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Answers to your questions about the rules

FAQs about changes to the rules, effective from Monday 1 June.

What you need to keep doing

We need to stay COVID safe by keeping up our high rates of testing and by practising physical distancing and good hygiene. 

Wherever you go, take care

In every place, at every time, be careful. Assume that people around you have the virus and that you have the virus. 

Stay home if you're unwell

Maintain physical distancing and use outdoor areas for visits is possible. Don't visit vulnerable people if you have even the mildest of symptoms.

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What has changed from Monday 1 June

From Monday 1 June 2020 certain restrictions have eased:

Find out about more changes to the restrictions.

NSW can only do this following the hard work and sacrifice of our community. We have now reduced the number of cases to a manageable level and used this time to increase our ability to deal with more intensive care cases.

We are at this point because everybody has followed health advice about physical distancing, hand hygiene and staying home when sick.

In order to stay on top of the virus, we can’t let down our guard.

Yes but you should not leave your home if you have even the mildest symptoms such as tiredness, runny nose or a sore throat.

You should also have a conversation with the people you are spending time with to ensure they do not have symptoms.

Everyone must continue to practise physical distancing and good hand hygiene

Every state has its own circumstances and must be able to move at its own pace.

NSW will consider other changes when it is safe to do so, based on the data and best available health advice.

This advice will be based on testing, tracing and tracking cases and using technology such as the COVIDSafe app.

Extra care should be taken when visiting those over 70 or those with a pre-existing condition.

Maintain a physical distance of more than 1.5 metres wherever possible and consider using the available outdoor areas such as the backyard or veranda when visiting someone’s home.

Above all, do not visit even if you have the mildest symptoms.

Yes. It is extremely important that we all stay vigilant and maintain the rules. We cannot afford to be complacent.

NSW Police will continue to work with the community to help maintain the gains we have made together. 

This decision will always be based on data and the best available health advice. NSW will monitor the impacts of the latest round of eased restrictions.

Find out about the current restrictions

Visiting or meeting up with family and friends

There is no daily limit to visitors to your home, so long as you don’t have more than 5 visitors at any one time.

If you are over 70 or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should limit the number of visitors and take care at all times.  

Yes, it is 5 visitors in total including children.

No. You can have guests from any household so long as it does not exceed 5 visitors in total. 

No. A public gathering means a gathering in a park or public place, where you can now gather with up to 10 people.

In your home, you can only have up to 5 visitors. 

You will now be able to be outdoors in a public place with up to 10 people in total.

This could be to exercise or a family picnic. It’s up to you, as long as no more than 10 people are gathering together.

Even within the gathering, you must exercise good physical distancing.

Yes, 10 people in total may gather in a public place.

An overnight stay as part of a visit to someone’s house is allowed.

Travel and holidays

Yes. You can travel to regional NSW for holiday purposes.

Yes. You can travel for work in NSW.

There is no limit on the distance you can travel for work.

We advise not to catch public transport during the peak times for travel.

There is no limit on the distance that a person may travel to visit another household, so long you are not exceeding the maximum number of people allowed to visit another home.

No. However, residents in NSW must still comply with border restrictions imposed by other states and territories if they wish to travel outside of NSW. 

Outdoor activities and outdoor pools

Yes, so long as there are no more than 10 people in total.

Remember to maintain physical distancing and get tested and stay home if you are unwell. 

Yes. Remember to maintain physical distancing.

Get tested and stay home if you are unwell. 

You can use outdoor exercise and playground equipment, but do so with caution.

  • Wash your hands before and after you use this equipment.
  • Assume the person who has used the equipment before you has the virus.

Do not go out if you’re sick and maintain physical distancing.

Remember that the public gathering rule of no more than 10 still applies.

Outdoor pools can operate but can have no more than 10 people in the pool at a time.

Businesses that are open

From 1 June 2020, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 seated customers. 

They must continue to apply the 4 square metre rule. Everyone should maintain physical distancing.

All food and drink premises will be required to have COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure good hygiene and safety rules are in place.

For businesses that have not been ordered to close, each business can make decisions about what makes the most sense for them in light of the most recent easing of restrictions.

It is up to the business.

Last updated: 1 June 2020

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