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NSW reaches 80% full vaccination

NSW has hit the 80% (aged 16 and over) double-dose vaccination target. From Monday 18 October 2021 eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • up to 20 people visit their home
  • participate in community sport.

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.

People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities
and major recreation facilities, unless they work at the venue.

For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.

Check the COVID-19 rules in full

The roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions below offers a summary of the rules for people in NSW.

To read the rules in full, go to

For people who are fully vaccinated

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Masks and QR codes

  • Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).
  • Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).
  • COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.
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Visiting family and friends

  • Up to 20 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits do not apply for children under the age of 12).
  • Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted for up to  50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated).
  • Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.
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Exercise and recreation

  • Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities open with density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres and up to 20 people in gym and dance classes.
  • No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.
  • Indoor swimming pools open for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming and rehab activities.
  • Community sports permitted for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants – capacity limits apply.
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Shopping and personal services

  • Non-critical retail open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).
  • No customer limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours), density limits apply.
  • Sex services premises reopen.
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Restaurants and hospitality

  • Hospitality open with density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • From 1 November bookings for hospitality venues will no longer be capped.
  • No singing indoors (except for performers).
  • Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors (except at nightclubs).
  • Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.
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Working from home

  • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
  • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
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Events and entertainment

  • Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and race courses) open with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.
  • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.
  • COVID safe outdoor gatherings permitted for up to 200 people.
  • Controlled outdoor public gatherings (for example – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3000 people with density limit.
  • Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.
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Weddings and religious services

  • Wedding ceremonies permitted with no person limit (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated), density limit still applies.
  • Wedding receptions permitted with no person limits (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing, and dancing is permitted, density limit still apply. 
  • Funerals permitted with no person limit (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking allowed while standing, density limits still apply.
  • Places of worship reopen for people who are not fully vaccinated with density limits.
  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.
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Travel and transport

  • Travel for holidays and recreational visits including day trips between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Carpooling permitted (restrictions remain for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds open (including people who are not fully vaccinated).

About the roadmap

The roadmap is subject to further fine-tuning and health advice if circumstances change drastically or cases remain too high.

  • COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers in most settings.
  • Density limits of 1 person per 4sqm for indoor areas and person per 2sqm for outdoor areas apply to some activities listed above.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans apply.

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