COVID-19: Latest Restrictions announced & amended (20-21 August 2021)

After 8 weeks of lockdown and restrictions, the NSW Government has announced their new NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Order (No 2) 2021 (and released amendments to that new Public Health Order) that apply to Greater Sydney and the rest of New South Wales. The new/updated NSW Public Health Order will be in effect from Saturday, 21 August 2021.


The following provides information and clarification on the impacts on early childhood education and care (ECEC) services (in particular long daycare services):


FAMILIES (IE PARENTS/GUARDIANS & CHILDREN)


  1. Any/all parents/guardians from across Greater Sydney and Regional NSW can continue to attend, drop-off and pick-up their child/ren from their ECEC services (including during the curfew period of 9 pm and 5 am) (see also Clause 4.1, Clause 4.2 and Item 3 of Schedule 2 – Reasonable Excuses of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

OPERATIONAL


  1. ECEC services may continue to remain open to the public (see Clause 3.4(2)(d), Clause 3.7(b), Clause 4.5(1)(c), Clause 4.5(2)(d), Clause 4.8(b) and Item 11 of Schedule 3 – Exempted Gatherings of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  2. Singing in non-residential premises are allowed if the premises are an educational establishment (see Clause 2.11(2)(b), Clause 3.19(2)(b) and Clause 4.20(2)(b) of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  3. [NEW] Persons over the age of 12 years of age must wear a fitted face coverings while the person is in an indoor or outdoor area while the person is working (see Clause 3.15(h) of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  4. Persons over the age of 12 years of age must wear a fitted face covering while the person is in an indoor area of premises other than a place of residence (see Clause 3.15(2)(a) of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  5. Persons may remove a fitted face covering if the person is engaging in work and enunciation or visibility of the person’s mouth is essential (see Other Exceptions Clause 2.9(1)(d)(ii) and Clause 4.18(1)(d)(ii) of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  6. Persons may remove a fitted face covering if the person is required to remove the covering for the proper provision of goods or service (see Other Exceptions Clause 2.9(1)(f)(ii) and Clause 4.18(1)(f)(ii) of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  7. Persons who remove the person's fitted face covering must resume wearing it as soon as practicable after the circumstance ends (see Other Exceptions Clause 2.9(2) and Clause 4.18(2) of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  8. Persons over the age of 12 years of age must carry a fitted face covering unless the person is in the person's place of residence (see Clause 3.15(1) of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  9. [NEW] A person is not required to carry or wear a fitted face covering on the basis of health, disability, or its unsuitability with evidence in the form of a medical certificate or other written evidence from a registered health practitioner or NDIS provider or by statutory declaration (see Clause 3.16 of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  10. For all other staff who are not working directly with children, employers must allow an employee to work at the employee's place of residence if it is reasonably practicable to do so (see Clause 2.10(1) and Clause 4.19 of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

EDUCATORS/TEACHERS & OTHER STAFF


  1. Notwithstanding the areas of the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield local government areas (LGAs) and the Penrith LGA suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys, ECEC personnel are Authorised Workers and can leave their local government area for work (see Clause 4.3 of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  2. [NEW] From Monday, 30 August 2021, ECEC personnel as Authorised Workers who are from the areas of OR who are entering into the areas the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield local government areas (LGAs) or the Penrith LGA suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys, must not leave their area of residence until they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or has been issued with a medical contraindication certificate. S/he must carry evidence of her/his name and place of residence and produce it for inspection to their employer, or police officer, or occupier of the place of work, or an authorised officer. This does not apply if s/he has been tested as part of a COVID-19 rapid antigen testing program approved by the Chief Health Officer. This also does not apply if s/he has not been in the abovementioned listed areas in the previous 14 days (see Clause 4.3 and Clause 4.24 of the latest NSW Public Health Order).
  3. [NEW] From Monday, 30 August 2021, ECEC personnel as Authorised Workers who are entering into the areas of the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield local government areas (LGAs) or the Penrith LGA suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys​ must carry a permit issued by Service NSW (see clause 4.3A of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

  4. From 31 July 2021, ECEC personnel who reside within the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area as Authorised Workers can leave their local government area for work but must be COVID tested within 72 hours (ie 3 days) and be able to provide such evidence to an employer or occupier of the service or a police offer (see Clause 6.5 of the latest NSW Public Health Order and the Notice from the NSW Chief Health Officer).

  5. [UPDATED] All ECEC personnel from within Greater Sydney must not enter premises for work that are more than 50 kilometres outside Greater Sydney unless s/he has been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 7 days, carries evidence of the test, the person's name and place of residence, as well as a permit issued by Service NSW available for inspection by their employer or a police officer (see Clause 5.3, Clause 5.4(1)(a), Clause 5.4(2) and Clause 6.4 of the latest NSW Public Health Order).

PLEASE NOTE: The NSW Department of Education has created a priority queue for educators/teachers from the 12 LGAs. The NSW Department of Education also previously broadcast on 15 August 2021 prioritised vaccinations for ECEC educators in the areas of concern are available via a particular process for Authorised Workers. 


Fines and/or Penalties


Please note that fines and penalties for breaching NSW Public Health Orders are in the order of $1,000 to $55,000 for individuals and corporations, and may also include imprisonment for up to 6 months.


Other Considerations


ACA NSW also strongly recomment that ECEC services observe:



Should you require any further information or clarification, please contact:


And for all COVID related information for the early childhood education and care sector, please visit ACA NSW's COVIDwatch.


PUBLISHED: 20 AUGUST 2021
UPDATED: 26 AUGUST 2021

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