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Restrictions for Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong

Rules and restrictions that apply to the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains and Northern Beaches), to protect the community from COVID-19.

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Updated 12:01am, 26 February 2021

Changes to COVID-19 rules will increase the number of people allowed to visit a home, dance at weddings, participate in gym classes, and sing in a performance. Cinema capacity increases to 100% of fixed seating. 

By following the rules you can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Get tested even if you have the mildest of symptoms.

Read our common questions about the rules.

Number of people allowed

Up to 50 visitors from any number of households may visit another household on any day. The total number of visitors includes adults and children. (A member of the hosting household is not counted as a visitor.)

No more than 50 people can gather outside in a public place which includes public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens and spaces. 

A maximum of 300 people may attend a wedding or a funeral subject to the square metres rule applicable at the venue.

Indoor hospitality venues are generally restricted to one person per 2 square metres. For small venues, up to 25 people are allowed before the one person per 2 square metres rule applies.

All gyms in NSW must continue to apply the 4 square metres rule. 

Find out more about the rules below.

Up to 50 visitors from any number of households may visit another at any one time. Under the rules

  • the total number of visitors includes adults and children
  • a member of the hosting household is not counted as a visitor
  • an overnight stay as part of a visit to someone’s house is allowed.

You should limit the number of visitors and take care at all times if you

If there are more than 50 visitors at a home, every person will be held individually responsible for a breach of the public health order.

Strata buildings

Visit NSW Fair Trading for information for people living and working in strata and community schemes.

People who are not counted as visitors

Under the public health orders, people working for the occupier of the premises or assisting in an emergency situation at your home will not be counted as visitors.  

Buying, selling or renting property

Real estate agents must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan to allow people to view or inspect a home to buy or rent it or to attend an auction. People attending a home for this purpose will not be counted as visitors.

No more than 50 people can gather outside in a public place which includes public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens and spaces. 

The maximum of 50 people does not apply to

Under the public health order

  • people attending to assist in an emergency do not count towards the limit
  • a public gathering means a meeting or assembly of persons for a common purpose in a public place.

The maximum number of people that can attend a controlled outdoor event is subject to the one person per 2 square metre rule up to:

  • 500 people if people are assigned to a seating area; or
  • 2,000 people if the people are each assigned to a specific seat.

The event may be held in a public place that

  • is enclosed by fencing or another form of barrier
  • can be accessed only with a ticket.

The gathering must not last longer than 5 hours.

The organiser must have and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and electronic entry recording is compulsory.

Face masks

See the requirement for wearing a face mask

Under the public health order, a "fitted face covering" means a mask or other covering that

  • fits securely around the face, and
  • is designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection.

You may be fined $200 on the spot for not wearing a face mask.

Children aged 12 and under, are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

You must wear a mask on public transport or when you are in a vehicle or vessel being used to provide a public transport service, including a taxi or a rideshare service.

You must also wear a mask when you are at a public transport waiting area which includes:

  • the station area and platform of a passenger railway or light rail station
  • a ferry wharf
  • a bus stop or light rail stop, including any area where persons queue or gather when waiting at the stop
  • a taxi rank, including any area where persons queue or gather when waiting at a taxi rank.

You may be fined $200 on the spot for not wearing a face mask.

Children aged 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable. 

You must wear a face mask when

  • indoors at a NSW airport, including the passenger waiting area and
  • during a domestic commercial flight when it is  
    • landing or taking off from a NSW airport or  
    • flying in NSW airspace. 

Removal of masks by flight crew and airport workers 

Members of the flight crew and airport workers may remove their face mask when they are

  • not interacting directly with passengers or
  • when they are on an aircraft without any passengers onboard.

Airport workers includes

  • engineers and technical staff
  • cleaners
  • baggage handlers
  • people delivering or removing food and other items in connection with an aircraft
  • airline employees
  • law enforcement and border security officers.

The public health order includes a number of excuses for not wearing or removing a mask under certain circumstances.

You are not required to wear a mask if you

  • are a child aged 12 or under
  • have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable (for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma).

You may remove your mask when you are

  • eating or drinking
  • communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • at work and the nature of your work 
    • makes wearing a face mask a risk to your or another person’s health and safety
    • means clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential
  • asked to remove your mask for identity purposes.

