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Stay-At-Home Orders Impact on Y NSW Facilities

26 Aug 2021 - COVID-19

Last Updated: 26 August 2021

The entire state of NSW is now in lockdown. The Stay-at-Home Order for Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong has been extended to the end of September. 

The Stay-at-Home Order for Regional New South Wales has been extended until 12.01am Friday 10 September 2021. The Central Coast and Shellharbour are now defined as regional. 

The ACT was placed in lockdown on 12 August 2021. The Stay-at-Home Order is now set to end at 5pm, Thursday 17 September 2021.

The Y NSW continues to respond to the public health orders as a matter of urgency and this means that some of our services are impacted.

You will find detailed below what these restrictions mean for the Y in areas impacted by the Stay-at-Home orders across NSW and the ACT. 

Please also take a look at the section below on ‘How can I stay connected to the Y from home?’ where you can find out how to stay fit, healthy and connected through the lockdown. We’ve got some great options!

What does the Stay-at-Home Order mean for Greater Sydney?

You must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason. 

  • Outdoor public gatherings/exercise limited to 2 people only (unless members of the same household).
  • From 12.01am Monday 23 August, all residents must wear masks outdoors unless exercising. 
  • You must stay within that area and travel a maximum 5km of your home for exercise, outdoor recreation and shopping and only one person per household, per day may leave the home to shop for food/essential goods.
  • One visitor can enter another residence for medical, care or compassionate reasons. If you live alone, you can nominate one person as part of your ‘single bubble’ to visit your home and this individual must be registered as of 22 August.
  • You may leave the home for essential work and education in the specified list of jobs that qualify as authorised workers.
  • Specific Local Government Areas (LGAs) are subject to an Authorised Workers Order. Only authorised workers in these LGAs may leave their area for work.

There are stricter rules in place for the LGAs of concern from 12.01am Monday 23 August including: 

  • If you must leave your home for essential purposes, you must stay within your local area
  • A curfew from 9pm to 5am will apply (excluding essential workers, emergencies or medical care) 
  • Exercise for residents will be limited to one hour per day.

How does the Stay-at-Home Order impact Y NSW centres/services in NSW?  

Currently, Y NSW recreation and camping sites in Greater Sydney and regional New Wales are closed. Outside School Hours Centres and Vacation Care remains open as an essential service. More information for members and visitors can be found on the following pages: 

If you have a question about a specific service, please contact us. Our friendly team are here to help.  

How can I stay connected to the Y from home? 

The Y at Home is your one-stop-shop for content, tips and tricks to stay on top of your wellness remotely. Watch videos, read articles and access activities curated by our in-house specialists to keep your body, mind and spirit active and well from home. 

Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to stay across the latest announcements and free online offerings from your Y family. 

Are there any COVID restrictions that impact the Y NSW sites/services in the ACT?  

From 5pm, Thursday 12 August 2021, the ACT entered a seven-day lockdown that was initially scheduled to end on Thursday 19 August 2021. This has now been extended and will end on 2 September 2021. This means that our Gungahlin Leisure Centre, Stromlo Leisure Centre, Lakeside Leisure Centre and the Canberra Olympic Pool are closed and all classes, squads and lessons have been cancelled effective immediately.

People in the ACT can only leave their home for the following essential reasons:

  • To shop for essentials like groceries and medicine and supplies that are essential for personal needs or for vulnerable people
  • To obtain essential health care, including to undertake a COVID-19 test or receive a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination
  • To exercise outdoors for no more than one hour per day, with one other person, or your household group
  • To provide essential caregiving services
  • To undertake essential work

Please see the ACT Government website for more information about lockdown. Information for Y customers regarding billing during the closure can be found here

The Y NSW commitment to health, wellbeing and safety

Where Y NSW centres are open across our services, we continue to adhere to key safety measures in line with the latest expert health advice.

All staff, visitors, customers and members must use the Service NSW QR code to check in at any Y NSW site. We practice COVID Safe cleaning, including thorough hand and equipment sanitisation. If any staff, customers or clients are unwell, we ask that they please stay home and follow NSW Health directives regarding testing and isolation.  

We are equally committed to safeguarding our team of 1,400 incredible staff across NSW and the ACT. Wherever possible, Y employees and volunteers are working remotely until further notice. Where employees must be on site, they are adhering to the 1 per 4sqm rule and wearing masks at all times.

To help us support the NSW Government in its endeavour to manage COVID-19 we ask that our Y family:  

  • Stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Reduce mobility in line with public health orders.
  • Check in via Services NSW/QR codes when you go out. 
  • Follow the NSW Government's health advice and get vaccinated where possible.
  • Get tested if you have the mildest of symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated. 
  • Wear a face mask when required.  
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