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What you can and can't do under the rules

Follow the rules and stay safe whether you are working, visiting family and friends, or going out.

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Practise physical distancing, wash your hands regularly and keep your home and workplace clean.

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Easing of restrictions from 1 July 2020

With the new public health order starting on 1 July, the NSW Government has further eased restrictions to allow the community to be more active and get businesses back to work.

Find out how many people can visit your home, attend a wedding or funeral, church service or public gathering.

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Learn more about the current restrictions on this page or for more information read common questions about the rules or find out about the 4 square metre rule.
 

New public health order on interstate COVID-19 hotspots

Under the new public health order, people who have been in an interstate COVID-19 hotspot within the past 14 days must not enter NSW unless it is their usual place of residence, or they enter NSW to

  • obtain medical or other care
  • fulfil a legal obligation
  • comply with a Court order
  • provide an essential service.

NSW Health has prepared health advice for people who have been in a hotspot in Victoria in the past 14 days.

People who breach the rules face penalties of an $11,000 fine and six months in prison.

Visiting family and friends at home

  • Up to 20 visitors may visit another household at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children.
  • There is no daily limit to visitors to your home, so long as you don’t have more than 20 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.  
  • You can have guests from any household so long as it does not exceed 20 visitors in total. 
  • An overnight stay as part of a visit to someone’s house is allowed.
  • Some people who need to attend your home will not be counted as visitors

People who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection include:

  • people aged 70 years and over
  • people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
  • people with a compromised immune system
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions.

If you are in one of these groups, follow the guidance for vulnerable people.

Outdoor public gatherings

  • No more than 20 people are allowed to gather outside in a public place. 

Travel and holidays

  • There are no limitations to travelling within NSW. 
  • You may travel to regional NSW for a holiday.

  • Up to 20 people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental. More than 20 people can stay in a holiday home or holiday rental if they are all members of the same household.

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

Learn more about drivingboating and restrictions on travelling interstate or overseas.

Travel to NSW from virus hotspots

Anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot outside of NSW in the past 14 days (the affected person) must not enter NSW. 

Exemptions

The public health order does not apply to people who have travelled through a COVID-19 hotspot by road, rail or an airport provided they do not leave the vehicle when they are in the COVID-19 hotspot.

You may travel to NSW if you

  • are a NSW resident returning home
  • need to obtain medical or other care
  • are travelling directly out of NSW by air, road or rail
  • have to fulfil a legal obligation or comply with a Court order
  • must provide an essential service
    • emergency services
    • freight and logistics
    • maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure
    • health services
    • law enforcement
    • Commonwealth defence and security services.

What to do when you arrive in NSW from an interstate hotspot 

Anyone who has been in a hotspot in the past 14 days and travels to NSW for any of these reasons must 

  • go directly to their place of residence or another suitable place to stay, or
  • if the person is obtaining medical or other care, fulfilling a legal obligation or complying with a Court order or providing an essential service, they may undertake that activity and then go directly to a place of residence or other suitable accommodation
  • travel directly out of NSW by air, road or rail.

Self-isolation

Once a person arrives in their place of residence or suitable accommodation, the person must remain in that place for 14 days from the date they were in the COVID-19 hotspot.

During the 14 day period, the affected person must not leave the residence or place except 

  • to obtain medical care or medical supplies
  • to comply with a legal obligation
  • in an emergency
  • to provide an essential service
  • to leave NSW by a direct route.

If the affected person leaves the residence or place for any of these reasons, they must take all reasonable steps to minimise contact with other people.

No other person should enter the residence or place except if the other person

  • usually lives there or is complying with a direction under the public health order
  • is providing medical care or an emergency service
  • is delivering food or essential items.

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Penalties for breaching the public health order

Anyone who fails to comply with public health orders will face heavy penalties.

Community sporting activities

Community sporting activities, including training sessions, may recommence.

  • Where the activities involve more than 20 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Participants include players, people who are training, officials and spectators.
  • The maximum number of participants at a community sporting activity must not exceed 500 participants.

Funerals, memorial services and wakes

The maximum number of people who may attend a funeral is the maximum number of people allowed on the premises, which is one person per 4 square metres.

