[Updating] The Government has just posted the official regulations — the Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] [Stay at Home] Amendment Regulations 2021 – which provide more details on the policies set to take effect at 5am on Tuesday, April 20th.
The 9-page document amends the original Stay at Home regulations that took effect last week and some extracts are below, and for full clarity please read the full document.
Update 8.39pm: The Government held a Q&A this evening about the regulations, you can watch below and we are listening and will try and come back and update with any key information we may hear in the video.
Update 9.02pm: Here are a few points from the video, we only posted ‘new’ things, as in items not specifically mentioned in the regulations.
- Minister Wilson: Schools will remain closed, except for teachers that need to enter the facility to facilitate remote learning.
- Minister Wilson: We have vaccinated over 5,000 people this week
- Minister Ming: “Mixing of households remains prohibited and the BPS will be strictly enforcing this regulation.”
- Minister Ming: “Tynes Bay drop off facility will re-open for its normal operating hours, residents should adhere to the alphabetical system.”
- Minister Ming: “Grocery stores will continue to operate on the alphabetical system.”
- Minister Wilson: Cycling is now permitted
- Minister Wilson: You can now exercise for more than 1 hour and go further than 1km from your house.
A person may access beaches, parks (including the Railway Trail) and playgrounds alone or with members of his household only.
No mixing of households
A person shall not assemble in a group that includes persons who are not members of the same household, or host such a group, in any public or private place, unless doing so cannot reasonably be avoided in the course of an activity permitted by or under these Regulations.”
As far as co-parenting the document states
Minor children of parents who do not live together may spend nights at the home of either parent to give effect to an agreement between the parents.”;
On retail stores:
“The owner or operator of a retail store (other than a permitted business) shall ensure compliance with the following conditions—
- opening hours between 7am to 7pm only;
- customers shall not be permitted to enter the premises;
- collection of goods only.
A retail store or online vendor may make deliveries to customers, subject to Schedule 4.
For the avoidance of doubt, “retail store” includes a pet shop
The owner or operator of a restaurant shall ensure compliance with the following conditions—
- opening hours between 7am to 7pm only;
- collection of orders only;
- only one customer at a time shall be permitted to enter the
- premises to collect or pay for an order;
- dine-in services prohibited.
A restaurant may make deliveries to customers, subject to Schedule 4.
Fishermen and farmers
A licensed fisherman may sell fresh local fish roadside, Monday to Saturday only and between the hours of 7am to 7pm only, subject to the supervision of the Minister of Home Affairs.
A registered commercial farmer may sell fresh local produce roadside, Monday to Saturday only and between the hours of 7am to 7pm only, subject to the supervision of the Minister of Home Affairs.
A licensed fisherman or registered commercial farmer may make deliveries to customers, subject to Schedule 4.
Construction and landscaping
- Persons engaged in construction, maintenance and related services, in accordance with relevant guidance, where the site is—
- outdoors; or
- indoors, if the premises are uninhabited.
- Persons engaged in landscaping.
The owner or operator of a laundromat shall ensure compliance with the following conditions—
- only customers who are members of one same household to be allowed in the laundromat at any one time, by appointment only;
- a wash and fold service may be provided, so long as customers are not permitted to enter the premises during the drop-off or collection of their laundry.
- Only persons who are members of the same household may use a boat for any recreational purposes.
- No person shall use a boat for recreational purposes after 7pm.
- No person shall tie his boat to another boat [raft-up] for recreational purposes.”.
Update | As far as regulations that take effect at 5am tomorrow, here is a summary, combining some of things mentioned in the press conference and the regulations. It is *not* a complete list, as there are many regulations, so it is best to read the full regulations and/or extracts above.
The full Stay at Home amendment regulations follow below [PDF here]: