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From July 1: The NSW Government has further eased restrictions to allow the community to be more active and get businesses back to work.
From July 1: The NSW Government has further eased restrictions to allow the community to be more active and get businesses back to work.

The NSW government has published information on how to be a COVID-safe business, for the protection of your employees as well as your customers and patrons.

Its website says: "With the new public health order starting on 1 July, the NSW Government has further eased restrictions to allow the community to be more active and get businesses back to work."

If you're reading this then you've noticed we recommenced the print edition once more. Meanwhile our website and online editions continued, and they were far from the only services that pushed on through to the other side of lockdown in a modified form or not.

Mechanics and repair shops never stopped looking after everyone's vehicles. Same goes for other repair trades for that matter. Sensibly, precautions were taken with regards to hygiene and customers calling ahead for example.

Medical centres and GPs continued looking after all aspects of the local population's health. For various health services that mainly needed advice and periodic monitoring they were able to take advantage of Telehealth consultations.

Supermarkets and various other shops carried on through what were possibly the most challenging times for them. Adaptations there included new screens at some checkouts and social distance markers on the floor in queueing areas.

Food service outlets that could carry on switched to take-away only, ideally with a pre-ordering system to minimise the number of folks waiting outside.

And the different types of office-based functions in areas as varied as law, insurance, administration and more found effective ways to serve their client's continued needs despite working remotely as much as possible.

Whether you had to temporarily close the front desk or the whole operation, the government's confidence to ease restrictions here is good news for everybody.

As this happens, "some businesses will need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan under the public health orders, but you can also voluntarily complete one."

To make a covid-safe plan applicable to your industry visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses

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