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COVID-19

Ausdance NSW is committed to the safety of our staff, artists, members and associated organisations. We have been and will continue to monitor the issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to minimise the spread of the virus.

LATEST UPDATES:

Updated 14th July 2021

Financial Assistance 

Greater Sydney Stay at home order

Restrictions for all other areas of NSW

Insurance

Health Information and Links

Mental Health Resources


Stay at home orders for Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour:

View the Public Health Order here>>

Additional restrictions to Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour (in place from 5pm 9 July):

  • Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household) 
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day, may leave home for shopping
  • Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday 11 July)

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only)
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfill carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons)
  • Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household)
  • Essential work or education where you cannot work or study from home (for example, dance teachers may use a dance studio to film an online class if they do not have space at home, ensuring safety precautions are adhered to)

Details of current restrictions in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour can be found here >>>

Restrictions for all other areas of NSW:

  • People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney. 
  • Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children
  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed
  • Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people)
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn)
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals
    • The occupier of an entertainment facility is directed to ensure the maximum number of persons on the premises does not exceed the greater of:
      • The number of persons equivalent to 1 person per 4 square metres of space in the facility
      • The number of persons equal to 50% of the fixed seating capacity of the facility, or
    • Once the maximum number of persons has been calculated, admission must be:
      • By way of ticket, and
      • All persons, other than persons engaged in work, are assigned to specific seats
  • Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 percent seated capacity

Financial Assistance

Financial support is the number one concern for dance workers right now, please see information on financial support currently available:

NSW FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PACKAGES ANNOUNCED 13 JULY 2021:

Below is a summary of the packages announced: More information will be given about this as it comes.

PLEASE NOTE: all support is available to people from all areas of NSW that are affected and can show eligibility, not just Greater Sydney. 

  • Micro-Business Support Grant 
    • A fortnightly payment of $1,500 for small businesses and sole traders with a turnover between $30K and $75K that have experienced a revenue decline of 30% or more. Eligible businesses also must provide the primary source of income for a person associated with the business. Applications are set to open on the 26th July. 
      To be notified when applications open and for more information, click here>>
  • Business Support Grant
    • A one-off grant of up to $15,000 is available for NSW businesses and sole traders who had a turnover of more than $75K per annum for the year ending 30 June 2020. Different grant amounts are available depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions. Applications for this are now open. 
      More information on this and applications can be found here >>
  • JobSaver
    • A fortnightly payment is available to help maintain employee headcount and provide cashflow support to businesses with a turnover between $75K and $50 million that have experienced a revenue decline of 30% or more. The fortnightly payment amount is determined for employing businesses by 40% of their weekly payroll (minimum payment of $1,500 and maximum payment of $10,000 per week). For non-employing businesses, the fortnightly payment is $1000 a week. Applications open in late July, with no date currently specified.
      To be notified when applications open and for more information, click here>>

COVID-19 DISASTER PAYMENT:

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a one-off cash payment for each period of lockdown, from the federal government (Services Australia). If you've lost from 8-20 hours of work, you can now receive $375 (increased from $325). If you lost 20 hours or more of work, you can now receive $600 (increased from $500). Previously, this was only available to people for people with less than $10K of liquid assets and people from the Greater Sydney but this threshold has now been waved and is now available to anyone in NSW losing hours of work. You just need a centerlink account attached to your mygov account (you can set this up if you don’t have one already).
If you have lost hours of work you can call Service Australia on: 180 22 66 
 

SMALL BUSINESS FEES AND CHARGES REBATE:

A rebate worth $1500 is available from the NSW Government to help small businesses and sole traders pay for government fees and charges. To be eligible for this rebate, small businesses (including non-employing sole traders) and not-for-profit organisations must have a total of Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-2021 payroll tax threshold of $1.2 million and have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in NSW and/or have business premises physically located and operating in NSW. Only one $1500 rebate is available for each ABN. You can apply for this rebate through Service NSW.

INSURANCE

AON Insurance, Ausdance insurance partner has set up a page full of resources on COVID-19. Topics include Understanding COVID-19 Coronavirus, Response and Planning Perspectives, Health and Duty of Care, Communications Plans, Planning Ahead – Aon Thought Leadership and Insurance and Alternative Risk Perspectives. For more information and to download the resources head to the AON website here.


HEALTH INFORMATION AND LINKS

Australian Government Department of Health - Current Status

What you can do

Key Health Information for People with disability 

  • The National Disability Insurance Agency has published Easy Read advice and information about COVID-19 that’s relevant for people with disability or who are Deaf. Click here for the NDIS response>>>
  • Accessible Arts are the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales Head to their website here Accessible Arts or you can contact them at info@aarts.net.au

Mental Health Support 


DANCE SPECIFIC COVID-19 INFORMATION

Please note this advice is currently not in effect due to the increased restrictions and stay-at-home orders.

All dance activities must be conducted in accordance with Public Health Orders, whether they occur in a dance studio, community hall or other venue.

Dance studios and classes

  • Under Public Health Orders, dance studio and venue operators are required to develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
    See the COVID Safety Plan and upload your plan to become a COVID Safe Business here.
  • Dance Studios are currently permitted to have 1 person per 4 square metres within the venue, with no additional limit on class sizes.
  • Ensure participants maintain 1.5 metres physical distance where practical.
  • Ausdance NSW has released Re-Opening in Dance in NSW COVID-19 Guidance Notes in order to assist Dance Studio Owners and Teachers in maintaining a COVID Safe studio, we recommend consulting this when writing your COVID Safety Plan and procedures for your Dance Studio.
    See the Reopening in Dance Guidance Notes here.

Dance sport competitions and training activities (including cheerleading)

  • For dance sport activities, groups of more than 20 are permitted under the Public Health Orders, provided the activity organiser implements a community sport COVID-19 Safety Plan.

General advice for dance activities

  • The NSW Chief Health Officer strongly recommends wearing a face mask:
    • if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
    • in indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission, where practical.

Wearing a face mask in these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

It is also recommended that rotation of partners is avoided in partnered dancing, and additional planning is recommended for high energy dance. For example, changing partners may be necessary for dance instruction or where a class has an uneven number of participants, but should be minimised.

For more information, visit the NSW Office for Sport Website, or contact Ausdance NSW admin@dance.net.au