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Uncertainty in NSW triggers stricter COVID-19 guidelines

Transport and freight businesses across New South Wales are being urged by the state government to register as COVID safe.

The NSW Government has launched a new suite of guidance materials to help all types of businesses manage the risk of COVID-19.

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said these new materials have been specifically created for non-customer facing businesses, to ensure everyone has access to industry specific, practical guidance to prevent the spread of the virus.

“80,000 businesses have already downloaded the NSW Government’s COVID Safety Plans, and we’ve now created additional resources for transport, freight and ride shares, offices, construction sites, and manufacturing premises,” said Anderson.

The transport, freight and rideshare plan can reportedly be tailored to variables such as how many people are needed to assist with deliveries, numbers of passengers and where points of contact occur.

The guidance materials include practical advice on how transport freight and rideshare businesses can prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as: limiting the numbers of passengers, requesting co-workers or customers sit in the back of the vehicle with free space in between, wiping down frequently touched surfaces including door handles, payment devices and seatbelts, requesting the customer to handle their own luggage and using gloves and/or hand sanitiser when loading or unloading luggage or deliveries.

“Ultimately we want to focus on getting NSW’s economy back up and running and providing businesses with the right guidance to operate safely and successfully in the current climate," said Anderson.

“I encourage every business to jump online and download these simple yet powerful tools to map out a safe way back to business that puts customers and workers front and centre," he said.

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