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COVID-19 Update

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Significant changes to COVID-19 restrictions are due to take place in NSW shortly. NSW has recorded no local coronavirus cases for the 23rd consecutive day. Premier Gladys Berejiklian addressed the NSW Liberal State Council on Saturday about the COVID-19 restrictions:

“We don’t want to have a single restriction in place a day longer than we need to … we are looking forward in the very near future to be able to ease restrictions in a whole range of areas where people are currently feeling slightly inhibited.”

Meanwhile, Victoria has recorded its 30th consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case, and has reached the benchmark for eliminating the virus.

The Law Society of NSW published their latest COVID-19 update, and some notable changes are as follows:

Social Gatherings

“From Tuesday 1 December 2020,  more people will be allowed to gather both at home and in outdoor public spaces, and smaller hospitality venues can increase their capacity under a major easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Up to 50 people (currently 20) can visit a residence as long as an outdoor space is being utilised, however, it’s recommended no more than 30 people gather if the residence has no outdoor area. Up to 50 people can gather outdoors in a public space (currently 30).”


Travel

“Queensland borders will open to all of New South Wales and Victoria from Tuesday 1 December 2020. Visitors from New South Wales will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days when entering Queensland.”


Returning to Work

“From Monday 14 December, 2020, the Public Health Order requiring employers to allow employees to work from home (where it is reasonably practicable to do so) will be repealed. As employees return to the office, workplaces are encouraged to have COVID-Safe plans. Employers are encouraged to stagger staff starting and finishing times to reduce the impact on public transport. Customers using public transport are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.”


Electronic Registration Systems

“As of Monday 23 November 2020, all NSW venues must use electronic registration systems such as QR codes to record the names and contact details of patrons, or risk serious penalties, under new COVID-19 rules.”