Adapting to change

The NSW government says:
The NSW government says: "All businesses can now open and operate under the one person per four square metre rule." As customers we should also remember to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres between each other.

With lockdown restrictions eased and those who can returning to work, or some never having actually stopped working over the past few months, you may find they do business just a little differently now.

A lot of things are somewhat back to normal, or at least back with some minor differences.

Estate agents can conduct open homes for instance, as long as they can ensure social distancing is able to be maintained.

There are subtle differences with what each industry is required to do, but the general principal everywhere is maintaining that social distance.

That goes for shopping, consultations, meals, small gatherings; basically everything that's back up and running, and it's everyone's responsibility to help maintain that gap of 1.5 metres for the foreseeable future.

For any specific limitations on head counts in a given space, each business will know what they're currently allowed, so if you're planning anything at all then a simple call to the business that will be involved to ask what the present limitations and procedures are is the best way to find out what you can do to comply.

Religious gatherings and funerals for example, have specific requirements to comply with to ensure people can maintain a safe distance.

At the time of writing (early July 2020), the NSW government says such gatherings can have a maximum of one person per four square metres.

And specifically for funerals, they say "Places of public worship, funeral homes or crematoriums can have up to 50 attendees (without the four square metre rule) provided non-household contacts can maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance."

Additionally, "Funerals at a place of residence can have the greater of 50 people or one person per four square metres of space.

People attending the service will be required to supply their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing."

Post lockdown, where contact can be avoided it generally is.

A lot of workers who can operate from home now do, so there may be a difference to how you make first, and even continued contact, depending on the industry or sector they're in.

Generally a call or an email to reception or a specific person is best, depending on how urgently you need a response.

There is also a temptation to contact businesses via their social media, but generally speaking those aren't monitored as frequently as emails and definitely not as often as phone calls.

  • To find out the latest rules visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules
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