ACWA Members COVID Update for Victoria and New South Wales
New South Wales
The NSW government has announced changes to the local government areas (LGAs) in lockdown.
Effective from 1 PM today (Thursday 16 September 2021), 12 LGAs will exit lockdown. These include: Bega Valley, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and Upper Hunter Shire. Rules applying to these areas can be located here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules
However, Albury and Lismore will go back into lockdown for at least a week from 6 PM tonight (Thursday, 16 September 2021). Business conditions are the same as those applied during the last lockdown; however, there are greater exercise freedoms for fully fascinated adults. For further information, see the press release here https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/changes-to-stay-at-home-orders-for-regional-nsw-local-government-areas
With effect from 11.59 PM last night (15 September 2021), the Greater Shepparton left lockdown is now subject to Victoria’s regional COVID regulations, which can be located here https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19
ACWA also advised yesterday that the Greater City of Ballarat has re-entered lockdown. Restrictions for Ballarat are the same as those for metropolitan Melbourne except for the curfew. DHHS regulations can be found here https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19
At today’s media announcement, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also announced some slight easing of restrictions in Victoria from tomorrow, Friday, 17 September.
Most of the business changes are relevant to the construction and building industries. However, there are some additional personal freedoms, including meeting with others outdoors under certain conditions. Details of Mr Andrew’s announcement can be found here https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-freedoms-when-70-cent-first-dose-target-reached