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Common questions about the rules

FAQs about the updated COVID-19 rules in NSW.

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Update on COVID-19 restrictions

Stay at home rules apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas. 

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Rules for your local area

A summary of the rules if you live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas. 

Find out more about the Greater Sydney rules and restrictions.

Activity The rules
Stay at home

You should not leave home unless it is absolutely essential.

You can leave home if you have a reasonable excuse.  

Follow the NSW Health guidance if you are self-isolating.

Visiting people

In general, you cannot 

  • visit people in their home or allow people to visit you at home
  • share a car with a person you do not live with.
Repairs and cleaning

Restrictions apply to renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning services that can be provided by someone working in your home.

Find out about the service providers allowed in your home.

Exercise and recreation

Stay in your local government area or up to 10km from home.

You can go outdoors for exercise or recreation with

  • the people you live with
  • one person you do not live with, such as your nominated visitor.
Working

Work from home if you are able to.

If you cannot work from home you can go to work

  • in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas at a business that can be open
  • up to 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas without getting a COVID-19 test 
  • more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas if you meet the requirements for testing every 7 days.

See the restrictions that apply to 

If you leave your home to go to work, follow the rules for wearing a face mask

COVID-19 tests

Get a COVID-19 test if you

More information

A summary of the rules that apply if you live in the Blacktown local government area.

Find out more about the restrictions within local government areas of concern.

Activity

The rules

Stay at home

You should not leave home unless it is absolutely essential.

You can leave home if you have a reasonable excuse.

Follow the NSW Health guidance if you are self-isolating.

Visiting people

In general, you cannot

  • visit people in their home or allow people to visit you at home
  • share a car with a person you do not live with.
Repairs and cleaning

Restrictions apply to renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning services that can be provided by someone working in your home.

Find out about the service providers allowed in your home.

Exercise and recreation

Stay within 5km of your home.

You can go outdoors for exercise or recreation with

  • the people you live with
  • one person you do not live with, such as your nominated visitor.

Working

Work from home if you are able to.

If you cannot work from home you can leave your home to go to work

  • if you are an authorised worker
  • in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas at a business that can be open
  • up to 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas without getting a COVID-19 test 
  • more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas if you meet the requirements for COVID-19 testing every 7 days.

See the restrictions that apply to 

If you leave your home to go to work, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.

COVID-19 tests

Get a COVID-19 test if you

  • have any symptoms
  • were at a location at the same time as a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • come into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • are working more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas and are required to get a COVID-19 test every 7 days.

More information

A summary of the rules the apply from 12:01am on 29 July 2021 if you live in the Campbelltown, Georges River and Parramatta local government areas. 

Find out more about the restrictions within local government areas of concern.

Activity

The rules

Stay at home

You should not leave home unless it is absolutely essential.

You can leave home if you have a reasonable excuse.

Follow the NSW Health guidance if you are self-isolating.

Visiting people

In general, you cannot

  • visit people in their home or allow people to visit you at home
  • share a car with a person you do not live with.
Repairs and cleaning

Restrictions apply to renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning services that can be provided by someone working in your home.

Find out about the service providers allowed in your home.

Exercise and recreation

Stay within 5km of your home.

You can go outdoors for exercise or recreation with

  • the people you live with
  • one person you do not live with, such as your nominated visitor.

Working

Work from home if you are able to.

If you cannot work from home you can leave your home to go to work

  • if you are an authorised worker
  • in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas at a business that can be open
  • up to 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas without getting a COVID-19 test 
  • more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas if you meet the requirements for COVID-19 testing every 7 days.

See the restrictions that apply to 

If you leave your home to go to work, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.

COVID-19 tests

Get a COVID-19 test if you

  • have any symptoms
  • were at a location at the same time as a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • come into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • are working more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas and are required to get a COVID-19 test every 7 days.

More information

A summary of the rules if you live in the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area.

Find out more about the restrictions within local government areas of concern.

Activity

The rules

Stay at home

You should not leave home unless it is absolutely essential.

You can leave home if you have a reasonable excuse.

Follow the NSW Health guidance if you are self-isolating.

