Babysits Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy
Updated 22nd October 2020 - Babysitting during Coronavirus (COVID-19). At Babysits, we want to give our community the best support possible and do our part in keeping you updated on what the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means for you as a babysitter, childminder or parent.
What does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) mean for you as a parent or babysitter?
Although we do our best to provide our community with up-to-date and accurate information, we advise that you check the Australian Government Department of Health for further information.
Below we have outlined what the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) means for you as a babysitter or parent seeking babysitting services, depending on the state in which you live.
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Western Australia
- New South Wales
As of 11.59pm 18 October Third Step restrictions are being eased in regional Victoria.
- There are no restrictions on leaving home for regional Victorians.
- You can have up to 2 people visit you in your home each day.
- Groups of up to 10 people are allowed to gather together outdoors.
- Do not travel to Metropolitan Melbourne. Exemptions apply for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons, or shopping for essential food supplies.
- You must wear a mask outside of your home.
As of 11.59pm 18 October Second Step restrictions are being eased throughout metropolitan Melbourne.
- You can now travel up to 25km from your home (as opposed to the previous 5km rule).
- From 5am Monday 28th September, there is no longer a curfew in place for metropolitan Melbourne residents.
- You may leave your home for any length of time to exercise or see friends and family outdoors. This replaces the previous 2-hour limit. There are now no limits on the number of times you may leave your home.
- You may meet in a group of up to 10 people from a max. of 2 households outdoors in a public place to socialize (babies under 12 months are not included in this limit).
Is babysitting allowed in Victoria?
Babysitting is allowed in Victoria.
You are permitted to leave your home to care for children and may enter another person's home for the purpose of caring for their children. This applies to all children, not just those of permitted workers.
Care can be both an existing or new arrangement, meaning that the previous rule (that only pre-existing arrangements may continue) no longer applies.
Density restrictions are now in place in South Australia. The total number of people at any given place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.
It is asked that every person maintains physcial distancing of 1.5 metres from others in public spaces. However this rule does not apply to people who live together or regularly associate with one another.
Gatherings at private residences are restriced to a maximum of 50 people per gathering.
Gatherings at a private place (as opposed to a private residence) are restricted to a maximum of 100 people.
Is babysitting allowed in South Australia?
Babysitting is allowed in South Australia. However, this is subject to change as the situation evolves. Check Covid-19 SA for more information.
- Stage 4 of the Roadmap is currently in place.
- All Queenslanders can gather in groups of up to 30 people in both their homes and public spaces.
- Up to 1000 people are allowed to attend outdoor events with a COVID Safe Events Checklist.
Is babysitting allowed in Queensland?
Currently, babysitting is allowed in Queensland. However, we advise that families have one regular babysitter rather than multiple babysitters. This way, you can better monitor the number of people entering your home and potentially spreading the virus.
There are currently no restrictions in NT for having visitors in your home.
However, the Nothern Territory Government advices that citizens, "Stay home and stay away from other people and arrange to be tested for COVID-19 infection if you have symptoms of respiratory illness, including loss of smell, nasal symptoms, sore throat, tired, cough or fever."
Is babysitting allowed in the NT?
Currently, it is okay to babysit in the NT. However, we advise that families have one regular babysitter rather than multiple babysitters. This way, you can better monitor the number of people entering your home and potentially spreading the virus.
Phase 4 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap has been extended until October 23rd.
- Gathering limits are determined by WA's 2 square metre rule.
- WA's major sport and entertainment venues are limited to a 50 per cent capacity rule.
The situation is constantly evolving. For more information, visit the WA Gov website.
Is babysitting allowed in Western Australia?
Babysitting is currently allowed in Western Australia. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO. If you experience COVID-19 symtoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
- You can travel and stay anywhere within Tasmania, so long as you comply with the indoor and outdoor restrictions on gatherings.
- Gatherings at households are limited to 20 people at any one time (not including residents of the household).
Limits on public gatherings are now determined by the density of area, with a maximum of:
- 250 people an undivided indoor space
- 1,000 people for an undivided outdoor space
- 1 person per 2 square metres
The Tasmanian Government asks that Tasmanian citizens "... maintain physical distancing at all times when you are out (staying at least 1.5 metres from other people), wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes. You should not visit others or have visitors to your home if you are unwell."
Is babysitting allowed in Tasmania?
Babysitting is currently allowed in Tasmania. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO and the Tasmanian Government. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
There is no current limit on household visitation in the ACT.
All gatherings have increased to 200 people, so long as one person per four square metres can be maintained in indoor spaces and one person per two square metres can be maintained for outdoor spaces.
Is babysitting allowed in the ACT?
Babysitting is currently allowed in the ACT. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO. If you experience COVID-19 symtoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
At any one time, up to 20 visitors may visit another household. This number of visitors include both adults and children.
No more than 20 people can gather outside in a public place.
There is currently no daily limit as to the number of visitors allowed in your home, as long as you do not have more than 20 at any one time.
You may have guests from any household at your home, as long as you do not exceed 20 visitors in total.
Is babysitting allowed in NSW?
Babysitting is currently allowed in NSW. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO. If you experience COVID-19 symtoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
Extra Tips for Parents and Babysitters
We ask that you do take measures to protect the safety of yourself and others. For example, we recommend that parents have one regular babysitter rather than multiple babysitters. This way, you can better monitor the number of people entering your home and potentially spreading the virus.
Furthermore, we suggest that babysitters consider virtual babysitting and online homework help as viable babysitting options. For more information, please click here.
If you have further questions, you can contact our customer service and we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
For more information about babysitting safely during the Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to the link below.