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What is allowed

From Monday 1 June 2020 certain restrictions have eased:

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Upcoming changes

From Saturday 13 June, the following businesses will be allowed to open, with the 4 square metre rule applied at all times.

  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients.

Sports and recreational activities

  • Fitness, gyms, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to
    • 10 people per class and
    • 100 people in an indoor venue.
  • Community centres, including their recreational facilities can reopen.
  • Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can reopen with restricted numbers.

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Over the coming months, the NSW Government will gradually ease current limitations on some businesses.

Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home where it is reasonably practical to do so.

As staff return to workplaces, it's important for everyone to stay healthy and stay safe by 

Use our guide to find out how businesses, services and industries are currently affected.

  • Accommodation services may be offered without restriction, except holiday rentals which are subject to restrictions.
  • Holiday homes and holiday rentals
    • up to ten people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental
    • more than ten people can stay in a holiday home or holiday rental if they are all members of the same household.
  • Caravan and camping grounds may open. There is no limit to the number of customers in the park or grounds however premises must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

If you are visiting someone who is staying in an accommodation service or at a caravan park or camping ground, limits apply for visitors.

Auction houses can open with restrictions. 

  • The 4 square metre rule applies and the number of people allowed on premises is restricted to 100 people indoors or 500 people outdoors.
  • Auction houses that conduct auctions for goods other than food, livestock, fibre or real estate must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Pubs, clubs, small bars, cellar doors, micro-breweries, small distilleries and casinos may open with restrictions.

  • Capacity must not exceed 50 customers or one customer per 4 square metres (excluding staff) per existing separate seated food or drink area, whichever is the lesser. Venues may have multiple existing seated areas.
  • Bowlers on the green are not be counted in the total number of persons on the premises. There can be no more than 10 bowlers on the green at any one time.
  • Maximum of 10 people per booking except, provided that the venue can accommodate this many people, 
    • gatherings for or immediately after a wedding which are permitted to a maximum of 20 guests 
    • gatherings immediately after a funeral or memorial service which are permitted to a maximum of 50 guests.
  • Anyone entering the premises must provide their name and contact details, including a phone number or email address.
  • Operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and keep a record of all people entering the premises.

Salons offering nail, waxing, tanning and beauty services may open with restrictions.

Cafes and restaurants may open with restrictions.

  • Capacity must not exceed 50 customers or one customer per 4 square metres in an existing seated dining area, whichever is the lesser.
  • Bookings can only be to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Anyone entering the premises must provide their name and contact details, including a phone number or email address.
  • Operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and keep a record of all people entering the premises.

Tables and chairs in food courts are not to be used for the consumption of food or drinks.

  • Community centres can only open (with no capacity limitations) to
    • provide a service to assist vulnerable members of the public
    • as an early education and care facility.
  • Community centres can also open for counselling or support group services. Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres (including staff members).

Cultural buildings that provide information and education facilities such as galleries and museums may open with restrictions.

National Trust or Historic Houses Trust properties may open with restrictions.

  • Betting agencies may open with restrictions.
    • Capacity must not exceed 10 customers or one customer per 4 square metres (excluding staff members), whichever is the lesser.
    • Operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Drive-in cinemas may open with no capacity limitation. Operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Aquariums, zoos and reptile parks may open with restrictions.
  • Any other amusement centre or entertainment facility is closed.

Hairdressing salons and barbers may open with restrictions. Businesses must comply with the 4 square metre rule.

If the salon also provides nail, waxing, tanning or other beauty services, the operator must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Customers should be encouraged to go to the hairdresser or barber alone or with one other person.

Hairdressing services can also be provided in a customer's home. Any business that wants to provide mobile services must comply with all relevant laws, including work, health and safety and public health laws, as well as local council and planning requirements.

Healthcare products and services may open including

  • chemists
  • dental services
  • doctors
  • hospitals or medical centres
  • physiotherapists
  • remedial or therapeutic massage service providers
  • other healthcare providers as listed in the NSW Public Health Act including speech therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture services.

Libraries may open with restrictions.

Food markets are open. 

Physical distancing and good hand hygiene should be followed at all times to keep everyone safe.

Markets that do no predominantly sell food are closed. 

Premises that provide remedial or therapeutic massage services, as well as physiotherapy can open.

Premises that are massage parlours must close, except for selling products and gift vouchers. 

Physical distancing and good hand hygiene should be followed at all times to keep everyone safe.

Providers and workers should visit NDIS.gov.au for advice.

