Covid19-Updates

Changes to rules for extension of Jobkeeper - announced 7/8/20


The Federal Government has announced that for businesses to be eligible to continue receiving Jobkeeper support payments after September 28th 2020, they will now only be required to show the required a drop in revenue for the 3 months from July to September this year. 


For most businesses the drop in revenue you need to show is 30% compared to the same period last year (businesses with an annual turnover of $1-Billion or less). 


This 30% drop is for the total across the 3 months, so even if one of those months doesn't drop by 30% you could still be eligible.   


You can check here for more details;

https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-08/Fact_sheet-JobKeeper_Payment_extension.pdf


Also employees only need to have been employed by the business at 1st July 2020 to qualify (previously it was 1 March). So if you started work at a business between those two dates you might now qualify for Jobkeeper.


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Travel restrictions between NSW, VIC and QLD;

Starting 12.01am Friday 7th August;


NSW residents returning from Victoria must go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

 

All returning NSW residents, unless they live within the NSW border regions, will only be allowed to return to NSW through Sydney Airport. (There is a border permit system for residents of border towns, which does not apply in the local 2MG listening area).


For more details https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


Starting 1am Sat 8th Aug;


QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the border with New South Wales will close.


As of 1am, Saturday August 8, all visitors will be denied entry to QLD except for rare exemptions, and returning Queenslanders will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.


Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has declared all of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as hotspots.


For more details on QLD rules https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/


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Wearing masks now "strongly encouraged" in high-risk public settings in NSW. (from August 2nd)


The advice from the NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant recommends:


  • the use of face masks in any indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain, for example on public transport or in supermarkets
  • the use of face masks (where practical) in indoor settings with a higher risk of transmission, such as for the staff of hospitality and customer-facing venues i.e. cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs
  • during attendance at places of worship.

Wearing a mask in any of these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

This applies to all of NSW, but is especially encouraged in areas where there has been community transmission.


You can find more info about masks here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/face-masks


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New rules for gyms and fitness centres in NSW - from 1st Aug


From Sat 1st August all gyms and fitness centres must: 

Gyms and fitness centres must take all reasonable steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. 

The NSW Govt says COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals will play a key role in keeping gyms safe and compliant, assisting with maintaining social distancing, cleaning equipment after use and making hand sanitiser available for customers.

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Everyone must wear a mask when visiting any hospitals - started 24/7/20


Hospitals and health services across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) have implemented new state-wide requirements for staff and visitors to wear face masks.

All visitors must wear a mask when they are in any NSW health facilities. 

You can wear your own masks as long as it is in good condition.

All health services will have posters on display, to assist visitors use their masks correctly.

If visitors have underlying health issues that they believe might prevent them from wearing a mask, they should contact their local health service before they visit to get advice.

All staff caring for or working within 1.5 meters of any patient are now also be required to wear surgical masks.

Where possible, patients coming to a health service will be required to wear a mask and those patients already in hospital may be required to wear a mask outside their room.

At this stage, children 12 years old and under are not required to wear a mask if they do not have any symptoms.

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Reduced patron numbers for clubs, restaurants, bars & cafes from 24th July 2020.

Also changes to number attending weddings and funerals.


From Friday, 24 July 2020 the following rules will be in force as NSW 

  • Compliance measures introduced to pubs on 17th July will be extended to restaurants, bars cafés and clubs.
  •  This includes:
    1. limiting group bookings to a maximum of 10 people
    2. mandatory COVID-Safe plans and registration as a COVID-Safe business
    3. a digital record must be created within 24 hours.
  • Weddings and corporate events will be limited to 150 people subject to the four square metre rule and registration as a COVID-Safe business. Strict COVID-Safe plans must be in place and high-risk activities including choirs and dancing must not occur.
  • Funerals and places of worship will be limited to 100 people, subject to the one person per four square metre rule and a COVID-Safe business registration.

The rules on gatherings remain the same: 20 guests inside the home and 20 for gatherings in a public place. However, as the home is a high transmission area, the NSW Chief Health Officer strongly recommends a COVID-Safe precautionary approach of limiting visitors to the home to 10 people as a general principle. 

For more info on NSW Govt regulations relating to COVID-19

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

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Changes to rules for NSW Pubs from Fri 17th July - includes reduced maximum group booking size of 10 people

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced new rules for pubs and clubs, agreed to by the NSW Australian Hotels Association, will come into force at 12:01am Friday 17 July 2020. 

The Premier also said it is critical people remember when they are at a venue they remain seated. This reduces the risk of transmission. Please co-operate with venue staff and follow the rules.

