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COVID Safe business | NSW Government

27 September 2021

The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW says confirmation of the three
phases of reopening for NSW is a positive step that will provide much needed certainty
to business.
The Government has announced rules which will determine what can and can’t happen
as the population reaches 70% and 80% double vaccination rates, as well as when
liberties apply to all residents, irrespective of vaccination status.
“It’s been an uncertain time for many businesses with lots of confusion about which
businesses will be able to open and under what rules,” said Business NSW Regional
Manager, Joe Townsend.
“The release of the Public Health Orders in coming days will reconfirm that the onus will
be on individuals to do the right thing and abide by the rules,” Mr. Townsend said.
“Business owners can’t be expected to also act as security guards, so long as they have
a COVIDSafe plan and appropriate registration in place at their entry, they can get on
with the business of being in business.
“The Premier has confirmed that 11 October is the day we will likely reopen at 70%
double vaccination rate, which we are calling #backtobusiness day, because it will be a
real celebration of being able to visit our favourite businesses again and to celebrate
what we’ve missed over the past few months.
“A number of greater freedoms will come into place at the 80% double vaccination rate,
which on current trends could be as soon as 25 October.
“Businesses will be able to operate under a one person per four square meter rule, with
certain caps in place on numbers, depending on the type of industry and whether
customers are gathering inside our outdoors.
“That day will also see a number of major milestones, include the option of returning to
the office for those who’ve been fully vaccinated.
“It won’t be until 1 December that vaccination status is not a factor – meaning
businesses will be able to operate under a one person per 2 square meter rule, as
opposed to one person per 4 square meters up until then.
“This is an important step for the business recovery, as NSW looks to bounce back as
quickly as possible from the ravages of the pandemic,” Mr. Townsend said.
About Business NSW
Formerly the NSW Business Chamber, Business NSW is the peak policy and advocacy
body which has been representing businesses in NSW since 1826.

Media Contact – Joe Townsend 0429 993 822