Easing of Restrictions for New South Wales

Easing of Restrictions for New South Wales

The information on this page relates to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for New South Wales. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated: 13 September 2021

Useful Links:

NSW Government website – COVID-19

NSW COVID-19 Safety Plan – Sports, Recreation & Gyms

NSW Government – Make your Business COVID-19 Safe 

Safework NSW advice

NSW COVID-19 Small Business Support (Grants, loans, financial assistance) –  available to eligible NSW small business owners.

Guidance for your business with the Business Concierge service if your business has been impacted by the NSW bushfires and/or COVID-19 (coronavirus).

What to do if COVID-19 is linked to your business

How to request and negotiate a rent reduction. A new step-by-step tool to make it easier for business owners who are having trouble paying rent due to COVID-19, to negotiate a new commercial lease.

Current Restrictions for NSW

From today, Mon 13 September, (for those not in LGAs of concern)

Rules and restrictions for Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

If you are fully vaccinated, from Monday 13 September 2021, you can attend an outdoor gathering of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated.

    • You must have proof of your vaccination with you at all times
    • You must show a Police Officer your proof of vaccination if its requested.
  • Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a medical contraindication certificate issued to you.
  • The five person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 or under.
  • Stay within your local government area. If you need to cross into another local government area, you must stay within 5km of your home

 

From 12:01am Saturday 11 September, parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown.

Local Government Areas (LGAs) still seeing COVID case numbers will continue to follow stay-at-home orders.

In approved areas, Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.

Areas remaining in lockdown:

Stay-at-home orders will remain in place in the following LGAs:

  • Bathurst
  • Bega
  • Blayney
  • Bogan
  • Bourke
  • Brewarrina
  • Broken Hill
  • Cabonne
  • Central Coast
  • Central Darling
  • Cessnock
  • Dubbo
  • Dungog

  • Eurobodalla
  • Forbes
  • Gilgandra
  • Goulburn Mulwarre
  • Kiama
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Lithgow
  • Maitland
  • Mid-Coast
  • Mid-Western
  • Muswellbrook
  • Narrabri
  • Narromine

  • Newcastle
  • Orange
  • Parkes
  • Port Stephens
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Shellharbour
  • Shoalhaven
  • Singleton
  • Snowy Monaro
  • Upper Hunter
  • Walgett
  • Wingecarribee

Media Release: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

Update: Thursday 26 August 2021
Stay-at-home orders for regional and rural NSW are extended until at least 11:59pm on 10 September, in line with existing orders for the Greater Sydney area.

 
Previously, from 5pm today, Saturday 14 August 2021, until 12.01am Sunday 22 August 2021 – New restrictions apply to all of regional NSW.
Therefore, the whole of NSW will be under stay at home restrictions from 5pm today.
Update Saturday 14 August 2021: Increased fines, test and isolate payments and new compliance measures

 

Latest LGAs added to lockdown:

  • Stay at home rules apply from 5pm on Thursday 12 August 2021 to the local government areas of Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield, in line with previously identified local government areas of concern and 12 suburbs in Penrith LGA.
  • Western NSW
    Stay at home rules apply from Wednesday 11 August 2021 to the local government areas of Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren.
  • Dubbo
    Stay at home rules apply from Wednesday 11 August 2021 to the local government area of Dubbo which includes Brocklehurst, Eumungerie, Geurie, Mumbil, Stuart Town, Wellington and Wongarbon.

 

From 5pm on Monday 9 August 2021, stay at home rules will apply to the Tamworth local government area.

From 5pm on 8 August 2021, Stay at home orders apply to the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Mary’s.
From 5pm Thursday 05 August 2021, until 12.01am on August 13, stay at home rules apply to the Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens and Singleton local government areas.
Wednesday 28 July – lockdown rules across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour are extended for another four weeks until Saturday, 28 August at 12.01am.
Restrictions in regional NSW will remain unchanged.
Of note,
• A singles bubble will also be introduced, allowing people who live alone to nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship. Restrictions will apply for people in the LGAs of concern.

 

Previously, from the beginning of Wednesday 21 July 2021 until until the beginning of Wednesday 28  July 2021, the stay at home rules apply to

  • people who live in or are temporarily staying in the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas
  • anyone who has been in these 3 local government areas since Saturday 17 July 2021.

Exercise and outdoor recreation

  • Stay within your local government area or within 10km of your home.
  • You can exercise with 1 other person who is not from your household.
  • If there are more than 2 people in your household, you can go out together for exercise.
  • Indoor recreation facilities such as gyms and indoor courts must be closed.
  • Community sport (training and matches) cannot go ahead.

Proof of address

In the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas, you must carry proof of your address if you

  • have left your home for a reasonable excuse
  • are exercising outdoors or have left your home for recreation, or
  • have a reasonable excuse and are leaving the Blayney, Cabonne or Orange local government areas.

You must show your proof of address if asked by the NSW Police.

 

From 12 July: Starting Monday 12 July all business premises in NSW must use Service NSW QR for check in.

From 10 July, additional restrictions for Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour:

Exercise and outdoor recreation

  • Stay within your local government area or within 10km of your home.
  • You can exercise with 1 other person who is not from your household.
  • If there are more than 2 people in your household, you can go out together for exercise.
  • If you are driving to outdoor exercise and recreation within your local government area or within 10km from your home, you can only share a private vehicle (your car) with other people from your household.

