Babysits Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy
Updated 12th January 2021 - 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
- Victorians are now allowed to have up to 15 visitors per day in their home (the limit does not include babies under 1 year).
- Outdoor gatherings in public spaces may include up to 100 people from any household. Babies under 12 months are not included in the limit.
- Masks are required inside (in all settings) but they are not required when you are outside. However, you need to carry the mask with you because you will need to wear the mask outside if you cannot maintain adequate social distancing.
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.
- The total number of people at a place must not exceed one person per two square metres.
- Face masks are not mandatory but they are recommended, particularly in situations where you cannot remain socially distant.
- Social distancing rules still apply. The SA Government asks that individuals maintain 1.5 metre distances from one another.
- Gatherings at a private residence must not exceed 50 people, regardless of age.
- Private gatherings at a public place are capped at 200 people, with a max of 1 person per 2 square metres.
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 5 of the Roadmap is currently in place.
- Queenslanders can have up to 50 people in their homes (this number includes household members).
- Queenslander can gather in groups of up to 100 people in public spaces.
- One per person per 2 square metres indoors.
- Up to 1500 people are allowed to attend outdoor events with a COVID Safe Events Checklist.
Restrictions in the Greater Brisbane area
The Queensland government has announced that from 6pm AEST 11 January 2021 to 1am 22 January 2021, the Greater Brisbane region will be subject to new restrictions. The following regions are impacted:
City of Brisbane
City of Ipswich
Moreton Bay Region
For more information, head to the relevant Queensland Government page.
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.
- 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.
- Restricted access to residential aged care facilities and remote Aboriginal communities
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 100 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.
Outdoor gatherings can have a maximum of 500 people so long as the one person per two square metres rule is followed.
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.
Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong
- It is mandatory to wear a face mask indoors.
- You may have up to 5 visitors in your home from any number of households.
- No more than 30 people can gather in outdoor public spaces (including public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens etc.).
Regional and Rural NSW
- You may have up to 50 visitors from any number of households at your home at any time.
- Face masks are mandatory at airports.
Is babysitting allowed in NSW?
Babysitting is currently allowed in NSW (including Greater Sydney areas and regional/rural areas. 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.