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All staff should be practising social distancing to reduce the potential for transmitting the virus.

What is social distancing?

The practice of social distancing means less contact between you and other people, reducing the potential for transmitting the virus.

How do I practice social distancing?

Everyone should practice social distancing at work, outside of work and at home, where possible.

The federal Department of Health social distancing factsheet outlines ways in which to practice social distancing.

More information is also available on the NSW Health website.

To reduce the risk of infection you should:

  • Stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms, regardless of whether it relates to coronavirus or not. This is important to keep overall level of absences as low as possible.
  • Attempt to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people where possible.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people.
  • Organise meetings to be held via video or phone conference where possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (20 seconds or more) with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid eating lunch in common areas – eat at your desk or outside where possible.
  • Wipe down surfaces and devices (mobile phone, keyboard, mouse, etc).
  • Limit food handling and the sharing of food where possible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. You should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your sleeve/elbow. Used tissues should be placed in a bin, and hands immediately washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Staff should continue to practice social distancing measures outside of the workplace.

Public health orders have been issued placing restrictions on gatherings and movement. You must stay at home unless you are going to:

  • work (where you can’t work remotely)
  • school or an educational institution
  • shop for food and essentials
  • get medical care or supplies
  • exercise.

You may only leave home with a reasonable excuse.

You cannot gather with more than 2 people in public, except for gatherings with members of the same household. This rule does not apply to a gathering for work purposes and other essential gatherings listed as an exception.

Heavy penalties may apply for breaching these orders.

For more information, including guidelines on what is considered a reasonable excuse to leave home, please visit

Cold/flu season

If you are unwell, stay away from the workplace. This is especially important now to minimise the spread of illness to others at work or in the community and minimise the risk of service disruptions.

If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath seek medical advice as per information on NSW Health website.

The Health Direct Hotline can also assist with your concerns. Call 1800 022 222 to speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other queries

Consult NSW Health if you have recently returned from an overseas trip, or if you have had close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

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Last updated: 31 Mar 2020