Proof of address

In Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, you must carry proof of your address if you are

  • exercising outdoors or have left your home for recreation, or
  • leaving the area of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

You must show your proof of address if asked by the NSW Police.

Wednesday 07 July: The current lockdown will be extended for another week until 11:59pm on Friday, 16 July. 

The same restrictions currently in place across both Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW will remain in place until this time.

In coming days the NSW Government will detail a plan for exiting from restrictions to give the community and businesses certainty in the coming weeks and months.

 

Previously, from 6pm Saturday 26 June, everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

In all other parts of NSW the following restrictions will apply:

  • People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.
  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings;
Previously, from 11.59pm tonight (Friday 25 June) until at least 11.59pm on Friday 2 July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work is in, Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and City of Sydney Councils must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.
The reasons you may leave your home include:
  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs;
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
People should only enter the four LGAs for essential purposes.
If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential reasons.
 

 

From 4pm today, Wednesday 23 June, for one week, new restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour;

  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
  • If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.

 

Previously, from midday 6 May 2021 (enforceable from 5pm) until 12:01am Monday 17 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues.

It is not mandatory to wear a face mask at the gym and other similar indoor facilities. However, it is recommended that when you can wear a mask while exercising, you do.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney

 

 

Checked 22 February 2021:

For more information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/indoor-recreation-yoga-pilates-and-dance-studios-martial-arts-training

Resources and guidance on how to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan, register and stay in business.

Electronic check-in is mandatory

Patron check-in at recreation facilities (indoor) must be completed using electronic methods such as a QR code.

The Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in is strongly recommended as a free, secure and convenient system, but any electronic method that meets the record keeping requirements can be used.

Capacity: one person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible space (excluding staff). Children count towards the capacity limit.

Masks: Do not currently need to be worn.

COVID-19 Safety Plans are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders all indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, and martial arts training facilities must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Businesses should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with staff, then share it with them.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Register as a COVID Safe business

If you’ve completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

 

Previously, from midnight 02 January 2021, the southern zone of the Northern Beaches will be subject to the same restrictions as Greater Sydney.

Restrictions for the northern zone of the Northern Beaches remain the same with stay at home orders in place until 9 January 2021;

  • No visitors to the home.
  • Five northern zone residents can gather outdoors (not at homes) for exercise and recreation, from within the same zone.
  • Non-essential businesses remain closed.

The following measures for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) are effective from midnight tonight:

  • Gym classes reduced to 30 people.
  • 1 person per 4 square metre rule for indoor areas.

Previously, From 20 December (11:59pm) the o1 person per 4 square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor settings in Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains and Central Coast. Northern Beaches remain under ‘Stay at home’ orders .

From 5 pm 19 December Northern Beaches LGA will be under stay at home orders until 11.59pm on Wednesday. This will require the closing of hospitality venues and gyms. As in previous restrictions this includes Pilates studios.

All residents of the Northern Beaches LGA will be required to stay at home, unless permitted to leave for certain reasons, such as essential shopping, exercise and medical care. The full list of circumstances will be listed in the published order to be released later today.

 

From Monday 7 December, venue capacity for indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities is increased in NSW as the 2 square metre rule replaces the 4 square metre rule. Children count towards the capacity limit. (CovidSafe link)

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Learn more about the 2 square metre rule or easing of restrictions. 

Electronic check-in is mandatory

Patron check-in at recreation facilities (indoor) must be completed using electronic methods such as a QR code.

The Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in is strongly recommended as a free, secure and convenient system, but any electronic method that meets the record keeping requirements can be used.

 

From 23 November 2020 it is mandatory for all indoor recreation, yoga, Pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities to set up an electronic check-in system, such as a QR code, for contactless customer check-in.

For further details: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/customer-record-keeping

Indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities:

Under Public Health Orders, you must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for how your business will keep your participants, volunteers and workers safe.

You can either :

02 August 2020

The NSW Government is strongly encouraging greater use of masks in high-risk public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The advice from the NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant specifically recommends:

  • the use of face masks in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain
  • the use of face masks (where practical) in indoor settings with a higher risk of transmission, such as for the staff of hospitality and customer-facing venues i.e. cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs
  • during attendance at places of worship.

Wearing a mask in any of these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended, especially in areas where there has been community transmission.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a mask is not a substitute for physical distancing.

From Saturday 1 August 2020:

Note: the following does not apply to indoor recreation, yoga, Pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities, which have their own requirements.

Under new rules, all gyms and fitness centres must:

Gyms must assign one staff member as a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal who will be in distinctive clothing (such as a shirt or badge).
The marshal is responsible for ensuring all aspects of the COVID-19 Safety Plan are being maintained, including:

    • social distancing
    • cleaning
    • ensuring the accuracy of record keeping.

From 29 June 2020:

Indoor recreation facilities such as squash courts, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks can reopen with restrictions.

 

Previously in place, since 15 May:

Permitted:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Use of outdoor equipment in public places, with caution.

Closed venues – Indoor recreation facilities (for example, squash courts, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks).

In a place that may remain open to the public, occupiers and operators of the premises must allow at least 4 square metres of space for each person on the premises.

The restrictions do not apply to premises offering health services. For example, chemist, doctor, hospital or medical centre, physiotherapist, remedial or therapeutic massage service provider.

See here for examples of what you can and can’t do in NSW.