For training information visit NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Massage parlours cannot currently provide services however they can sell their products. This applies to any business premises, regardless of whether it operates in a retail outlet or in a private home.

Find out about reopening of massage parlours from Saturday 13 June.

Strip clubs and sex services premises are closed.

Professional sport, including matches and training, is considered work and therefore permitted. 

Read advice on Principles for professional sports organisations to resume play in NSW from NSW Health.

Agents and vendors can hold open house property inspections and on-site auctions. 

Follow these safety measures to keep customers, property owners and real estate staff safe from COVID-19.

  • Use digital platforms to remove physical contact, where possible.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres between people by:
    • limiting the number of people viewing a property and attending an auction
    • managing the number of people entering small spaces
    • considering an extended timeframe for open house viewings and inspections
    • using outdoor venues for auctions wherever possible
    • using large venues for indoor auctions to maintain the 4 square metre rule.
  • Promote good hand hygiene on premises and at auctions by:
    • making hand sanitiser available
    • ensuring clients do not touch surfaces
    • cleaning the property before and after inspections.
  • Keep detailed contact records of people attending open homes and auctions.
  • Ensure people with any symptoms of illness do not attend a property.

The 4 square metre rule and physical distancing applies and the number of persons allowed on premises is restricted to 100 people indoors or 500 people outdoors.

Retail shops may open however they must comply with the 4 square metre rule.

Retail shops should also seek to make sure staff and customers maintain physical distancing of greater than 1.5 metres.

Find out more about how to make your shop COVID safe.

Physical distancing and good hand hygiene should be followed at all times to keep everyone safe.

Bootcamps and personal training

Public gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted, including bootcamps and personal training sessions.

Outdoor playground and exercise/gym equipment can be used with caution. People should:

  • wash their hands before and after using the equipment
  • clean or disinfect the equipment where possible, before and after use
  • remember that the public gathering rule of no more than 10 people still applies.

Lawn bowls

Lawn bowling is allowed providing public health order conditions are met including that:

  • there are only 10 people on a bowling green at any one time (excluding staff and game officials)
  • physical distancing is maintained
  • the licensee records the name and phone number of each player and records are kept for 4 weeks.

Swimming pools

  • Outdoor public swimming pools can open but must have no more than 10 people in the pool at one time.
  • Indoor public swimming pools are closed except for squad training in swimming pools that are 25 metres or more long, where there is only one person per lane, and no more than 10 people in the pool at one time. Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres.

Indoor sport and fitness recreation facilities

Indoor recreation facilities are closed (for example, squash courts, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks).

From Saturday 13 June, the following businesses will be allowed to open, with the 4 square metre rule applied at all times.

  • Fitness, gyms, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to
    • 10 people per class and
    • 100 people in an indoor venue.
  • Community centres, including their recreational facilities can reopen.
  • Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can reopen with restricted numbers.

Major recreation facilities

Major recreation facilities such as stadiums, theme parks, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks are limited to 10 persons on the premises excluding workers.

Tattoo parlours cannot provide services however they can sell their products. This applies to any business premises, regardless of whether it operates in a retail outlet or in a private home.

From Saturday 13 June, tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients, with the 4 square metre rule applied at all times.

Services for vulnerable members of the public such as foodbanks and homeless shelters are open.

Physical distancing and good hand hygiene should be followed at all times to keep everyone safe.

Changes from Monday 1 June to worship, weddings and funerals

  • up to 20 people can attend weddings
  • up to 50 can attend funerals
  • up to 50 can gather at places of worship such as a church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue or temple.

Weddings

Maximum of 20 people plus the couple, a photographer, videographer, the person conducting the service and any other people assisting in the conduct of the service.

People attending the service will be required to supply their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Funerals and memorial services

Up to 50 people may attend a funeral or memorial service.

The limit to the number of people who may attend includes adults and children and excludes the people necessary to conduct the service or assist in the conduct of the service such as the funeral director and their staff.

People attending the service will be required to supply their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Worship and religious gatherings

A maximum of 50 people (adults and children) can attend a religious service at a place of worship, plus the people necessary to conduct or assist in the conduct of, the service.

A maximum of 50 people can attend a place of worship for private worship however the capacity must not exceed 4 square metres per person. The maximum applies to the whole of the venue, even where men and women worship in separate areas. 

Services can be streamed or recorded to enable people to engage in worship.

People attending a religious service at a place of public worship will be required to provide their name and contact details when they enter so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Physical distancing and good hand hygiene should be followed at all times to keep everyone safe.

Last updated: 1 June 2020

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