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Updated rules and restrictions for Greater Sydney

From 5pm Thursday 6 May 2021 until 12.01am Monday 17 May 2021 the following rules and restrictions apply to the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains and the local government areas of Wollongong and the Central Coast):

  • Masks are compulsory in indoor areas of retail premises or business premises that provide goods or services to members of the public, such as nail salons, and entertainment facilities including cinemas, theatres and concert halls. Masks are also compulsory indoors at places of worship and religious services. Masks do not have to be worn by staff who do not deal directly with members of the public. Masks must be worn unless there is a permitted reason not to wear a mask.
  • Masks are not required in hospitality venues except for patrons in gaming areas  and staff who deal directly with members of the public.
  • Consumption of alcohol in hospitality venues, including nightclubs, is only permitted in indoor areas if the customer is seated.
  • Dancing at hospitality venues, including nightclubs, is not permitted. Dancing is allowed at weddings but NSW Health recommends that there are no more than 20 persons dancing at one time. 
  • Singing in indoor areas is not permitted except by performers and, in the case of places of public worship, by an individual who is integral to the conduct of the religious service (this person does not have to wear a mask).

Read the Premier's announcement.

COVID-19 Safety Plans are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders, all places of worship in NSW must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Places of worship should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with your staff and volunteers, then share it with them.

Putting your plan into action will help make your visitors feel safe.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

Use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters.

Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan


Things to note:

Register as COVID Safe 

If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

Register as COVID Safe


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