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This article contains information for people living in Regional NSW about COVID-19. Including extensions of restrictions and areas where restrictions will ease. 

If you would like to talk to someone about COVID-19 please call the Disability Gateway - 1800 643 787. For information on exposure sites, go to Latest Alerts NSW Health.

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Freedoms for Regional LGA's where Stay at home orders lifted | Areas coming out of lockdown |

Lockdown areas:

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The stay at home rules apply to some regional NSW until 11.59 pm Friday 10 September. 

Regional NSW Announcement 9 September.

The below information is taken from the NSW Government Media Release courtesy of Deputy Premier John Barilaro. The full release is found here.

Parts of regional NSW  will emerge from lockdown at 12:01 am Saturday 11 September, but will continue to operate under some restrictions. Local Government Areas that are still seeing cases will continue to follow the stay at home orders. Source: Lockdown lifted in parts of NSW.

Areas coming out of lockdown:

Update: LGA's of Bega Valley, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and the Upper Hunter Shire will see restrictions ease at 1pm 16th of Septmember 2021.

Albury, Armidale Region, Ballina, Balranald, Bellingen, Berrigan, Bland, Byron, Carrathool, Clarence Valley, Cobar, Coffs Harbour, Coolamon, Coonamble, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional, Cowra, Edward River, Federation, Glen Innes Severn, Greater Hume Shire, Griffith, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Hay, Hilltops, Inverell, Junee, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lachlan, Leeton, Lismore, Liverpool Plains, Lockhart, Mid-Coast, Moree Plains, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Nambucca, Narrandera, Oberon, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley, Snowy Valleys, Tamworth Regional, Temora, Tenterfield, Tweed, Unincorporated NSW, Upper Lachlan Shire, Uralla, Wagga Wagga, Walcha, Warren, Warrumbungle Shire, Weddin, Wentworth.

Stay at home orders are extended or reinstated for:

Update: LGA's of Albury and Lismore will go back into lockdown as of 6pm 16th September 2021 for an initial period of 7 days due to cases detected in both areas.

Albury, 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, Musswellbrook, Narrabri, Narromine, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan - Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Upper Hunter, Walgett, Wingecarribee, Yass Valley, Lismore.

Freedom for Regional LGA's Where stay-at-home orders have lifted:

Local Government Areas that will ease restrictions:

  • Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01 am Saturday 11 September, but will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.  Armidale Region, Ballina, Balranald, Belllingen, Berrigan, Bland, Byron, Carrathool, Clarence Valley, Cobar, Coffs Harbour, Coolamon, Coonamble, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional, Cowra, Edward River, Federation, Glen Innes Severn, Greater Hume Shire, Griffith, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Hay, Hilltops, Inverell, Junee, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lachlan, Leeton, Liverpool Plains, Lockhart, Mid-Coast, Moree Plains, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Nambucca, Narrandera, Oberon, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley, Snowy Valleys, Tamworth Regional, Temora, Tenterfield, Tweed, Unincorporated NSW, Upper Lachlan Shire, Uralla, Wagga Wagga, Walcha, Warren, Warrumbungle Shire, Weddin, Wentworth.

Homes and public spaces:

  • Up to 5 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises. 
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people. 
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen. 

Schooling

  • Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.
  • While at school, face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor settings for all students in Year 7 and above.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for primary students.

Stadiums, Theatres and Major Outdoor Recreation Facilities:

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events. 
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, Funerals and Places of Worship:

  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

    Singing 
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed. 

    You may only sing in non-residential indoor premises if:

    • the singers are performers and they are performing or rehearsing 
    • the premises are an educational establishment 
    • it is part of a singing lesson. 
    • it is at a wedding service or gathering after a wedding service. (Source https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/limited-restrictions under singing)

Travel:

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted 
  • If you travel to an area of lockdown, you must follow stay at home orders. 

Masks:

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports. 
  • Only hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports. 
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.

