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Business Insights – 13th July 2021 – NSW restrictions | Travel update

I’m here with insights for Australian businesses on 13th July 2021.

As we know, NSW are experiencing some tough times with Covid case numbers. To date, the NSW restrictions haven’t been as strict as those imposed in Victoria during the height of the lockdown last year. That said, it could be expected that similar levels of restrictions may be introduced in NSW if the case numbers continue to increase.

The federal government has provided some financial support for individuals who are struggling with the NSW lockdown. If the lockdown continues, the federal government may extend the support, we’re hearing that it might resemble the Cashflow Boost that we saw rolled out last year. Any assistance is unlikely to be as broad or as much as JobKeeper, however it is likely to be more generous than what Victorian businesses received during the 3-week lockdown in June.

Australian Interstate travel (inc NZ)

I thought it would be timely to provide an update on travel restrictions as more Tenfold clients are planning on travelling for work and for leisure.

Many people got caught up in the tangle of restrictions during the recent school holidays and found that the rules changed while they were away interstate.  Travel cautiously to all other states, as we’ve seen the speed at which new restrictions can be introduced.

If you need to travel for business, consider shorter trips and returning within a day or two.  While you cannot stop your team members from travelling during their annual leave periods, make sure they are aware of how quarantine time may be treated if they do get caught in a restricted zone. I discuss this as scenario 2 in my briefing here: https://tenfoldcoaching.com.au/covid-19-business-continuity-3rd-june/

VIC

State access: traffic light system in place (red | orange | green zones):

  • Red zones: All of NSW and the ACT are red zones (with the exception of some border LGAs
  • Orange zones: Darwin and Alice Springs, the Perth and Peel region of WA, and south-east QLD, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island.
  • Green zones: all other states, territories and regions

Website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/

NSW

The lockdown has been extended up until 11:59pm on Friday, 16 July 2021.

State access:

  • Sydneysiders are unable to travel to regional NSW
  • Interstate arrivals to NSW from NT, QLD and VIC need to complete an entry declaration. Includes people who have been in those states for any time during the previous 14 days.

Website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules

QLD

State access:

  • Borders are closed to all of greater Sydney
  • If you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, you will need to apply for an exemption and quarantine in a hotel for 14 days (at your own expense),
  • Everyone needs to complete a travel declaration form up to three days prior to arrival to enter the state.

Website: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

SA

State access:

  • Borders are closed to all NSW and parts of QLD that have been declared hotspots
  • WA, NT and Townsville must be tested and self-quarantine
  • No restrictions for VIC, TAS or other parts of QLD

Website: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response

WA

State access:

  • Hard border with NSW and QLD
  • Restrictions for people from NT and ACT (14 days quarantine)
  • No restrictions for VIC, SA and TAS

Website: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus

NT

Territory access:

  • Restricted, mandatory 14-day quarantine for people recently in COVID-19 hot spots (Greater Sydney, Wollongong, NSW Central Coast, as City of Brisbane and Moreton Bay region of QLD).

Website: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/advice-care/covid-19-lockdown-restrictions-in-place

ACT

Territory access:

  • Restrictions for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour. Mandatory 14-day quarantine for people who have been in those areas after 10 July 2021.
  • No restrictions for other states, territories and regions

Website: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

TAS

State access: Areas are graded as high, medium and low.

  • Hard border for people from high-risk areas (greater Sydney area, the Central Coast and Wollongong).
  • Hard border for people who have been at exposure sites in other areas (includes shops, venues and airport terminals in VIC, NT, SA WA and QLD)
  • No other restrictions for other states, territories and regions

Website: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

New Zealand

  • NSW and QLD must quarantine
  • Travellers to NZ must not have been in NSW after 23 June 2021
  • No restrictions for other states, territories and regions
  • Australian travellers will be required to produce a negative Covid-19 test before departing

Website: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/border-closures-and-exceptions

As I’ve said before, the restrictions are prone to changes so be sure to check with the respective state/s for entry and re-entry before you travel.

Ash

Ashley Thomson B.Eng. (Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Managing Director
Tenfold Business Coaching

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