Last updated 20/10/2022

Masks for optometrists and staffMasks for patients over 12Mandatory VaccinationMandatory Isolation for COVID +ve Optoms & Staff
No but strongly encouragedNo but strongly encouragedEmployer to decide based on risk assessment.No, but 7 days recommended

Update 27-06-22

Expiration of NSW’s Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2022 .

The Chief Allied Health Officer in NSW has confirmed:

  • The Order expired on the 19 June 2022 and was not remade, so the requirements for stage 2 healthcare workers (which includes all allied health professionals) to have at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are no longer in force. This is because requirements for COVID-19 vaccination of health care workers are transitioning from Public Health Orders to a workplace health and safety risk assessment model. Under this model, employers will conduct their own risk assessments and consider vaccination requirements for their workplaces.

Update 20-04-2022

IMPORTANT: Update to NSW Covid rules

From 6pm on Friday 22 April, close contacts of Covid positive cases will not have to isolate, as long as they have no symptoms and provided they comply with the following NSW Health guidelines:

  • do not visit aged care, hospitals, disability, and correctional facilities unless a special exemption applies
  • wear a face mask in indoor settings outside the home
  • undertake daily rapid antigen tests before coming into close contact with people outside their household, where practicable
  • avoid contact with elderly and immunocompromised persons where possible
  • work from home where practical
  • notify their employer/educational facility that they are a close contact, and that they are not required to isolate as long as they comply with the above.

Positive cases still need to self-isolate for 7 days. For more info: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20220420_01.aspx .

Public health orders mandating vaccinations in key workplaces (including optometry) will be lifted – vaccine requirements are to be based on risk assessments under occupational work health and safety, in line with other jurisdictions.

Update 23-02-2022

Optometrists & support staff are essential workers in NSW. If you are a close contact of a Covid case you can continue to work if you have a negative RAT & are asymptomatic.

Update 24-02-2022

* From Feb 25 2022, masks remain mandatory for allied health practitioners working in hospitals, aged care, disability and correctional facilities. In private practice while not mandatory, mask use should still be considered to reduce infection risk and minimise potential furlough time.

Update 18-02-2022

Effective immediately:

  • QR codes are no longer required in retail (including optometry)
  • Indoor density limits are scrapped
  • Mask wearing requirements indoors will remain until 25th Feb, when they will be scrapped except on public transport, airports & aged care.
  • Working from home is now completely up to the employer – no obligation to offer it.

Update 18-01-2022

  • A vaccination exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order (No 3) 2021Under the exemption, a Stage 2 health care worker (defined on page 9) (link)  is exempt from the vaccination obligations in the Order, but only to the extent that they:
  • provide health services with no physical contact with members of the community being provided with the service; and
  • provide that health service entirely from a place where there are no patients, clients and others accessing the health care onsite the premises.

Update 30-12-2021

A new definition of a Covid-19 close contact comes into effect from midnight tonight (Thurs).

Under the new definition only a person who is living with a confirmed Covid-19 positive case or sharing an accommodation setting for more than four hours with an infected person is considered a close contact.

A Covid-19 infected person will be required to isolate for seven days and have a negative rapid antigen test on day six before leaving quarantine.

But a symptomatic close contact will be required to undergo a PCR test.

An asymptomatic close contact will be required to have a rapid antigen test and if positive have a separate PCR test to confirm the result.

For optometry practices this means that you can no longer be a ‘close contact’ from a patient or work colleague. In these settings you can only be a casual contact, meaning you need to monitor for symptoms and use a rapid antigen test if any symptoms emerge.

Update 17-12-2021

From 31/1/22, All staff (professional and support) in optometry practices must have received two doses of COVID vaccine. This requirement previously only applied to public health settings but will now apply to the private sector as well. More info at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20211216_01.aspx

Update 14-12-2021

The following changes come into effect from 12:01 am (Wed) 15 Dec 2021

Retail reopens to all regardless of vax status.

