4:30pm, 8th July, 2020
Public Health Order On Individuals Who Were In Victoria
Member clubs are advised of the enactment of the Public Health Order imposing restrictions on individuals who were recently in Victoria.
The Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020 (the Public Health Order) features the following rules:
- An individual (including a NSW resident) who is in NSW, and who was in Victoria in the previous 14 days, must self-isolate for 14 days, unless they have an entry permit exempting them from self-isolation
- An individual (except a NSW resident) cannot enter NSW if the person was in Victoria at any time in the 14 days before entering NSW, unless they have an entry permit exempting them from self-isolation
- A resident of Victoria, who lives in a border community, may apply for an entry permit to travel within the border community, in the ordinary course of their work or daily life
- Residents of Victoria – and other Australian residents who were in Victoria in the previous 14 days – may be granted a permit to enter NSW based on various other reasons, such as if they provide critical services (these include mining, agriculture, construction, energy or manufacturing).
The Public Health Order does not specify the names of the areas which are “border communities”, instead defining the term as follows:
Border community means a community that a reasonable person would consider to be a community located at or near the border.
Service NSW has established a dedicated webpage where people can apply for permits, and which lists the various grounds for permit applications (see here).
The current Public Health Order has applied from midnight on the night of Tuesday 7 July 2020.
Should clubs restrict entry to individuals who were in Victoria?
The Public Health Order does not impose any offences on venues, including clubs, who admit entry to individuals required to self-isolate.
However, ClubsNSW recommends that clubs should have regard to the Public Health Order in their screening processes and COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Clubs may have a duty under work, health and safety legislation to take reasonable steps to restrict entry to patrons who are required to self-isolate under the Public Health Order.
Member clubs may wish to adopt the following processes:
- ask all patrons attempting to enter the club whether they were in Victoria in the previous 14 days and refuse entry to patrons who state they were in Victoria in that period
- if a patron attempting to enter the club presents identification specifying a residential address in Victoria – ask the patron if they were in Victoria in the previous 14 days and refuse entry to patrons who state they were in Victoria in that period
- ask all employees if they were in Victoria in the previous 14 days and ensure employees who state they were in Victoria in that period do not attend work.
Clubs may also wish to display signage stating that individuals who were in Victoria in the previous 14 days must not enter the club.
For more information or any questions, please contact the ClubsNSW Members Enquiries Centre.