classes, or any other activities such as a yoga class. See the advice on sport and recreation.

Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed.

Dancing is not allowed at a hospitality venue or nightclub. Hospitality venues include casinos, food and drink premises, micro-breweries, small bars, pubs, and clubs. For weddings, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people).

Organisers of venues and event must continue to be COVID safe.

You must be seated when consuming alcohol in an indoor area of non-residential premises in NSW. This includes hospitality venues (such as restaurants, pubs and registered clubs) and nightclubs, as well as outdoor gatherings or stadiums.

Theatres, cinemas, music and concert halls have a maximum number of persons whichever  is the greater of 50% of the allocated, ticketed seating capacity, or one person per 4 square metresYou must wear a face mask at these venues and when attending outdoor seated events.

Major recreation facilities at stadiums, showgrounds, theme parks, racecourses and motor racing tracks maximum number of persons at these venues is the greater of 50% of the allocated, ticketed seating capacity, or one person per 4 square metresYou must wear a face mask at these venues and when attending outdoor seated events.

Check the details about COVID-19 rules and restrictions applying to Regional NSW

NSW Stay at Home Restrictions

Stay at home rules apply to people who live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in

The stay at home rules also apply to anyone who visited

  • Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas on or after Monday 21 June 2021
  • the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas on or after Saturday 17 July 2021.

You must not enter these areas unless you have a reasonable excuse.

If you do visit these areas while the stay at home rules are in place, you must

  • follow the stay at home rules when you return home for 14 days after you were in the area
  • stay home unless you have a reasonable excuse

Learn more

Financial and other assistance is available. See the COVID-19 Support Package.

Do not travel to Greater Sydney areas without a reasonable excuse

If you live in regional and rural areas, you must not enter Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas unless you have a reasonable excuse.

If you enter these areas for any reason, stay at home rules will also apply to you for 14 days after you were last in any of these areas.

This means that you will need to stay at your place of residence for 14 days, even if it is in a regional area, unless you have a reasonable excuse.

Reasonable excuses

Reasonable excuses for entering the areas where the stay at home rules apply include

  • returning to your home if it is in the area where the stay at home rules apply
  • attending a funeral or memorial service that complies with the rules for funerals and memorial services
  • travelling to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour from another place in NSW if you meet the requirements to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

You must not enter an area where the stay at home rules apply to

  • to take a holiday 
  • for exercise and outdoor recreation.

Working from home

In regional and rural NSW (outside Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas) employers must allow an employee to work from home if the employee is reasonably able to do so.

If you go to your workplace, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.

For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Summary of VIC  restrictions impacting Murray Region

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the current Victorian lockdown will be extended until Tuesday, 27 July at 11.59pm. During this time travel to Victoria using Red Zone Permits will be temporarily paused.

There are no changes to the current arrangements for border communities.

For those in lockdown within Victoria there are only five reasons to leave home:

  • getting the food and the supplies you need,
  • exercising for up to two hours,
  • care or caregiving,
  • work or education if you can’t do it from home,
  • or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

Shopping and exercise must be done within 5kms of your home or the nearest location.

Face masks will remain mandatory indoors (not at home) and outdoors unless an exception applies – this includes all workplaces, and secondary schools.

Minor changes will be made to the Authorised Premises and Authorised Worker List to include services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, pet grooming mobile services and pamphlet delivery services.

Further details relating to  Victoria's  response to Covid19 can be found here

Advice for cross-border community area residents 

To cross the Victorian border without a permit, cross-border community area residents need to carry proof of address (such as a driver’s licence). 

Conditions on entry into Victoria apply if:  

  • you are a cross-border community resident and you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the previous 14 days, you can enter Victoria without a permit only if you’ve had a negative COVID-19 test result since you last left the orange zone. Otherwise, you will have to enter Victoria with an orange zone permit, isolate and get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result. 
  • you are a cross-border community resident who has been in a red zone outside of the cross-border area, you must not enter Victoria. Anyone who has been in a red zone in the past 14 days will require an exemption or exception to enter Victoria. Exemptions will be granted under exceptional circumstances.  
  • Once you have arrived in Victoria you must follow the requirements set out in your permit or exemption as well as any restrictions currently in force. If you have entered Victoria for exercise or to obtain necessary goods and services, this may include a restrictions on how far you can trave

For more information about Victoria’s travel permit system, including other exceptions and exemptions, visit the Victorian Government Travel Permit System page.

Local Government Areas in the VIC defined cross-border community

Victoria

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Greater Shepparton
  • City of Wodonga
  • Rural City of Benalla
  • Rural City of Horsham
  • Rural City of Mildura
  • Rural City of Swan Hill
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Shire of Buloke
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Shire of East Gippsland
  • Shire of Gannawarra
  • Shire of Glenelg
  • Shire of Hindmarsh
  • Shire of Indigo
  • Shire of Loddon
  • Shire of Moira
  • Shire of Southern Grampians
  • Shire of Towong
  • Shire of West Wimmera
  • Shire of Yarriambiack

* Includes residents of two unincorporated areas - Mount Hotham Alpine Resort and Falls Creek Alpine Resort.

South Australia

  • Berri Barmera Council
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • District Council of Grant
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • District Council of Robe
  • Kingston District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Wattle Range Council

New South Wales

  • Balranald Shire
  • Bega Valley Shire
  • Berrigan Shire
  • City of Albury
  • City of Broken Hill
  • City of Wagga Wagga
  • Edward River Council
  • Federation Council
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Hay Shire
  • Lockhart Shire
  • Murray River Council
  • Murrumbidgee Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • Wentworth Shire

Note: The Silver City Highway between the Broken Hill and Wentworth Local Government Areas is part of the NSW-Victoria border bubble.

Summary of Queensland Restrictions

The Queensland Government has announced its closing its border to NSW for four weeks from 1:00AM Friday 23 July 2021.
NSW/QLD border zone residents can only enter the state for esssential reasons;
  • Healthcare
  • Work
  • Education
  • Essential shopping
  • Caring for vulnerable people
Queensland residents will be able to travel into the NSW border zone for similar reasons, but not further than the border zone.
Queensland residents can return from non-border zone locations in NSW, but will need to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine.
New South Wales will remain a declared hotspot for four weeks, with a possible earlier review pending the outcome of their current outbreak.
The local government areas and regions in the NSW/QLD border zone are Ballina, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Byron, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Kyogle, Lismore, Moree Plains, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed, Unincorporated Far West and Walgett.

Popular sources of NSW Government COVID information

For the latest information and COVID-19 testing sites please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19