Under the new measures, pubs across NSW will be required to implement the following: 

  • the number of people per booking or table will be reduced from 20 people to 10
  • a cap of 300 people in a venue at any one time
  • compulsory COVID-Safe registration through Service NSW
  • a dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall in distinctive clothing must oversee social distancing, cleaning and hygiene at the venue
  • large hotels with a capacity of greater than 250 people are to have a COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall on duty whenever the hotel is open
  • smaller hotels with a capacity of less than 250 are to have a COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall employed in peak periods (lunch 12pm to 3pm and dinner 5pm to 9pm)
  • paper sign-in will still be permitted, but hotels must create a digital record of patron names and phone numbers (excel or word) to be submitted within 24 hours
  • ensure all patrons provide their name and contact details accurately
  • encouraged to strongly promote QR code sign-in.

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NSW - VIC border to be closed Wed 8th July due to outbreaks in Melbourne

As of Tuesday 7th July residents from Greater Melbourne are now not allowed to enter NSW until further notice.

In addition the NSW Government will close the border with Victoria ‪from 12:01 am Wednesday 8 July 2020‬. 

Returning NSW residents will be required to go into 14 days of self-isolation. 

There will be provisions in place for residents of border regions.

Details on permits, special conditions for freight operations and other critical services, and provisions for residents of border regions will be available soon on the NSW Govt website. Here's the link...


https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions

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MWRC Libraries have re-opened

From 1st July Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone Libraries all moved to the next stage of reopening which includes a return to normal operating hours. 

This includes Saturday opening hours for Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos libraries. A full list of hours for each library can be found on Council’s website.

 All floors of Mudgee Library are open to the public, including meeting rooms for hire with the one person per four square metres applying.

Half hour bookings of public PCs will be available with physical distancing and customers can contact the library to book.

 Customers will be invited back for extended stays for the purpose of reading and study, but are encouraged to stay for no more than two hours.

 The Mobile Library Van will continue deliveries to those people unable to attend a library, deliveries can be arranged by contacting the library.

 Staff will continue to follow COVID SAFE quarantining and cleaning of returned items. 

Council says all these measures are in place for the protection of the community and staff.

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From 1st July in NSW  - Sport can resume, large crowds allowed at some events, 50 person rule dropped for indoor venues

The NSW government has announced that from 1st of July the following activities will be allowed;

  • Kids’ sport and community sports competitions for those aged 18 years and under.

  • Adult community sport.

  • The number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule, with no upper limit. This includes function centres. All activity must be seated only.

  • Cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum capacity of 40,000 will be allowed up to 25% of their normal capacity. Events must be ticketed and seated and follow strict guidelines.


Remember, because something is now allowed does not mean every venue or event will be able to open or operate.
In some cases the restrictions still in place might mean it is not yet viable for them. 

So always check first with the venue or organiser and be prepared to book a place for most venues and activities for some time yet.


https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules

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From Sat 13th June - increased numbers allowed for visiting and outdoor gatherings. Food courts, gyms, pilates,yoga & dance studios can open. 


From Saturday 13 June, the following activities are allowed in NSW:

  • Food courts are allowed to reopen.
  • The number of people allowed to visit homes will increase from 5 to 20.
  • The number of people allowed to gather outdoors will increase from 10 to 20.
  • Fitness, gyms, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to
    • 10 people per class and
    • 100 people in an indoor venue.
  • Community centres, including their recreational facilities can reopen.
  • Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can reopen with restricted numbers.
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules


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NSW State Forests mostly open from 1st June

NSW State Forests are now mostly open for visiting and camping.

However some forests are still closed because of major fire damage earlier this year so make sure you check their website first for closures and restrictions 
https://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit/closures


Also, although bookings are not required for NSW State Forests they ask that you self-register online https://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit 

Visitors and campers should also bring appropriate hygiene supplies, maintain distancing and keep groups to no more than 10 people.


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Gyms, yoga & dance studios and some other businesses and facilities that may open from 13th June

The NSW Government has announced that from Saturday 13 June, the following sports and recreational activities will be allowed, with the 4 square metre rule applied at all times, as well as 1.5 metre distancing.

  • Fitness, gyms, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to
    • 10 people per class and
    • 100 people in an indoor venue (remember individual venues may be restricted to fewer people because of the 4 square metres per person requirement)
  • Community centres, including their recreational facilities can reopen.
  • Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can reopen with restricted numbers.
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients.


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More details confirmed of rules for Pubs and Clubs from 1st June;

Pubs, clubs, small bars, cellar doors, micro-breweries, small distilleries and casinos may open with restrictions.

