Covid-19 coming out of isolation

As our communities become more active and we continue getting back to business, we wanted to emphasise the importance of following Public Health Orders as we phase back into normality.

We’d like to reiterate government advice and procedures for what you can and can’t do under the current rules for our members, as restrictions start to lift.

As restrictions lift, it’s important that we:

  • follow the rules about gatherings, self-isolation and quarantine
  • maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from others
  • practice good hand hygiene
  • stay active and healthy
  • take extra care if you’re around vulnerable people
  • get tested if you have any symptoms, even if they are only mild
  • follow NSW Health advice about staying home while you are waiting for test results.

What has changed:

  • On compassionate grounds, restrictions on funerals have eased to allow more than 50 mourners to attend a service subject to the four square metre rule.
  • Up to 20 visitors will be allowed to visit another household at any one time.
  • Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather in a public place.
  • Food and drink premises such as pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants – Capacity must not exceed 50 customers or one customer per 4 square metres (excluding staff) per existing separate seated food or drink area, whichever is the lesser. Venues may have multiple existing seated areas.
  • Any class or organised event at community centres, places of worship or indoor recreation facilities (excluding indoor pools) can have 20 or less participants, excluding any person conducting the classes or events and parents, guardians or carers of participants.
  • Betting agencies will be allowed to have the lesser of 20 customers (up from 10) or the total number allowed as calculated by the 4 square metre rule.
  • Community centres will be able to be opened generally, subject to restrictions.
  • Food courts can open with a maximum of 50 customers per existing separate seated food or drink area, or the total permitted under the 4 square metre rule.
  • Holiday homes and holiday rentals – the current limit of 10 will increase to 20 persons.
  • Markets such as artisan, clothing and craft markets can reopen with restrictions.
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with restrictions and have up to 20 customers.
  • Nail, beauty, waxing and tanning salons will now be allowed the lesser of 20 customers (up from 10) or the total number allowed as calculated by the 4 square metre rule.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can open and must follow the 4 square metre rule.
  • Gyms and other recreation facilities can open with class sizes limited to 20 participants. Operators must follow the 4 square metre rule and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Major recreation facilities can have the lesser of 20 people or the number of people allowed applying the 4 square metre rule. Operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Vessels used for scuba diving and snorkelling tours or for commercial whale, dolphin or marine animal watching tours must have no more than 50 customers and a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Vessels used for hosting functions or for commercial tours (excluding those above) must have no more than the lesser of 50 customers, or the total number of people allowed under the 4 square metre rule (including crew members).

Upcoming changes:

  • Community sport will be allowed from Wednesday 1 July.
  • The number of people allowed inside indoor venues that can open will be determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule, with no upper limit. This includes function centres. All activity must be seated only.
  • Cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum capacity of 40,000 will be allowed up to 25% of their normal capacity. Events must be ticketed and seated and follow strict guidelines.

The SCA (NSW), Board is urging members to heed government advice and to be patient with the increased easing of restrictions to help protect members and consumers in strata titled complexes during these times.

If you haven’t seen them, we recommend you read the full list of COVID-19 restrictions, and what you can and can’t do currently. Please also visit our dedicated COVID-19 page which we are updating on a regular basis.