Update: Border Zone Reinstated as of 1 am Monday 13th September

Reasons to Cross Border

New South Wales border zone residents can only enter Queensland and for an essential purpose. This is the same for Queensland Residents entering the New South Wales Border Zone:

  • to get food or other essential goods or services for the personal needs of the household or other household purposes, which cannot reasonably be obtained within New South Wales; or
  • to get medical care or supplies or other health care services, including a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination (you cannot enter for a walk-in appointment), which cannot reasonably be obtained within New South Wales; or
  • to comply with an order to attend or to give effect to a court or tribunal in person in the border zone; or
  • to donate blood or blood products at a scheduled appointment at a blood collection centre in Queensland; or
  • to perform essential work that cannot be done from home or provide emergency volunteering; or
  • attend school or childcare – only for children of essential workers or vulnerable children. Essential workers can transport their children to attend face to face schooling or to attend a childcare facility; or
  • provide assistance, care or support to a vulnerable person or family member or visit a terminally ill relative; or
  • fulfil an obligation relating to shared parenting, child contact or contact between siblings; or
  • in an emergency situation; or
  • for safety reasons (to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm, including domestic violence); or
  • as directed by an emergency officer; or
  • to follow an exemption you have been granted by the Chief Health Officer

You must follow face mask requirements while you’re in Queensland.

If you need to stay overnight or longer to complete an essential purpose, you must comply with stay at home requirements until you leave Queensland.

You cannot enter Queensland:

  • to relocate to Queensland unless you meet the requirements as a new Queensland resident
  • to attend a wedding or funeral
  • to exercise
  • for recreational purposes, including:
    • meeting friends or family for a meal out
    • holidays
    • spectating at professional sporting events
    • attending cinemas, theme parks or other tourist experiences.

You must not undertake any of these activities while in Queensland even if you have entered for a permitted purpose.

If you go outside of the New South Wales border zone in New South Wales (or any other COVID-19 hotspot), you will not be able to re-enter Queensland via road and will have to quarantine for 14 days in government arranged accommodation at your own expense when you come home by air.

If you are a Queensland Resident and have gone outside the New South Wales border zone areas you will not be able to re-enter Queensland unless you have an exemption. Exemptions will only be granted in extreme exceptional circumstances.


Who Can Cross the Border

The following Local Government Areas are included in the border zone:

  • Ballina Shire
  • Bourke Shire
  • Brewarrina Shire
  • Byron Shire
  • City of Lismore
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Glen Innes Severn Council
  • Gwydir Shire
  • Inverell Shire
  • Kyogle Council
  • Moree Plains Shire
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Tenterfield Shire
  • Tweed Shire
  • Walgett Shire
  • Unincorporated Far West

Vaccine Requirements for Border Zone Residents

Border zone residents can only enter Queensland to perform essential work or provide emergency volunteering if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Border zone residents can only enter the New South Wales border zone to perform essential work or provide emergency volunteering if they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A Queensland resident who has not received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and travels into the border zone to perform essential work or provide emergency volunteering will have to:

  • re-enter Queensland by air
  • quarantine in government arranged accommodation at their own expense.

The following types of essential work and emergency volunteering are excluded from the vaccine requirements:

  • work performed by an emergency health services or emergency services worker responding to an emergency in Queensland or the border zone
  • emergency work performed by a national defence, state security or police worker
  • work performed by a freight or logistics operator who is complying with the mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements of the Operational protocol for freight movements entering Queensland
  • work performed by an emergency infrastructure worker
  • work performed by air crew
  • work performed by a disaster management worker related to the prevention or preparation for an imminent disaster or to respond to a disaster
  • emergency volunteering to respond to an emergency or disaster.

NEW! People in NSW who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be given more freedoms from 12:01 am on Monday, September 13th.

  • For those who live outside the local government areas (LGAs) of concern, outdoor gatherings of up to five people (including children, all adults must be vaccinated) will be allowed in a person's LGA or within 5km from home
  • For those who live in the LGAs of concern, households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors for recreation (including picnics) within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise. 

Several options to receive your 'Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination'.

  • Download your COVID-19 digital certificate via the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or your Medicare Online Account via myGov.
  • You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.
  • Instructions are on the Services Australia Website.
  • If you are unable to get your proof online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.
  • You can call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (Open Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm) and ask for your statement to be sent to you. It may take up to 14 days to arrive in the post. 
  • If you are not eligible for Medicare you can call the Australian Immunisation Register and request your certificate be mailed to you or add your COVID-19 certificate to your digital wallet using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGOV.

Stay at home orders are extended for:

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, Musswellbrook, Narrabri, Narromine, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan - Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Upper Hunter, Walgett, Wingecarribee.

Reasonable excuse to leave home - areas of lockdown

Stay at home orders are extended or reinstated for 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, Musswellbrook, Narrabri, Narromine, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan - Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Upper Hunter, Walgett, Wingecarribee, Yass Valley.

