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Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan to help you create and maintain a safe environment for you, your workers and your patrons and clients.

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Under Public Health Orders, you must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for how your business will keep your clients, patrons and workers safe.

You can either:

Updating your plan

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

The plan available on this page will always be the most recent.

If you have registered as a COVID Safe business online and you update your safety plan, you do not need to register again.

Checklist of matters to be addressed in your COVID-19 Safety Plan

  • Exclude staff and patrons who are unwell from the premises. 

  • Provide staff with information and training on COVID-19, including when to get tested, physical distancing and cleaning.

  • Ensure staff are aware of their leave entitlements and the need to self-isolate if sick.

  • Display conditions of entry (website, social media, salon entry).

  • Ensure COVID-19 Safety Plans are in place, where relevant, for:

  • Capacity must not exceed one customer per 4 square metres (excluding staff).
  • Assign lockers to patrons to avoid overcrowding and ensure social distancing measures are followed in changerooms. Lockers and locker keys should be wiped down and cleaned between patrons.
  • Have strategies to avoid crowding in rooms where practical.
  • Consider strategies to decrease risk of transmission, such as recommending patrons avoid face-to-face contact. Continue to provide condoms and water based lubricant in areas where used.
  • Ensure seating in chill out spaces complies with physical distancing of 1.5 metres where possible; rearrange seats or use signage if required.
  • Where possible, ensure venue staff maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing at all times, including at meal breaks and in any office or meeting rooms.
  • Review regular deliveries and request contactless delivery/invoicing where practical.
  • Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises.

  • Adopt and promote good hand hygiene practices for staff and patrons. Ensure messages are displayed throughout the venue encouraging patrons to regularly wash hands.

  • Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels or hand dryers, including in room washing facilities.
  • Areas that have a high turnover of patrons (dark rooms, group rooms, etc) should be cleaned regularly.
  • Any surfaces patrons frequently touch should be regularly cleaned with a detergent/disinfectant solution several times per day. Venues should provide patrons with clean towels.
  • Clean hard surface areas in areas frequented by staff or patrons at least daily with detergent/disinfectant.
  • Maintain disinfectant solutions at an appropriate strength and use in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Ensure safe sex supplies, such as condoms and lube, are single use sachets where possible.
  • Ensure that hand sanitiser is provided throughout the venue, with messages throughout the venue about showering and cleaning hands in between partners.
  • Remove books, magazines, pamphlets and iPads.
  • Staff are to wear gloves when cleaning and wash hands thoroughly before and after with soap and water.
  • Encourage contactless payment options and/or do not handle cash directly. Use disposable gloves to receive and count, or wash hands before and after with soap and water or hand sanitiser.

  • Keep a record of a name and a contact for all service providers, patrons and contractors for a period of at least 28 days. Ensure records are used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely.

  • Make your service providers aware of the COVIDSafe app and and its benefits to support contact tracing if required.

  • Cooperate with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 at your workplace, and notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.


It's free to become a COVID Safe business

Step 1

Download your COVID-19 Safety plan

Download, print and complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan: sex on premises venues (PDF, 212.85 KB)

Step 2

Register as a COVID Safe business 

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

Register a COVID Safe business

Last updated: 24 July 2020

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