The time has finally arrived to begin the journey towards reopening the state of NSW. Whilst the excitement is palpable, and a sense of promise for our industry is burgeoning, we still have many questions and logistics to navigate regarding the government legislations and expectations for businesses and employees to maintain safe workplaces with respect to COVID-19.
The regulations for each industry sector are varied and change in line with vaccination rates and forthcoming dates, therefore keeping up with all the nuances can be challenging.
To make things easier for our industry, our businesses, employers and employees, we have put together a summary of all the important points to know before you open your business and return to work.
ABIC is here to support everyone and every choice, as a not for profit organisation we remain neutral and are here to convey government information in a way that is easy to understand and apply, so that you are able to make an informed decision about your business and workplace.
If the information below doesn't answer all of your questions, please feel free to email us on [email protected] and we will be happy to answer all of your questions.
We are wishing you a fabulous, smooth, and prosperous reopening.
Stefanie Milla - CEO ABIC
Guide for Beauty & Aesthetics at 70% and 80% vaccination:
- COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination is required for staff and customers.
- Regional staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.
- Density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres (sqm) for indoor areas.
- You must have a COVID-19 Safety Plans in your business.
- At 70% double vaccination - Beauty & Aesthetics (Personal Services) can reopen with density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres. A limit/cap of up to 5 clients only. No limit on staff. You can remove face masks for performing facial services only.
- At 80% double vaccination - Beauty & Aesthetics (Personal Services) have NO person limits/caps. Can only reopen with density of 1 person per 4 square metres. Can remove face masks for performing facial services only.
Guide for Beauty & Aesthetics from the 1st December 2021
- No person limit/cap Beauty & Aesthetics (Personal Services).
- Density limits of 1 person per 2 sqm indoors apply.
- Proof of vaccination no longer required by Public Health Order.
- Masks can be removed at all times, and are only required only for public transport, planes and airports, and indoor front-of-house staff.
Here are the posters you will need to reopen your business:
Ensure you print out the relevant ones for your businesses and have them displayed prominently, and show your staff.
Here is the link with important answers to these questions on COVID-19 vaccinations and your business:
- Can I direct my employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
- When will a direction be reasonable?
- Can I ask my employees for proof of vaccination?
- Can I refuse unvaccinated patrons entry to my premises?
Here is an important link that you need to read about COVID-19 obligations for your business, it answers the questions below:
- What do I need to do to prepare for reopening my business?
- Am I responsible for ensuring only vaccinated staff, customers and visitors attend my business?
- Can businesses force an unvaccinated customer to leave the premises?
(Regarding the section stating to call the police for non-compliant persons - please do not call 000 unless it is an applicable emergency. If you have a non-compliant customer that is NOT aggressive and NOT posing any danger, please call your local police station to advise them, not emergency 000 UNLESS it is applicable to the situation)
- What proof of vaccination can I accept from my staff and customers?
- How will compliance be monitored and are there penalties for non-compliance?
Here is important information regarding contact tracing and isolation rules for business when you reopen:
- What if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
- What are my obligations as a business owner if I have multiple employees test positive for COVID-19?
- What if a COVID-19 positive person visits my business?
- How can I reduce interruptions to my business due to COVID-19?
Here is the PDF version you can print out: https://www.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-10/Contact_tracing_and_isolation_rules_What_businesses_need_to_know.pdf
Here is a chart and information to print out for your business, make sure you read and show your staff: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/controlguideline/Documents/contact-risk-assessment-business-community-settings.pdf
This is a Workplace Legal Advice Program and information for employers and employees:
Some employers are eligible for FREE independent legal advice for workplace issues arising from the coronavirus outbreak from our Workplace Legal Advice Program. See more information here:
COVID-19 vaccinations: workplace rights and obligations
This link contains the following types of information and will be very important for you to know if you employ staff:
- Managing vaccinations in the workplace
- Requiring employees to be vaccinated
- Refusing directions to be vaccinated
- Providing evidence of vaccination
- COVID-19 vaccinations: resolving workplace issues
- COVID-19 vaccinations: legislation and public health orders
- Does an employer need to consult when implementing a workplace policy about coronavirus vaccinations?
- Do employees have to be paid for the time to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
- Can an employee take sick leave to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
- Can employees take paid time off if they feel unwell after being vaccinated?
- Can an employee refuse to attend the workplace because a co-worker isn’t vaccinated against coronavirus?
This link shows the NSW reopening plan above in a chart format.
This link shows the full roadmap of the above information and easing of restrictions:
Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions | NSW Government
Here is the full Public Health Order:
This is where you can check for any updates to the Public Health Order:
This is information about the financial support programs that are in place for you:
This is information on the extension of the JOBSAVER program:
NSW Government COVID-19 - FAQs JobSaver extension - 30Sept21.pdf
Here is a link to SAFEWORK directions for our industry, read this this information thoroughly:
This is an explanation regarding discrimination concerning vaccination questions: