COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update Week Commencing 23 December 2021


For advice contact Darren Stevenson – COVID-19 Response and Recovery Coordinator or updates after hours or weekends please visit the NSW COVID-19 website at or the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080.

COVIDSafe Guidance advice

The latest COVIDSafe Guidance advice are based on new Protocols for Hotspots, Vulnerable Personnel and Face to Face Activities.

CSG01 – Respiratory Masks 

CSG02 – COVID Incident Reporting

CSG03 – COVID-19 Travel at Work

CSG04 – COVID-19 Procurement

CSG05 – COVID-19 QR Tracing

CSG06 – COVID-19 Face-to-Face Activities Protocols

CSG07 – COVID-19 Hotspot Protocols

CSG08 – COVID-19 Vulnerable Personnel Protocols

Infection Control Policy (Vinnies Services)

COVID-19 Travel Protocol

Changes to Restrictions

Today the NSW Government has announced the following changes to restrictions that will apply to everyone in NSW.  Please be aware of the following:

  • From 12:01am Friday 24 December 2021 (tonight) face masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices (unless eating or drinking).
  • From 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021 hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will move to 1 person per 2 sqm rule indoors, with no density limit for outdoor settings.
  • From 12:01am Monday 27 December 2021 QR code check-ins will be compulsory, including for hospitality and retail.

All settings will remain in place until Wednesday 27 January 2022.

Further to these measures, the NSW Government is asking people to reduce mingling where they can including when eating and drinking, to work from home where possible and to hold events outside.

Please see here for more on the stay safe rules that apply to all people living in NSW.

Testing for Covid-19

The NSW Government is asking people to follow advice received in message notifications to monitor for symptoms.  To support this, Rapid Antigen Test kits will be made available for free to people in NSW as an additional option so that those who need to attend for a PCR (swab) test can do so without delays.

Extending QR check in requirements will assist with notifications to remind people to attend for a PCR test for COVID-19 if they feel unwell. They should also attend for a PCR test if directed by NSW Health or if they have symptoms.

Vinnies COVID Safe Controls
  • Do not come to work if you are unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested immediately and isolate until you get your result.
  • Check in using your site’s QR code, at your work and for other sites you visit.
  • Practice strict hygiene protocols to regularly use hand sanitiser, wash hands, and wipe over high touch points and your workspace. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Wear a face mask as required, including where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Maintain stocks of PPE available to order though the Society’s PPE hubs

Ensure physical distancing is always maintained, keeping 1.5 meters away from others.

Contact for Advice

For advice after hours or on weekends, please check NSW Government and National resource helplines.

Vinnies COVID-19 Resources

Resources to assist with managing a COVIDSafe workplace:

NSW Government Resources

National Resources

  • National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080

1. Covid Safe Guidelines for Conferences

2. Conference Opening Protocols and Toolkit   

Regional Presidents have been given the authority to prioritise the inspection and opening of sites using the toolkit provided.

3. Assisting people during the pandemic – 3 July

03/07/20  This document has been prepared to give members, staff and volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW an overview of the supports and assistance available to the people we assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4.  Member Nomination Form – Online Support Model

We seek the assistance of Members who may wish to support the online client support model either as part of the client assistance team or client assessment team (including EAPA assessment).  In addition, Members may wish to participate in testing the online system to ensure it is fit for purpose.

4. COVIDSafe preparation for Retail Stores and Conferences

Conference COVIDSafe Video

Retail Store COVIDSafe Video

5. Vinnies Shops Re-Opening

We have begun the process of re-opening our Vinnies shops across NSW. Check out your local shops here.

6. Active Clothing Bins for Donation Drop-Off


7.  COVID-19 Infection Control Advice for Conferences

20/04  Conference Food Assistance – COVID19 Infection control guideline


8. Advice on Household Energy Usage During the Pandemic

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