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Anzac Day in NSW

Information for organisers and attendees of Anzac Day 2021 ceremonies about COVID-19 restrictions and exemptions.

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Anzac Day, on 25 April, marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Anzac Day commemorations, services and events take place throughout Australia. In NSW these are generally organised by the Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) (RSL NSW) and open to the public to attend.

To find an Anzac Day event near you, visit the RSL NSW website.


Anzac Day events in 2021

Outdoor Anzac Day marches and services may be held as COVID-19 safe outdoor gatherings, with up to 5000 persons subject to the two square metre rule.

Organisers of outdoor Anzac Day marches and services must nominate an organiser who will develop and comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan for outdoor events.

Indoor Anzac Day services and events must comply with the restrictions that apply to the premises. If you are organising an indoor event, find out about the COVID-19 Safety Plan that applies to your business, organisation, venue or event.

Learn more about COVID-19 in NSW.

Sydney CBD Anzac Day march

An exemption has been granted for the Anzac Day march organised by the RSL NSW, to be held in Sydney's city centre on Sunday 25 April 2021.

The exemption allows for a maximum of 10,000 people to participate in the outdoor event.

Learn more about organising a COVID safe event.

Attending an event

Stay home if you feel unwell or have any flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell, or loss of taste.

To participate in an outdoor march or service you must

  • provide your contact details to the event organiser
  • follow the directions of the COVID Safe event organiser.

Learn more being COVID safe when you go out.

Attending the Sydney CBD Anzac Day march

To participate in the RSL NSW march in Sydney, veterans should register with their unit/ship/squadron/association.

RSL NSW has asked the Secretaries of unit/ship/squadron/associations to register their intention for their association to march with the RSL NSW.

RSL NSW has prepared information for Anzac Day 2021.

Major roads in the Sydney CBD will be closed between 2am and 4pm for the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Martin Place and march on Elizabeth Street. For full details and real-time traffic conditions, visit Live Traffic NSW.
To plan your trip on public transport visit Transport for NSW

Important information about the NSW Anzac Day Dawn Service

There are many ways to commemorate Anzac Day. It is strongly recommended to celebrate locally by attending community services near you, staying at home to Light Up The Dawn or by watching the live broadcast of the Dawn Service. 

The NSW Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Martin Place Cenotaph will be held for invited guests and the general public who have a ticket. 

All tickets have sold out. A waitlist is available and you will be notified by email if more tickets become available. 

The broadcast of the Dawn Service will start from 4am with the live stream of the service commencing from 4:15am.

Social activities on Anzac Day

If you go out on Anzac Day

  • when visiting family and friends, follow the rules
  • check in at the places you visit, to help with contact tracing
  • try to keep a distance of 1.5 metres from people you don't live with
  • you can wear a face mask if you can't physically distance yourself from others
  • gather outdoors or in large well-ventilated indoor spaces.
  • wash your hands often, especially after touching common surfaces. Use hand sanitiser when out and about.
  • stay home if unwell. Don’t attend any gatherings or have visitors to your home.
  • get tested immediately if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. Self-isolate until you get a negative test result.

If you catch public transport, plan your journey before you go.

Playing or watching two-up

Two-up is a game traditionally played on Anzac Day, by tossing two coins in the air.

If you choose to watch or play two-up you should follow the COVID restrictions of the venue where you are playing as well as the general advice above about Anzac Day social activities.

Learn more about Anzac Day

Find further information about Anzac Day in NSW.

Last updated: 13 April 2021
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