  • Capacity must not exceed 50 customers or one customer per 4 square metres (excluding staff) per existing separate seated food or drink area, whichever is the lesser. Venues may have multiple existing seated areas.
  • Bowlers on a bowling green are not be counted in the total number of persons on the premises. There can be no more than 10 bowlers on a bowling green at any one time.
  • Maximum of 10 people per booking (except for gatherings for or immediately after a wedding which are permitted to a maximum of 20 guests, or gatherings immediately after a funeral or memorial service which are permitted to a maximum of 50 guests, provided that the venue can accommodate this many people).
  • Anyone entering the premises must provide their name and contact details, including a telephone number or email address.
  • Operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and keep a record of all people entering the premises.

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Caravan and camping grounds can open from 1st June

Caravan and camping grounds may open. There is no limit to the number of customers in the park or grounds however premises must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

If you are visiting someone who is staying at a caravan park or camping ground, limits apply for visitors.

NSW National Parks require a booking in advance for all sites in all National Parks until further notice. 

This applies to National Parks where bookings are not normally needed.

Other caravan parks or camping grounds may also require advance bookings, it is up to the individual operator.

You should check first before travelling to any of these sites.

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More people can attend religious services, weddings and funerals from 1 June 2020 



From Monday, up to 20 people can attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship, subject to the four square metre rule. 

NSW Health has developed a checklist to help places of worship create a tailored COVID-19 Safety Plan to ensure they can keep participants as safe as possible. 

Places of worship will be asked to find alternatives to practices that might spread the virus like singing, sharing books and even passing around the collection plate to reduce infection risks. 

Communal singing and chanting should not occur because of the high risk of transmission of the virus. Instead, measures such as one singer standing at least three metres away from others would be safer.

Learn more about what you can and can't do under the current rules

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Beauty and nail salon operators can begin treatments from June 1 


NSW Health has compiled a checklist for the industry. Businesses must develop a safety plan that addresses how to minimise risk from COVID-19.

Safety plans will include measures such as:

  • One person per 4 square metres including both staff and clients, up to a maximum of 10 clients at any one time
  • Exclusion of staff and clients who are unwell, even if they have only mild symptoms
  • Records of attendance on the business premises for all staff, clients and contractors
  • Cleaning requirements
  • Removal of books, magazines and iPads from waiting areas to reduce the potential for infection of clients
  • Seating in waiting areas that complies with physical distancing
  • Ensure good hand hygiene facilities are available, including at venue entry and exit, and promote excellent hand hygiene by staff
  • Clearly displayed conditions of entry on their entrance, website and social media platforms
  • Designating a staff member whose responsibilities include ensuring staff and clients have appropriate physical distancing and that the venue does not exceed the maximum capacity limit and
  • Measures to maximise distancing between staff where safe and practical, including assigning staff to specific work stations that are at least 1.5 metres apart and minimising any interaction between these stations
  • Encourage download of the COVID-safe app.
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Pubs, clubs and restaurants can have up to 50 patrons from 1st June 2020

The NSW Government will allow pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants to have up to 50 customers, subject to a one person per four square metre rule, and with strict social distancing guidelines from 1 June 2020.

All customers must be seated and no bookings of more than 10 allowed, in addition to many other conditions which must be met.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, who is responsible for liquor and gaming regulation, said the NSW Government had liaised exhaustively with both AHA and ClubsNSW to deliver this plan. 

All venues must ensure social distancing and will need to develop a COVID Safety Plan consistent with NSW Health guidelines.

Patrons have been advised to check with individual venues before attending. 

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Museums, galleries and libraries in NSW allowed to open from 1st June 2020

The Premier has confirmed that museums, art galleries and libraries will be allowed to open to the public from 1st June, with social distancing and number restrictions applying.

Individual museums, galleries or libraries will make their own decision on when to open, based on their circumstances and subject to planning required to meet COVID-safe requirements.

Check before going to any of these venues.

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Unrestricted travel within NSW from 1st June 2020

The NSW Premier has confirmed that the restriction on non-essential travel will be removed on Monday 1st June.

From that date you will be allowed to travel anywhere in NSW, for any reason including holidays. People from other states will also be allowed to holiday in NSW.

It is highly recommended that you book ahead for accommodation and any events or activities where possible.

Rules will still apply to the maximum number of people visiting a house, attending indoor and outdoor events and for seated dining. As well as social distancing and hygiene. 

You can check the latest on those rules here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules

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NSW School students to return to school full-time from Mon 25/5/20

The Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a return to full-time face to face teaching in NSW schools for all children from Kindergarten to Year 12 starting on Monday 25th May 2020.

