While the public health order is in the process of being finalized, I can attempt to clarify part of the home foreclosure order for parts of Sydney. But the details are still a bit hazy.
A one-week stay-at-home order is intended to apply to anyone who lives or whose ‘usual’ place of work is in the communal areas of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and Sydney City, but a NSW Health source has tried to clarify some of these conditions for me.
I am told not to focus so much on the word “work”, but rather to take this as an order to anyone who visits “regularly” these areas, or has spent “significant” time there since June 12th.
What constitutes a regular or regular place of work / visit? We told me there will be “no hard and fast rule” about it, but someone who works four or three days a week at one of these LGAs should consider the home support order to apply to them.
However, it is less clear and more in their own judgment whether their visits to the LGAs have been less frequent than this.
“There will be a level of common sense that will have to apply if they work less than, say, three days a week in one of the LGAs.”
If you are a university student who regularly visits your campus in one of the four LGAs (three or more days a week since June 12, this is the example given to me), the maintenance order at domicile would apply to you.
Infrequent or one-off visits to these four LGAs would not constitute a sufficient period of time to mean that they are subject to the rules of stay at home.
“Obviously coming for a few different reasons or for a short time doesn’t count,” the NSW Health source said.
For example, if a person living in Inner West Council, visited the Sydney CBD (City of Sydney LGA) for an optometrist appointment, or lunch, at some point since June 12, but has remained out of the four LGAs since then she would not have to abide by the stay-at-home order.
If you do not live in one of the four LGAs, but live in a shared flat or family home with someone who must respect the stay-at-home order, you are NOT obligated to also respect the order.
The attempt to clarify the rules follows a tweet from the NSW Minister of Health, which appears to illustrate other types of activities that will be exempt from stay-at-home rules.
“Note that in the local government areas of Waverley, Woollahra, Sydney City and Randwick, despite Covid-related travel restrictions to leave home, retail, weddings, funerals, community sport can continue. Other non-essential businesses and other services in places of worship will cease, ”Hazzard said.
However, it is important to note that community sport in some regions outside the four LGAs has already been canceled.