Masks no longer required in retail or clinical spaces.

QR Codes not required in retail (including optometry).

Update 17-11-2021

VERY IMPORTANT

We have just received an updated advice from the Covid-19 Policy Co-Ordination Unit within NSW Treasury. This is the unit which is working with the various industry bodies on the rules as they apply to the various sectors.

They have just now advised that with NSW reaching the 90% vaccination mark, a number of significant changes will apply IMMEDIATELY to all optometry practices in NSW. Those changes are (this is a cut-and-paste from the email received from the Policy Co-Ordination Unit):

We can confirm that in accordance with the updated Public Health Order, your understanding is correct for the first two statements you made: 

  1. Optometry practices may provide routine eye care for all patients, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, without needing to discern between the two
  2. Optometry practices may permit unvaccinated patients/customers to browse the general retail area of the practice without limitation. This means that they do not need to check the vax status of anyone entering the practice.

 In relation to (the requirement for optometrists to be vaccinated in order to work) we would expect most private practice optometrists would not be covered by (the order which relates to public health facilities) and are not required to be vaccinated.
** Note from Andrew: this will also apply to front of house staff – there is no longer any requirement for front-of-house to be vaccinated in order to work.

These changes take effect immediately – but remember that the density limit of 1 person/2 sq metres still applies inside all practices. 

Note however that this does NOT change the right of the practice owner to decide whether or not they wish to accept unvaccinated patients or to insist that staff are vaccinated. It simply means that there is no government compulsion to accept or reject patients or staff on the basis of their vaccination status.

So in essence, (remembering that you still are able to choose if you want this to happen or not) it is now quite OK to:
* See unvaccinated or vaccinated patients without limitation
* Not check the vaccination status of anyone who enters the practice
* Permit anyone who visits the practice to browse as normal
* Permit unvaccinated staff (both professional and front of house) to work

Update 2-11-2021

Current limitations on unvaccinated patients and staff to remain in place until 15 Dec or 95% fully vaccinated.  Density requirements to change from 1 person per 4m2 to 2m2 from 8 Nov

Update 12-10-2021

COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccine*

If a business wants to continue to operate under the ‘old rules’ (seeing only essential patients and not open for general retail), then staff are not required to be vaccinated.

Update 07-10-2021

The NSW Government has announced major changes to Covid restrictions in line with the community achieving 70% & 80% vaccination targets. They begin to take effect from next Monday 11 October, with further changes coming at 80% vaxxed and then from 1 December. This email deals mainly with what happens from next Monday.
The changes are voluminous and are contained in a number of documents which are linked below.

In order to try and make the changes digestible, we have sorted them into 5 categories in line with government announcements and guidelines. For each category, we’ll give you:

  • the big headline changes and then provide you with 2 further links –
    • one to a summary which we have prepared which gives further details,
    • then another link to the official government publication which gives you the full text of what we know at the present time.

Remember – the information below is for the changes which take effect from Monday 11 October. Other changes will take effect when we reach 80% double-vaxxed. Details of these changes are in the documents attached (not shown in the highlights below).

Signage – if you are looking for posters to promote QR check-in, distancing rules etc, click here

Document 1 – Clinical Practice Summary –  ONSW/ACT summary
**No government information release – this is a summary of several documents**
Highlights from 11 October

  • Greater Sydney inc Blue Mts, Wgong, Shellharbour, Cent Coast – ALL staff must be double-vaxxed or medically exempt.
    NB. “Medically exempt” means you have an exemption in writing from a registered medical practitioner – a Statutory Declaration is NOT regarded as a “medical exemption”
  • Other regional areas – staff must have had 1 dose vax, 2nd dose by 1 Nov unless medically exempt
  • Everyone entering the practice must check in with QR codes
  • The vaccination status of anyone entering the practice must be checked
  • Patients who are double-vaxxed can shop as normal, inc browsing
  • Unvaxxed patients can only attend for essential care and essential, related shopping
  • Masks must be worn at all times, unless necessary to remove them during an exam
  • Limit 1 person/4 sq m in the practice (staff not inc in count)

