New Restrictions to impact both Greater Sydney and Regional NSW
Effective 6pm on Saturday 26 June until 11.59pm on Friday, 9 July 2021, a series of new restrictions have come into place that will affect the wine industry, particularly the operators of Cellar Doors and Tourism facilities.
Please see the below links for live updates and full information.
If there is any doubt, please ring the Service NSW Covid Hotline on 13 77 88 (we have found them to be very helpful right throughout this process).
In summary, the restrictions are:
- Visitors from Greater Sydney (who were in Sydney from 21 June onwards) are required to follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney. They should not be visiting your venues
- All hospitality must be seated
- Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events (includes staff and visitors)
- Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity
- One person per 4 square meter rule has been re-introduced
- NSW QR codes are essential (as per current)
- Effective 6pm on Saturday 26 June until 11.59pm on Friday, 9 July 2021, there is a stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse:
Reasonable excuse to leave home (Greater Sydney)
A reasonable excuse is if you need to
- obtain food or other goods and services
- for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
- for vulnerable people
- if the food or goods and services are not available in the local government area that you live in
- travel for work or education if it is not possible to do it at home
- exercise and take outdoor recreation in the local government area that you live in
- go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
- donate blood
- access childcare
- continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children
- attend a wedding or funeral
- provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance
- access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services
- move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence
- undertake legal obligations
- avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
- in case of emergencies
- for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not necessarily live together
- to provide pastoral care if you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order.
Taking a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.
We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, however we all need to take these steps now to get on top of this outbreak. We wish you, your staff, friends and family a safe period ahead. We will update with any new information as it comes to hand.
Regards Mark Bourne & Angus Barnes