The NSW Government has announced the introduction of COVID restrictions for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast, and the Blue Mountains) effective from, 6 May 2021 (enforceable from 5 pm) until 12:01 am Monday, 10 May.

The measures include:

  • Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities, and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking)

It is also strongly recommended the community avoids mingling in large groups over the coming days and is careful not to put our most vulnerable at risk.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the three-day restrictions would help reduce the risk of a super spreading event.

“These measures are proportionate to the risk and will help reduce further cases of community transmission,” Ms. Berejiklian said.

“To allow our health authorities to do their excellent work it is critical the community continues to keep their physical distance, get tested with even the mildest of symptoms and importantly continues to use the Service NSW app to check into venues.”

For more information on the restrictions

https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/covid-19-restrictions-update-6-may

QR Codes and Contact Tracing

Service NSW is NSW Government’s free online contact register app that’s easy to use, safe and contactless.

Whilst the list of businesses required to use the app does not specifically list self-storage facilities you may wish to use this as a precaution in your business.

Click Here for the link to the Service NSW app

Key points to remember

  • Adhere to your facility’s COVID Safe Plan.
  • Everyone must wear a mask when they are on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail.

Can you refuse entry to your facility if a storer is not wearing a mask?

A Facility has an obligation of safety to its staff and storers and is permitted to do what it believes is reasonably required to protect their health and safety. The requirement to wear a face-covering has been made by the NSW Government to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Accordingly, a Facility can legally refuse access to people not wearing face coverings, unless one of the following exemptions applies:

                  • a child under 12.
                  • the person has a physical or mental illness or disability, which makes wearing a face mask unsuitable.
                  • a person with a disability.
                  • a person consuming food, drink, or medicine.

Storers who are refused access do not have grounds to contest the Facility’s decision. A right not to be discriminated against based on not wearing a mask does not exist and a Storer’s refusal to wear a mask does not qualify as an act demonstrating freedom of political communication under the Australian Constitution.

If any Facility owner or member of staff is concerned about their well-being during any discussion with a storer not wearing a mask, they should immediately contact the police.

Remember that these restrictions are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus in New South Wales.