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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.

Fully Vaccinated

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 where two doses are the complete course, or 
  •  1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccination where a single dose is the complete course, or  
  • you have a medical exemption

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 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccination that requires 2 doses to complete the course, 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

Update:

From November 8th 2021 there will be an early restriction lift for Vaccinated and Exempt NSW residents.

  • Density limits to lift for all settings — except for gym and dance classes, which will be capped at 20 people per class
  • There will be no cap on home visitors 
  • Indoor swimming pools can reopen 
  • No rules for outdoor gatherings with less than 1,000 people
  • Nightclubs will be able to reopen dancefloors 

Masks

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

  • in indoor areas (e.g. while shopping, when at a library) 
  • in indoor areas of common property of apartment buildings 
  • at a public transport waiting area  
  • while on public transport 
  • if you are working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public 
  • 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
  • presenting your COVID-19 digital certificate via the Service.NSW app
  • a medical exemption, which includes either:
    • a medical contraindication certificate or
    • a medical clearance form.

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.

People who provide an emergency service are able to enter premises if they are not fully vaccinated and are at the premises to provide an emergency service.


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, there is no limit to the number of fully vaccinated visitors to your home.

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
  • any of the visitors at a place of residence who are aged over 16 years are not fully vaccinated.

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.

 

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 a dance class at an indoor recreation facility. 

Indoor swimming pools can open for all purposes.

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.

If you are fully vaccinated you can dance at a dance class, in a performance, rehearsal, or as part of a group class at a gym or dance class at an indoor recreation facility. 

Community sport

COVID-19 Safety Plans are required if over 1000 people attend.

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend community sport.


Outdoor gatherings

If you are fully vaccinated, there is no limit to the number of people for outdoor gatherings or recreation, such as a picnic.

COVID-19 Safety Plans are required if more than 1000 people attend an outdoor gathering.

Outdoor events

Outdoor events and gatherings can take place in NSW.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor event. You must:

COVID-19 Safe outdoor public gatherings 

A COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering is an outdoor public gathering where the organiser: 

  • has and complies with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters required by the approved COVID-19 safety checklist and 
  • keeps a copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • makes a copy of the COVID-19 Safety Plan available to an authorised officer or a police officer as requested.

COVID-19 Safety Plans are required if more than 1000 people attend an outdoor gathering


Schools

Students have already returned to face-to-face learning.

Follow the rules for schools at the Department of Education.


Libraries, museums and galleries

Information and education facilities, including art galleries, museums and libraries can also open. 

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit an information and education facility. You must: 


Shopping and personal services

Premises that remain closed

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

  • premises that are used for music festivals.

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 a 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, small bars and nightclubs can 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 may consume alcohol indoors or outdoors while standing or sitting.  

Singing and dancing is permitted indoors or outdoors (including in nightclubs), for people who are fully vaccinated.


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 1 November 2021:

  • a 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 business are the same for businesses in Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW.
  • Face mask rules apply to many businesses. People who work in office buildings and 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 and recreation facilities

Entertainment facilities, such as a cinema, theatre, musical hall, concert hall, dance hall, drive-in cinemas can open to fully vaccinated people. Amusement and play centres can also open to fully vaccinated people and their children.

Indoor and outdoor major recreation facilities, including stadiums, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, and showgrounds, can open.

If you are fully vaccinated you can visit these facilities. You must:

Music festivals are still prohibited.


Weddings and religious ceremonies

Weddings

Weddings in NSW may have up to:

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

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

Do not attend a wedding that exceeds the capacity limits.

People who are fully vaccinated do not have to be seated while consuming food and drink.

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:

Funerals and memorial services

Funerals and memorial services in NSW may have up to:

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

All people attending the funeral service must be fully vaccinated, (except for small funeral or memorial services).

Do not attend a funeral or memorial service that exceeds the capacity limits. 

People who are fully vaccinated 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 all members of the public. You must:

  • 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

There are no longer any restrictions for travel within NSW for fully vaccinated people.

Sharing a vehicle and carpooling

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

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.


Holidays and holiday homes

There are no longer any restrictions on travelling between Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW for holiday or recreational visits within NSW.

Holiday homes or short-term accommodation

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, all people must be fully vaccinated.

International travel

For more information about the rules around leaving and entering NSW from outside Australia, visit International travel to and from NSW.


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

  • New South Wales is considered a green zone for Victoria's travel permit system, so people entering the state will face no testing or quarantine requirements.

Holidays and holiday homes 

Holidays and holiday homes

There are no longer any restrictions on travelling between Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW for holiday or recreational visits within NSW.

Holiday homes or short-term accommodation

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, all people must be fully vaccinated.

International travel

For more information about the rules around leaving and entering NSW from outside Australia, visit International travel to and from NSW.

Information Sourced From Fully Vaccinated NSW


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