WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FULLY VACCINATED FROM 11 OCTOBER

From the Monday 11 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • 10-visitor limit in your home

  • access gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities

  • group bookings of up to 20 people in hospitality settings.

People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship, unless they work at the venue.


For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.


Masks, COVID-19 Safe Check-in, and vaccination evidence:


Masks

All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask:

  • in indoor areas (e.g. while shopping, when at a library)

  • in indoor areas of common property of apartment buildings

  • at a public transport waiting area

  • while on public transport

  • if you are working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public

  • on an aircraft when the aircraft is flying above NSW and in the airport.

Exemptions are available. Learn more about face mask rules.


COVID-19 safe check in

Occupiers of premises are required to continue to take reasonable steps to ensure people can check-in or provide their contact details to when they enter your premises.

If you are entering a premises where check-in is required, you must:

  • check in with the Service.NSW app

  • provide your details to the occupier of the premises.

Learn more about COVID-19 Safe Check-in.


Vaccination evidence

Vaccination evidence includes:

  • an online immunisation history statement

  • a COVID-19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register

  • a medical exemption, which includes either:

  • a medical contraindication certificate or

  • a medical clearance form.


The NSW government is working to ensure you can access your vaccination evidence in the Service NSW app.

A person who is required to be fully vaccinated to enter premises must:

  • Carry their vaccination evidence

  • Produce the evidence if requested to do so by a police officer or authorised officer.

If you are required to be fully vaccinated to enter a premises, you may be asked to produce your vaccination evidence by the occupier. We encourage you to comply with an occupier’s request.

You do not have to produce your vaccination evidence to the occupier, however, the occupier may refuse entry to you if you do not produce your vaccination evidence.


Visiting family and friends:


Place of residence

The rules for visiting a place of residence have changed.

If all members of the household who are aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated, you can have up to 10 fully vaccinated visitors to your place of residence.

You cannot have a person aged over 16 years who is not fully vaccinated visit your place of residence, except in limited circumstances.

People under 12 are not counted as visitors.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must not visit a place of residence if:

  • any person at the place of residence who is aged over 16 years and is not fully vaccinated

  • if there are more than 10 other visitors at the place of residence

  • if any of the visitors at a place of residence who are aged over 16 years are not fully vaccinated.

Workers are not counted as visitors. Workers are authorised to visit homes whether or not they or the household are fully vaccinated.


Sport and exercise:


General rules

Sport and exercise options are significantly greater for people who are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated you can participate in an outdoor sport and exercise gathering of up to 20 people.


Gyms and indoor recreation facilities

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, such as a squash court, table tennis centre, health studio, bowling alley, and ice rink can open.


Up to 20 people can attend a group class at the gym or indoor recreation facility.


Indoor swimming pools can open for swimming classes, lap swimming, squad training and rehabilitation activities.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit a gym or indoor recreation facility. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.

Recreation facilities

Recreation facilities such as zoos, aquariums, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses, motor racing tracks and theme parks, can open.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit a recreation facility. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.

Outdoor gatherings

If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in an outdoor gathering of up to 30 people, for example, for outdoor recreation such as a picnic.


Outdoor events

Outdoor events and gatherings can take place in NSW.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor event, so long as the capacity limit is not exceeded. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested

  • check in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier.

Schools

Schools reopen with Level 3 COVID-19 safety measures (visit Department of Education NSW).

Shopping and personal services:


Premises that remain closed

The following businesses and premises in NSW must remain closed to the public:

  • amusement centres, such as places to play billiards, pool, pinball machines or video games

  • play centres

  • nightclubs

  • sex services premises

  • sex on premises venues

  • strip clubs

  • public swimming pools in indoor areas, except if they are used to conduct swimming lessons, lap swimming, squad training and rehabilitation activities.

Retail, products and services

Retail premises and businesses that provide goods or services can open and resume in store services to customers.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit a retail premises or business that provides goods and services. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.

Hairdressers, beauty salons and massage premises

Hairdressers, spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours can open.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit a hairdresser, beauty salon or massage premises. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.


