NSW Reopening: Health rules and information for small businesses
Businesses are required to keep their premises safe and minimise the risk of infection in the workplace.
The NSW Government has announced public health measures for business and individuals to come into force at the expected reopening date of Monday 11 October (following the achievement of the 70% vaccination target).
Vaccination compliance and obligations for businesses
Businesses will be responsible for taking reasonable measures to stop unvaccinated people entering premises. For example, having prominent signs stating requirements, Service NSW QR codes, staff checking vaccination status upon entry and only accepting valid forms of evidence of vaccination.
Authorised officers will monitor businesses re-opening, particularly those that have vaccination requirements, for example hospitality, retail, gyms, and personal services (e.g. hair, beauty).
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Changes to COVID measures for local government areas of concern
The NSW Government has announced that from 12.01am Monday 20 September, COVID restrictions in local government areas (LGAs) of concern will start to align with the rest of Greater Sydney.
Visit nsw.gov.au for the full list of eased restrictions.
Additional requirements for Greater Sydney authorised workers, such as a travel permits or routine COVID-19 testing, are still required for those needing to travel to LGAs of concern or more than 50 kilometres from Greater Sydney to work.
Get tested immediately if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Wear a mask whenever you leave your home (except when exercising, eating or drinking), keep your distance from those you don’t live with, wash or sanitise your hands regularly and get vaccinated.
Vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. Around 60% of people with COVID-19 are under 40, with some needing intensive care.
Everyone aged 12 years and over can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Speak to your local GP or pharmacist or visit nsw.gov.au to make a booking.
For more information about the rules and restrictions and what you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19, visit nsw.gov.au.
Fee Free Online Short Tafe Courses
TAFE NSW is here to help you and your business!
Did you know that TAFE NSW has a wide range of courses and programs to support you, your staff and your business?
If you are currently in lockdown and want to upskill, you can with a fee-free* online short course, but places are limited.
Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.
Apply for the Test and Isolate support payment
f you need to self-isolate and are unable to work while waiting for your coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Test and Isolate support payment.
NSW workers can apply for the $320 payment if they:
– meet the eligibility criteria
– agree to follow NSW Health self-isolation guidelines while waiting for their COVID-19 test result.
Applications are now open for tests taken on or after 13 August 2021. You’ll need to apply for the payment within 7 days of having the test.
Note: You are not able to apply for the payment at a Service NSW Centre.
Latest Covid-19 update for small businesses – Support Package
The NSW Government has announced an economic support package aimed at helping businesses affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown.
Key features of the package include:
- The business grants program announced two weeks ago has been expanded, with grants between $7500 and $15,000 soon to be available to eligible businesses with annual wages up to $10 million.
- A new grant program has been announced for smaller micro businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.
- A new business and employee support program will be delivered together with the Commonwealth to provide cashflow support to businesses to help them retain staff.
- Businesses will benefit from payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent for businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover.
- Commercial, retail and residential landlords liable for land tax will be eligible for a land tax concession where they reduce the rent of their tenant.
Further information will be available on the Service NSW website in the coming days: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses.
Fee waivers for small business
The NSW Government has announced an optional deferral of payroll tax payments due in July 2021 and the deferral of hotel June quarter gaming machine tax, with the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue able to provide for appropriate repayment arrangements on a case by case basis.
New COVID-19 compliance measures for venues
From Monday 12 July 2021, the use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at additional workplaces and retail businesses.
Businesses will need to display the Service NSW QR code and take reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using the Service NSW QR codes or digital sign-in sheet.
Businesses can find the application form and more information at https://www.nsw.gov.au/register-your-business-as-covid-safe.
View the media release: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/covid-check-mandate-expanded
Dine & Discover NSW – voucher expiration date extended
Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers can now be used for takeaway from eligible and registered Dine businesses during the COVID-19 restriction period that commenced on 26 June 2021.
Delivery direct to the home by the restaurant or café is recommended. Food may be picked up from a venue but check-in with a QR code is required. Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers cannot be redeemed for takeaway using third-party delivery platforms.
The Dine & Discover NSW initiative has been extended until 31 August 2021 to allow people more time to use their vouchers.
Major new COVID-19 support package to help tens of thousands of businesses across NSW
The NSW Government today announced a major new grants package and changes to the Dine & Discover program to help tens of thousands of small businesses and people across NSW impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.
The package includes grants of between $5000 and $10,000 for small businesses, payroll tax deferrals for all employers, an extension of the Dine & Discover program to 31 August and the ability for people to use Dine & Discover vouchers for takeaway delivered directly to their home by the venue itself.
Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions – $10,000 for a 70 per cent decline, $7000 for a 50 per cent decline and $5000 for a 30 per cent decline.
Businesses will be able to apply for the grants through Service NSW from later in July and will need to show a decline in turnover across a minimum two-week period after the commencement of major restrictions on June 26.
To read the full media release please click on the link here
Changes to COVID-19 restrictions: information for small businesses – UPDATED
The following COVID-19 restrictions for people in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions are now in place until 12:01am 24 June.
A face mask must be worn in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas when:
– using public transport, hire vehicles, taxis and rideshare services
– waiting for public transport at a bus or light rail stop, train station or ferry wharf.
A face mask must be worn in Sydney’s local government areas of Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, City of Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra when indoors at:
– retail and business premises that provide goods and services to the public
– hospitality venues (front of house staff only)
– gaming rooms
– entertainment facilities
– places of worship
– residential aged care facilities (but not for residents).
For further updates on restrictions, visit the NSW Government website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw