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From 18 October 2021, new rules are in place for fully vaccinated people in NSW. You are fully vaccinated if you have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or you have a medical exemption

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.


Not fully vaccinated? Read Live in NSW? Rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.

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Easy Read

Our friends at CID have produced an Easy Read document on What you can do if you are fully vaccinated.

Opening up

Restrictions are now further eased as NSW has hit the 80% double-dose milestone. Find out about the path forward for all NSW.

Children under 16 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can generally follow the rules for fully vaccinated people so long as they visit certain businesses with a fully vaccinated member of your household.  

For people over the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, more rules and restrictions apply.  
 
You are not fully vaccinated if you have had: 

  • only one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or 
  • no doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Providing 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.

Read How to prove your COVID-19 Vaccination Status: NSW


Going out

Masks

All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask: 

  • in indoor areas (e.g. while shopping, when at a library) including indoor areas of common property such as apartment buildings
  • masks are no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office) 
  • while on public transport 
  • whilst waiting for public transport
  • if you are working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public 
  • Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings (excluding front of house hospitality staff)
  • on an aircraft when the aircraft is flying above NSW and in the airport.

Exemptions are available. Learn more about face mask rules

COVID-19 safe check-in

Occupiers of premises are required to continue to take reasonable steps to ensure people can check-in or provide their contact details to when they enter your premises. 

If you are entering premises where check-in is required, you must:

  • check-in with the Service.NSW app
  • provide your details to the occupier of the premises.

Learn more about COVID-19 Safe Check-in.

Vaccination evidence

Vaccination evidence includes:

  • an online immunisation history statement
  • a COVID-19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register
  • a medical exemption, which includes either:
  • a medical contraindication certificate or
  • a medical clearance form.

The NSW government is working to ensure you can access your vaccination evidence in the Service NSW app.

A person who is required to be fully vaccinated to enter premises must:

  • Carry their vaccination evidence
  • Produce the evidence if requested to do so by a police officer or authorised officer.

If you are required to be fully vaccinated to enter a premises, you may be asked to produce your vaccination evidence by the occupier. We encourage you to comply with an occupier’s request.

You do not have to produce your vaccination evidence to the occupier, however, the occupier may refuse entry to you if you do not produce your vaccination evidence.


Read more: How to prove your COVID-19 Vaccination Status: NSW


Visiting family and friends

Place of residence

The rules for visiting a place of residence have changed.

If all members of the household who are aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated, you can have up to 20 fully vaccinated visitors to your place of residence.

You cannot have a person aged over 16 years who is not fully vaccinated visit your place of residence, except in limited circumstances.

People under 12 are not counted as visitors.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must not visit a place of residence if:

  • any person at the place of residence who is aged over 16 years and is not fully vaccinated
  • if there are more than 19 other visitors at the place of residence
  • if any of the visitors at a place of residence who are aged over 16 years are not fully vaccinated.

Small outdoor gatherings and recreation is now permitted for up to 50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated)

Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes is now permitted in line with the service providers policies

Workers are not counted as visitors. Workers are authorised to visit homes whether or not they or the household are fully vaccinated.


Sport and exercise

General rules

Sport and exercise options are significantly greater for people who are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated you can participate in an outdoor sport and exercise gathering of up to 50 people.

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, such as a squash court, table tennis centre, health studio, bowling alley, and ice rink can open.

Up to 20 people can attend a group class at the gym or indoor recreation facility.

No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.

Indoor swimming pools can open for swimming classes, lap swimming, squad training and rehabilitation activities.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit a gym or indoor recreation facility. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested
  • check-in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Recreation facilities

Recreation facilities such as zoos, aquariums, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses, motor racing tracks and theme parks, can open.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can visit a recreation facility. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;
  • check-in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Outdoor gatherings

If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in an outdoor gathering of up to 50 people, for example, for outdoor recreation such as a picnic.

Outdoor events

Outdoor events and gatherings can take place in NSW.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor event, so long as the capacity limit is not exceeded. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested
  • check-in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier.

Schools

Schools can open and teaching can resume face-to-face. 

Follow the rules for schools at the Department of Education


Shopping and personal services

Premises that remain closed

The following businesses and premises in NSW must remain closed to the public:

  • amusement centres, such as places to play billiards, pool, pinball machines or video games
  • play centres
  • strip clubs
  • public swimming pools in indoor areas, except if they are used to conduct swimming lessons, lap swimming, squad training and rehabilitation activities.

Retail, products and services

Retail premises and businesses that provide goods or services can open and resume in-store services to customers.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit retail premises or business that provides goods and services. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;
  • check-in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Hairdressers, beauty salons and massage premises

Hairdressers, spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours can open.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit a hairdresser, beauty salon or massage premises. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested
  • check-in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Restaurants and hospitality

Hospitality premises, such as casinos, restaurants, cafes, function centres, food courts, take away food and drink premises, kiosks, micro-breweries or small distilleries, cellar doors, pubs, registered clubs, and small bars and nightclubs can re-open to customers to consume food and beverages on-premises.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit a hospitality venue. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested
  • check-in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

People who are fully vaccinated can now stand while consuming alcohol

For nightclubs that are reopening, people must remain seated to consume alcohol in indoor areas. No dancing is permitted in an indoor area.


Construction and renovations

Construction and renovations across NSW can commence or continue.

The rules for construction sites are the same whether you are fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

You can enter a construction site in NSW.

You must check-in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier of the site and follow the face mask rules.

For rules about renovations, repairs, maintenance and cleaning at your home, follow the rules for visitors to a home.