Visiting people

In general, you cannot

  • visit people in their home or allow people to visit you at home
  • share a car with a person you do not live with.
Repairs and cleaning

Restrictions apply to renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning services that can be provided by someone working in your home.

Find out about the service providers allowed in your home.

Exercise and recreation

Stay within 5km of your home.

You can go outdoors for exercise or recreation with

  • the people you live with
  • one person you do not live with, such as your nominated visitor.

Working

Work from home if you are able to.

If you cannot work from home you can leave your home to go to work

See the restrictions that apply to 

If you go to work, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.

COVID-19 tests

Get a COVID-19 test if you

You must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to go to work if you

  • are an aged care or health care worker and 
  • live in or are staying in the canterbury-Bankstown local government areas and
  • work outside either area.

An aged care worker is a person who works in a residential aged care facility.

A health care worker is a person who

  • provides health services within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997 (whether public or private sector)
  • is a registered health practitioner
  • works for a registered health practitioner or
  • provides ancillary services to a health practitioner, such as cleaners, cooks and security providers at hospitals.

From 31 July 2021 you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to go to work if you

  • are an authorised worker and
  • live in or are staying in the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area and
  • work outside this area.

More information

A summary of the rules if you live in the Cumberland or Fairfield local government areas.

Find out more about the restrictions within local government areas of concern.

Activity

The rules

Stay at home

You should not leave home unless it is absolutely essential.

You can leave home if you have a reasonable excuse.

Follow the NSW Health guidance if you are self-isolating.

Visiting people

In general, you cannot

  • visit people in their home or allow people to visit you at home
  • share a car with a person you do not live with.
Repairs and cleaning

Restrictions apply to renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning services that can be provided by someone working in your home.

Find out about the service providers allowed in your home.

Exercise and recreation

Stay within 5km of your home.

You can go outdoors for exercise or recreation with

  • the people you live with
  • one person you do not live with, such as your nominated visitor.

Working

Work from home if you are able to.

If you cannot work from home you can leave your home to go to work

  • if you are an authorised worker
  • in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas at a business that can be open
  • up to 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas without getting a COVID-19 test 
  • more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas if you meet the requirements for COVID-19 testing every 7 days.

See the restrictions that apply to 

If you leave your home to go to work, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.

COVID-19 tests

Get a COVID-19 test if you

  • have any symptoms
  • were at a location at the same time as a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • come into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • are working more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas and are required to get a COVID-19 test every 7 days.

If you live in or are staying in the Cumberland or Fairfield local government areas but you work outside the area you live in or are staying in, you

  • (until 31 July) can only leave home to go to work if you are an authorised worker in the Fairfield local government area if you continue to have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) and
  • from the beginning of 31 July if you are an aged care or health care worker you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to go to work.

An aged care worker is a person who works in a residential aged care facility.

A health care worker is a person who

  • provides health services within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997 (whether public or private sector)
  • is a registered health practitioner
  • works for a registered health practitioner or
  • provides ancillary services to a health practitioner, such as cleaners, cooks and security providers at hospitals.

More information

A summary of the rules if you live in the Liverpool local government area. 

Find out more about the restrictions within local government areas of concern.

Activity

The rules

Stay at home

You should not leave home unless it is absolutely essential.

You can leave home if you have a reasonable excuse.

Follow the NSW Health guidance if you are self-isolating.

Visiting people

In general, you cannot

  • visit people in their home or allow people to visit you at home
  • share a car with a person you do not live with.
Repairs and cleaning

Restrictions apply to renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning services that can be provided by someone working in your home.

Find out about the service providers allowed in your home.

Exercise and recreation

Stay within 5km of your home.

You can go outdoors for exercise or recreation with

  • the people you live with
  • one person you do not live with, such as your nominated visitor.

Working

Work from home if you are able to.

If you cannot work from home you can leave your home to go to work

  • if you are an authorised worker
  • in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas at a business that can be open
  • up to 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas without getting a COVID-19 test 
  • more than 50km from Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas if you meet the requirements for COVID-19 testing every 7 days.

See the restrictions that apply to 

If you leave your home to go to work, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.

