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Physical distancing

Help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection by staying 1.5 metres away from other people where possible and avoiding close contact with people you do not live with. 

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Physical distancing means reducing the close physical contact we have with people and staying 1.5 metres away from people we don't live with. 

People living in the same household do not need to be 1.5 metres from each other.

Premises should consider how they can allow customers or groups of customers to practice physical distancing in their COVID-19 Safety Plans.


For community safety, encourage physical distancing

Physical distancing means staying 1.5m from another person

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 in NSW

NSW residents can help to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 (coronavirus) through physical distancing.

When physical distancing is combined with good personal hygiene, the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed. This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community and reduces the impact of the pandemic on essential, life-saving health services.

There are many actions individuals, employers and organisations can take now to promote physical distancing and help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in our community.

Face masks

With community transmission occurring in the state, the NSW Government strongly recommends you take extra precautions to protect others.

It is really important that you carry a clean face mask with you at all times and wear it if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others.

Wearing a mask in NSW is not mandatory however NSW Health strongly recommends people wear a mask when unable to physically distance, particularly in indoor settings, to keep everyone safe. 

You should also wear a mask if you:

  • have any symptoms and are seeking medical care
  • are going to get tested
  • are in the same room as another person when you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

Learn more about when to wear a face mask.

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection

Combined with good personal hygiene, physical distancing can help keep us all safe and protect vulnerable people in our community.

Take these important steps to keep yourself and others safe.

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people.
  • Do not shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.
  • Get a seasonal flu shot.
  • Avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems.
  • If possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions.
  • If you do have symptoms, get tested and stay at home

Find out more about how you can protect yourself and others.

Community connections

Connecting with your community will help with staying mentally healthy.

Reporting a breach of the public health order rules

Under the public health order, there are rules and restrictions about gatherings, the use of non-residential and residential premises, community sporting activities. The public health order also lists businesses and premises that require a COVID-19 safety plan. Generally the number of people allowed on premises will be determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule. Limits apply to weddings and funerals on residential premises.

You can report any person failing to follow these rules to Crime Stoppers.

Domestic and family violence support

Find out what to do if it's not safe for you to stay at home. You can call our Domestic Violence Line anytime on 1800 65 64 63.

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