Individuals subject to Stay at Home Requirements are permitted to leave their home for essential work purposes if they cannot work from home or remotely. Individuals can attend usual childcare arrangements, where parents or guardians need to undertake essential work or study.
Essential work includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Provision of health care services (including hospital or medical services) – note public health care services may have in place their own entry requirements, and these should be complied with
- Government, law enforcement or military
- Members of Parliament or Staff
- Production, supply or distribution of any form of energy, power or fuel or of energy, power or fuel resources
- Public transportation of persons or the transportation of freight
- Essential infrastructure and essential services that are required to maintain or protect human health, safety and wellbeing (whether provided by a public or private undertaking), and including construction, maintenance and repair of such infrastructure
- Provision of emergency services
- Provision of funerary or mortuary services or related activities
- A service comprising the supply of goods or services necessary for providing any service referred to in this list.
Employers need to determine whether an employee is essential. Prior to entering their workplace, individuals must advise their employer that they are subject to ‘Stay-at-Home’ requirements. Workplaces may have their own entry requirements and approval processes and these should be complied with.
If an employer approves an employee to attend the workplace, they must wear a mask at all times.
Employers may wish to consider conducting their own risk assessments prior to any affected individuals attending the workplace.