Work

The rules for work changed on 11 October 2021:

  • travel registration is not required
  • you can work anywhere in NSW
  • if a workplace can open, it may need to follow the rules for COVID-19 Safe Check-in
  • vaccination rules for business may apply. The vaccination rules for businesses are different for businesses in Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW.
  • face mask rules apply to many business. People who work in office buildings are are fully vaccinated are not required to wear face masks while in the office building except when they are in part of that building that is either a retail premise, hospitality venue or a recreation facility (indoors)

If you are fully vaccinated, your employer must allow you to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so.

If it is not reasonably practicable for you to work from home, you can go to work.


Events and entertainment

Entertainment facilities

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit an entertainment facility. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;
  • check-in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Weddings and religious ceremonies

Weddings

Weddings in NSW may have up to:

  • 1 person per 4 square metres of space for indoor areas
  • 1 person per 2 square metres of space for outdoor areas

All people attending a wedding must be fully vaccinated (except for small wedding services).

Do not attend a wedding that exceeds these capacity limits.

You do not have to be seated while consuming food or drink if you are fully vaccinated.

Dancing is permitted.

You can attend a wedding anywhere in NSW 

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend a wedding, so long as the capacity limit is not exceeded. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;
  • check-in with the Service.NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Funerals and memorial services

Funerals and memorial services in NSW may have up to:

  • 1 person per 4 square metres of space for indoor areas
  • 1 person per 2 square metres for outdoor areas

All people attending the funeral service must be fully vaccinated 

Vaccinated peoplea at the funeral or memorial service do not have to be seated while consuming food and drink.

Dancing is permitted.

You can attend a funeral or memorial service anywhere in NSW

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend a funeral or memorial service, so long as the capacity limit is not exceeded. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;
  • check-in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Places of worship

A place of worship can open to members of the public.

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend a place of worship. You must:

  • carry vaccination evidence with you and produce it for inspection to a police officer or authorised officer if requested;
  • check-in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules.

Travel and transport

Sharing a vehicle and carpooling

Rules for sharing a vehicle have changed.

If you are fully vaccinated you can travel in a vehicle with people you do not live with. You must:

  • carry evidence of your name and address
  • carry vaccination evidence
  • produce that evidence to a police officer or authorised officer on request.

For children under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, you can travel in a vehicle with another person you do not live with. You do not have to carry or produce evidence of your name and address.

Vessels

Rules for sharing a vessel have changed.

If you are fully vaccinated you can travel in a vessel with people you do not live with. You must:

  • carry evidence of your name and address
  • carry vaccination evidence
  • produce that evidence to a police officer or authorised officer on request.

For children under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, you can travel in a vessel with another person you do not live with regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not. You do not have to carry or produce evidence of your name and address.

Border Restrictions

Entering NSW from another Australian State or Territory:

Australian Capital Territory

  • No NSW entry declaration required

Northern Territory

  • No NSW entry declaration required

South Australia

  • No NSW entry declaration required

Tasmania

  • No NSW entry declaration required

Western Australia

  • No NSW entry declaration required

Victoria

  • Entry restrictions apply
  • NSW entry declaration required

Holidays and holiday homes or recreational regional visits

Until 1 November 2021, People in Greater Sydney cannot travel beyond Greater Sydney for a holiday or recreational visits including day trips.

Greater Sydney includes the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas.

People outside of Greater Sydney cannot enter Greater Sydney for a holiday or recreational visits including day trips.

If you want to:

  • leave Greater Sydney and enter Regional and Rural NSW, or
  • leave Regional and Rural NSW and enter Greater Sydney

you need a reasonabl excuse. These include the following:

  • to attend a funeral, memorial service or wedding that complies with the Public Health Order.
  • enter or leave to go to the person’s place of residence
  • for work if it is not reasonably practicable to work at home
  • for childcare (to attend childcare or pick up or drop off a person at childcare)
  • to attend a school or other educational institution if the person cannot learn from home
  • to obtain medical care, including obtaining a COVID-19 test or vaccination, or obtain medical or health supplies, or donate blood
  • to fulfil carer’s responsibilities, or provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • for compassionate reasons (including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together)
  • for family contact arrangements (where a person under 18 does not live in the same household as a parent or sibling)
  • to provide emergency assistance to a person, or in an emergency, or to avoid illness, injury or risk of harm
  • to feed an animal or for animal welfare
  • to fulfil legal obligations
  • to access public services, whether provided by Government, a private provider or a non-Government organization
  • move to a new place of residence, or inspect real property, or move between places of residence of the person (i.e. a second property)
  • to transport a member of the person’s household, if reasonably necessary, who has a reasonable excuse to enter or leave Greater Sydney
  • if a temporary accommodation booking has expired, and the person goes directly to the person’s new place of residence, which may be other temporary accommodation
  • to supervise or facilitate a business moving to new premises
  • a person who is a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order may go to the person’s place of worship, or provide pastoral care

Holiday homes and short-term accommodation can only be used by:

  • people who are from the same household
  • if the people are not from the same household, up to 20 fully vaccinated people.

If you are fully vaccinated you can take a holiday outside the local government area you live in.

If you live in a local government area in Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, and Wollongong local government areas) you cannot travel outside Greater Sydney for holidays or recreational visits including day trips.

If you live outside Greater Sydney, you cannot enter Greater Sydney for a holiday or recreational visits including day trips inside Greater Sydney. You can take a holiday in any local government area outside of Greater Sydney.

Holiday homes or short-term accommodation

You can visit a holiday home or short-term accommodation with your household or up to 20 fully vaccinated people.

Information Sourced From Fully Vaccinated NSW


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