COVID-19

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Due to the Omicron Variant outbreak, and the impact that it is having on our dance community, we would like to reach out to you, and find out how you are coping with the reopening of dance. We would like to know your thoughts on how we can assist you during this challenging time.

To advocate effectively for your interests, Ausdance NSW needs to know how this current outbreak is affecting you. Information you give to us will be presented directly to NSW Government.

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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.

LAST UPDATED: 10 January 2022 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Restrictions Specific to Dance in NSW

 
  • No person limit in indoor recreational/ dance class
  • A person who is over 12 years of age must wear a mask in all indoor areas other than a place of residence
  • Masks may be removed if engaging in physical exercise such as dance classes
No singing or dancing in hospitality venues 
  • Singing and dancing will be prohibited in hospitality venues (including pubs, clubs, nightclubs, bars, and restaurants), entertainment facilities, and major recreational facilities. This will not apply to weddings, or for students and instructors, and performers in these settings.
  • Major events scheduled for the coming weeks will be risk-assessed by NSW Health and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Event organisers should assume their event will proceed unchanged unless they are contacted by NSW Health to advise otherwise.
  • People are asked to limit large household gatherings and gather outdoors where possible
For more information: https://bit.ly/3HRQ84W

Rules for people and businesses in NSW 

These restrictions are in place from 8 to 27 January

Stay up to date with the evolving rules and restrictions, helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 as NSW opens again

LATEST UPDATE:

From saturday 8 January 2022, singing and dancing is not permitted at a hospitality venue, entertainment facility, nightclub, or major recreation facility. Exemptions apply for weddings, performance students and instructors, and performancers.

Current Public Heath Rules are as followed:

Masks

All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask: 

  • in indoor areas (e.g. while shopping, when at a library) 
  • in indoor areas of common property of apartment buildings 
  • at a public transport waiting area  
  • while on public transport (including in taxis and rideshare services)
  • if you are working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public 
  • on an aircraft when the aircraft is flying above NSW and in the airport.

Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot physically distance.

COVID-19 Safe Check-in

COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are required at:

  • retail premises
  • food and drink premises
  • pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • hairdressers, spas, nail, beauty, waxing, and tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours 
  • gyms (except dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics, and martial arts studios)
  • hospitals (except patients of hospitals or hospitals with an electronic entry recording system that records sufficient information that can be used for contact tracing)
  • residential care facilities or hostels (except in relation to the residents)
  • places of public worship, like churches, mosques, temples, meeting houses and synagogues
  • funeral, memorials and gatherings afterwards
  • nightclubs
  • casinos
  • indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

Occupiers of premises are required to continue to take reasonable steps to ensure people can check-in or provide their contact details when they enter these premises. 

Events and entertainment

At indoor music festivals with over 1000 people in attendance, you must check in with the Service NSW app and be fully vaccinated.

For other entertainment facilities, or indoor and outdoor recreation facilities with less than 1,000 people in attendance:

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required.
  • Face masks are required, subject to exemptions.

Entertainment facilities include cinemas, theatres, musical halls, concert halls, dance halls, drive-in cinemas and play centres. 

Indoor and outdoor recreation facilities include stadiums, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, and showgrounds.

Effective 8 January 2022, singing and dancing in entertainment facilities and recreation facilities (major) will not be permitted other than for:

  • a performer who is performing or rehearsing on the premises; or 

  • a person who is instructing, or being instructed, in singing or dancing on the premises.

Music festivals

Effective 11 January 2022, you must not sing or dance at music festivals (both indoor and outdoor) unless you are a performer who is performing or rehearsing on the premises.

Rules apply to indoor music festivals with over 1000 people in attendance. An indoor music festival is:

  • a music-focused or dance-focused event
  • performances by a series of persons or groups that are live or pre-recorded,
  • the persons or groups provide musical or live entertainment
  • held indoors, within a defined area
  • is a ticketed event.

Music festivals do not include events that:

  • use a single stage
  • are proposed to be held over a period of less than 5 hours
  • have not more than 2 headlining performers
  • not more than 4 performers in total.

You need to check in with the NSW Service app to indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend:

  • an indoor music festival with more than 1000 people in attendance
  • an outdoor music festival with up to 20,000 people in attendance

If you are not fully vaccinated you can attend:

  • an indoor music festival with less than 1000 people in attendance
  • an outdoor music festival with up to 20,000 people in attendance.

Organisers of an indoor music festival may request you provide vaccination evidence before entering the venue.