COVID-19 tests

Get a COVID-19 test if you

More information

A summary of the rules if you live in regional and rural NSW, outside the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.  

Find out more about the regional and rural NSW rules and restrictions.

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Leaving your home

The stay at home rules do not apply to regional and rural NSW, outside the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

If you do not have a reasonable excuse, you must not enter the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour

Follow the NSW Health guidance if you are self-isolating.

Visiting people

You can

  • have up to 5 people visit you at home at the same time
  • meet up outdoors in a public place with up to 200 people you do not live with
  • share a car with other people you do not live with.
Exercise and recreation

There is no limit for where you can go in regional and rural NSW for exercise and recreation however you cannot enter Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas for exercise and recreation.

A 20-person limit applies to

  • classes or activities at a gym or
  • group dance classes at a recreation facility (indoors).
Working

You can

  • work from home if you are reasonably able to do so or
  • leave your home to go to your workplace.
COVID-19 tests

Get a COVID-19 test if you

More information

Visitors and gatherings at home

Stay at home rules

Stay at home rules apply to the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour. 

Regional and rural NSW

Rules apply to the number of people who can visit at home at the same time outside of the local government areas of

  • Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Under the rules

  • up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time
  • the total number of visitors includes adults and children
  • a member of the hosting household is not counted as a visitor
  • people working for the occupier of the premises or assisting in an emergency situation at your home will not be counted as visitors.  

If you have more than the maximum visitors allowed at your home, each visitor (not just the members of your household) may be fined for a breach of the public health order.

People who are at higher risk of COVID-19 should follow the guidance for aged care facilities and vulnerable people

Find out more about the rules and restrictions for NSW

When the stay at home rules are in place, you cannot go out to visit someone that you do not normally live with.

Under this rule you are a visitor if you previously lived in the same home as your parents, grandparents or another family member but have moved somewhere else to live. 

Under the stay at home rules

  • you cannot visit your family at their home and 
  • they cannot visit you at your home.

The stay at home rules currently apply to the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

If you live alone – which means there are no other adults who live in the same home – you can have a "singles bubble" with a nominated visitor. 

Find out about the rules if you live in or are staying in

  • Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas
  • the local government areas of concern: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta.

Children, parenting and pets

Follow the COVID-19 safety measures for schools in NSW

Early childhood education and care services – including family day care residences and venues – can continue to operate.

Contact your service provider to ask about any changes to their operations.

Find out more about COVID-19 safety measures.

Families can drop off or pick up children from early childhood education and care services across NSW.

In Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, carpooling rules apply. 

Follow the face mask rules and the restrictions that apply in

Find out more about the COVID-19 safety measures. 

You may leave your home or temporary accommodation to facilitate arrangements for access to, and contact between

  • parents and children or siblings or
  • children under the age of 18 who do not live in the same household as
    • their parents or siblings or 
    • one of their parents or siblings.

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You can take your pet to a vet or grooming salon but you must

  • check-in to the venue
  • comply with the COVID-19 restrictions that apply to your local area.

Mobile grooming services and animal shelters may operate but these businesses must comply with authorised worker restrictions.

Aged care, seniors and vulnerable people

Aged care residents are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and are more vulnerable to serious complications if they do become infected.

Read more about

While there are no specific COVID-19 restrictions for seniors, NSW Health advises that people over 70 or those with a pre-existing condition are at greater risk of more severe symptoms if they are infected with COVID-19.

To learn more, read our COVID-19

You should not visit someone who is a patient in a hospital or healthcare facility while the stay at home rules are in place in 

  • Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

If there is an urgent compassionate reason for you to visit someone in a healthcare facility, contact the healthcare facility to request permission to visit.

If you are given permission to visit, follow the face mask rules and any other direction given by the healthcare facility to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Working and business

Find out about financial assistance, support measures and tax relief to help businesses and people across the state impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The  COVID-19 support package includes

  • helplines and other support
  • COVID-19 disaster payments
  • rent and mortgage repayments
  • grants and loans
  • tax, fee and lease assistance.

Stay at home rules apply in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Additional rules apply to businesses that can be open.

