New Roadmaps And Self-Isolation Requirements




Key Member Takeaways

  • More restrictions to ease from 8 November 2021.

  • New NSW Roadmaps published.

  • New obligations to notify and self-isolate.

1.      Update to Roadmap
 
1.1    Due to the fast vaccination rate, the NSW Government will further ease restrictions for the fully vaccinated by bringing forward some changes (which were initially scheduled for the 1 December 2021 Roadmap) to Monday, 8 November 2021
 
1.2    The Roadmap for 1 December 2021 has now been replaced by a new Roadmap for 95% vaccination or 15 December 2021 (whichever earlier).
 
1.3    The following are the updated Roadmaps published today that may be relevant to Members:


 

 

Roadmap
(from 80% vaccination)

Roadmap
(from 8 November 2021)

Roadmap
(from 95% vaccination or 15 December 2021, whichever earlier)

Masks and QR codes

  • Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).

  • Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).

  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).

  • COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

  • Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).

  • Masks not required in office buildings (except for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Masks not required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).

  • COVID-19 Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

  • Masks required only for public transport, planes and airports, and indoor front-of-house hospitality staff.

  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (including for front-of-house hospitality staff).

  • Proof of vaccination no longer required by Public Health Order.

Shopping

  • Non-critical retail open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).

  • Non-critical retail remains open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).

  • Non-critical retail reopens to all, density limits apply.

Working from Home

  • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

  • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

  • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

  • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

  • Employers allow staff to work from home at their discretion.

International Travel

  • Nil

  • International travellers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine on arrival. They must do a PCR test, be recognised as fully vaccinated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have their vaccination status certified by the Commonwealth.

  • International travellers who are not fully vaccinated still need to quarantine on arrival for 14 days. Limit on number of arrivals will apply.

  • No change.

Schools

  • Schools open with Level 3 or Level 3 plus COVID-19 safety measure

  • Students already returned to face-to-face learning.

  • No change.

Travel and transport

  • Travel for holidays and recreational visits including day trips between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Carpooling permitted (restrictions remain for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds open (including people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Travel holidays, including day trips, between Greater Sydney and regional NSW permitted (except for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Carpooling permitted (members of your household only for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds remain open (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW permitted for all.

  • Carpooling permitted for all.

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds remain open (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).

Events and entertainment

  • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.

  • COVID safe outdoor gatherings permitted for up to 200 people.

  • Controlled outdoor public gatherings (for example – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3000 people with density limit.

  • No person limit for information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries), density limits still apply.

  • No person limit for outdoor public gatherings and recreation (COVID-19 Safety Plans required if over 1000 people attend).

  • No person limit for information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries), density limits still apply.

  • No person limit for outdoor public gatherings and recreation (COVID-19 Safety Plans required if over 1000 people attend).

 

1.3    Other restrictions for the COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination will still be required.
 
1.4    Those of age 16 and over who are not fully vaccinated (excluding those who have medical exemptions and children under the age of 16) must still abide by pre-roadmap restrictions until the State reaches the 95% double vaccination target or 15 December 2021, whichever happens first.
 
 
2.      New obligations to notify and self-isolate
 
2.1    Under the current Public Health Order, only close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case are required to self-isolate. Self-isolation periods and testing requirements differ for close contacts based on their exposure and vaccination status. Under the NSW Public Health Order, a "close contact" means a person identified by an authorised contact tracer as:
 
(a)     likely to have come into contact with a person with COVID-19, and
 
(b)     at risk of developing COVID-19.
 
In other words, an authorised contact tracer from NSW Health or the Department of Education will contact you to confirm if you are a close contact and tell you what to do.
 
2.2    NSW Health and the Public Health Order have provided the following guidelines for confirmed case and close contacts:


 

Vaccination status

Confirmed cases
(i.e. you have tested positive)
 

Close contacts
(i.e. you are notified as being in contact with a confirmed case)

 

Fully vaccinated
(2 doses completed at least 14 days before you last had contact with a COVID-19 case)
 

 

Get tested if you have any symptoms. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must immediately:
 

  1. self-isolate for at least 14 days in your home until medically cleared. A medical practitioner or registered nurse will contact you at the end of your isolation period to confirm if you can be released from isolation and provide you with a medical clearance notice. Please see Release and recovery for more advice.

  2. tell the following people that you have tested positive for COVID-19:

(a)  people staying at your house;
(b)  friends and other people you have met socially where you spent 15 minutes or more in an indoor environment without a mask:

  • from 2 days before you got sick until now, or

  • if you had no symptoms, from 2 days before your test until now.

(c)  your manager at work
(d)  the head of the education facility you attend or relevant staff member.
 

  • Self-isolate for 7 days from the date you last had contact with the COVID-19 positive person.

  • Get tested immediately and again on day 6.

  • Only leave self-isolation after 7 days if you receive a negative result from the test on day 6 and have no COVID-19 symptoms.

  • For the following 7 days, work from home if you can and do not attend a high-risk setting (healthcare, aged care, disability care, early childhood centres, primary school and correctional facilities) even if it is your place of work.

 

Not fully vaccinated
(0 or 1 dose or 2 doses completed less than 14 days since you last had contact with a COVID-19 case)

 
 

Same as above.
 

  • Self-isolate for 14 days from the date you last had contact with the COVID-19 positive person

  • Get tested immediately, on day 6 and on day 12

  • Only leave self-isolation after 14 days if you receive a negative result from the test on day 12 and have no COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Already had COVID-19 in the past 6 months
 

Same as above.

You will generally not be considered a close contact and you do not need to self-isolate or get a test unless you have symptoms.


 
 

2.3    Self-isolation means you must stay at your home or accommodation and remain separated from others, even if you are fully vaccinated or feel well. Self-isolation means you cannot:
 
(a)     Go to work or school;
 
(b)     Go to any public places (e.g. shops, parks, beaches);
 
(c)     Use public transport or ride share; and
 
(d)     Have any visitors in your home, unless they are providing healthcare, emergency maintenance or emergency services.
 
If you need to leave your accommodation for one of these reasons and require transport, but do not have a private vehicle, call the NSW Health Isolation Support Line on 1800 943 553 for assistance. See the Self-Isolation Guideline for further information.
 
 
3.      Obligation of a business owner
 
3.1    In relation to what a business owner must do when there is a confirmed case at the workplace, there is currently no mandatory requirement under the Public Health Orders to shut down the premises for a deep clean. However, Members should be mindful of their obligations as business owners to provide a safe work environment to employees. Visit the Safe Work Australia website for more information on cleaning the workplace.


If a Member has any question or query then please contact the MTA NSW Employment Relations team at P: (02) 9016 9000 or at E: [email protected]




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