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COVID-19 UPDATE

This page provides updates about the current situation in relation to COVID-19 in the different states across Australia. It is updated regularly and aims to keep you up to date as best as possible regarding the pandemic and how it may affect you and your clinic.

If you are located in an area with a “stay at home” order, we strongly recommend you move your appointments to telehealth consultations or reschedule them until after the lockdown finishes.

NEW SOUTH WALES

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY (08/11/21)

Restrictions for fully vaccinated residents of New South Wales eased further from Monday 8 November.

Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

  • No limit on the number of visitors to a home.
  • Density will shift to one person per 2 sq m for indoor and outdoor settings.
  • No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings.
  • Covid-safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people.
  • Community sport permitted for all people.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

  • Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sq m.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sq m.
  • Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sq m inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sq m (uncapped).
  • Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sq m.

Major outdoor recreation facilities

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sq m.

Entertainment, information and education facilities

  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sq m.
  • Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sq m.
  • Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sq m.

Working from home

  • Working from home will be at the employer’s discretion.

Education

  • All year groups continue with face-to-face learning.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

  • One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing.
  • One person per 2 sq m for funerals.
  • Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sq m, with singing permitted.

Travel

  • Domestic travel, including trips between greater Sydney and regional NSW is permitted.
  • International travel is permitted, with fully vaccinated travellers able to enter Sydney without quarantining provided they complete Covid-19 tests.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate.
  • Carpooling is permitted.
    Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain.

Masks

  • Mask-wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers.
  • Mask wearing is not required when outdoors.

Unvaccinated Residents

Unvaccinated residents will still be under stay-at-home orders and excluded from the above settings until 15 December, or when the state reaches 95% double-dose vaccination coverage – whichever occurs first. At this point, the mask mandate will be scrapped.

VICTORIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY (29/10/21)

Covid restrictions across Victoria changed from 6 PM, 29 October, after the state reached an 80% full vaccination rate.

Melbourne had endured 262 days, nearly nine months, of stay-at-home restrictions that went over 6 lockdowns since March 2020.

Now, restrictions are the same across Victoria for those who are vaccinated. The Victorian roadmap is here.

In summary, from 29 October:

  • No restrictions on travel around the state.
  • No masks outside.
  • People can return to work if fully vaccinated.
  • Outdoor public gatherings of 30 people allowed.
  • Gyms and retail reopen, subject to density limits.
  • Indoor and outdoor hospitality venue limits increase.
  • Indoor entertainment venues open at 75% capacity, as many as 1000 patrons.
  • Outdoor venues as many as 5000 patrons.
  • Indoor sport resume with density cap.
  • All schoolchildren back in classrooms full-time.

The state will abandon almost all restrictions from about 24 November, when it reaches the vaccination rate of 90% of people aged 12 and older. But restrictions on those who are unvaccinated are expected to continue throughout 2022.

QUEENSLAND

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 15/11/21

Queensland has now reached 70% of Queenslanders, 16 years and older, to be double vaccinated.

On 17 December 2021, Queensland is set to ease restrictions for entry to Queensland. This is the date when they expect at least 80% of Queenslanders, 16 years and older, to be double vaccinated.

Modelling indicates that when QLD will ease border restrictions on hotspot areas, the virus will start to circulate in the community. Because of this, restrictions will be in place for unvaccinated people when QLD reaches the target of 80% double vaccination.

Restrictions for unvaccinated people

When Queensland hits the target of 80% double dose, unvaccinated people will be unable to:

  • Visit vulnerable settings, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability care accommodation, and prisons. There will be some exceptions for medical treatment, end-of-life visits, childbirth and emergency situations.
  • Attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes.
  • Attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas.
  • Attend outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums or theme parks.
  • Attend festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals.
  • Attend Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

These restrictions target non-essential leisure activities including attending hospitality venues (hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and cafes) and entertainment venues (nightclubs, live music venues, stadiums, theatres, cinemas and festivals).

A good guide to understand what is considered an essential service or activity are the businesses that remained open during lockdowns, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents and clothing stores and activities such as exercise.