You may also remove your mask

  • because of an emergency
  • for the proper provision of goods or services, for example, if you are having a facial or beard trim.

Weddings, funerals and religious services

A maximum of 300 people may attend a wedding (or a gathering after the service) subject to the square metres rule applicable to the venue.

You must complete and register a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event.

People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Only 30 people at a wedding (or gathering afterwards) may dance at any one time. Rotating people on and off the dancefloor is allowed.

Weddings (and gatherings after) held in a home in the Greater Sydney region are restricted to 50 visitors.

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

A maximum of 300 people may attend a funeral or memorial service (or a gathering after the service) subject to the square metres rule applicable to the venue.

Places of public worship, funeral homes and crematoria must be registered as a COVID Safe business.

People attending the service will be required to supply their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Funerals, memorials and wakes (and gatherings after) held in a home in the Greater Sydney region are restricted to 50 visitors.

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

Read common questions about attending funerals, memorial services and wakes.

Your church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and be registered as a COVID Safe venue to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe.

For religious services held at a location other than a place of public worship, the principal organiser is responsible for developing and complying with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Services can also be streamed or recorded to enable people to engage in worship.

See the advice for services involving singing performances and musical performances.

People attending a religious service will be required to provide their name and contact details when they enter so that they can be used for contact tracing. It is strongly recommended that people attending services in places of worship wear a mask.

Services where congregants are singing

If the people attending your service will be singing, then

Hospitality venues, events and musical activities

Businesses that prepare and serve food and drink to customers on the premises or for takeaway need to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for their venue type.

A maximum of one person per 2 square metres applies at hospitality venues. Up to 25 people are allowed before the 2 square metres rule applies.

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

Check the COVID-19 Safety Plan for your venue for more information.

Penalties apply to venues found to breach the public health order rules.

A nightclub is defined as any premises that is the subject of an on-premises licence in force under the Liquor Act 2007 that relates to a public entertainment venue (other than a cinema or theatre).

Nightclubs must close. Premises may not be used for the purpose of a nightclub. 

A function centre is a building or place used for holding events, functions, conferences, and includes convention centres, exhibition centres and reception centres. Function centre operators must complete and register a COVID Safety Plan.

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

If a trade show or exhibition is held in a function centre and open to the public, the maximum capacity is one person per 2 square metres. Up to 25 people are allowed before the 2 square metres rule applies.

Under the public health order, an entertainment facility means a theatre, cinema, music hall, concert hall, dance hall and the like, but does not include a pub or registered club.

Events must be ticketed with ticketholders assigned to specific seats for the 75% indoor and 100% outdoor capacity calculation to be used.

Outdoor entertainment facilities must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and can: 

Indoor entertainment facilities must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and can: 

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

Cinemas must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and can:

Group singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity for transmission should someone involved be infected.

For performances by singers, event organisers should ensure that

  • no more than 30 singers perform together indoors

  • all singers face forwards and not towards each other 

  • there is a space of 1.5 metres between performers

  • there is a space of 5 metres between performers and other people including the conductor and the audience. 

In indoor areas, audience members should not participate in singing or chanting. Different rules apply to congregants singing at a place of public worship.

There should be no dancefloors, except for weddings where a maximum of 30 people are permitted to dance at any one time.

You may also need a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event or venue.

Players of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders) should maintain

  • a physical distance of 3 metres from others in the direction of airflow, and
  • 1.5 metres in all other directions.

Players of all other musical instruments (including reeded woodwind instruments) should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres between each other and the audience/conductor.

Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.

There should be no dancefloors, except for weddings where a maximum of 30 people are permitted to dance at any one time.

You may also need a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event or venue.

Performances and rehearsals of performing arts can be held outdoors with a maximum of 500 people, subject to the one person per 2 square metre rule.

The person principally responsible for organising the rehearsal or performance should develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All participants should provide their contact details (name and phone number or email) where practicable.

Outdoor performances and rehearsals held at venues where the occupier is otherwise required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan (e.g. entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and zoos), may have more than 500 people subject to the restrictions at those venues.

Fitness, sport and recreation

Gyms must be registered as COVID Safe and have a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal present when there are more than 50 people using the gym at the same time.

