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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 (26/08/21)

A number of major changes have been announced for New South Wales and Greater Sydney as daily coronavirus cases remain high.The new rules were announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and will come into force from 12.01 on Monday.

Lockdown extended

Due to ongoing concerns about community transmission, stay-at-home orders in place for regional NSW will be extended by two weeks, until at least 11:59pm on 10 September, in line with existing orders for the Greater Sydney area. Everyone must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.

Mask rules for all of NSW

Everyone across NSW must wear a mask outside of their homes, except when exercising.The rule comes into force at 12.01am on Monday August 23.For those not exercising, a mask must be carried at all times.The rule will be in place for rural and regional NSW until August 28, at least.

Curfew in place for hotspot LGAs

A curfew is being introduced across 12 local government areas in Greater Sydney where coronavirus cases are at their highest.Those LGAs are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.People will not be allowed to leave their homes between 9pm and 5am.That curfew will come into place at 12.01am on Monday.The curfew will not apply for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care.

You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave your home.

Everyone must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.

People still can have one visitor at one time to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together.

Every employer across NSW must require their employees to work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable.

It is a reasonable excuse to leave your home for work – but only if it is not practicable to work from home.

What does it mean for our practitioners in those areas?

It is highly recommended to move your appointments online or reschedule until after the lockdown finishes.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The NSW Government and the Australian Government provide financial assistance and support if you have been impacted by COVID-19 and you are experiencing financial difficulty. Find out more.

VICTORIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY (02/09/21)

From 11:59pm Thursday 2 September, some restrictions across Victoria change:

Changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

You cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary).

A stay-at-home curfew is in place for Metropolitan Melbourne. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for limited reasons, including:

  • authorised work
  • health and medical purposes
  • care and support of a child or someone with special needs
  • in an emergency or to escape harm.

If you are in Regional Victoria, the curfew does not apply. If you travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria for a permitted reason, you will be required to adhere to the curfew whilst you are in metropolitan Melbourne.

Victorians may also leave home to visit their intimate partner or their single social bubble buddy outside curfew hours, or in an emergency – including those at risk of family violence at any time. You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise. This limit does not apply to permitted work or education, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting an intimate partner or your single social bubble buddy.

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.

Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors if you are working alone unless another person enters that indoor or outdoor space.

You can remove your mask in a public place when consuming food, medicine or non-alcoholic drinks.

You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.

Face masks are recommended for primary school aged children, but they are not mandatory.

What does it mean for our practitioners in those areas?

It is highly recommended to move your appointments online or reschedule until after the lockdown finishes.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

If your job, business or income has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are a range of ways the Victorian Government can help. Find out more.

QUEENSLAND

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 11/08/21

From 4pm Wednesday 11 August, the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas (LGAs) will come out of lockdown.

Some restrictions will continue to apply until 4pm AEST Sunday 22 August for the Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs and the 11 South East Queensland LGAs, including:

  • Mask wearing at all times (including workplaces) except when eating or drinking, or exercising with your household or one other person.
  • Schools will reopen, with all staff and high school students wearing masks
  • 10 people in your home, including people who live there
  • 20 people at a wedding ceremony or funeral service
  • Businesses and venues with one person per four square metres indoors, one person per two square metres outdoors, or 50 percent capacity with seated, ticket allocations
  • Community sports and activities are restricted and, in some cases, not permitted.
  • Avoid travelling to regional Queensland
  • Visitors allowed to hospitals, aged care and disability accommodation

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial assistance through the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants may be available for your business if you’ve been affected by the South East Queensland lockdown.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 28/07/21

South Australia’s lockdown is over after no new cases of COVID-19 were identified.

Level 3 restrictions (medium restrictions) are now in place in South Australia. Continue to check Contact tracing and exposure locations as the list of exposure sites is updated.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

South Australian small and medium-sized businesses forced to close as a result of the state’s lockdown (beginning 20 July 2021) may be eligible for a $3,000 emergency cash grant as part of a major financial assistance package announced by the Government of South Australia

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 12/07/21

WA remains in a State of Emergency. Some important measures remain in place to help keep WA safe.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Information on financial relief measures for business, including how to apply is available here.

TASMANIA

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 02/08/21

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

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

If your finances have been impacted by COVID-19 and you are experiencing financial difficulty it is important to get help as early as possible. Find out more here.

NORTHERN TERRITORIES

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 16/08/21

This morning, the Security and Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) made the decision under the Northern Territory pandemic plan to lock down part of the NT community.

Effective from 12.01pm today, the below areas will enter a full lockdown for 72 hours:

  • City of Darwin
  • City of Palmerston
  • Litchfield Council
  • Wagait Shire
  • Belyuen Shire
  • Dundee
  • Bynoe
  • Charlotte
  • Cox Peninsula
  • Municipality of Katherine including Tindal

From 12:01pm today, residents from affected areas must stay at home for the 72 hour lockdown period and people are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries and medications
  3. For work that is considered essential
  4. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other person or people from your house
  5. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.

Schools in affected areas will remain open only for the children of essential workers.

For everyone in the lockdown area, masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence for one of these five reasons.

Your place of residence is where you live right now.

What does it mean for our practitioners in those areas?

It is highly recommended to move your appointments online or reschedule until after the lockdown finishes.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Northern Territory Government grants and financial incentives for business owners. Find out more here.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

CURRENT SITUATION SUMMARY 12/08/21

The ACT will enter a seven day lockdown from 5:00pm tonight. This decision is a result of a positive COVID-19 case in the Territory who has been infectious whilst in the community, and positive wastewater detections.

During this time Canberrans, are being asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons – essential employment, healthcare (including a COVID-19 vaccination), essential groceries and supplies and up to one hour of outdoor exercise.

General retail will be closed, and hospitality venues will only be able to operate takeaway services. Any businesses that has to remain open will need to actively prevent any browsing in their stores.

What does it mean for our practitioners in those areas?

It is highly recommended to move your appointments online or reschedule until after the lockdown finishes.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The ACT Government delivered tax relief measures to help businesses and households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – Click here for more.

For more information about other support included in the COVID-19 Economic Survival Package, please visit the COVID-19 website.