Restaurants and hospitality:

Hospitality premises, such as casinos, restaurants, cafes, function centres, food courts, take away food and drink premises, kiosks, micro-breweries or small distilleries, cellar doors, pubs, registered clubs, and small bars can re-open to customers to consume food and beverages on premises.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit a hospitality venue. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.


Construction and renovations:

Construction and renovations across NSW can commence or continue.


The rules for construction sites are the same whether you are fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

You can enter a construction site in NSW.


You must check in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier of the site and follow the face mask rules.


For rules about renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning at your home, follow the rules for visitors to a home.


Work:

The rules for work change on 11 October 2021:

  • a travel registration is not required

  • you can work anywhere in NSW

  • if a workplace can open, it may need to follow the rules for COVID-19 Safe Check in

  • vaccination rules for business may apply. The vaccination rules for business are different for businesses in Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW.

If you are fully vaccinated, your employer must allow you to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so.

If it is not reasonably practicable for you to work from home, you can go to work.


Events and entertainment:

Entertainment facilities

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit an entertainment facility. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;

  • check in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.

Weddings and religious services:

Weddings

Weddings in NSW may have up to 100 people who are fully vaccinated.

Do not attend a wedding if there are more than 100 people in attendance.

All people at a wedding must be seated while consuming food and drink. Dancing is permitted.

People who live in Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour or Wollongong local government areas) can attend a wedding anywhere in:

  • Greater Sydney

  • Regional and rural NSW, only if they are the parent, child, or sibling of one of the people getting married.

People who live in regional and rural NSW can attend a wedding anywhere in NSW.

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend a wedding, so long as the capacity limit is not exceeded. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;

  • check in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.

Funerals and memorial services

Funerals and memorial services in NSW may have up to 100 people.

Do not attend a funeral or memorial service if there are more than 100 people in attendance.

All people at a funeral or memorial service must be seated while consuming food and drink. Dancing is permitted.

People who live in Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour or Wollongong local government areas) can attend a funeral or memorial service anywhere in:

  • Greater Sydney

  • Regional and rural NSW, only if they are the spouse, de facto partner, parent, child, or sibling of the deceased person.

People who live in regional and rural NSW can attend a funeral or memorial service anywhere in NSW.

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend a funeral or memorial service, so long as the capacity limit is not exceeded. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.

Places of worship

A place of worship can open to members of the public.

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend a place of worship. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.

Travel and transport

Sharing a vehicle and carpooling

Rules for sharing a vehicle have changed.

If you are fully vaccinated you can travel in a vehicle with people you do not live with. You must:

  • carry evidence of your name and address

  • carry vaccination evidence

  • produce that evidence to a police officer or authorised officer on request.

For children under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, you can travel in a vehicle with another person you do not live with. You do not have to carry or produce evidence of your name and address.


Vessels

Rules for sharing a vessel have changed.

If you are fully vaccinated you can travel in a vessel with people you do not live with. You must:

  • carry evidence of your name and address

  • carry vaccination evidence

  • produce that evidence to a police officer or authorised officer on request.

For children under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, you can travel in a vessel with another person you do not live with regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not. You do not have to carry or produce evidence of your name and address.


Holidays and holiday homes or recreational regional visits

People in Greater Sydney cannot travel beyond Greater Sydney for a holiday or recreational visits including day-trips.

Greater Sydney includes the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas (see map).

People outside of Greater Sydney cannot enter Greater Sydney for a holiday or recreational visits including day-trips.

Holiday homes and short-term accommodation can only be used by:

  • people who are from the same household

  • if the people are not from the same household, up to 10 fully vaccinated people.

If you are fully vaccinated you can take a holiday outside the local government area you live in.


If you live in a local government area in Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, and Wollongong local government areas) you cannot travel outside Greater Sydney for holidays or recreational visits including day-trips.


If you live outside Greater Sydney, you cannot enter Greater Sydney for a holiday or recreational visits including day-trips inside Greater Sydney. You can take a holiday in any local government area outside of Greater Sydney.


Holiday homes or short-term accommodation

You can visit a holiday home or short-term accommodation with your household or up to 10 fully vaccinated people.


Information Source: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/rules-for-fully-vaccinated-people-nsw accessed on 11 October, 2021 at 11:30am.