A reasonable excuse is if you need to

  • obtain food or other goods and services locally
  • leave home to go to work if
    • you cannot reasonably work from home  and
    • the business is allowed to be open
  • leave home for education if it is not possible to do it at home
  • exercise and take outdoor recreation in the local government area you live in or if you need to cross into another local government area, stay within 10km of your home (limited to 5km from Monday, 16 August 2021)
  • go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

See the list of other reasonable excuses.

Rules for when you leave your home

Shopping

  • Stay within 10km of your home, or within your local government area. You can cross into another local government area if it is within 10km of your home (limited to 5km from Monday 16 August 2021) and it is not a local government area of concern (unless the food or goods or services or their equivalent are not reasonably available locally).
  • If travelling by a private vehicle (car), do not share a car with other people you do not live with.
  • Only 1 person per household may leave their home to shop for food or other goods and services (you may take a dependent person with you if that person cannot be left at home on their own). 
  • You may take a dependent person with you if that person cannot be left at home on their own.
  • Go directly to and from the shops to get what you need. Do not spend time looking at other things.

Exercise and outdoor recreation

  • Stay within your local government area or, if you need to cross into another local government area, stay within 10km of your home (limited to 5km from Monday, 16 August 2021).
  • If travelling by a private vehicle (car), do not share a car with people you do not live with, except your nominated visitor ("singles bubble").
    • A nominated visitor in a regional or rural area must reside in your LGA.
  • You can exercise with 1 other person that you do not live with, or your nominated visitor ("singles bubble").
  • If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all go out together for exercise.

Travelling by car

You may only travel in a car with other people that you live with, unless it is for 

  • an emergency
  • a compassionate reason
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • the car is being used as a taxi or rideshare.

You are allowed to share the car with a person you do not live with (carpool) if you are

  • required to use a vehicle for your work (for example, if you are a police officer working in a team of 2 people)
  • travelling with your nominated visitor ("singles bubble") to exercise outdoors
    • a nominated visitor in a regional or rural area must reside in your LGA.

Proof of address

You must carry proof of your address if you are exercising outdoors or have left your home for recreation.

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

Other reasonable excuses

It is also considered a reasonable excuse to leave your home if you need to

  • donate blood
  • access childcare
  • continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children
  • attend a funeral or memorial service that complies with the rules for funerals and memorial services
  • provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance
    • only one person may visit a residence to provide care at any one time
  • access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services
  • move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence or inspecting a potential new place of residence within regional or rural NSW
  • undertake legal obligations
  • avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
  • in case of emergencies
  • for compassionate reasons, including where 2 people are in a relationship but do not necessarily live together
  • to provide pastoral care if you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order
  • gathering at Parliament for the purpose of its normal operations.

Taking a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.

Working from home

In local government areas where the stay at home rules apply, employers must allow an employee to work from home if the employee is reasonably able to do so.

Businesses that do not require employees to work from home if they are reasonably able to do so face a fine of up to

  • $10,000 for corporations and
  • $2,000 for individuals.

If you cannot work from home and you go to your workplace that is allowed to be open, you must wear a face mask (unless an exemption applies).

If you cannot work from home and you go to your workplace, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.

Face masks

Mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising. You must carry a face mask with you at all times.

In local government areas where the stay at home rules apply, when you leave home you must carry a face mask with you at all times. 

You must wear a face mask 

  • in all indoor areas of non-residential premises
  • at certain outdoor gatherings
  • if you are on public transport
  • in a major recreation facility such as a stadium
  • if you are working in a hospitality venue
  • in indoor and outdoor areas of construction sites, except when an exemption applies such as when
    • wearing a face mask creates a safety issue or
    • there is a worksite emergency
  • when working in an outdoor area. 

Face masks must be worn at indoor or outdoor areas of a fresh food market and outdoors next to or near food, drink and retail premises including

  • queuing outside a cafe or shop to collect take away food or drink
  • walking on a street near shop fronts.

Common indoor areas in residential buildings

You must wear a fitted face mask when you are in an indoor area of common property in a residential building that is

  • strata-titled
  • community titled or
  • company titled.

You do not need to wear a mask inside your own apartment.

Common areas where you must wear a mask include

  • a shared foyer or lobby of an apartment block
  • lifts, stairwells and corridors
  • shared laundry facilities.

Masks must be worn by anyone entering including

  • residents and visitors
  • building managers, concierge staff and cleaners
  • people providing goods and services including tradespeople and contractors
  • people delivering food, mail and parcels. 

Learn more about face mask rules.

