COVID-19 Updates - 9th July, 2021

2:25pm, 9th July, 2021

Member clubs are advised that the Australian Banking Association (ABA) has announced that banks will be offering support measures to businesses affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Read more in Circular 21-124.

Member clubs are advised of changes to the check-in requirements in the public health order to commence on Monday, 12 July 2021.

Under the changes, attendees must check into a club using a phone or other device if possible, and may only check in using an alternative system if they are unable to check in using a phone.

This means that clubs cannot request attendees to check in using the webform — or any system linked to the webform — if the attendee is capable of checking in using their phone (e.g. by using the Service NSW QR code).

The changes to the public health order will practically prevent clubs from using systems which integrate their existing sign-in systems with the webform (i.e. collecting a patron’s details from their identification document (ID) and populating the webform with the details). This is because a person capable of checking in using the QR code must be given the opportunity to do so.

Read more in Circular 21-123.

Member clubs are advised that yesterday the Australian Government made two important announcements regarding the COVID-19 Disaster Payment (the Payment).

Firstly, the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer has extended the Sydney hotspot declaration of ‘Greater Sydney’ until 16 July 2021. As confirmed in Circular 21-119, the local government area (LGA) of Shellharbour is also a declared hotspot. Further information on the Government’s declaration can be found here.

The Australian Government has also confirmed that stood-down employees in the seven LGAs of Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick, City of Sydney, Canada Bay, Inner West and Bayside are eligible for a third payment, as detailed at the end of this circular.

Secondly, the liquid asset test for the Payment has been removed. Previously, only staff with less than $10,000 in liquid assets were eligible to access the Payment. For staff claiming for a period from 8 July 2021 this will no longer be the case.

Further information can be found in the media release, here.

All of the other eligibility criteria remains the same and further information can be found on the Services Australia website, here.

Read more in Circular 21-122.

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