Babysits Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy

Babysits Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy

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By Babysits, 8 min read

Updated 23rd November 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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in Victoria

  • 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 (e.g. the beach or park) may include up to 50 people.

  • 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.

  • Hospitality businesses have a venue cap of 300 guests, with a maximum of 100 guests inside. Density requirements are set to 1 person per every 4 square metres. For smaller venues, density requirements are set to 1 person per 2 square metres. Smaller hospitality venues are capped at a maximum of 50 guests.

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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in South Australia

From 12:01 am on 22 November 2020, the Stay at Home Direction has been revoked.

However, some restrictions still remain. These include:

  • The total number of people at a place must not exceed one person per four 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 10 people, regardless of age.
  • Private gatherings at a public place are capped at 50 people and density requirements must be observed.

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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in Queensland

  • Stage 5 of the Roadmap is currently in place.
  • All Queenslanders can gather in groups of up to 50 people in both their homes and public spaces.
  • One per person per 2 square metres at indoor premises.
  • Up to 1500 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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in NT

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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in WA

  • 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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in Tasmania

  • 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 40 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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in the ACT

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.

Coronavirus Restrictions in NSW

  • 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.

  • An overnight stay as part of a visit to someone’s house is allowed.

  • Under the Public Health Orders, childminders are not considered visitors and therefore are not included in the 20 visitor limit.

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.

Coronavirus babysitting measures

For more information about babysitting safely during the Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to the link below.

Safe babysitting in times of social distancing