NSW Covid-19 Updates

25 Jun 2021
Estate Agents Co-operative

Do you or your business need help dealing with Covid? Read the latest information about support options from Service NSW.

Last updated 29 July 2021

In this morning’s update, the Premier announced there have been 239 new Covid cases reported to 8pm last night. In response to the increasing numbers, as of 12.01am on Friday, 30 July, new restrictions will come into place for people who live in Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta:

  • Residents can only travel in a 5km radius of their home, this includes for exercise, single bubble visits and shopping (unless the goods/services aren’t available in the area)
  • Masks must always be worn outside the home
The penalties for not wearing a mask in the expanded Greater Sydney area will increase from $200 to $500, and from tomorrow, police will have the power to close premises, work sites and businesses that flout public health orders.

Last updated 28 July 2021

Note: this report will be updated throughout the day as the NSW Government releases further information.

As expected, the NSW Government has announced a four week extension to the current lockdown in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Central Coast areas, until Saturday 12.01am, 28 August. While the Premiere acknowledged this is frustrating and not ideal, she also encouraged people to stay at home so we can get the numbers down faster.

Premier Berejiklian also expanded the LGAs of concern, from Liverpool, Fairfield, Canterbury Bankstown, Cumberland and Blacktown to a further three: Parramatta, George’s River and Campbelltown, totalling eight Local Government Areas. In all of these LGAs, it was stressed that only health and emergency services workers, and those on the certified worker list can leave their LGA for work, everyone else should be staying at home.

Canterbury has been identified as a particular hotspot, and testing is required for essential workers and highly encouraged for other residents.

Outside of those LGAs, other residents across Greater Sydney should limit shopping to their LGA or within 10km of their home.

Non-occupied construction can continue outside the eight LGAs of concern, with workers permitted onsite for the next few days to prepare safe Covid working conditions before construction work can recommence on Saturday. Additionally, contactless tradies — tradies who can attend a site without contact with other people — will also be permitted to recommence work.

Home schooling will continue for another four weeks in the extended Greater Sydney area, with the exception of Year 12 students, who will recommence face-to-face learning, where possible, on 16 August. The NSW Government will vaccinate students aged 16-18 who are in Year 12.

The singles buddy system will be introduced across the extended Greater Sydney area. If singles are within the eight LGAs of concern, the ONE person they nominate as their visitor must also be from within their LGA. If the single person is outside of those LGAs, the person they nominate as their visitor must also be from outside of those LGAs.

Finally, the NSW Government has worked with the Federal Government to increase individual and business financial support. Specific details coming soon.

More information can be found on the NSW Government website.

Last updated 27 July 2021

The NSW Government has announced stay-at-home orders for Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Shire Council will end, as scheduled, at 12.01am on Wednesday 28 July. These LGAs will be under the same restrictions as the rest of regional NSW from that time.

Last updated 20 July 2021

With cases now popping up in regional areas of NSW, people who live in the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGA areas, or people who were there on or after Saturday, 17 July are now on stay at home orders. This lockdown will initially be in place until Wednesday, 28 July.

If you live in these areas, you cannot have visitors to your home. You may leave your home for:

  • food or other essential goods and services
  • medical or compassionate needs
  • exercise with one other person, within your LGA or within 10km from home
  • work or education when you can’t do it from home
  • to attend weddings or funerals until 12:01 Friday, 23 July, after which funerals are limited to 10 people and you cannot leave your home to attend a wedding
  • to move to a new home or between different residences

In-person auctions and open homes may not be conducted in these LGAs; private inspections for one person may continue.

Masks must be worn indoors and in outdoor settings where social distancing isn’t possible.

New clinics have been established in Orange, Bathurst, Blayney, Parkes and Molong.

Further information can be found on the NSW Health website.

Last updated 18 July 2021

NSW recorded 105 locally-acquired Covid cases to 8pm yesterday evening, with 34 active in the community while infected.

Late last night, the NSW Government updated some of the restrictions announced on the 17th, relating to the movement of workers in the Liverpool, Fairfield and Canterbury Bankstown LGAs.

While yesterday it was announced that, of residents in those three LGAs, only those who work in healthcare (inc fields like aged care) and emergency services could leave for work, it was later revised to include anyone in ‘Government authorised jobs’.

