Reopening NSW Roadmap to come into effect next Monday

As the rate of second dose vaccinations speeds up, it is expected that the Reopening NSW Roadmap’s 80 per cent settings will come into effect next Monday, 18 October.  The Roadmap, which will be for those who are fully vaccinated, will see to the reopening of community sports as well as reunions with family and friends.   Starting 1 November, the cap for weddings… Continue reading Reopening NSW Roadmap to come into effect next Monday

ACT to detail plans on easing COVID-19 lockdown

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will soon discuss how Canberra will emerge out of COVID-19 lockdown as the Territory eases its stay-at-home orders later this week.  Canberra’s lockdown will end on October 15, allowing cafes, bars, restaurants and gyms to re-open. Likewise, the end of the lockdown will also allow locals to have up to… Continue reading ACT to detail plans on easing COVID-19 lockdown

Victoria reaches its 70 per cent vaccination milestone

Victoria has reached its first vaccination milestone with over 70 per cent of its eligible population partially vaccinated.   After a record day of 43,993 jabs being delivered at state-run hubs, Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed that the state has reached its target of 70 per cent of eligible Victorians who are vaccinated with at least one dose.  However, authorities are increasingly concerned about the… Continue reading Victoria reaches its 70 per cent vaccination milestone

States and Territories focus on reopening plans after lockdown

The Australian Government predicts the virus financial support to ease by the end of the year with States and Territories now focusing on their reopening plans after lockdown.   Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said he expects the need for federal COVID-19 support payments to be scaled back after virus-affected states have eased their restrictions.  “As we hope to reach at… Continue reading States and Territories focus on reopening plans after lockdown

NZ provides more support for lockdown-affected businesses

With Auckland kept in a higher COVID Alert Level, the NZ Government has launched a third round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme for lockdown-affected businesses.  “The revenue test period for this payment will be the 14th to the 27th of September,” Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Finance, Infrastructure, Racing, Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said.   “A reminder that this is available for those… Continue reading NZ provides more support for lockdown-affected businesses

Victoria extends lockdown after recording 92 new cases

Victoria will continue to remain under lockdown after recording the highest number of new daily local COVID-19 cases since last year.  The state government has recorded 92 new locally acquired infections, over 30 of which are unlinked to current outbreaks.  More than a third of the current 778 active cases are from people aged 19 and under, and two-thirds are located… Continue reading Victoria extends lockdown after recording 92 new cases

NZ Government extends Alert Level 4 due to Delta variant

The New Zealand Government has announced that the Covid Alert Level 4 will remain in place across the entire country until 11:59 pm on Friday, August 27 due to the rising cases of the COVID-19 delta variant.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the extension yesterday after a Cabinet meeting to consider the settings. Another meeting is… Continue reading NZ Government extends Alert Level 4 due to Delta variant

NZ provides financial support for those affected by the lockdown

The New Zealand Government is providing measures that will help support businesses and workers following the lockdown announcement. The country moved to Alert Level 4 last night following the announcement of a new COVID-19 case in the Auckland community. The Level 4 lockdown is expected to last up to three days at the least.   The… Continue reading NZ provides financial support for those affected by the lockdown

ACT businesses receive COVID-19 support grants from governments

The Australian Government and the ACT Government have provided a jointly funded grants package that will help support small and medium Territory businesses that have been impacted by the ACT’s current lockdown measures.  The ACT COVID-19 Business Support Grant is expected to deliver $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses whose turnover has… Continue reading ACT businesses receive COVID-19 support grants from governments

ACT enters seven-day lockdown

The ACT has entered a seven-day lockdown at 5:00 pm last night after confirming a positive COVID-19 case in the community and finding positive wastewater detections.   Although the ACT Government currently does not know the source of the infection, the positive case is the most serious public health risk the ACT has faced in the past year.  … Continue reading ACT enters seven-day lockdown

Over 100,000 Melbourne businesses receive financial aid

The Australian and Victorian governments are providing financial aid for over 100,000 businesses across Melbourne as lockdown restrictions continue to remain in place.  The need to combat the Delta variant has led to an extension of the state’s lockdown for seven more days, severely impacting the trade of businesses across a range of sectors. Due to… Continue reading Over 100,000 Melbourne businesses receive financial aid

Australian Government provides support for the elderly during lockdowns

Senior Australians that have been affected by the ongoing lockdowns throughout the country can now access vital support services, ensuring they stay socially connected and maintain their health.  Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck said it was important that the elderly and their families knew and understood that aged care services were available to them.  “Challenges remain for senior and vulnerable… Continue reading Australian Government provides support for the elderly during lockdowns