Visiting regional and rural NSW

You must not enter regional and rural NSW without a reasonable excuse.

A permit system to enter regional NSW will be introduced from 12.01 am, Saturday, 21 August:

Travel to regional NSW for any of the following reasons is only allowed if you have a permit which will be made available on the Service NSW website.

If you are

  • an authorised worker from one of the local government areas of concern
  • inspecting real estate in regional NSW and you genuinely need a home to live in (not an investment property)
  • travelling to your second home and you are
    • using the home for work accommodation
    • need to undertake urgent maintenance, repairs, or attend to animal welfare (in which case, only one person may travel to the second home).

Related information

Visitors to a residence

Generally, visiting another person is not a reasonable excuse to leave your home.

You must not allow a person to visit your home, except if it is

  • for permitted work 
  • for childcare
  • to give effect to arrangements between parents and children under 18 or their siblings
  • to assist a person to move places of residence
  • to avoid an injury or serious risk of harm
  • because of an emergency
  • to view or inspect property to lease or purchase it.

Socialising isn’t a reasonable excuse to have visitors or leave home unless you live on your own. If you do live on your own, your nominated visitor can visit you.

Nominated visitor ("singles bubble")

If you live alone – which means there are no other adults who live in the same home – you can have a nominated visitor. 

You do not need to register your nominated visitor. The nominated visitor must reside in the same local government area as you. 

A nominated visitor is one person you can socialise with at your place of residence who

  • can only be one person (and their dependent children, if there are no alternative care arrangements)
  • can visit you on more than one occasion
  • is not a nominated visitor for another person
  • lives in or is staying in the same local government area that you live in or are staying in.

Caring and compassionate visits

You are allowed to visit a home – and have a person visit your home – for caring and compassionate reasons including

  • providing care to vulnerable people
  • visiting a person you are in a relationship with but do not live with. 

Only one person may visit a place of residence at any one time to

  • fulfil carers’ responsibilities
  • provide care or assistance to vulnerable people and/or
  • for compassionate reasons.

You may bring a dependent child with you, if they need supervision and childcare arrangements are not reasonably available.

When visiting, you may be asked to provide information to NSW Police about your visit.

Temporary or holiday accommodation

If you are staying in temporary accommodation in a local government area where the stay at home rules apply – including in short-term or holiday accommodation – you may stay at your accommodation until your booking expires.

When your booking expires, you may leave your accommodation to return to

  • your place of residence or
  • other accommodation.

While you are staying in your temporary or holiday accommodation, you must continue to comply with the stay at home rules.

Real estate auctions and open inspections

The following activities must not take place in the local government areas where the stay at home rules apply.

  • Auctions that people attend in person.
  • Open inspections of properties, although inspections may be conducted by private appointment for one person only.

You must follow the stay at home rules if you are a real estate agent or a prospective purchaser and you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in the local government areas where the stay at home rules apply.

Follow the rules and restrictions for your local area if you are a real estate agent or a prospective purchaser and you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in



Auction houses

  • From 9.30 am on Monday 16 August 2021, auction houses in regional NSW can be open

    • for the auctioning of food supply, livestock, fibre or crops 
    • to members of the public to attend in person.

    A person can conduct an auction for food supply, livestock, fibre or crops that is permitted in regional NSW. 

    You can attend an outdoor public gathering in Regional NSW if it is for a food supply, livestock, fibre or crops auction.

Children and parenting

Under the stay at home rules, it is a reasonable excuse to leave your home to drop off or pick up children from early childhood education and care services, regardless of where your childcare service is located. 

Find out about the COVID-19 safety measures at NSW schools. 

Related information

Returning to school pathway 

Schools will return to face-to-face learning either through a ‘staged return’ or ‘full return’, depending on NSW Health conditions in their area.

  • "Staggered return" to schools from the end of October and would delay HSC exams until November 9.
  • Vaccinations for school staff would be mandatory by November 8, with priority for jabs given to them from September 6.
  • Mask wearing will also be mandatory for staff and high school students, and "strongly encouraged" for primary school students.
  • Revised timetable and guidelines will be released next month but the government expects HSC marking will not be finalised until mid-January.
  • Kindergarten and Year 1 students will be the first to return on October 25, followed by Year 2, 6 and 11 students on November 1.
  • The rest of the students will be able to return from November 8.
  • Year 12 students already have limited access to school campuses for the remainder of term three, but will return full time from October 25.

There have been a number of cases in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, so parents and carers across the state are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home, unless they need to be at those services.