Ms Brejiklian said “We expect schools to stick with the health advice – increased cleaning, access to hygiene supplies and compliance with hygiene practices – and look forward to seeing all students back on campus five days a week. Schools will need to maintain the measures and precautions they have put in place for the foreseeable future, including no assemblies and excursions."

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MWRC facilities that are open from 15/5/20

Skate Parks have been approved to reopen along with passive parks, children’s playgrounds, off-leash dog parks, public toilets and Lawson Park vehicle access from today (15th May).

From Monday 18th May barbecue facilities will also be made available again.

Council will thoroughly clean each of these facilities prior to reopening and will continue a cleaning schedule, however residents should use these facilities with caution, use their own cleaning provisions where possible and wash hands immediately after use. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene. If you have even the mildest of symptoms, you should stay at home.

Council is working to reopen other facilities, including Customer Service Centres soon.

Remember to continue physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres and also that the State government rules on number of people in a gathering also apply e.g. maximum 10 people for an outdoor gathering from 15/5/20.

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NSW Premier confirms Pubs and Clubs allowed to open for dine-in from Fri 15th May with restrictions

Pubs and Clubs will also be able to open for dine-in food service from Fri 15th, as well as restaurants and cafes as previously announced. All these venues will be limited to 10 patrons at any one time.

Bars and gaming areas of pubs and clubs will remain closed.

It's important to note that many pubs,clubs, restaurants and cafes will not re-open dine-in services yet as it may not be viable for their particular venue to operate with the limited number of diners allowed. Some will continue to provide take-way and/or delivery services. 

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules

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NSW Government relaxing some restrictions from Friday 15th May

Starting on Friday 15 May, the following will be allowed in NSW:

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time
  • up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time
  • weddings up to 10 guests
  • indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30
  • religious gatherings/places of worship up to 10 worshippers
  • use of outdoor equipment with caution
  • outdoor pools open with restrictions.

Note: There are no changes yet to rules about travel within NSW.
Also, social distancing (1.5 metres apart) is still required when people are together even with the changes listed above.

You can check any details of what is currently allowed in NSW here

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Australia's 'Roadmap' for staged re-opening of business & other activities released on Fri 8/5


The Prime Minister has released the 'roadmap' that with be the guide to how things are gradually allowed to re-open or resume. 

It is important to note that this is the framework, NO DATES have been announced yet. 

Each stage will be announced by the respective state governments when they decide it it time, based on their individual situation.

Nothing changes in NSW until the State Government says so.


STEP ONE:

Will allow enabling greater connection with friends and family, allowing gatherings up to 5 visitors to your home and gatherings of up to 10 people outside of home.

Working from home, if it works for you and your employer. 

Boot Camps back in public areas.

Playgrounds open in public areas.

Retail and small cafes and restaurants reopening.

Local and regional travel to start again.

Up to 30 attendees for funerals held outdoors.

10 attendees at Weddings.


STEP TWO:

Allow larger size gathering for up to 20 people including for venues such as cinemas and galleries, and more retail openings.

Organised community sport, and beauty parlours. Caravan or camping grounds open. Some interstate travel.


STEP THREE: Allowing gathering up to 100 people. This step will become clearer as we move through the first two steps, but will more than likely will involve everyone back in the work place, interstate travel likely, pubs and clubs with some restrictions and possibly some gaming venues.


The plans will be reviewed every three weeks.


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Respiratory Clinic for Mid-Western Regional Council area - Starting Wed 13th May 2020


A special Respiratory Clinic will be starting from 13th May 2020, open 9am to 1pm 7 days a week at Mudgee Showground.

It is free and will be staffed by local doctors and nurses.


You should attend this clinic instead of your normal doctor's surgery or hospital if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as 

  • fever 
  • coughing 
  • sore throat 
  • fatigue (tiredness), and  
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

or if you have any other reason to suspect you may have COVID-19.


You MUST make an appointment before going to this special clinic by phoning 0417 072 652 or South Mudgee Surgery.


For all other medical matters you should go to your usual doctor. Don't neglect any other health issues you have.

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NSW Government changes to rules about visiting other people - FROM Fri 1st May 2020


The NSW government has announced that people are allowed to visit at people at their home, but there are rules to follow; 

From Friday 1 May, up to 2 adults and their dependent children will be allowed to visit another household.

If you are feeling unwell,you should not visit other people at home. Even if you have only mild symptoms - like tiredness or a sore throat - find out about testing at a COVID-19 clinic.

More info on what you can and can't do at the moment is available here

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules

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COVIDSafe app launched


The COVIDSafe app for your smartphone has now been released and is available for iphone and android phones.


