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Updated COVID Rules

Easter is a busy time for everyone, we wanted to update everyone on the current COVID rules in each State and Territory. Please note that Critically Essential Industry and Roles Lists have not changed since our last communication.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Restrictions:
Masks: are required for high-risk settings (aged care, disability care, prisons and hospitals), personal care services, health care services, transport services including taxis, indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising), for any shared indoor public spaces which includes retail stores and shopping centres.
Vaccinations: vaccine mandates only apply to healthcare setting workers; all other mandates have been revoked.
Density limits: no current density limits in place. COVID Safe Management plans are required for events with more than 1000 people.

Isolation requirements:
COVID positive – 7 days isolation
Close contact – 7 days isolation. If you are quarantining with other people, you do not need to restart your 7-day quarantine period each time if another person in the house tests positive.
 
Close contact rules:
Close contacts are defined as a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID, has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID for a cumulative period of 4 hours or more, where masks were not worn, in close physical proximity (within 1.5 metres) and in an indoor setting.
 
More information click here

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Restrictions:
Masks: are required for people aged 8 and over everywhere indoors, other than at home, when on public transport including taxis, at hospitals and residential aged car facilities.
Vaccinations: vaccine mandates across many industries are still in effect in WA.  Proof of vaccination is required to enter all hospitality venues, food or licenced venues, nightclubs, indoor entertainment venues, cinemas, major stadiums, gyms and fitness facilities, hospitals and aged care facilities.
Density limits: 2sqm rule applies to hospitality venues, nightclubs, fitness facilities, entertainment venues, places of worship, personal care (hairdressers, etc.), galleries and museums. Indoor gatherings at home at capped at 30 people, outdoor gatherings are capped at 200 people, or the venue density limits (whichever is less).

Isolation requirements:
COVID positive – 7 days isolation
Close contact – 7 days isolation. If another household member tests positive whilst you are in 7 days isolation, you are now able to leave isolation on day 7 with a negative RAT – no extension to isolation is required.
 
Close contact rules:
This is defined as an intimate partner, someone who lives with you, someone you have spent 15+ minutes with where you were both not wearing a mask.
More information click here.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Restrictions:
Masks: are no longer required in most indoor settings in NT, wearing a mask remains mandatory in the following settings: hospitals and health care, aged care, disability, airports, correctional facilities and other community care settings.
Vaccinations: it is mandatory for workers in certain industries to be vaccinated, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability, custodial correctional facilities, youth detention centres, community care services, and any worker who is in contact with vulnerable people, which includes teachers, childcare, retail workers, hospitality, gyms and fitness, personal care services, tradespeople, emergency services, cleaning contractors and regional councils.
Density: No current density limit restrictions.

Isolation requirements:
COVID positive – 7 days isolation
Close contact – 7 days isolation, your isolation period doesn’t start again if someone else in the household tests positive during your 7 days quarantine
 
Close contact rules:
If you reside in the same house/premises as a positive COVID case, or if you stayed overnight in the same premises. If you have spent 4 or more hours indoors with a positive case while they were infectious.
Close contacts who are essential workers may leave isolation to undertake essential work if they have no symptoms, are vaccinated, have a negative RAT and are required to perform their work.
 
More information: click here.

QUEENSLAND

Restrictions:
Masks: are required for all people entering healthcare settings, residential aged care, disability, public transport, prison, airports and on planes. 
Vaccinations: vaccination requirements to enter venues will be removed as at 1am 14 April 2022. Vaccination requirements continue for anyone visiting or working in vulnerable settings (hospitals, aged care, disability) as well as workers in high-risk settings (schools, childcare, prisons and airports).
Density: There are currently no COVID density restrictions on businesses.
 
Isolation requirements:
COVID Positive – 7 days isolation
Close contact – 7 days isolation

Close contact rules:
If you have been with a person that has COVID for more than 4 hours in a house or other accommodation, a care facility or other. Usually only applicable for people that live together.
 
More information click here.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Restrictions:
Masks: All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask on public transport, on aircrafts, in healthcare facilities and hospitals, residential care facilities and at an indoor music festival with over 1000 patrons.
Vaccinations: Most premises in NSW are now open to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccine mandates for certain industries still apply, including education, aged care, health care, in-home and community care and for airport and quarantine workers.
Density limits: density limits have been removed for hospitality venues, shopping and personal services, education, gyms and fitness facilities, construction sites, events and entertainment, weddings and religious ceremonies. No restrictions currently apply to these industries/events. Employers can allow their staff to work from the office or home at their discretion, there are now no travel restrictions.

Isolation requirements:
COVID positive – 7 days isolation
Close contact – 7 days isolation, you do not need to repeat self-isolation if another person in your household tests positive during your 7 days self-isolation.
Critical workers furloughed as close contacts are permitted to leave self-isolation if they have no symptoms. 
 
Close contact rules:
Differs based on the length of time exposed, whether masks were worn and whether the interaction as indoors. No time limits are set – however the NSW Gov have provided a table of examples/scenarios of isolation requirements:click here.
 
More information click here.

VICTORIA

Restrictions:
Masks: are required in some settings, including hospitality, retail venues, public transport, hospitals and indoor care facilities, students in year 3 or above, airports, indoor events. Masks are no longer required in other indoor settings but are recommended for any worker in a public facing role.
Vaccinations: vaccination mandates for workers across many industries still exist, including healthcare, residential aged care, disability, custodial, emergency services, meat and seafood processing, education, food distribution and quarantine workers.
Many venues can open if all the staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.
Density limits: No density limits currently apply however 1.5m distancing is advised.

Isolation requirements:
COVID positive – 7 days isolation.
Close contract – 7 days isolation, your quarantine period does not start again is another person in your household tests positive whilst you are isolating.
 
Close contact rules:
If you have spent more than 4 hours with someone who has COVID, inside a house, accommodation or care facility. If you do not meet his requirement, you are considered a casual contact and you should monitor for symptoms and complete a RAT.
 
More information click here.

TASMANIA

Restrictions:
Masks: Masks are required for all people over the age of 12 in the following settings – hospitals, residential aged car facilities, correctional facilities, health and medical care facilities, schools, early childcare services, public transport, airports and aircrafts, ports and ships.
Vaccinations: vaccination mandates apply to workers of certain industries including aged care, quarantine facilities, medical and healthcare settings, and disability support workers. No other vaccination restrictions apply.
Density limits: All premises must adhere to the 1 person per 2sqm density limit. There is a limit of 100 people allowed at household gatherings. Larger events outdoors in excess of 500 people must have a COVID safe plan and collect full contact tracing records.

Isolation requirements:
COVID positive – 7 days isolation
Close contact – 7 days isolation
 
Close contact rules:
Close contacts are defined as: anyone who lives with or stays overnight in the same premises as a confirmed COVID case, anyone who has spent more than 4 hours in a residential setting with a confirmed case whilst infectious.
 
More information click here.