There is an exception for weddings –  if anyone (includes wedding party, guests or officials) is unvaccinated, the wedding will be restricted to 20 people maximum.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKERS IN HEALTHCARE

  • A worker in healthcare must not enter, work in, or provide services in a healthcare setting unless the worker in healthcare complies with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

The COVID-19 vaccination requirements are that:

  • by 15 December 2021, a worker in healthcare has received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • where COVID-19 vaccination requirements in another public health direction or an employment direction also apply to the worker in healthcare, the worker must receive the prescribed number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the date in those requirements.

Definition of a healthcare worker according to the QLD Government:
any other person who works as a health professional, contractor, independent third party provider, other employee or volunteer in a healthcare setting, whether employed by the healthcare setting or performing the work under another arrangement.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 08/11/21

South Australia is currently under Level 1 restrictions with some additional restrictions.

Level 1 Restrictions

  • 3/4 density (for seated activities)
  • No communal consumption facilities
  • 1/2 density (for non-seated activities)
  • 1/4 density (indoor fitness facilities)
  • Seated food and beverage consumption only for indoor defined public activities
  • COVID Management Plans required for events of more than 1,000 people
  • Shisha ban
  • Gathering at home cap: 20 (gatherings at residential premises, including residents of residential premises)
  • Private activity cap: 150 (private activities at non-residential premises)
  • Masks for high risk settings
  • Masks for personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the personal care service)
Additional restrictions
  • Masks for health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Masks for passenger transport services
  • Masks for indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Masks for shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)
  • Restrictions on dancing and singing other than dancing at private functions and private activities & cap of 50 dancing
  • Private activities with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1/2 density and approved contact tracing system & cap of 150
  • Private functions with food and beverage consumption while standing at 1/2 density with approved contact tracing system & (when indoors) cap of 150 (at relevant or ongoing licensed premises.

Note: An approved contact tracing system (QR code) is generated from a COVID Safe Plan.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 05/11/21

WA’s Safe Transition Plan outlines the State’s transition and easing of border controls once 90 per cent of people aged 12 years and over are double dose vaccinated.

The Plan will minimise the impact of the virus and keep Western Australians safe for the long term.

Achieving 90 per cent double dose vaccination coverage means fewer people will become very sick, need hospital care or die from COVID-19.

It is expected WA will achieve a 90 per cent double dose vaccination around late-January to early-February 2022. This date will be confirmed after 80 per cent of WA has received both doses.

TASMANIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 25/10/21

Find out more about the rules in TAS and how to stay safe whether you are working, visiting family and friends, or going out.

NORTHERN TERRITORIES

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 09/11/21

Greater Darwin will exit lockout at 11:59pm on 9 November. From this time, there will be no restrictions on the reasons to leave home for people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. A mask mandate will remain in place in Greater Darwin and Katherine regions until 5pm on Friday 12 November 2021. Face masks must be worn outside of the home when you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres. You do not have to wear a mask while exercising or playing sport.

Visitors to the Northern Territory (NT) will not be permitted entry if they are from a declared Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site. Any visitors from these areas will be turned around and may be subject to a fine.

You will only be allowed to enter the NT if:

  • you are a returning Territorian (proof of residency is required at the border) or
  • you have not been in a Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site in the past 14 days or
  • you belong to one of the automatic approval categories (applies to flight crew, freight workers and crews of commercial vessels visiting the NT for work) or
  • you have received approved exemption NT after submitting an ‘Approval to enter the Northern Territory Form’ from the NT Chief Health Officer. This includes children returning from a hotspot .

All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) must fill in a Border Entry Form. For all information and links go to Interstate arrival and quarantine page. Exemptions to enter the Northern Territory may take up to 72 hours to process.

Read travel advice for each place you have travelled which includes advice on current hotspots or public exposure sites:

Visit the interstate arrivals and quarantine page to learn more.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 10/11/21

The ACT currently has the following restrictions in place for the community and business.

When out in the community, remember to:

  • wear a mask and wear it properly
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • physical distance from people outside of your household – at least 1.5 metres, and
  • check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app.

A Summary of Restrictions implemented from 12 November 2021 is available here.