COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update 30 July 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

Restrictions for Greater Sydney

Stay at home orders applying to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas remain in place until at least Saturday 28 August 2021.   

New 10 km restriction for Shopping across Greater Sydney. 5 km restrictions for the 8 x LGAs listed below.

Sydney restrictions Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River local government areas now subject to restrictions particularly around an Authorised Workers Order and COVID Testing.

For more information on current restrictions and COVID-19 testing requirements that apply to the Greater Sydney area, visit: Restrictions for Greater Sydney

Restrictions for all other areas in Regional and Rural NSW

Restrictions for regional and rural NSW are in place until Saturday 28 August 2021.  Please ensure you stay up to date with current COVID-19 restrictions while they are in place.


Everyone is doing a good job but please do not get complacent, maintain your social distancing, hand hygiene and sanitiser and if you feel unwell get tested.

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.
  • Use your site’s QR tracing check in system at 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 when outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • If your site has a thermometer, ensure all who enter are temperature checked.
  • 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. 


  • If you live in the Greater Sydney area you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.
  • The general need to travel should be reconsidered and limited to essential travel only.

Meetings and Activities

  • Meetings need to comply with current NSW restrictions for numbers.
  • The 4 square metre rule still exists for working out the number of people that can fit into a retail store.
  • Conference services where clients are being assisted are exempt to any limitations as long as social distancing is maintained.

Face masks

  • Society personnel across NSW MUST wear face masks while at work.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended for when you cannot physically distance and continues to be mandatory in some circumstances, including some outdoor gatherings.
  • Check here for when to wear a face mask and face mask rules for Greater Sydney.
  • Unless exempt, there is a requirement to wear face masks in all indoor non-residential premises in NSW.

Working from home

  • Staff who can work from home are expected to do so unless it is necessary for them to attend a workplace. Any member of staff who needs to attend a workplace must seek the approval of their manager and their Executive Director.

Public Health Warning and/or Advice

There are recent public health alerts issued.

What you need to know

COVID-19 tests for Greater Sydney workers:

  • If you live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas and you work more than 50km from the area, find out about the rules for COVID-19 tests for Greater Sydney workers and additional testing requirements affecting some workers in the Fairfield and Canterbury-Bankstown local government areas.

Read more about what the rules are in NSW and how to stay safe whether you are working, visiting family and friends, or going out:


Within certain areas of increased activity NSW Health may ask people who live in, or have visited, those areas to get tested if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat. Vinnies have certain restrictions and recommendations also in these areas which will be communicated if Hotspot locations are current. See COVID-19 Hotspot Protocol

Following is a listing only of suburbs where hotspot locations have been identified. 

You will need to check the current list of NSW COVID-19 case locations for details of specific locations. 

If you have been to any of the locations on dates/times indicated, you must follow the instructions from NSW Health for testing and isolation.

COVID-19 Hotspot Suburbs
    Annandale Ashfield
Auburn Bankstown Bass Hill Beaumont Hills
Belfield Bella Vista Bellambi Belmore
  Belrose Berala Blacktown
Bondi Beach Bondi Bonnyrigg  
Brookvale Budgewoi Bundeena  
Burwood Cabramatta Campbelltown Camperdown
Campsie Canley Heights Carnes Hill Castle Hill
  Casula Cecil Hills Charmhaven
Chatswood   Chester Hill  
Chullora   Collaroy Plateau Croydon
    Croydon Park Dapto
Dee Why Double Bay   Eagle Vale
Earlwood Eastern Creek Edensor Park Edmondson Park
Emerton Enfield Engadine Enmore
Erskine Park Fairfield Fairfield Heights Fairfield West
Forest Lodge   Glenfield Gordon
Goulburn Granville Green Valley Greenacre
Greenfield Park Greystanes Guilford Gwynneville
Harris Park Haymarket Homebush Homebush West
Horningsea Park Hornsby Hoxton Park Hurstville
Ingleburn Ingleside   Kellyville
Kings Park Kingsgrove Kingswood Kirrawee
Lake Haven Lakemba Lalor Park Leichhardt
Leppington Lidcombe Lilyfield Liverpool
Long Jetty Lurnea Macquarie Fields Macquarie Park
  Manly Vale Marrickville Marsden Park
Marulan Mascot Merrylands Miller
Milperra Minchinbury Miranda Mittagong
Moore Park Mosman Mount Annan Mt Druitt
  Narellan Narrabeen  
North Curl Curl North Parramatta North Strathfield  
  Old Toongabbie Orange Padstow
Parramatta Pemulwuy Pendle Hill Penrith
Petersham Pheasants Nest Plumpton Potts Point
Prestons Prospect Punchbowl Pyrmont
Raglan Revesby Riverwood Rooty Hill
    Rosebery Roselands
Rosemeadow San Remo Seven Hills Silverwater
Smithfield South Bowenfels South Windsor Spring Farm
St Leonards St Marys   Strathfield
Summer Hill Sydney Sydney Olympic Park  
Tahmoor Terry Hills The Ponds  
  Toongabbie Toukley Tregear
Tuggerah Ultimo Villawood Wallsend
Warriewood Warwick Farm Wentworth Point Wentworthville
West Hoxton      
  Westmead Wetherill Park Winston Hills
Wolli Creek Wollongong Woolloomooloo Zetland


See what bus journeys have been affected – Bus Journeys

See what train journeys have been affected – Train Journeys

See what light rail journeys have been affected – Light Rail

Flights with confirmed COVID-19 cases 

There are currently no flights associated with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.

NSW – intrastate travel 

If you live in regional and rural areas, you must not enter:

  • Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas, unless you have a reasonable excuse. 

Interstate & Domestic Travel Arrangements

COVID-19 case locations have been confirmed in other Australian States and Territories.

For the latest detailed information regarding interstate travel and border closures you are advised to visit the website for relevant State or Territory.

Travellers from interstate

Under the public health order, if a concerns notice is issued identifying an affected area or place of high concern, certain rules and restrictions for interstate travellers guidelines will apply if you are entering or have entered NSW.

1. Conference Opening Protocols and Toolkit   

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

2. 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.

3.  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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