Document 2 – Tabular Summary, Main Changes – click here for ONSW/ACT summary
Click here for full government information release
Highlights from 11 October

  • Max 10 people at home, outdoor gatherings up to 30 people
  • Gyms, indoor pools reopen with limits
  • Schools reopen 18 Oct for Kindy, Yr 1 & Yr 12; 25 Oct all other students
  • All retail, personal services & hospitality reopens with density limits
  • Major venues, cinemas, etc reopen with density limits
  • Weddings & funerals up to 100 people
  • Travel permitted within areas – Greater Sydney within that area, regional residents within the regions. Cross-over between Sydney & regions NOT permitted (this changes at 80%)

Document 3 – Contact Tracing & Isolation Summary – click here for ONSW/ACT summary
Click here for full government information release
Highlights from 11 October

  • Fully vaxxed people need only isolate for 7 days if they are a close contact of a confirmed Covid case
  • Unvaccinated people still require 14 days isolation

Document 4 – Proof of Vaccination Summary – click here for ONSW/ACT summary
Click here for full government information release
Highlights from 11 October

  • Anyone over the age of 16 will need to be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption in order to enter most retail premises, attend events, engage in sporting and cultural activities etc.
  • Forms of proof include digital certificates or printed certificates
  • Details on how to get certificates provided in summaries

Document 5 – Vaccination Compliance & Obligations for Business Summary – click here for ONSW/ACT summary
Click for full government information release – Part 1 and Part 2
Highlights from 11 October

  • Anyone entering businesses must be double vaxxed or medically exempt. There are partial exemptions for unvaccinated people to access essential care & supplies (which includes necessary clinical services)
  • Can staff be directed to be vaccinated?
    This question is irrelevant until at least 1 December, as current health orders mandate staff be vaccinated or medically exempt if they wish to work. We will provide advice on this (very hot) topic closer to 1 December. We expect several court challenges to have been resolved by then, which will give us clear guidance.
  • At present, ALL staff must be vaccinated or medically exempt in order to work from Monday 11 October, in line with current NSW Public Health Orders

Document 6 – JobSaver Changes – click here for full government information release
This document is not summarised, as it is very self-explanatory. Click link to read the full release.

Document 7 – Contact Risk Assessment Changes – click here for full government information release
This document is not summarised, as it is very self-explanatory. Click link to read the full release.

Update 09-09-2021

Stay-at-Home (lockdown) orders will remain in place in the following LGAs:

Bathurst, Bega, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cabonne, Central Coast, Central Darling, Cessnock, Dubbo, Dungog, Eurobodalla, Forbes, Gilgandra, Goulburn, Mulwarre, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Mid-Western, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Narromine, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Upper Hunter, Walgett, Wingecarribee

If you are in an area of regional NSW which is NOT listed above then you will come out of lockdown on Saturday morning. Note that there is NO change to current lockdown arrangements across Greater Sydney.

The following freedoms will be available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have lifted:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces:

  • Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Schools:

  • Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel:

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.

Masks:

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors

Update 02-09-2021

Government Financial Assistance

Update 30-08-2021

The NSW Government has altered its requirements for workers who are employed outside an area of concern, removing the need for Rapid Antigen Testing to be made available (and paid for) by employers.

The key changes are:
• In order to work outside their area of concern, authorised workers must now have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday 6 September, instead of Monday 30 August.
• Authorised workers under the age of 16 years will be exempt from the requirement to be vaccinated.
• A relevant care worker 16 years and over whose place of residence or place of work is in an area of concern must also have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday 6 September in order to attend work. This includes those who work in an early education and care facility or who provide disability support services.
• Rapid antigen testing will no longer be an alternative to vaccination.
• Authorised worker permits are now mandatory in areas of concern.
Community, childcare, disability workers who live and work in LGAs of concern now have access to priority Pfizer vaccination appointments. To find out more click here. In line with the amended public health order, if an authorised worker is not vaccinated or does not have a medical contraindication form, they will not be able to work outside their LGA.