The government and health authorities are encouraging people to use the app,

saying it will improve contact tracing of people who test positive to COVID-19 by making tracing more accurate and much faster.


Quick tracking and isolating of any outbreaks has been named as a key requirement for social distancing rules to be able to be relaxed.


If you have questions about the app you can find out more here https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app



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Stay Home for Easter long weekend


We are all being reminded that travelling for holidays over Easter is NOT allowed under the current restrictions on movement because of COVID-19.


You can check the NSW Government rules here;


https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules


Breach of orders made under the NSW Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties.

In the case of an individual, the maximum penalty is $11,000, or imprisonment for 6 months, or both and a further $5500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues. The NSW Police may also issue on-the-spot fines of $1000 for an offence.

In the case of any corporation, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.


These restrictions are enforceable under the


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Childcare subsidy - announced 2/4/20


From the office of the Prime Minister 2/4/20;


Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a plan announced by the Federal Government this afternoon that will help deliver hip pocket relief and help the early childhood education and care sector make it through to the other side of this crisis

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Under the plan, the Government will pay 50 per cent of the sector’s fee revenue up to the existing hourly rate cap based on a point in time before parents started withdrawing their children in large numbers, but only so long as services remain open and do not charge families for care. The funding will apply from 6 April based on the number of children who were in care during the fortnight leading into 2 March, whether or not they are attending services.


The Prime Minister says priority will be given to working parents, vulnerable and disadvantaged children that need early education more than ever and parents with pre-existing enrolments.

The new system will see payments start flowing at the end of next week. The system will be reviewed after one month, with an extension to be considered after three months. The payments will be paid in lieu of the Child Care (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy payments.


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NSW Govt laws restricting gatherings and movement;

The NSW Parliament has passed rules that set out how the restrictions on gathering and movement are applied in NSW and the fines and punishments that can apply if you don't follow the rules.

The official document can be read here



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Job Keeper subsidy scheme

The Federal Government has announced a scheme to support employers in keeping staff employed and paid.

If you are an employer you need to REGISTER with the ATO to take part, go online to https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

For more detail on the requirements to qualify you can read this Fact Sheet from Treasury;



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Federal Government updated rules - start from 11:59pm Mon 30/3/20


These new rules announced on Sunday by the Prime Minister, in addition to all that have been previously announced;

Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of two people. 
  • Everyone should stay home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education.

  • People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.

  • Evictions will be put on hold for 6 months by the states and territories. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements. More information to come this week.

  • All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days. 

  • Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), gyms, skateparks, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and outside playgrounds, places of worship and other public places must be closed. There are restrictions on attendance at weddings, funerals and outdoor fitness classes. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open. 
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Mudgee Small Farm Field Days

Due to the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and the Government Order under the Public Health Act to ban mass gatherings, Mudgee Small Farm Field Days organisers regret to announce that the 2020 Mudgee Small Farm Field Days has been cancelled.

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Western Area Health update - at 4pm Wed 25/3/20

As of 4.00 pm Wednesday 25 March 2020, there have been a further six cases of COVID-19 identified in the Western NSW Local Health District taking the total number of positive COVID-19 results to 21.

The cases of COVID-19 are located in Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Dubbo, Mid-Western, and Orange Local Government Areas.

All cases notified were diagnosed after travelling overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case.
In all cases, contacts have been followed up and tested where appropriate, and the people involved have either entered home isolation or have completed home isolation.

NSW Health wishes to thank all those individuals for their co-operation.

Any new case and their close contacts will similarly be asked to self-isolate unless hospitalisation is required. Those affected are contacted every day to check that they are well.

All travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to everyone, even if you have no symptoms. Please follow the home isolation guidance.

NSW Health is continuing to trace and respond to cases as they are diagnosed to slow any spread of COVID-19 in the community.


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Additional restrictions announced by Fed Govt - effective from midnight Wed 25/3/20

The following are CLOSED Australia wide from midnight Wed 25/3/20;


Amusement parks and arcades
Indoor and outdoor play centres
Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlors
Community and recreation centres, health clubs,
fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, wellness centres, boot camps
Social sporting-based activities (e.g a social game of footy with a group of friends)
swimming pools
Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, nonessential council facilities, community facilities such as halls and PCYCs
Auction houses, gathering in auction rooms, real estate open homes


The following can happen but with RESTRICTIONS;


Weddings can go ahead with no more than five people (i.e. the celebrant, 2 people being married and 2 witnesses)
Funerals can go ahead with no more than 10 people. Both these are also subject to the social distancing rules

Personal training is limited to a maximum of 10 people
Hairdressers/barbers can open but with the social distance rules 

Food courts in shopping centres will no longer be able to continue as sit-down venues, though takeaway can continue

Most outdoor and indoor markets ,except food markets - however this will be explained by in individual states and territories as they have different rules about what constitutes different types of markets


This is all in addition to the measures already announced on Sunday that came into effect from Mon 23/3/20.


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NSW Govt - about Schools - 23/3/20

NSW Schools will remain open, but NSW Premier is encouraging parents to keep children at home where possible.

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Mid-Western Regional Council - from 23/3/20


In light of further COVID-19 health orders issued by state and federal governments overnight, Council will close all public pools from midday today, Monday 23 March.

Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos pools will now be closed to the public until the Summer Swimming Season resumes in September, provided Council is given the all clear to do so.

The Gulgong Gold Experience has also been closed in light of Federal Government health orders to cease operations of all non-essential services.

Council’s General Manager Brad Cam said Council is responding to all health directives in order to protect the community.

“We’re following all instructions from state and federal health authorities and we hope residents understand that as the situation continues to evolve so too will Council services,” Mr Cam said.

“As we have mentioned before, Council will continue to provide essential information about any change in services and facility operation to the community as soon as possible.”

On Friday, Council closed Mudgee Library, Mudgee Town Hall Cinema April movie screenings, and all venues for hire, including community halls and sporting grounds.

Council’s Seniors Week activities have been cancelled as well as Healthy Communities Activities and Youth Week activities at Mudgee Library.

All public parks and playgrounds remain open at this stage, however with the evolving health guidelines in relation to COVID-19 this may change.

As the situation evolves, Council will continue to provide updates via its website and social media. For all health advice in relation to COVID-19 please visit NSW Health at www.health.nsw.gov.au or contact 1800 020 080
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Federal Government restrictions from 23/3/20 

These apply Australia wide and are in addition to all previously announced rules e.g. "Social Distancing"

The following facilities will be closed from midday local time 23 March 2020 until further notice:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues 
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).
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Kanandah Update


Kanandah Retirement is very happy to report that we currently have no cases of flu or COVID-19, however due to the ever increasing threat to our residents health we have made the very hard decision to place the facility in preventative lockdown effective Sunday, 22nd March 2020 at midnight.

This will mean that there will be no visitors permitted to enter the building and residents will be asked to only leave the facility for essential appointments.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and appreciate the community’s support and understanding in these challenging times. We are working on providing a platform for families to have digital face to face interaction with their loved ones and will provide further information regarding this as it becomes available.

Kanandah will revert to allowing visitors back into the facility as soon as possible and will continue to ensure families and carers are kept well informed.

We have been liaising with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission regarding the measures taken to keep our residents and staff safe and have received very positive feedback from them.

The safety and health of our residents is our number one priority.

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Update from Dugald Saunders

On Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed that a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 had been on flights that had flown into and out of Dubbo Regional Airport on March 10.

The flights in question were the 6.45am service from Sydney to Dubbo, and the 1.20pm service from Dubbo to Sydney, meaning the person was in the region for a period of approximately five hours.

I have been in contact with senior management within the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) and work is being done to ensure contact is made with people who have come into contact with his particular person.

Once again, it is important to note that while testing is being undertaken, at the time of this release being distributed, there are no confirmed cases in Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Mudgee or the surrounding villages that make up the Dubbo electorate.


PANIC BUYING
Panic buying has been a hot topic of conversation in recent times, and it is irresponsible at a time when we need to be working together to ensure there is enough food, medication and sanitary products for everyone.

As is the case with other forms of panic buying, whether it be food items of toilet paper and paper towels, panic buying is unnecessary and highly discouraged.


NEW RULES TO ALLOW 24/7 DELIVERIES
A terrific decision was made by the NSW Government on Friday, allowing supermarkets across the State to receive deliveries 24 hours a day to restock their shelves.

Collaboration between Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes means the Government has moved to override local council rules that restrict some stores from restocking their shelves and operating their loading docks outside regular business hours.

The State Environmental Planning Policy Amendment (COVID-19 Response) 2020 makes clear that truck deliveries are able to supply shops and retailers with essential goods at all times to support communities. The new rules apply immediately and will be kept in place until the crisis is over.

SOAP IN SCHOOLS
The NSW Government is aware that there is unprecedented demand for soap at schools, and the Department of Education has sourced additional supply.

I am informed that 3,000 cakes of soap are now being distributed to priority schools.

If a school is running low it needs to contact the Department of Education, and a hotline has been established for schools to contact the department should they or their suppliers be running low on soap and hygiene products (schools will have the hotline number).