These authorised jobs are defined on the NSW Health website, and include jobs like teachers, retail workers, warehouse workers that support essential services and essential retail, delivery drivers and coffin makers, in addition to healthcare and emergency services workers.

Last updated 17 July 2021

With 111 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, and 29 in the community while infected, Premier Berejiklian has once again tightened lockdown restrictions in a bid to ‘quash the outbreak’.

Relaying new rules that will take effect over coming days, the Premier acknowledged they are aware there might be some upset in the community, but asked that people use common sense and follow the rules.

New restrictions in place include:

  • All non-critical retail will be closed (lists will be posted to NSW Health). Essential retail like supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open, but all other retail can only occur through delivery or click and collect. (as of midnight, 17 July)
  • Residents of three LGAs; Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury Bankstown can now no longer leave their LGA for work, unless they work in essential healthcare or emergency services. (as of midnight, 17 July)
  • Those who do live in those LGAS and must leave for work in healthcare or emergency services must continue to get tested every 72 hours (3 days).
  • All construction will be paused until midnight on July 30, this means larger-scale construction in addition to tradies going into residential homes. (as of 12:021am Monday, 19 July)
  • Harsher penalties will be applied for any employer who forces employees to come to the office if they are not essential. It was reiterated that ALL office workers should be working from home. On the spot fines of $10,000 will be applied, and employees are encouraged to notify NSW Health if they feel they are being forced to attend office locations. (as of Wednesday, 21 July)

The Premier also reiterated that no car pooling should be taking place, and you should be taking a mask with you, whenever leaving the house.

All settings in regional NSW remain the same, despite a few cases popping up.

Melbourne is once again in lockdown for five days, with that period expected to extend after 19 new cases were recorded today.

Last updated 15 July 2021

The Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response) Amendment Regulation 2021 has been updated over the last week. As an agent, particularly those in property management, it is crucial you are familiar with the changes and comply with them.

Read the Residential Tenancies (COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response) Amendment Regulation 2021.

Last updated 14 July 2021

Greater Sydney’s lockdown will again be extended, as 97 new cases were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8am on 14 July 2021.

The Premiere has praised locals for high testing volumes, despite long waiting times, but added two more weeks to the lockdown in an aim to reduce community transmission. The lockdown will now continue (at this stage) until Friday 30 July at midnight and will include learning from home for students other than those of essential workers and some Year 12 students.

From a real estate perspective, the same lockdown rules for inspections, opens and auctions will also continue, with in-person auctions banned completely and inspections one at a time, by appointment only.

Like all industries if you live or stay in the Fairfield local government area but you work as an agent outside this area, you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to enter a workplace.

We have been notified that Liverpool NCAT has closed to the public until further notice. They can still be contacted by phone and email.

Fair Trading has released limited details regarding new measures to support tenants and landlords during Covid. These will include:

  • 60 day freeze on evictions: tenants who can’t pay rent in full due to Covid can’t be evicted between now and 11 September.  It was stressed during the press conference that landlords and tenants are encouraged to come together in mediation to try to determine the best outcome for all involved.
  • Financial support for landlords: Up to $1500 per tenancy will be available for landlords who agree to reduce rent for COVID-19 impacted tenants.

We will provide more updates as new details on the relief package for landlords and tenants, are released.

Last updated 9 July 2021

Premiere Gladys Berejiklian has announced restrictions in Greater Sydney will further tighten over coming days, as case numbers continue to increase.

With 44 new Covid cases recorded over the 24 hours to 9 July, and 19 cases active in the community for their infectious period (eight in isolation for only part of the time), Berejiklian delivered a stern message that “the numbers are not heading in the right direction” but encouraged people to work together because we “can still move in the right direction”.

In addition to the police blitz in three Sydney LGAs — Liverpool, Fairfield and Canterbury Bankstown — the NSW Government introduced new restrictions active from 5pm today, among them:

  • Outdoor exercise limited to a maximum of 2 people
  • Exercise can only occur in your local LGA or within 10km of your house
  • Carpooling is banned outside of people who live in the same household
  • One person per household, per day may leave for essential shopping
  • Browsing at shops is not allowed, only essential shopping
  • Funerals will be limited to 10 people

The Federal Government has announced 300,000 additional vaccine doses will be fast-tracked to NSW. Berejiklian has warned that she cannot commit to when restrictions will be lowered, because the vaccination rate at 9% doesn’t allow for people to get back to ‘living a normal life’, and given the number of cases out in the community, infection rates are expected to rise.

