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COVID-19 UPDATE: Extended lockdown for VIC and NSW, extended restrictions for QLD

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With more than half of the country now in lockdown, we want to assure our clients we remain open for business and continue to provide our usual legal services to our clients during these challenging times.

Queensland

It has been announced that from 6am AEST Friday 23 July to 6am AEST Friday 30 July

  • Face mask restrictions continue to apply to South East Queensland. 
  • Restrictions have eased for Townsville, Magnetic Island and Palm Island, and restrictions for these areas will now be the same as for the rest of Queensland.
  • Restrictions for South East Queensland will continue for a further 7 days.
  • In indoor settings, a one person per 2 square metres rule applies, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
  • Stadiums with a capacity of 20,000 people or more will be required to reduce capacity to 75 per cent and spectators attending stadiums must wear masks at all times, except when eating or drinking.
  • Private indoor gatherings are limited to 100 people.
  • Indoor wedding ceremonies and funerals allow for 1 person per 2 square metres, or 200 people, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater).

From 1am Friday 23 July 2021, the New South Wales border zone has been reinstated with all of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria declared hotspots. You must complete a declaration to enter Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand that is not a declared COVID-19 hotspot.

Queensland has two types of declarations, a Queensland Travel Declaration and a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

The border zone will not include Coffs Harbour as there are some risks associated with this area.

Click here to read Queensland Health’s latest Border Restrictions Direction (No. 28)

The border declaration pass is valid for 14 days and you are required to have this pass even if you are crossing border as part of your usual travel (e.g. if you are travelling to the Coolangatta airport via the M1 and pass through the tunnel and cross the border to come back into QLD).

Queensland has a travel category system that allows areas across Australia and New Zealand to be categorized as green, orange, red or blue which determines the area’s risk level.

Our Queensland offices remain open during this time. You can make an appointment to see your lawyer at either our Robina Town Centre, Coolangatta or Brisbane offices. To arrange an appointment at any time please call 1800 621 071 or jump on our website and book your appointment instantly using our live booking app.

For those of you in the NSW border bubble, you are able to cross the border for an appointment for a legal matter, but we have our fully staffed Kingscliff office available for those of you who do not wish to run the border checkpoint gauntlet. 

Victoria

On Thursday 15th July, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Victoria would go into a snap 5-day lockdown from midnight, until Tuesday 20 July. On Tuesday 20 July, due to the level of community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria, the lockdown was extended for at least another 7 days and travel to Victoria using Red Zone Permits was temporarily paused.

This comes after two separate cluster outbreaks have occurred. There are more than 120 exposure sites now listed, with the MCG being listed as a Tier 1 site after a person who has now tested positive to COVID-19 attended the rugby international between Australia and France at AAMI Park on July 13.

As we cannot currently visit our Melbourne office, we continue to offer telephone and video conference calls to all our clients in Victoria. To arrange an appointment at any time please call 1800 621 071 or jump on our website and book your appointment instantly using our live booking app.

New South Wales

The number of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales continues to rise in the community with the state expected to face even tougher lockdown restrictions. The stay-at-home order is currently in place until Friday 30 July. It is expected the lockdown will be extended beyond this time. 

The stay at home restrictions in NSW currently apply to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and Shellharbour.

Anyone in the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs must not leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged care and disability workers) who will be required to be tested every three days.

Anyone in the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGAs must also follow stay-at-home orders until 12.01am 28 July 2021. The stay-at-home rules also apply to anyone who visited Greater Sydney on or after Monday 21 July 2021, and anyone who visited the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas on or after Saturday 17 July 2021.

People in Regional NSW and urged to not travel to Greater Sydney areas during this time.

The rules around face masks in Regional NSW are:

  • Wear a mask when using public transport
  • Wear a mask when you are travelling in a vehicle with a person you do not live with.
  • Wear a mask in Greater Sydney residential building common areas
  • Wear a mask in non-residential indoor areas
  • Wear a mask in airports and on commercial domestic flights
  • Carry as mask with you at all times if you are in the local government areas of Greater Sydney, Blayney, Cabonne and Orange.

The rules around face masks in Greater Sydney are to wear a mask:

  • In all indoor areas of non-residential premises
  • At certain outdoor gatherings
  • On public transport
  • In a major recreation facility, such as a stadium
  • If you are working in a hospitality venue
  • In indoor areas of construction sites, except when an exemption applies as when
    • Wearing a face mask creates a safety issue; or
    • There is a worksite emergency.
  • For the latest contact tracing information in New South Wales, click here.

As we cannot currently visit our Sydney office, we continue to offer telephone and video conference calls to all our clients in New South Wales. For clients in Northern New South Wales, our staff continue to operate out of our Kingscliff office, and you can arrange a face-to-face appointment with your lawyer at Level 2, Suite 24, Kingscliff Professional Centre, 42 Pearl St, Kingscliff. To arrange an appointment at any time please call 1800 621 071 or jump on our website and book your appointment instantly using our live booking app.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are here to help

We understand that this lockdown is frustrating and disruptive for many people. We are here to support you in any way that we can and to maintain our consistent service offering so that your legal matters can continue to be resolved as quickly as possible.

We continue to offer phone, Skype, or FaceTime appointments to clients as an initial form of communication. Subsequent meetings requiring document signing are conducted following all health protocols in our spacious meeting rooms which are meticulously cleaned and sanitized after every meeting.

If you need any support or legal advice, please don’t hesitate to reach out and phone our 24/7 phone line on 1800 621 071 at any time, or email info@attwoodmarshall.com.au

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