The Department of Education will continue to be in regular contact with all principals to understand current levels of supplies of soap and hygiene products, but if you're concerned about a shortage of soap and hygiene products at your school, contact the principal or email school.supplies@det.nsw.edu.au

PREVENTION
Everyone needs to be vigilant when it comes to personal hygiene. This means cleaning hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.

It also means covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow, avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms and practicing social distancing.

WHO SHOULD I SEE?
Hospitals are a last resort and should only be visited by people who have been overseas within the past 14 days, or those in direct contact with a confirmed case.

If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, call your local GP or the Health Direct hotline (1800 022 222).

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Mudgee Junior Cricket


Mudgee Junior Cricket has cease the remainder of the season, effective immediately . This include the BLAST , Under 11’s, Under 13’s and Under 15’s competitions.

It was difficult decision to make but the committee felt the need to follow the advice from our governing body, Cricket Australia.

Mudgee Junior Cricket would like to thank all the player, families and volunteers for a great season.

For further updates, please check out the Mudgee District Junior Cricket Associations Facebook page

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SSAA Mudgee Update


SSAA Mudgee and District Branch Inc. regret to inform you that

due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns, the Executive Committee have decided to take this unprecedented measure and suspend all SSAA shooting activities at the WRSC until further notice.


The committee regrets any inconvenience incurred during this period.



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Catholic Diocese of Bathurst Information Network Update

A statement has been released by Bishop of Bathurst, Michael McKenna stating the celebration of all public Masses in the Diocese of Bathurst will cease from  Saturday 21st March 2020. Churches will remain open every day for private prayer.

Priests will continue to be available for the other sacraments, especially the Anointing of the Sick and Penance as needed.

Read the Bishop's statement HERE

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Mid Western Regional Council Update


Mid-Western Regional Council is implementing all necessary measures in the prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of staff and the wider community.

Council is strictly following all advice from Federal and State health authorities, the lead agencies in response to the pandemic.

General Manager Brad Cam said Council is taking proactive measures within the workplace and community.

“Our primary focus is on the health and wellbeing of our staff and our community,” Council’s General Manager, Brad Cam said.

“In addition to internal measures being taken to stop the spread of the virus, Council has introduced hand sanitisers in all of its customer facing services such as customer service counters and libraries, as well as conducting routine cleaning of surfaces in these high traffic areas.

“Council’s Executive Team has met on the issue and is committed to managing business continuity during this time.”

As a result of the Federal Government’s public health order, preventing all non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more, Mr Cam said a number of future events will be postponed.

“Some event organisers have advised of their intention to postpone major events that were due to occur in the region in coming months.

“Obviously, this will have direct impacts to our local economy, in particular our tourism industry. I encourage residents to buy locally wherever possible to help minimise the economic effects as best we can.”

As the situation is changing rapidly, health advice is developing and Council is urging all residents to visit www.health.gov.au for the latest updates on the outbreak as well as best practices in the prevention of infection.

“Authorities are emphasising the need for good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene, that means washing your hands with warm soapy water for 20 to 30 seconds regularly as well as keeping your distance from others when you are sick,” Mr Cam said.

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Mudgee Junior Rugby League

Mudgee JRL regrets to inform all players, parents and coaches that due to the growing Covid-19 Virus pandemic, all training and trial games that have been scheduled have been cancelled until further notice.

Further information will be provided when it’s provided NSW Rugby League


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CanCruise Cancelled


It is with great disappointment that Cudgegong Cruisers advises that Can Cruise 2020 has been cancelled, despite being under the recommended 500 people mark

Whilst there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus in the Mid-Western Region there was still a potential risk so the Club has erred on the side of caution. 

If the current situation improves Cruisers and Can Assist are hopeful they might be able to run an event later in the year. 

The 11 events held so far have contributed over $120,000 to the local branch of Can Assist to support those undergoing cancer treatments. 

Cruisers are committed to continuing this work where all funds raised stay in the local community


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Relay for Life Cancelled.


Given the high risk to public health currently posed by COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel Mudgee & District Relay for Life. We appreciate all of the information and sentiments you have passed on from the community.


Nothing is more important to us than the health of our volunteers, staff and supporters – your safety must come first. After taking advice from leading health professionals and knowing that many who attend our events are in a higher risk group, we’re confident that this decision is in the best interests of everyone involved, as well as the wider NSW community.

We are so grateful for your continued support and understanding, and we apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this decision may cause. Our local teams will work closely with our Relay for Life committee to identify the next steps for our event, and we appreciate your patience as we work through this. If you have any questions about your event, please contact us on (02) 6392 0800.

