2:00pm, 3rd October, 2021
The NSW Government has released further information on the trading requirements which will apply from 11 October.
The public health order confirming these details has not yet been released and the details are therefore subject to change.
One dose for staff in regional areas
From 11 October, staff in regional areas (excluding Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast) can work if they can prove that they have had one dose of the vaccine and have a booking for a second dose. Club staff in all other areas need to be fully vaccinated — or medically exempt — to work.
Reasonable measures to check vaccination compliance
Businesses, including clubs, will be required to take “reasonable measures” to ensure people entering the premises comply with vaccination requirements. These measures include having prominent signs stating vaccination requirements, using the Service NSW QR codes, requiring staff to check vaccination status upon entry and only accepting valid forms of evidence of vaccination.
ClubsNSW is engaging with Services Australia on recommended methods to verify vaccination status. Circular 21-196 sets out some of the valid forms of evidence and suggests communications for clubs to send their members..
Penalties for individuals
If a person breaches the vaccination requirements and enters a venue (e.g. by using fraudulent vaccine evidence), the person may be issued an on-the-spot fine of $1,000. Businesses will only be penalised if they do not take reasonable measures to administer the vaccination requirements.
Group booking limits
There is a 20-person group booking limit state-wide from 11 October, and no group booking limit from the 80 per cent milestone.
Children under 16
Children under 16 years of age will only be permitted in a hospitality venue if accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household.
For more information or any questions, please contact the ClubsNSW Members Enquiries Centre.