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School formals

Resources and guidance on how to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan for a school formal.

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Changes to seating arrangements effective Friday 23 October 2020

As of Friday 23 October 2020, school formals can increase the number of attendees sitting at a table from 10 to 30.

How many people are allowed

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Event Maximum capacity summary
School formal

One person per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff hired to facilitate the event e.g. photographers, venue employees).

Check venue capacity limits.

No more than 30 people at a table.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

We've developed this COVID-19 Safety Plan to help create a safe environment for conducting school formals.

There are additional industry-specific COVID-19 Safety Plans available on the NSW Government website which may also be useful when planning your school formal. This document should also be used in conjunction with the policies and procedures relevant to each education sector.

On 24 September, NSW announced that formals and graduation ceremonies for primary school students could proceed in Term 4. Secondary schools should wait until after the last written exam for the 2020 HSC, Wednesday 11 November, to hold these events to minimise any potential disruption to exam preparation and conduct.

Keep your plan up to date

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

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for school formals
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

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

Last updated: 28 October 2020


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