The gym COVID Safety Plan applies to any gym that is an indoor recreation facility open to members of the public. This includes gyms that are in a hotel or workplace.

Indoor gyms are subject to the one person per 4 square metres rule.

A maximum of 50 people per class applies to gym and recreation classes such as yoga, tai chi and pilates. 

If a gym is not open to members of the public – such as a gym in residential premises, a home or an apartment building – these requirements do not apply.

A gym does not include a studio for dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts.

See the COVID-19 Safety Plans

Community sporting activities are allowed, including training sessions and contact activities.

For community sporting activities that involve more than 100 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for community sporting competitions and full training activities.

  • Participants include players, people who are training, officials and spectators.
  • More than one parent may attend community sporting activities if physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres can be maintained between people that are not from the same household.
  • The maximum number of participants at a community sporting activity is 3000 people, or one person per 2 square metres (whichever is less).
  • Record keeping for attendees must take place for all community sporting activities of more than 100 people where this is practical.

Learn more about minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission when participating in community sports as a player or spectator.

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. 

Major recreation facilities must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Indoor facilities: the maximum number of people at an indoor major recreation facility is the greater of

  • 75% of the fixed seating capacity and
  • one person per 2 square metres of space in the facility.

Outdoor facilities: the maximum number of people at an outdoor major recreation facility is the greater of 

  • the total of 100% of the fixed seating capacity of the recreation facility and one person per 2 square metres of any unfixed seating areas and
  • one person per 2 square metres of space in the facility.

Ticketing: if the maximum number of people is based on the percentage of the fixed seating capacity admission is only by ticket for a specific seat or seating area.

Under public health orders, the ‘occupier of premises’ includes the operator of a vehicle or vessel.

For boat owners, this means the number of people you can have on your boat is restricted to 25 people or one person per 2 square metres whichever is the greater.

Operators of commercial vessels must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan

A vessel used for commercial tours for scuba diving, snorkelling or whale, dolphin or marine animal watching can have 50 people, or one person per 2 square metres, whichever is the greater.

Travel and holidays

There are no restrictions around travelling to or from regional or rural NSW, or other areas of NSW.

However, NSW Health currently recommends practising COVID safe behaviours such as physical distancing and hand hygiene when travelling within NSW.

People should get tested immediately if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.

Learn more

For a holiday home or short-term rental

  • the square metres rules do not apply
  • up to 50 people may stay in or be at a holiday home or holiday rental (including any visitors). 

If you are visiting a national park camping ground you must book ahead.

For more information on rules and restrictions:

If you are planning to visit NSW from another state or territory, check the latest information for travel to and from NSW.  

To visit other Australian states and territories, check local arrangements prior to your trip. Some states and territories may require travellers to quarantine on arrival.

If you are arriving in NSW, see the latest information on 

International travellers arriving in NSW will be charged for their hotel quarantine accommodation.

See the latest information on quarantine arrangements for travellers arriving in NSW from New Zealand.

Learn more about

Current restrictions on businesses

Check the COVID-19 Safety Plan that applies to your business for guidance on

  • requirements for staff and passengers to wear face masks
    • on public transport (including taxis and rideshare services) in the Greater Sydney region and
    • at airports in NSW or during a commercial domestic flight in NSW
  • whether a COVID-19 Safety Plan is required or recommended for your venue or event
  • who is responsible for the COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • whether you need to register as a COVID safe venue
  • when to apply the one person per 2 square metres rule and, for gyms, the one person per 4 square metres rule
  • the maximum number of people permitted at specific venues and events.

If changes have been introduced for your industry since you last prepared a COVID-19 Safety Plan, see the latest version for new requirements.

Learn more about electronic recordkeeping if your business or organisation needs to collect customer details. 

Working from home

The requirement for an employer to allow an employee to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so no longer applies.

See the guidance for employees and for employers.
 

Map of Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong

Areas affected

The restrictions apply to all of the suburbs covered by these Local Government Areas in Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong area.

Visit the Office of Local Government website to find the local council for your suburb.

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • The Hills Shire
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter's Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku–ring–gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland Shire
  • Sydney
  • Waverley
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong
  • Woollahra

 

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