She stressed the economic impact is just as concerning as the health impact — the economic consequences would be devastating if the virus was to spread.

Last updated 7 July 2021

After sharing that NSW has had 27 new Covid cases reported in the 24 hours to 11am on 7 July, with only 13 already in isolation, Premiere Gladys Berejiklian has announced that Greater Sydney’s lockdown will be extended for a further week (initially), until Friday, midnight, 16 July 2021.

The Premiere said, “The reason for this, is that the Delta strain is a game changer and is extremely transmissible and more contagious than any other form of the virus we have seen.”

“We don’t want to be in a situation where we are constantly having to move between lockdown, no lockdown, lockdown, no lockdown. We want to give ourselves the best chance that this is the only lockdown we have, until the majority of our citizens are vaccinated.”

Berejiklian went on to explain that regional NSW schools will be able to resume face-to-face learning next week, while Greater Sydney students will undertake online learning. Children of essential workers and Year 12 students, where necessary, are welcome on campus.

She noted concern that there were more cases in the last 24 hours than expected, and more spread in the Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury Bankstown LGAs, and has strongly encouraged people to follow the health orders, and not to visit family or friends during lockdown. The aim is to reduce mobility as much as possible to minimise the spread. She also suggested further restrictions will be considered if required.

Lockdown rules applying to auctions, open houses and inspections will also continue for another week.

Last updated 26 June 2021

The NSW Government has announced that as of 6pm tonight, Saturday 26 June, Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast will all enter full lock down for a minimum of 2 weeks (initially until midnight, Friday, 9 July).

During this time, people should only leave their homes to:

  • shop for essential items
  • exercise (outdoors in groups of 10 or less)
  • attend essential work or education outside the home
  • seek medical care or provide care or compassion

Live, onsite auctions will be cancelled for the duration of lockdown, but may be conducted online.

While this is sudden and there was little notice, we sincerely hope it will do as intended, and stop the spread of the Delta variant throughout Sydney and beyond.

As of the weekend, regional NSW will also experience extended restrictions, based on those for Greater Sydney, last week — see below update on 25 June.

Please be mindful of the new restrictions in your area, and strictly adhere to them, so we can keep everyone safer and get back to business as usual, faster.

Updated 25 June 2021

The Covid situation in Greater Sydney continues to change, with four local government areas locking down from midnight tonight (25 June), for one week. People who live OR work in Woollahra, Waverly, Randwick and City of Sydney will be required to stay at home, unless going out for essential work or education, exercise, shopping or to provide care or compassion to a loved one. 

For these areas and Greater Sydney, additional new restrictions are now in place.

According to NSW Health, as of 24 June 2021, this list of restrictions applies to those people from Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, with further restrictions for the locked down suburbs:

  • Visitors to households is limited to 5 guests – including children;
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed;
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed;
  • Dancing is not allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people);
  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule has been re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
  • Outdoor seated events are limited to 50% seated capacity;
  • Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced;
  • If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel, with four of these suburbs (listed above) in lock down.

NSW Health’s website confirms that under public health orders, those people viewing or inspecting a property for sale or lease or participating in an auction do not count as ‘visitors’. It also lists ‘inspecting a new place of residence’ as an acceptable reason to travel beyond metro Sydney for those living in the specified areas above (not those on lock down).

Continue to follow the safety plan you have set up for your office. If you have not done so yet, complete the General Covid-19 safety plan now.

We will update you as more information becomes available. In the meantime, stay safe, look after yourself and others, and please get tested if you have any symptoms or have visited a hotspot.

From the health order:

(3) The Minister directs that a person must not do the following — 
(a) conduct an open inspection of premises for the purposes of the sale or
lease of the premises, but a person may show a single person the
premises after the person has made an appointment for that purpose,
(b) conduct an auction at which persons attend in person.

Public Health (COVID-19 Greater Sydney) Order (No 2) Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (25th June 2021)

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