What you must do under new coronavirus rules

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v Directions under the Public Health Act What you must do under new coronavirus rules Easy Read version What is coronavirus? Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that has affected many people around the world. A virus is an illness or disease that can spread easily from one person to another person. Coronavirus is spreading quickly.

Coronavirus is a pandemic.

A virus becomes a pandemic when it spreads quickly to lots of countries around the world. 

Directions to protect public health The Minister for health has made some Directions to protect public health. The Directions are rules for everyone to follow so we can:

• look after our health

• protect the community

• stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Directions affect:

• when you can leave your home

• how many people you can meet within a public place

• what facilities and businesses can be open

• what facilities and businesses must be closed.

Things you must do The Directions talk about things you must do. You must stay at home unless you have a good reason to leave. You should only leave your home to do things you really need to do, such as:

• go to work • go to school • shop for food 

• shop for things you really need

• get medical care • to get medical supplies

• get social, disability or community care you need

• exercise. 

Things you should do to protect your health If you leave your home, you should stay at least 1.5 meters away from other people. You should wash your hands with soap and water many times during the day. You should also keep in touch with you:

• family

• friends.

But you should keep in touch:

• by phone

• through social media

• with video calls. 

Other reasons you can leave your home Some people might need to leave their home for other reasons. These reasons are to:

• keep them safe

• protect them from injury

• stop them getting sick

• deal with an emergency 

• take children to childcare

• care for another person who needs support.

If you are not safe in your home, you can get family and domestic violence support. Family and domestic violence are when you are hurt by someone close to you, such as:

• your boyfriend or girlfriend

• your husband or wife

• a member of your family

• someone who takes care of you. 

You can call our Domestic Violence Line anytime. 1800 65 64 63 You can also leave your home to go to a wedding. But only 5 people can be at the wedding:

• the couple being married

• the celebrant

• 2 witnesses.

And you can leave your home to go to a funeral. But only 10 people can be at the funeral. It is ok for the people who run the funeral to be there too. Page 10 You can leave your home if you are moving into a new home. You can travel in your homes if you live in more than 1 place. You can leave your home to donate blood. You must still do things if they are given to you under the law, such as:

• visiting a police station:

o as part of bail conditions o for any other good reason 

• helping a parent see children who don’t live with them under: o a Family Court order o another care order. You can leave your home to get services you need such as:

• social or community services

• disability services • employment services

• services for victims, including victims of crime

• domestic violence services • mental health services. You can leave your home to:

• visit your children if they live with their other parent

• take your children to see their other parent. 

You can leave your home if you are a:

• priest • minister

• leader in a religious group. But you can only leave your home to:

• go to a place of worship

• give members of your community care and support.

If you feel sick A symptom is a sign that you might be sick. You might:

• see symptoms

• feel symptoms. The symptoms of coronavirus are:

• fever

• sore throat

• cough

• shortness of breath.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should get medical attention. 

If you have any of these symptoms and have been overseas in the last 14 days, you should get medical attention.

You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline. The Helpline is open 24 hours a day. 1800 020 080. You can contact your own doctor or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222. You can visit the emergency department at a hospital near where you live. You can call 000 if you have a medical emergency. 

Word List Directions The Directions are rules for everyone to follow so we can:

• look after our health

• protect the community

• stop the spread of coronavirus.

Pandemic A virus becomes a pandemic when it spreads quickly to lots of countries around the world.

Symptom A symptom is a sign that you might be sick. You might:

• see symptoms

• feel symptoms.

Virus A virus is an illness or disease that can spread easily from one person to another person. 

How can you get more information?

• 13 77 88 (Service NSW)

• 1800 020 080 (National Coronavirus Helpline) You can call us:

• 24 hours a day

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