Update 27-08-2021

A note on triaging patients as the lockdown continues:

In July 2021 the NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant wrote to allied health practitioners requesting that they help the Government’s efforts in constraining infection rates by “only providing face to face services for patients whose health is likely to deteriorate if they don’t receive care”.

As the state’s extended lockdown continues, there will be a shift  from just managing patients with acute ocular conditions to also including those with chronic ocular diseases (such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma), as well as conditions requiring close monitoring (such as progressive myopia and binocular vision impairment in children, keratoconus and severe dry eye) who now meet this criteria if care or review is delayed further.

Whilst it is important to adhere to the intent of restrictions in minimising movement and saving lives while vaccination uptake continues, we also need to continue to look after the visual welfare of the community. Optometry NSW/ACT recommends using your professional discretion, in triaging and recalling patients during this time. Be conservative! All routine eye examinations should be postponed until restrictions ease. Until then, phone or video discussions should be used where possible to minimise face to face contact.

And a reminder that permits for workers going into or out of hotspots start at 12:01am tomorrow.

Please click this link to access the authorised worker travel permit through Service NSW. This is required for allied health professionals who live in an LGA of concern and need to travel outside their LGA for work, or need to travel into an LGA of concern for work.

Allied Health professionals, as authorised workers, may also be asked to provide evidence of their vaccinations. Services Australia website.

Update 20-08-2021

Mandatory Vaccination of NSW Health Workers:

The Chief Allied Health Officer has advised that he does not believe this rule applies to private practitioners unless they are entering a NSW health facility to provide in reach services, but he will provide an update to OA when there is further clarity.

Major Changes to Covid rules in Greater Sydney and NSW
Very important note for authorised workers who live in hotspot LGAs – see 4 below

  1. Greater Sydney lockdown extended to the end of September.
    NOTE – Shellharbour & Central Coast will be removed from the “Greater Sydney” region from 12.01am Monday 23/8
  2. From 12.01am tomorrow morning (Sat 21/8) – travel to regional NSW will require a permit (which will inc Shellharbour & the Central Coast). We will advise when Service NSW has permit applications open, however the Police Commissioner has said authorised workers can travel even if the permit system is inoperable (which it currently is). Police have advised that they will verify claims of work-related travel with the employer.You will only be able to travel under these circumstances:
    * anyone from Greater Sydney who needs to travel more than 50km from Greater Sydney for work purposes
    (noting the existing requirement for “authorised workers” from hotspot LGAs to have had a COVID test in the previous seven days – and you must carry proof of the test, but don’t have to wait for the result).
    * people travelling to a second home outside Greater Sydney. This is now only allowed if you are using the home for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs (if so, only one person may travel there)
    * people inspecting a potential new residence, but only if they have a genuine intention to relocate as soon as practicable (no investment properties)
    * people who are permanently relocating
    * For the purposes of this public health order and permit, Greater Sydney will no longer include Shellharbour and the Central Coast. People travelling to Shellharbour and the Central Coast for the above reasons will require a permit to do so.
  3. From 12.01am Monday morning 23/8:
    * For hotspot LGAs, a curfew of 9pm-5am will be enforced. You can only leave home during these times for authorised work or emergency. Anyone moving through a hotspot LGA during these times can expect to be stopped by police and questioned. If you are working say a Thursday night and will be home after 9pm we’d strongly recommend that you get a letter from your employer stating that fact. For all of NSW (but not the ACT) – masks must be worn at all times when outdoors unless exercising.
    Note – for regional NSW this requirement will expire on 28 August unless the lockdown in those areas is extended. 
  4. From 12.01am Saturday 28 Aug: 
    * Any workers moving into or out of a hotspot LGA must have a permit. We’ll let you know as soon as permit applications become live on the Service NSW website.
    Authorised workers who work outside their residential hotspot LGA are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work-site or they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August. 
    * From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs will no longer have to have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.