Vaccination evidence

Most premises in NSW are now open to everyone, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

You no longer need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated at most premises.

However, you still need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated if you: 

  • attend an indoor music festival with more than 1000 people
  • if you work in certain industries.

Occupiers of premises

Some premises may choose to require people to be fully vaccinated or to wear a mask as a condition of entry.

It is a matter for the occupier of each premises to exercise judgement on what is appropriate for their premises and the well-being of their staff and customers. 

If you want to enter premises where an occupier has chosen to require you to be fully vaccinated, the occupier may ask to see your vaccination evidence. You do not have to show the occupier your vaccination evidence, but if you do not, the occupier may not let you in.

Sport, exercise and outdoor gatherings

Anyone can participate in sport, exercise, and outdoor gatherings. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required (except at gyms).
  • Face masks are not required.

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can operate with no person or capacity limits in place, including group fitness classes.

Libraries, museums and galleries

Information and education facilities, including art galleries, museums and libraries are open. 

Anyone can visit an information and education facility. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe check-in is not required.
  • Face masks are required, subject to exemptions.

Restaurants and hospitality

Restaurants, cafes, hospitality venues and nightclubs in NSW are open.

Anyone can visit a restaurant, cafe, hospitality venue or nightclub. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is required at all hospitality venues
  • Face masks are required, subject to exemptions.

NSW Health strongly advises that patrons consider being seated while drinking.

Effective 8 January 2022, singing and dancing in hospitality venues and nightclubs will not be permitted other than for:

  • a performer who is performing or rehearsing on the premises; or 

  • a person who is instructing, or being instructed, in singing or dancing on the premises; or 

  • a wedding service or reception that is being held at a hospitality venue including a function centre. 

Density limits apply at indoor areas of hospitality venues and nightclubs.

Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.

Examples of hospitality premises include casinos, restaurants, cafes, function centres, food courts, take away food and drink premises, kiosks, micro-breweries or small distilleries, cellar doors, pubs, registered clubs and small bars.

 

Financial Assistance

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 made through the NSW Government.
    More information and applications can be found 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 are made through the NSW Government.
    More information 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 are made through the NSW Government.
    More information and applications can be found 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 $450. If you lost 20 hours or more of work, you can now receive $750. 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

NSW PERFORMING ARTS SUPPORT PACKAGE

  • The aim of this package is to provide urgent financial support to performing arts venues, producers and promoters impacted by the cancellation or postponement of performances resulting from the NSW Government COVID-19 Public Health Orders from 26 June 2021. The package is also designed to provide certainty to performing arts venues, producers and promoters of what assistance will be available if further COVID-19 Public Health Orders result in further cancellation of performances or restrictions in audience numbers. An eligible venue, producer or promoter of an eligible performance can apply through Create NSW Smarty Grants.
    More information and applications can be found here >>

SUPPORT ACT – COVID-19 CRISIS RELIEF GRANTS

    • With continued funding support from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Support Act is offering cash grants of $2,000 ($2,700 to families with dependent children) to music and performing arts workers called COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants (formerly known as MusicKeeper/CrewKeeper). These grants are not a wage subsidy but a one off payment to help pay the rent/mortgage, put food on the table, keep connected by paying power or phone bills, registering or servicing the car, paying medical expenses and so on.
      More information on this grant including eligibility and applications>>

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.

Health Information and links

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – CURRENT STATUS

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

MEDIA RELEASE: DANCE CLASS MAXIMUM INCREASED TO 20
MEDIA RELEASE: DANCE CLASS MAXIMUM INCREASED TO 20

Ausdance NSW welcomes the news that dance classes can resume tomorrow with a maximum of 20 people. Please be aware that the official government websites and industry safety plans may not have been updated yet wit this information.

MEDIA RELEASE: $250M ARTS PACKAGE – IT NEEDS TO GO FURTHER
MEDIA RELEASE: $250M ARTS PACKAGE – IT NEEDS TO GO FURTHER

Ausdance NSW welcomes the federal government’s announcement on Friday of a rescue package specific to the Arts industry. The package is a start to enabling the arts industry to survive in the short term. It needs to go much further with a long-term view of recovery.

AUSDANCE NSW

Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.

Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.

Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging. 

Contact Info

AusdanceNSW
10 Hickson Road, Level 3, Arts Exchange Buliding, The Rocks, Sydney 2000
02 9256 4800
admin@ausdancensw.com.au

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