For more information on the return of face-to-face learning visit NSW Education Website.

Worship, weddings and funerals

Funerals and memorial services

Number of people

From Friday 3rd September small weddings services are allowable in NSW.

A maximum of 11 people can attend a funeral or memorial service or gathering afterwards in Greater Sydney and all NSW.

The 10 person maximum still applies to an outdoor funeral, memorial service or gathering afterwards. A funeral cannot occur at a place of residence.

In addition to the 11 people attending the service there may also be

  • a person conducting the service
  • other people who are necessary for the preparation and conduct of the service.

Who can attend

You can attend a small wedding service if:

  • You are legally required to conduct the wedding service i.e celebrant or officiant
  • You are one of the 2 people who are getting married
  • You are one of 2 witnesses
  • Your job is to record the service 
  • You are one of 5 allowable guests

Small Weddings outside Greater Sydney

If you live outside Greater Sydney you can leave home and enter Greater Sydney to attend a small wedding service for the above reasons. In addition to this if you are a parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married then you may leave your home to enter Greater Sydney. 

Small Weddings Held in Greater Sydney (Including Blue Mountains and Wollongong).

If you live in Greater Sydney but not in an LGA of concern you can enter an area of concern to attend a small wedding service if: 

  • You are legally required to conduct the wedding service i.e celebrant or officiant
  • You are one of the 2 people who are getting married
  • You are one of 2 witnesses
  • Your job is to record the service 
  • You are one of 5 allowable guests

No more than 11 people can attend wedding services regardless of circumstances.

If you live in Greater Sydney but not in an area of concern, you can only attend a small wedding service as a guest (other than a family member referred to above) if it is in Greater Sydney and not in an area of concern.  

If you live in an area of concern within Greater Sydney, you can only attend a small wedding service as a guest (other than a family member referred to above) if it is in the area in which you live.  

Funerals and memorial services

  • From Monday 16 August 2021, in local government areas where the stay at home rules apply, a maximum of 10 people can attend a funeral or memorial service or gathering afterwards.

    People from regional NSW can

    • attend a funeral or memorial service in regional NSW
    • only attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney if they are the spouse, de facto partner, parent, child or sibling of the deceased person 

    The 10 person maximum also applies to an outdoor funeral, memorial service or gathering afterwards. A funeral cannot occur at a place of residence.

    In addition to the 10 people attending the service there may also be

    • a person conducting the service
    • other people who are necessary for the preparation and conduct of the service.


Places of worship

 
In local government areas where the stay at home rules apply, a place of worship must not be open to members of the public.  
 
Services may be live-streamed from a church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship that is not open to members of the public.
 
You can attend the premises if you are directly involved in the service or the operation of the equipment for the live-stream event. 
 
Find out about the rules that apply to singing in a place of public worship during a live-streamed event.

Outdoor gatherings

Gatherings limited to 2 people

If you are in a local government area where the stay at home rules apply, you must not participate in an outdoor public gathering of more than 2 people, unless you are:

  • working at a premises that is permitted to be open if you cannot work from home
  • attending a university or other tertiary education facility if you cannot study from home
  • providing care or assistance to vulnerable persons
  • gathering with other people in your household
  • providing emergency assistance to a person
  • fulfilling a legal obligation
  • moving home or moving your business to a new premises
  • gathering for a funeral or memorial service that complies with the rules for funerals and memorial services.

Community sport

You can take part in exercising or outdoor recreational activities that 

No community sport (training or matches) is allowed in the local government areas where the stay at home rules apply.

See the guidance on sport and recreation.

Renovations and construction

Financial and other assistance is available to eligible applicants if you or your business is affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. See the COVID-19 Support Package

Find out about the rules for

Places that are closed

Closure of retail businesses

Most retail premises in the local government areas where the stay at home rules apply must close to the public.

Financial and other assistance is available. See the COVID-19 Support Package

Businesses that can be open

Businesses providing essential products and services that can be open include

  • supermarkets
  • grocery stores including
    • butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable, seafood
    • other food or drink retailers that predominantly sell or display food or drinks
  • kiosks and other small food and drink premises
  • petrol stations
  • banks and financial institutions
  • hardware, building supplies
  • landscaping material supplies
  • agricultural and rural supplies 
  • shops that, in the normal course of business, operate as or sell and display
    • pet supplies
    • newsagents
    • office supplies
    • chemists providing health, medical, maternity and baby supplies or
    • liquor stores
  • post offices
  • garden centres and plant nurseries
  • vehicle hire premises, not including the premises at which vehicles are sold;
  • shops that predominantly carry out repairs of mobile phones
  • laundromats and dry cleaners.