Learn more

Workers

For workers in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour you are allowed to work from home if you reasonably can.

Employers

If you employ staff in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, you are required to let employees work from home if they reasonably can.

Penalties of up to $10,000 may apply to employers who fail to allow their employees to work from home where they reasonably can.

Learn more

The rules for renovation of homes where people are living and repairs, maintenance, and cleaning services are changing from 31 July 2021. 

Until 31 July 2021 

  • renovations in Greater Sydney must stop; and 
  • restrictions apply to repairs, maintenance, and cleaning services that can be provided in your home if you live in Greater Sydney. 

From 31 July 2021 the rules will change.

Waste management services and cleaning of common property of residential apartment buildings and commercial premises can continue.

Financial and other assistance is available. Find out about the COVID-19 Support Package

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Until the beginning of 29 July 2021, work at construction sites in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, is not to be carried out unless the work is urgently required

  • to ensure the safety or security of the construction site
  • to deal with environmental risks
  • to maintain and ensure the integrity of critical plant, equipment or assets, including partially completed works, that would otherwise deteriorate
  • to receive deliveries of supplies that would otherwise deteriorate
  • to maintain public utilities
  • to ensure the safe operation of existing transport infrastructure
  • by or on behalf of NSW Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • because of an emergency.


From the beginning of Saturday 31 July 2021, work at constructions sites in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas (but excluding sites in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, and Parramatta local government areas) will be permitted to resume with each site required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan .     

Until further notice, work at construction sites in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River,  Liverpool, and Parramatta local government areas is not to be carried out unless the work is urgently required  

  • to ensure the safety or security of the construction site  
  • to deal with environmental risks  
  • to maintain and ensure the integrity of critical plant, equipment or assets, including partially completed works, that would otherwise deteriorate  
  • to receive deliveries of supplies that would otherwise deteriorate  
  • to maintain public utilities  
  • to ensure the safe operation of existing transport infrastructure  
  • by or on behalf of NSW Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic  
  • because of an emergency.  

If you live in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta local government areas, you are not authorised to leave the local government area you live in to work at a construction site.  

Financial and other assistance is available. Find out about the COVID-19 Support Package

Learn more

Greater Sydney

If you live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas and you work more than 50km from the area, find out about the rules for COVID-19 tests for Greater Sydney workers.

Canterbury-Bankstown local government areas

Until 31 July 2021 you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to go to work if you

  • are an aged care or health care worker and
  • live in or are staying in the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area and
  • work outside this area.

From 31 July 2021 you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to go to work if you

  • are an authorised worker and
  • live in or are staying in the Canterbury-Bankstown local government area and
  • work outside this area.

Cumberland and Fairfield local government areas

If you live in or are staying in the Cumberland or Fairfield local government areas but you work outside the area you live in or are staying in, you

  • Until 31 July you can only leave home to go to work if you are an authorised worker in the Fairfield local government area if you continue to have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) and
  • from the beginning of 31 July if you are an aged care or health care worker you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to go to work.

 

Learn more

Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta local government areas

Entering the area

If you live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas

  • you must have a reasonable excuse to leave home and enter the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta local government areas
  • you do not have to get a COVID-19 test to enter the area.

Leaving the area for work

Follow the rules that apply if you live in or are staying in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta local government areas.

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You must develop and comply with the COVID-19 safety plan for your business.

  • If your business requires a COVID-19 safety plan, ensure that it is current.
  • Keep a copy of your COVID-19 safety plan and make it available for inspection by an authorised officer or police officer as requested.

Occupiers of premises (such as business owners or venue operators) must generally follow the square metres rules.

More information

If your business or organisation already collects contact details using a NSW Government QR code or alternative digital sign-in sheet, there's no change. 

Some additional businesses, organisations and events need to have

  • a NSW Government QR code for your premises, venue or event so that staff and customers can check in using the Service NSW app
  • an alternative digital sign-in sheet for staff and customers who do not have a smart phone or are unable to sign-in using the Service NSW app. 

More information

Driving and transport

Carpooling is when you travel in a car with people you do not live with such as

  • friends
  • family
  • people you work with.

Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, you must not carpool with people you do not live with in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

If you use a vehicle for work, you are allowed to carpool where it is required for your work such as

  • police officers working in a team of 2 people
  • team of removalists working together. 

Regional and rural NSW

Carpooling is allowed in other parts of regional and rural NSW. 

More information

Visit the Transport for NSW website for COVID-19: Safer travel guidance.

Check the list of reasonable excuses for leaving your home if you are in the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour

Visit the Service NSW website for an update on driver testing for driver and rider licences

Visit the Transport for NSW website for additional guidance for workers within the freight industry.  

Weddings, funerals and memorial services

See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.


The event organiser or venue operator must have and comply with a COVID-19 safety plan for weddings to address the requirements including

  • venue capacity – square metres rules that apply
  • attendance of seniors and vulnerable people.
  • registration of staff and guests for the purpose of contact tracing
  • safe handling of guestbooks, programs, booklets and donations
  • service of food and drink
  • live music, singing and dancing.

The event organiser must

  • keep a copy of the COVID-19 safety plan while the event occurs at the premises, and
  • make it available to an authorised officer or a police officer as requested.

See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.


The event organiser or venue operator must have and comply with a COVID-19 safety plan for a funeral, memorial service or wake to address the requirements including

  • venue capacity – square metres rules that apply
  • attendance of seniors and vulnerable people
  • registration of staff and guests for the purpose of contact tracing
  • safe handling of guestbooks, programs, booklets and donations
  • performance of live music and singing
  • service of food and drink. 

The event organiser must

  • keep a copy of the COVID-19 safety plan while the event occurs at the premises, and
  • make it available to an authorised officer or a police officer as requested.

Australia has strict border measures in place and there are very limited flights available to and from Australia.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website to find out more about the restrictions on people coming from overseas.

Places of worship

Places of worship must be closed to members of the public in the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Live-streaming religious services

Religious services may be live-streamed.

People directly involved in the service itself and the operation of the recording equipment may be present for the service.

Singing and chanting

Two people may sing or chant during the live-streaming of the service, if

  • there are no more than two other people in the room or designated area while they are singing
  • people in the room, other than the singers, wear a face mask.

While singing, the singers

  • must be 3 metres away from anyone else at the place of public worship
  • are not required to wear a face mask.

See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.


In other regional and rural areas in NSW, up to 5 people may sing in a place of public worship in NSW.

The singers must

  • wear a face mask
  • keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other
  • keep a distance of 3 metres from the congregation.

Sport, recreation and entertainment

You can drive to outdoor exercise and recreation in the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

provided that you

  • stay within your local government area or within 10km from your home if you live outside a local government area of concern
  • stay within 5km from your home if you live in a local government area of concern
  • only travel with other people from your household if travelling in a private vehicle (car).

You cannot travel in a private vehicle (car) with people you do not live with.

See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.


When gyms are permitted to be open under the public health orders, operators

You may organise and participate in an outdoor golfing event provided that you comply with the exemption to the additional restrictions that apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour. 

Organisers

  • There must be a nominated organiser.
  • The organiser must ensure
    • groups of individual participants are limited to 2 people
    • no spectators attend the event.
  • The organiser should take steps to keep all participants outside and the groups separate from each other.
  • The organiser will collect, and keep for 28 days, contact details (name and phone number) of each participant and provide the contact details to NSW Health on request.

Participants

  • As a participant you must

Businesses that prepare and serve food and drink to customers on the premises or for takeaway need to

  • develop and comply with a COVID-19 safety plan
  • comply with public health order rules and restrictions
  • ensure the COVID-19 safety plan is kept at the premises and made available for inspection by an authorised officer or police officer as requested.

If you are collecting food and drink from a hospitality venue in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour you must wear a face mask

When nightclubs are permitted to be open under the public health orders, operators must

See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.


Under the public health order

  • a major recreation facility means a building or place used for large-scale sporting or recreation activities that are attended by large numbers of people whether regularly or periodically, and includes theme parks, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks
  • an indoor recreation facility means a building or place used predominantly for indoor recreation, whether or not operated for the purposes of gain, including a squash court, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, table tennis centre, health studio, bowling alley, ice rink or similar
  • an entertainment facility means a theatre, cinema, music hall, concert hall, dance hall or similar, but does not include a pub or registered club.

Entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities must

Capacity rules for entertainment and major recreation facilities include

Outdoor gatherings

If you are meeting outdoors with a person you do not live with, NSW Health recommends that you wear a face mask.

A controlled outdoor public gathering means an outdoor public gathering

  • in an area enclosed or bounded by fencing or a barrier and
  • that requires all attendees (except people working at the event) to have a ticket to attend and
  • that assigns tickets to specific seats or to a seating area.

Find out more about the requirements for a COVID-19 Safety Plan - outdoor events.


Stay at home rules

See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

An outdoor public gathering is a COVID-19 safe outdoor gathering if the organiser

  • has and complies with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters required by the approved COVID-19 safety checklist and
  • keeps a copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • makes a copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan available to an authorised officer or a police officer as requested.

Find out more about the requirements for a COVID-19 Safety Plan - outdoor events.


Stay at home rules

See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Check in to help with contact tracing

Make sure you check-in at the businesses and venues you visit so that if a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed to have visited the premises, you will be contacted and advised on what you need to do.

Find out about electronic check-in using a QR code

You must provide your contact details ('check in') at

  • business premises, hospitality and entertainment venues, retail premises, recreation and tourism facilities 
  • outdoor events including controlled outdoor public gatherings, agricultural shows and agricultural field days
  • significant events, such as a wedding service, funeral or memorial service, or a gathering following these types of events
  • place of public worship or at a religious service.

Your name and phone number or email address must be registered with Service NSW or the occupier at the time you entered the premises.

Learn more about

If you are having problems checking in or there is an internet outage, you can provide your details to the venue operator or event organiser, and they must record your contact details in an electronic format.

If you are having problems checking in because of age, disability or language issues, someone else can register your attendance at the venue or event.

If you are responsible for collecting contact details you must

  • keep a record of the contact details for at least 4 weeks
  • provide the records to the Chief Health Officer as soon as possible if requested (but no later than 4 hours after the request is made)
  • ensure that a person is responsible for recording contact details and authorised to provide the records to the Chief Health Officer.

Travel and holidays

You must have a reasonable excuse – which includes returning to your home – to enter the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

If you were staying in temporary or holiday accommodation in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, when the stay at home order commenced on Saturday 27 June 2021

  • it is a reasonable excuse to leave your accommodation in Greater Sydney to go directly to your home
  • even if your home is in an area of NSW where the stay at home rules do not apply, you must continue to follow the stay at home rules for 14 days after you leave Greater Sydney
  • you will need to comply with any rules or restrictions that may apply to you if your home is in another State or Territory.


See the additional rules and restrictions for the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

You may travel to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour from another place in NSW to get vaccinated if you meet the requirements.

Find out more about getting vaccinated.

Rules and restrictions may change quickly if a hotspot, concerns notice, or area of concern is identified or issued. 

Check the latest information about a location before you travel and comply with any rules that apply

  • to the places you travel through including roads, bus terminals, train stations and airports
  • when you are travelling
  • at your destination
  • to people entering your home location when you return from the place you have visited. 

If you become unwell you should get tested for COVID-19 and cancel or defer your travel plans until you receive a negative test result.

When travelling, try to maintain physical distancing wherever practical.

For NSW, check

Before you enter, stay in or transit through NSW check the advice for

Check the government website for your destination to get the latest health advice and information on any rules and restrictions that may apply in that state.

Check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website before you travel to a national park.

The website has current alerts and information on any restrictions in place to keep visitors safe. 

Find out about

The Jervis Bay Territory is a Commonwealth administered territory, occupying the Bherwerre Peninsula, and forming the southern boundary of Jervis Bay. 

If you are planning to go to Jervis Bay

On Lord Howe Island, specific rules apply if you own or operate a short-term rental property or tourist and visitor accommodation.

You must

For information on border arrangements to protect Australia against COVID-19 visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

 

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