That is all the information currently available. If you would like to read the Premier’s media release click here.

We will keep you updated as matters develop, especially around the availability of permit applications – yes, they are very, very late in getting these things ready.

Any queries please call 9712 2199 or email sarah@oaansw.com.au orandrew@oaansw.com.au – we’ll be available to you 7 days a week and will call back if we don’t get to your call immediately (it can be pretty frantic at times).

Update 19-08-2021

Regional NSW lockdown extended until at least 28 August.  Regional travel permit system due to start this Saturday but details are not yet available on Service NSW website. Anyone aged between 16 and 39 who lives in a Sydney hotspot LGA can now receive a Pfizer vaccination.

Update 16-08-2021

Any allied health professionals who are deemed essential workers will have to have proof of at least one COVID vaccine shot before they can cross the border from NSW into QLD as of Friday this week.

Update 14-08-21

All areas of NSW not already affected by lockdown will enter a 7 day lockdown from 5pm 14-08-21. Optometrists and support staff can work, but time critical care only.

Penalties for health order breaches now up to $5000. From Saturday 21/08/21 permit will be required to enter regional NSW from Greater Sydney.  Obtain permit from Service NSW website.

Update 12-08-2021

Hunter region lockdown extended by 7 days to 20 Aug.

In Sydney, LGA’s of Bayside, Strathfield and Burwood to enter ‘hotspot’ restrictions from 5pm today.  This means residents can’t go more than 5km from home, can’t leave their LGA for work unless they are an authorised worker (includes optoms and support staff)  and must wear face masks at all times when out of the home.  (Includes optoms when in practice). 3 day testing not required.

Update 11-08-2021

Western NSW LGA’s of Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren to enter 7 day lockdown from 7pm 11-8-21. Optometrists and support staff can work, but time critical care only.

Dubbo LGA to enter 7 day lockdown from 1pm 11-8-21. Optometrists and support staff can work, but time critical care only

Update 10-08-2021

LGA’s of Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Ballina will be locked down until 12:01 Tuesday 17 August. Optometrists and support staff can work, but time critical care only.

Update 09-08-2021

Tamworth LGA to enter 7 day lockdown from 5pm 9-8-21. Optometrists and support staff can work, but time critical care only.

Update 07-08-2021

Armidale LGA to enter 7 day lockdown from 5pm 7-8-21. Optometrists and support staff can work, but time critical care only.

Update 08-08-2021

New ‘hotspot’ restrictions for Penrith area from 5pm 8-8-21.  Only authorised workers allowed to leave, masks must be worn outside. Refer to your member email for more information.

Update 06-08-2021

From midnight last night, anyone who is seeking to travel from Greater Sydney OR 14 regional LGAs (including residents of the ACT) cannot enter the ACT without an exemption.

The affected LGAs are (plus all LGAs in Greater Sydney):

Armidale Regional CouncilCessnock City CouncilCoffs Harbour City Council
Dubbo Regional CouncilDungog Shire CouncilLake Macquarie City Council
Newcastle City CouncilMaitland City CouncilMid-Western Regional Council
Muswellbrook Shire CouncilPort Stephens CouncilShoalhaven City Council
Singleton CouncilWingecarribee Shire Council

To enter the ACT (either as a visitor or as a returning resident) you will need to apply for an exemption. Optometrists are NOT automatically exempt. To apply for an exemption see this link

Update 05-08-2021

The Hunter and Newcastle regions enter a 7 day lockdown from 5pm today Thursday 5 August 2021.

LGA’s Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook. Are under the same restrictions as Greater Sydney.

Optometrists are allowed to work (as are support staff) but limited to providing time-critical care.

