Important COVID-19 update for business

The NSW Government understands many businesses continue to face significant challenges from COVID-19. Requirements for reporting COVID-19 cases in the workplace have eased and guidance has been provided to business on what to do if a worker tests positive for COVID-19 in the workplace.

Change of notification requirements  

From 21 January 2022, employers only need to report to SafeWork NSW if a worker is hospitalised or dies as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. Notify SafeWork NSW through the reporting portal. The previous obligation to report all COVID-19 cases contracted in the workplace has been removed through an exemption to the current Public Health Order and SafeWork’s Statement of Regulatory Intent.

The SafeWork NSW Statement recognises work health and safety legislation requirements of businesses to report workplace injuries, but eases these requirements for COVID-19 recognising the reporting burden on businesses given the current number of COVID-19 cases.

How to know if your employee contracted COVID-19 at work

If your employee was exposed to someone in the workplace who has tested positive to COVID-19, it should be assumed they may have caught COVID-19 at work. This may include other employees, customers or visitors who were in the workplace before they developed symptoms or tested positive.

What to do if an employee who tests positive for COVID-19 has been in the workplace

Guidance including business responsibilities, workplace cleaning and when employees are returning to work is available on nsw.gov.au.

Continue to check information and resources for business to stay up to date and take all reasonable measures to manage the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for workers and others in the workplace.

Workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 can leave self-isolation after 7 days if they do not have a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath. They do not need to test before leaving self-isolation in NSW. If they have these symptoms, they should remain in self-isolation until 24 hours after these symptoms have gone.

COVID-19 settings extended to protect community safety 

To take a measured response to managing COVID-19, current restrictions have been extended until Monday 28 February 2022 including:

  • Hospitality venues including pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs must follow the one person per two square meter rule indoors
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings except residences. Masks are strongly encouraged where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others
  • QR code check-ins are compulsory at certain premises including hospitality venues and retail shops
  • Singing and dancing is not permitted in hospitality venues, entertainment facilities, nightclubs, indoor music festivals and indoor major recreation facilities (except for weddings, performers, instructors and students).

People are encouraged to continue to work from home where possible and to reduce mingling.

Booster Vaccination 

Booster vaccines help to maintain a high level of protection against serious illness from COVID-19. People aged 18 years and older can receive their booster dose three months after receiving their second dose of any of the COVID-19 vaccines. If you have had COVID-19 you can get a booster vaccination once you have fully recovered from the virus. For most people this is around 4-6 weeks after infection.

Book your COVID-19 vaccine or your booster dose online 

Thank you for your ongoing support to protect the community and help NSW stay open during this period.

Please contact covid.communications if you need specific content or further information.

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