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to follow the current NSW Government Health advice to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. If you or someone you know has cancer and are concerned, please call our 13 11 20 Information and Support line to speak to one of our trained health professionals.

Best wishes,

Cancer Council Western Communities Team

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Coles shopping changes

New Community Hour and changes to trading hours 

From Wednesday 18 March, Coles supermarkets will launch a dedicated “Community Hour” in all supermarkets to improve access to essential groceries for the elderly and disadvantaged, during this time of unprecedented demand. 

Coles supermarkets will temporarily change their trading hours to open 7am to 8pm on weekdays, with the first hour* of trade open exclusively to customers who hold a government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card and Health Care Card^. Once this hour is complete, all other customers will be invited through the doors to complete their grocery shop. 

Supermarkets will also close no later than 8pm to give our team members the time and space to extensively clean our stores and replenish the shelves for customers the next day. 

Recruitment drive 

To help us continue to offer the best possible service to customers during this busy time, Coles is recruiting more than 5000 casual team members to work in supermarkets across Australia. This will allow us to serve more customers and replenish shelves faster, while offering employment opportunities for Australians working in other industries impacted by COVID-19. 

Casuals will have their inductions fast-tracked so we can boost the number of team members on the shop floor as quickly as possible. 

We are also seeking to hire more Customer Support Agents to drive our online delivery vans. 

To apply to join our team, visit: www.colescareers.com.au 

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2020 Mudgee Classic Cancelled

Yaffa Media and Bicycling Australia have announced that the 2020 Mudgee Classic has been postponed due to increasing threat posed by Global pandemic COVID-19.

After careful deliberation and discussions with official government bodies the decision has been made to postpone the popular Gran Fondo to protect the health and safety of all riders and spectators and to comply with strict legislation regarding large-scale events. 

The new scheduled date for the Mudgee Classic is May 2nd 2021. 

Bicycling Australia has advised that the current registration will automatically roll over to next years event. However, if you cannot make the event full refunds are available. 

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NSW RSL have cancelled all ANZAC DAY services.


President Update – 16 March 2020

Dear Members,

Following further discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. The risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high for these events to continue in their traditional format.

Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, it would be irresponsible to allow such large gatherings as we see each year on ANZAC Day to go ahead. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The RSL has a responsibility to act in the best interests of veterans and the general public. In these uncertain times we must follow the advice of medical experts and do everything we can to protect the community.

This is a recognition of the penalties linked to events over 500 people, and the potential exposure to RSL sub-Branches. This acknowledges the fact that most ANZAC Day events are open to all members of the community and therefore have the potential to attract crowds of over 500 people.

ANZAC Day as a marker of our respect and admiration for ANZACs past and present will still be observed. Exactly what form this will take will be different from previous years, but as custodians of commemoration, the RSL will still honour the service and sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women. In these challenging times, we will remember them.

We will provide further updates on other ANZAC Day related activities including fundraising in the coming days.

Yours,

Ray James

Acting State President

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WOOLWORTHS ANNOUNCES DEDICATED ELDERLY SHOPPING HOUR

Monday 16th March 2020: Woolworths Supermarkets is introducing temporary measures across its stores to help support the shopping needs of the elderly and people with disability in the community.

From tomorrow (Tuesday 17th March) until at least Friday, Woolworths Supermarkets will be opening exclusively for the elderly and those with a disability to shop from 7am to 8am, where permitted*.

The move has been prompted by the unprecedented demand in supermarkets over the past week, which has seen many elderly and vulnerable people in the community missing out on vital items they may need when they shop.   

Woolworths Supermarkets will open to ​all customers from 8am. Access to the store prior to this time will require a relevant Government issued concession card*.

The revised opening hours are in place at this stage until this Friday (20th March), with Woolworths to review opening arrangements at that point.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said: "While we’ll continue to do our very best to restock our stores during this period of unprecedented demand, we know many of our elderly customers have been missing out on essential items when they shop.

"This temporary measure will give them, and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before ​our stores officially open - helping them obtain the ​essential ​items they need most in a less crowded environment.

“We continue to encourage all Australians to be mindful of those in our communities who might need extra help at this time. Now - more than ever - we need to be kind to each other, especially to those most vulnerable.

"We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the revised opening hours."

The move follows the announcement last week that Woolworths Supermarkets had begun working with Meals on Wheels in New South Wales, via their network of volunteers, to help deliver toilet paper directly to the elderly in the community.

*Full terms and conditions and any store that might be excluded will be available on the woolworths.com.au website later today (Monday 16th March).