Update 29-07-2021

  • Sydney hotspot LGAs – From midnight Friday 30 July, all residents in eight (8) hotspot LGAs must wear a mask at all times when they leave their homes. This includes optometrists when they go to work, unless it is impractical and then masks can only be removed for that part of the exam. Residents are also limited to a maximum of 5km from home unless they are an authorised worker going to work.
    Note: Police now have the power to close non-compliant businesses.
  • From Saturday 31 July, authorised workers who live in the Canterbury Bankstown LGA must be tested for COVID-19 every three (3) days to work outside their LGA. This includes optometrists.
  • Health or aged care workers living in Fairfield or Cumberland LGAs must be tested every three (3) days in order to work outside their LGA. Previously this applied to all authorised workers, it is now only health care.
    Note: If you live and work within the same LGA (any of the above) testing is not required.
  • For optometry practices in Greater Sydney this means that the current requirement that only time-critical care be provided remains in place without change.
    Note new rule – shopping right across Greater Sydney is restricted to within 10km of home. So you cannot have patients crossing Sydney to see you, unless they cannot access time critical care locally.
  • Hotspots – from midnight tonight (Wed 28 July) the LGAs of Parramatta, Georges River and Campbelltown have been added to the existing 5 hotspots.
    Optometrists & support staff who live within these new LGAs CAN leave the LGA for work. You do NOT require surveillance testing.

Update 22-07-2021

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions are in place for the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas until 12.01am Wednesday 28 July.

Stay-at-home orders apply to all people who live in these areas or have been there on or after Saturday 17 July 2021. COVID-19 testing clinics are open at Bathurst, Orange, Parkes, Blayney and Molong.

From Tomorrow, Friday 23 July, NSW is extending the COVID surveillance program to workers who live in the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Area.

Those affected by this should only leave their residence for the following reasons:

  • obtain food or other goods and services
    • for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
    • for vulnerable people
  • leave home to
    • go to work if you cannot reasonably work from home
    • attend education
  • exercise and take outdoor recreation in the local government area you live in or 10km from your place of residence
  • go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Other reasonable excuses

Those from the affected areas must also abide by the same mask rules as Greater Sydney.

For more information please see the NSW government website.

We will try to keep you informed as information comes through.

Update 27-07-2021

Orange District – lockdown lifted from midnight tonight (Tuesday). Will revert to restrictions in place for regional NSW, which include five visitors per home, masks on public transport and in shops and one person per four square metres in restaurants.

Update 19-07-2021

NSW Government has provided clarification for optometrists and their staffs movements in Greater Sydney and specific local governments area.

Clarification has been sought regarding restrictions for optometry practices and staff:

  1.  Optometrists have been classified as health workers and staff are able to attend work outside their local government area (LGA).
  2. Optometrists and staff who live in the Fairfield LGA that travel outside the LGA for work MUST have a COVID test every 3 days.
  3. Optometrists and staff who live AND work in the Fairfield LGA are NOT required to have COVID testing every 3 days.
  4. Optometrists and staff who live outside Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown LGA are able to enter as authorised workers.

Those from the affected areas must also abide by the same mask rules as Greater Sydney.

For more information please see the NSW government website.

We will try to keep you informed as information comes through.

Optical Staff

Authorisation can be confirmed at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/authorised-workers.   Optometrists fall under “Retail Trade, Medical or Pharmaceutical Supplies” category.

It understood that the support staff authorisation will also apply to staff working in optical laboratories who fabricate spectacles or other optical appliances, as these facilities supply a permitted retail outlet.

Update 06-05-2021

From 5:00pm Thursday 6 May to 12:00am on Monday 10 May, mask wearing will be compulsory at indoor places (along with public transport and indoor events) in the greater Sydney area (from the central coast to Illawarra including the Blue Mountains and Woolongong

Need more information? 
If you require further COVID-19 clarification or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact the Optometry Australia Optometry Advisor Helpdesk on 03 9668 8500 or at national@optometry.org.au

 

 

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