COVID-19 Update for the Community

Latest Information Updated: 19 July 2021

Please use the COVID menu at the top of the page to navigate to additional information and resources.

NSW Health Update, 19 July 2021:

Two new NSW Health vaccination centres have opened their doors this morning, boosting the NSW Government’s contribution to the Federal Government’s vaccine rollout.

The growing number of NSW Health sites complements the GP Network, which has and will continue to deliver the majority of COVID-19 vaccines across NSW.

The mass vaccination centre in Belmont, Lake Macquarie, which has been transformed from an old Bunnings Warehouse into a vaccine centre in six weeks, began administering jabs this morning.

The centre will have capacity to administer up to 20,000 Pfizer vaccinations each week and will employ around 100 nurses, 25 pharmacists/pharmacy technicians, and around 200 other support staff.

The new vaccination clinic on Pitt Street in the Sydney CBD also began administering vaccines this morning, and has capacity to administer up to 7,000 Pfizer vaccinations each week.

Mass vaccination centres at Macquarie Fields in Sydney’s south-west and Wollongong are set to open in the coming weeks.

To check your eligibility and book an appointment use the  vaccine eligibility checker: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

NSW Health Update, 17 July 2021:

Given the number of infectious cases in the community, the following changes have been announced to further limit the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain.

On the basis of updated health advice, the following changes come into effect across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, 30 July:

From 11.59pm on Saturday, 17 July:

  • Retail premises will be required to close (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open:
    • Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers);
    • Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;
    • Pharmacies and chemists;
    • Petrol stations;
    • Car hire;
    • Banks and financial institutions;
    • Hardware, nurseries and building supplies;
    • Agricultural and rural supplies;
    • Pet supplies;
    • Post offices and newsagents; and
    • Office supplies.
  • In addition to the stay-at-home rules, residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs cannot leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers). Where those workers do need to leave their LGA for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms;
  • Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee and food; and
  • All carpooling to be stopped unless among members of the same household.

From 12.01am on Monday, 19 July:

  • All construction to be paused; and
  • Non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services, and repair work on residential premises to be paused.

From 12.01am on Wednesday, 21 July:

  • Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.

All other restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place.

NSW Health Update, 14 July 2021:

Stay at home order EXTENDED

Given the ongoing number of infectious cases in the community, the current lockdown will be extended for at least another two weeks until 11:59pm on Friday, 30 July.

We are constantly reviewing the health advice and will continue to update the community if any changes are required.

This means the restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place until this time.

In these areas, online learning for students will also continue for an additional two weeks.

We understand this is a difficult time for the community and appreciate their ongoing patience.

It is vital people continue to come forward for testing to help us find any COVID-19 cases in the community.

Restrictions in regional NSW remain unchanged.

NSW Health Update, 9 July 2021:

COVID-19 restrictions tightened across Greater Sydney

Given the growing number of infectious cases in the community and unlinked cases of community transmission, COVID-19 restrictions will be tightened across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

From 5pm today (Friday, 9 July) the following additional restrictions will be in place:

  • Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
  • Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday, 11 July).

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
  • Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Restrictions in regional NSW will remain unchanged.

———————-

This information has been provided by NSW Health to the Jewish Board of Deputies. A number of new COVID-19 cases have recently been identified among older members of the community.

We encourage family members and neighbours to support older people around them to get tested promptly and to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

———————-

Exemption under Public Health Orders – Places of Worship – singing and chanting

The Minister for Health has approved an exemption under the Public Health Orders relating to singing and chanting in places of worship.

Please find the exemption instrument attached. It can also be found here.

The exemption means that:

In Greater Sydney:

  • Two singers are permitted to sing or chant at a place of public worship.
  • These singers must be in a room or designated area of the place of public worship.
  • There can only be two other persons (eg. musician or camera operator) in the room or designated area with the two singers while they are singing.
  • While they are singing, the two singers must be 3 metres away from anyone else at the place of public worship.
  • These singers are not required to wear a face mask while they are singing or chanting only, but must at all other times while they are at the place of public worship.

Places of worship outside of Greater Sydney:

  • The following people are permitted to sing or chant while at a place of public worship:
    • An individual who is integral to the conduct of the religious service, or
    • A group of up to 5 singers at one time during a single service.
  • These people must wear a mask while singing and while at the place of public worship.
  • They must maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from each other and at least 3 metres from the congregation.

Please note that all other requirements of the Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 continue to apply, and places of public worship in Greater Sydney must still be closed to members of the public except for:

  • a funeral or memorial service, or a gathering following a funeral or memorial service, at which there are no more than 100 persons, including the person conducting the service, or
  • providing educational services or childcare.

———————-

COVID testing
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District asks that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been to a venue of concern to promptly seek testing and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Information is being updated regularly so find the latest locations of concern at:

Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

There are multiple testing locations available in the eastern and southern suburbs including drive-through options. Find your closest testing clinic at:

COVID-19 testing clinics | NSW Government

People with mobility issues including older people are prioritised at testing clinics so you will not have to stand in a queue for a long time.
Vaccination

Please get vaccinated as soon as you can and help other family members who need support to get vaccinated. Speak to your GP if you are unsure about your options to be vaccinated against COVID-19.