Places of public worship, funeral homes or crematoriums can have up to 50 attendees (without the 4 square metre rule) provided non-household contacts can maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance.         

Funerals at a place of residence can have the greater of 50 people or one person per 4 square metres of space.

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

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

Religious gatherings and places of worship

The number of people in a public place of worship must not exceed one person per 4 square metres. The maximum applies to the whole of the venue, even where men and women worship in separate areas.

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

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.

The NSW Government expects that places of worship will comply with COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe. 

Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or another place of worship to help your community connect safely.

Weddings

The maximum number of people who may attend a wedding is the maximum number of people allowed on the premises, which is one person per 4 square metres.

Wedding services are no longer subject to separate limits, with the exception of a wedding at a place of residence, which can have the greater of 20 people or one person per 4 square metres of space.  

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

Current restrictions on businesses

All businesses can now open and operate under the one person per 4 square metre rule. 

Under the rules, employers must allow employees to work from home where it is reasonably practical to do so. 

For some types of businesses, you are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. A COVID-19 Safety plan is recommended for other types of businesses. Find out about developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your business.

Premises requiring COVID-19 Safety Plan

Open 

Find out more about developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan to help protect your staff, customers and visitors as you get back to business.

Occupiers of the following premises are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Schedule 1
Item No.

Premises

Item 1

Amusement centres
For playing billiards, pool, pinball machines, computer or video games and other similar activities.

Item 2

Aquariums

Item 3

Auction houses

Item 4

Betting agencies

  Beauty and other services
Nail, waxing and tanning salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours

Item 6

Caravan parks and camping grounds

Item 7

Casinos

Item 8

Community centres and halls

Item 9

Drive-in cinemas

Item 10

Entertainment facilities
Theatre, cinema, music hall, concert hall, dance hall and similar premises

Item 11

Food and drink premises

Item 12

Food courts

Item 13 Function centres
Includes conference, convention, exhibition and reception centres
Item 14 Information and education facilities
Includes art galleries, museums, libraries, visitor information centres

Item 15

Markets: artisan, clothing, crafts
Products sold by independent stallholders at temporary or permanent structures and includes intermittent or occasional market events

Item 16

Micro-breweries, small distilleries

Item 17

Places of public worship
Building or place for religious worship

Item 18

National Trust and Historic Houses Trust properties

Item 19

Public indoor swimming pools

Item 20

Public outdoor swimming pools

Item 21

Pubs and registered clubs

Item 22

Recreation facilities (indoor)
Includes squash courts, indoor swimming pools, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks or similar recreation activities

Item 23

Recreation facilities (major)
Includes theme parks, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks

Item 24 Sex on premises venues
Where sex between patrons is permitted

Item 25

Sex services premises (brothel) 

Item 26

Strip clubs

Item 27

Vessels used for commercial scuba diving and snorkelling tours or for commercial whale, dolphin or marine animal watching tours

Item 28

Vessels used for hosting functions or commercial tours (other than tours in item 27)

Item 29 Zoos and reptile parks

Music festivals and nightclubs

Closed

  • Music festivals within the meaning of the Music Festivals Act 2019 and including a music festival attended by fewer than 2000 people are not permitted.
  • Night clubs are currently closed.

Record keeping and penalties

Where it is a restriction or condition of the current public health order, a person who is required to record information must:

  • record and keep the name and contact details (either a phone number or email address) of every person including staff, customers and contractors, entering their premises for a period of at least 28 days
  • ensure the information recorded is stored confidentially and securely and only used for the purpose of tracing COVID-19 infections
  • on request, provide the information to the Chief Health Officer.

Breach of orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties.

In the case of an individual, the maximum penalty is $11,000, or imprisonment for 6 months, or both and a further $5500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues. The NSW Police may also issue on-the-spot fines of $1000 for an offence.

In the case of any corporation, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.

People who breach the Public Health (COVID-19 Interstate Hotspots) Order face penalties of an $11,000 fine and six months in prison.

Penalties apply to people who intentionally spit at or cough on 

  • a public official
  • another worker while the worker is at work or travelling to or from work

in a way that would reasonably be likely to cause fear about the spread of COVID-19.

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

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