NSW's roadmap for October 11 and which premises require you to be double dose vaccinated to enter

Explainer: which premises require you to be vaccinated for employees and patrons. Photo Shutterstock.
Explainer: which premises require you to be vaccinated for employees and patrons. Photo Shutterstock.

The New South Wales Government has released a roadmap out of the pandemic, with a three stage reopening which starts on October 11 and finishes on December 1.

So, what does 'Freedom Day' (Monday, October 11) mean for your business, your employment, or your ability to enter various places?

Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said the business premises that are impacted by today's (Monday, October 11) COVID Roadmap changes are the following (if your business or work is not in the below list then it continues to operate as per normal):

  • Hospitality venues (eg. pubs, registered clubs, cafes, and restaurants)
  • Places of public worship
  • Entertainment facilities (eg. cinema, theatre, concert hall)
  • Public swimming pools
  • Retail premises, but NOT critical retail premises (which are listed further down)
  • Indoor recreation facilities (eg. gyms, bowling alley, squash court)
  • Major recreation facilities (eg. showgrounds, racecourses, motor racing tracks)
  • Hairdressers
  • Beauty, tanning, waxing and nail salons
  • Tattoo and massage parlours
  • Properties operated by the National Trust or Historic House Trust
  • Gaming lounges and betting agencies
  • Auction houses
  • Markets that do not predominantly sell food
  • Information and education facilities

"From today, a person who works at any of the above businesses/business premises must have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine," Mr Bromhead said.

"For customers to enter any of the above businesses/business premises, from today, you must be fully vaccinated.

"You can, however, still access click and collect and takeaways at the above businesses/premises."

For the owners of businesses/business premises in the above list, Mr Bromhead said you must take reasonable steps to prevent unvaccinated people entering your premises.

'Reasonable steps' include placing vaccination requirement posters and information at the entry of premises, alongside Service NSW QR code check-in material, for example.

'Reasonable steps' does not require business owners/staff to ask customers their vaccination status, although you are free to do so, said Mr Bromhead.

The below list of premises are defined as 'critical retail premises' and are not impacted by the changes from Monday, October 11, so no vaccination requirements for staff or customers:

  • Chemists and pharmacies
  • Garden centres and plant nurseries
  • Hardware and building supplies
  • Kiosks
  • Landscaping material supplies
  • Rural supplies
  • Shops that predominantly sell food or drinks (eg. butchers, bakeries, fruit shops and delicatessens, but does not include restaurants or cafes)
  • Shops that predominantly carry out repairs of mobile phones
  • Shops that predominantly sell any of the following in the course of the normal operation of the shop: office supplies, pet supplies, newspapers, magazines or stationery, alcohol, maternity or baby supplies and medical or pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Supermarkets and grocery shops
  • Timber yards
  • Vehicle hire premises but not the premises at which vehicles are sold

"Again, if your business or place of work is not specifically mentioned in the first list then there are no vaccination requirements for staff or customers from tomorrow (Monday, October 11). This means you continue to operate just as did last week," Mr Bromhead said.

To find information for businesses can be found here: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/business/covid-safe-business

To find printable posters and signage: www.nsw.gov.au/.../covid-safe-business/toolkit