Virus hotspot protections introduced as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Published: 1 Jul 2020

New rules to come into effect for interstate visitors from COVID-19 hotspots, entertainment venues, weddings, and community sports.

Rules for COVID-19 hotspots

New NSW public health orders will see people in interstate virus hotspots face penalties from Thursday 2 July 2020 if they enter NSW.

Anyone who has been in a hotspot area in the past 14 days, including NSW residents, will be subject to a stay at home direction for two weeks.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said, “Victorians living in virus hotspots have to take the Victorian and NSW health orders seriously and should be very aware that NSW will impose penalties if they seek to leave hotspot suburbs to enter NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.

Individuals who fail to comply with the new rules could face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $11,000, or both.

Restrictions eased from 1 July

From Wednesday 1 July 2020, the following COVID-19 restrictions will ease.

  • The number of people allowed inside indoor venues, including function centres, will be determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule, with no upper limit.
  • Community sport can recommence for adults and children.
  • Cultural and sporting events at large stadiums, racecourses and motor racing tracks will be allowed up to 25% of their normal seated capacity, to a maximum of 10,000. These events must be ticketed, seated and follow strict guidelines
  • Alcohol can still be served to seated patrons only, including at conference and function venues.
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can reopen subject to the one person per 4 square metre rule.

Restrictions on gatherings remain at

  • 20 guests inside a home
  • 20 people gathering in a public place.

Under the new rules, businesses must have a COVID Safety Plan consistent with NSW Health guidelines.

Learn more about what you can and can't do under the rules

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