‘Click and collect’ and home delivery 

Businesses may continue to operate if they provide goods and services to customers that are 

  • ordered by phone or internet 
  • delivered to customers 
  • collected by customers.

A 'click and collect' service can also be used by customers to return or exchange goods by prior arrangement either by phone or internet.

Businesses may continue to operate if they provide goods and services to customers and follow the requirements for

Places closed to the public

The following places in the local government areas where the stay at home rules apply are directed to be closed to the public.

  • Retail premises, except for limited exceptions.
  • Pubs and registered clubs except for
    • selling food or beverages for people to consume off-site and
    • providing accommodation, including allowing food and drinks to be consumed in a person’s room.
  • Food and drink premises, except for
    • selling food or beverages for people to consume off-site
    • selling food to be consumed in a person’s room if in a hotel or motel
    • if the premises are part of a shopping centre, selling food or beverages for people to consume outside of the shopping centre
    • holding a funeral or memorial service that complies with the rules for funerals and memorial services.
  • Entertainment facilities, such as theatres, cinemas, music halls, concert halls and dance halls.
  • Amusement centres, such as places to play billiards, pool, pinball machines or video games.
  • Micro-breweries or small distilleries holding a drink on-premises authorisation under the Liquor Act 2007 or cellar door premises, except for selling food or beverages for people to consume off the premises.
  • Indoor recreation facilities such as squash courts, indoor swimming pools, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks.
  • Places of public worship, except for the purposes of conducting a funeral service or memorial service that complies with the rules for funerals and memorial services.
  • Hairdressers, spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours, massage parlours.
  • Auction houses
  • Betting agencies and gaming lounges
  • Markets, except for food markets
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds, except for
    • permanent residents or other people who have no other place of permanent residence, and their visitors
    • people who were staying there on Thursday 5 August and have not extended their booking
    • local workers and overnight travellers.
  • Sex on-premises services
  • Sex services premises
  • Strip clubs
  • Public swimming pools (except natural swimming pools, which may open)
  • National Trust properties and Historic Houses Trust of NSW properties (other than retail shops)
  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos, except for selling food or beverages for people to consume off-site and providing accommodation, including allowing food and drinks to be consumed in a person’s room.

Exemptions

Your premises may stay open if it is

  • used to provide a service to vulnerable people (such as a food bank or homeless shelter)
  • an early education and care facility
  • used for a funeral or memorial service that complies with the rules for funerals and memorial services.

If your premises is permitted to stay open under the public health order, you must follow the rules in place including

Exempted gatherings

Exemption from the one person per 4 square metres rule

All premises that are not closed must comply with the one person per 4 square metres rule, except for the following exempted gatherings.

  • Gathering at an airport
  • Transportation including vehicles, truck stops, stations, platforms and stops but not including vehicles being used as a party bus
  • Hospitals or other medical or health service facilities
  • Emergency services
  • Prisons, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody
  • Disability or aged care facilities
  • Courts or tribunals
  • Supermarkets, food markets or groceries
  • Shopping centres
  • Retail stores
  • Farms, mines, commercial fishing operations and commercial vessels (excluding vessels providing tours or hosting functions)
  • Schools, universities, other educational institutions and childcare facilities
  • Hotel, motel or other accommodation facilities
  • Outdoor thoroughfares
  • Services to assist vulnerable members of the public
  • Early education and care facilities 

Places that are allowed to be open must follow the relevant rules including


NDIS 

  • Participants can recover the costs to purchase PPE items using their NDIS funds.
  • There are also temporary measures for providers in New South Wales, to directly invoice the NDIA for PPE used when delivering face-to-face services.

Go to NDIS COVID-19 has more details

The Latest NSW Health Advice on Wearing Face Masks - COVID-19


Testing

If you have any of these symptoms you should get tested:

  • fever (37.5° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

If you have a negative test and later develop symptoms, please get re-tested. A test is only indicative of your status at this time it was taken.

If you are a close contact in isolation, you can seek medical assistance, please advise Ambulance when you call.

Casual contacts - isolate until you have a negative test. If you develop symptoms later, you do need to get re-tested.

There are many places to get tested, NSW Health has a full list.  New places, such as mobile or 'pop up' testing units do get added so check before you go.

We explain more about testing in COVID-19 testing for people with a disability.


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