Gyms and indoor recreation | COVID-19 Safety Plan

Safety Plan for gyms, indoor recreation facilities, swimming pools, community centres and halls.

Effective 9 November 2021

How to complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan

Fill in your business details and select your business type.

Review each of the actions in the checklist under each section:

  • wellbeing of staff and customers
  • physical distancing
  • ventilation
  • hygiene and cleaning
  • record keeping.

Each requirement must be addressed in each section by briefly telling us how you will put these practices into place.

Once you complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan, a confirmation email will be sent to you with a copy of your plan attached as a PDF. 

To complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan offline, print a blank copy of the form using the print button.

Remember to keep a copy of your COVID-19 Safety Plan on your premises at all times.

Business details

If your business has multiple premises, complete a Safety Plan for each location. Provide contact details for the person responsible for the COVID-19 Safety Plan at each location.
Full name

Requirements for business

Wellbeing of staff and customers

Exclude staff, volunteers and visitors who are unwell from the premises.

Provide staff with information and training on COVID-19, including COVID-19 vaccination, when to get tested, physical distancing, wearing masks and cleaning.
Display conditions of entry including requirements to stay away if unwell, COVID-19 vaccination and record keeping.
Take reasonable steps to ensure all people aged 16 and over on the premises are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption (including staff, volunteers, visitors and contractors). For example, ensure posters outlining vaccination requirements are clearly visible, check vaccination status upon entry where practical and only accept valid forms of evidence of vaccination, train staff on ways to check proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, remind customers of vaccination requirements in marketing materials. Guidance for businesses is available at:

Note: This requirement applies at public swimming pools and indoor recreation facilities including gyms.
Physical distancing

Capacity must not exceed one person per 2 square metres of space of the premises.

Note: Group classes at a gym and group dance classes at an indoor recreation facility must be limited to no more than 20 persons.

Ensure 1.5m physical distancing where possible, including:

  • at points of mixing or queuing
  • between seated groups
  • between staff.

Avoid congestion of people in any specific areas within the venue where possible, such as change rooms and other communal facilities.

Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises.
For premises that are not indoor recreation facilities or public swimming pools, singing and dancing by unvaccinated adults is not allowed in indoor areas (excluding a performer who is performing or rehearsing; a person who instructing or being instructed in singing or dancing; or at a small funeral or memorial service or a small wedding service).

Note: COVID-19 vaccination requirements apply at public swimming pools and indoor recreation facilities including gyms.

Review the 'COVID-19 guidance on ventilation’ available at and consider which measures are relevant to your premises before completing this COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Use outdoor settings wherever possible.

In indoor areas, increase natural ventilation by opening windows and doors where possible.

In indoor areas, increase mechanical ventilation where possible by optimising air conditioning or other system settings (such as by maximising the intake of outside air and reducing or avoiding recirculation of air).
Ensure mechanical ventilation systems are regularly maintained to optimise performance (for example through regular filter cleaning or filter changes).
Consider consulting relevant experts such as building owners or facility managers, ventilation engineers and industrial or occupational hygienists to optimise indoor ventilation.
Hygiene and cleaning
Face masks must be worn by staff and customers in indoor areas, unless exempt. 

Note: People engaging in physical exercise are exempt.

Adopt good hand hygiene practices. Have hand sanitiser at key points around the venue.

Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels or hand dryers.

Clean frequently used indoor hard surface areas (including children’s play areas) at least daily with detergent/disinfectant. Clean frequently touched areas and surfaces several times per day. Reduce sharing of equipment where practical and ensure these are cleaned with detergent and disinfectant between use. Encourage visitors to wipe down equipment after they have finished using it

Record keeping

Use the NSW Government QR code system to collect an electronic record of the name, contact number and entry time for all staff, volunteers, visitors and contractors.

Note: Community centres and halls are not required to collect electronic entry records but are strongly encouraged to do so.

Processes must be in place to ensure that people provide the required contact information, such as by checking phones for the green tick to confirm they have checked in (keeping 1.5m physical distance between staff and patrons). QR codes should be clearly visible and accessible including at entrances to the premises.

If a person is unable to provide contact details, for example due to age or language barriers, another person may provide contact details on their behalf. If it is not possible for check-in to occur, keep a record of the name, contact number and entry time for all staff, volunteers, visitors and contractors for a period of at least 28 days. These records must be provided in an electronic format such as a spreadsheet as soon as possible, but within 4 hours, upon request from an authorised officer.

Other types of venues or facilities within the premises must complete COVID-19 Safety Plans where applicable, including any play centres. If contact details are captured electronically upon entry to the main premises on the relevant day, additional collection of contact details via electronic methods may not be required if there is no other public access to the sub-premises. However, additional contact details and time of entry must be captured where these sub-premises are gyms, entertainment facilities, hospitality venues, nightclubs and retail premises.

Now that you have finished, send the plan as a PDF to the email address you provided.


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