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Opening up NSW from 8 November

From 8 November 2021, restrictions will ease further for people who are fully vaccinated. Find out about the roadmap to opening up NSW.

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Easing restrictions for fully vaccinated people

From Monday 8 November 2021 eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • no capacity limits for major recreation and entertainment facilities
  • no limits to the number of visitors to your home
  • no booking limits for restaurants and hospitality.

COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers in most settings.

Density limits of 1 person per 2sqm indoor and outdoor areas apply to all activities listed below.

COVID-19 Safety Plans apply.


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 not required in office buildings (except for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Masks not required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).
  • COVID-19 Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.
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Visiting family and friends

  • No limit to number of visitors in your home.
  • No limit to number of people for outdoor public gatherings and recreation, (COVID-19 Safety Plans required if over 1000 people attend).
  • All visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.
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Exercise and recreation

  • Gym and dance classes limited to 20 people.
  • Indoor swimming pools reopen for all purposes.
  • Community sports permitted for all staff, spectators and participants (COVID-19 Safety Plans required if over 1000 people attend).
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Schools

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Shopping and personal services

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

  • No person or booking limit in hospitality venues, density limits apply.
  • Takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Singing and dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors.
  • 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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Travel and transport

  • No distance limits for travel.
  • Travel holidays, including day trips, between Greater Sydney and regional NSW permitted (except for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Carpooling permitted (members of your household only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds remain open (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).
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International travel

  • International travellers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine on arrival. They must do a PCR test, be recognised as fully vaccinated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have their vaccination status certified by the Commonwealth.
  • International travellers who are not fully vaccinated still need to quarantine on arrival for 14 days. Limit on number of arrivals will apply.
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Events and entertainment

  • No person limit for major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks and race courses), subject to density limits or 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres), subject to density limits or 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries), density limits still apply.
  • No person limit for outdoor public gatherings and recreation (COVID-19 Safety Plans required if over 1000 people attend).
  • Dancing permitted and drinking alcohol not required to be seated in nightclubs and strip clubs.
  • Sex on premises venues reopen, density limits apply.
  • Music festivals prohibited.
  • Amusement centres and play centres reopen, density limits apply.
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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).
  • Wedding receptions permitted with no person limit (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking allowed while standing, and dancing is permitted, density limits 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.
  • No singing or dancing indoors for people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Eating and drinking at weddings and funerals must be seated for people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Places of worship open to all, density limits still apply.

About the roadmap

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

  • 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 until 95% or 15 December.
  • COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers in most settings.
  • Density limits of 1 person per 2sqm indoor and outdoor areas apply to all activities listed above.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans apply.

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