Rules and guidelines for dealing with COVID-19 have been updated. See what this means for your business or service.
The COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) has been removed. Self-isolation if you have COVID-19 and wearing a mask in healthcare settings remain.
The rules affecting businesses and workplaces are:
Other COVID-19 prevention measures that have been removed are:
While these measures have been removed it is important that you and your employees continue to take steps to avoid infection or infecting others. This includes:
Face masks are just one of the tools that have played an important part in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.
While it is no longer a requirement to wear face masks, other than when visiting healthcare facilities including pharmacies, primary care, urgent care, hospitals (including on-site cafés and florists), aged residential care and disability-related residential care, it is recommended.
It is also recommended that you continue to use face masks in crowded indoor settings as a way of protecting yourself and others from infection.
Masks are not required to be worn when visiting a counselling, mental health or addiction setting.
Although businesses are not required to ensure people wear face masks, they may encourage it or make it a condition of entry to keep their staff and customers safe.
If this is your business’ policy, we recommend that you train your staff so they understand your policy and can communicate it to customers.
Good ventilation provides another layer of protection for you, your customers and your business. The more layers of protection you have – such as staying home if you’re feeling sick, getting vaccinated, wearing a mask and having healthy habits, the harder it will be for infections to spread.
Things you can do: