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Things do keep changing with COVID-19, and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe. Here are resources for Greater Sydney, including Local Government Areas of concern.

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.

For Regional NSW, visit the article Live in Regional NSW.


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NSW will extend the current lockdown in Greater Sydney until the end of September and introduce new rules targeting the local government areas of concern, where the vast majority of new cases are emerging. It will not apply to Shellharbour and the Central Coast, which will be classified as regional NSW for restrictions.

LGA's of Concern

LGA's of Concern | NEW! Additional Rules for LGA's of Concern | Curfew Stay at home rules in LGA's of concern | Reasonable excuse to leave home in LGA's of concern | Working from home in LGA's of concern | Face masks in LGA's of concern | Visiting the LGA's of concern | Visitors to a residence in LGA's of concern | Visitors to a residence in LGA's of concern | Worship, Weddings and Funerals in LGA's of concern | Outdoor Gatherings in LGA's of concern | Renovations and Construction in LGA's of Concern | Places that are closed in LGA's of concern | Exempted Gatherings LGA's of concern | Community Language Information permit to enter regional NSW 

Greater Sydney

Greater Sydney | NEW! Additional measures for Greater Sydney Stay at home rules in Greater Sydney | Reasonable excuse to leave home in Greater Sydney | Working from home in greater Sydney | Face masks in Greater Sydney | Visiting Greater Sydney | Visitors to a residence in Greater Sydney | Children and Parenting in Greater Sydney | Worship, Weddings and Funerals In Greater Sydney | Outdoor Gathering in Greater Sydney | Renovations and Construction in Greater Sydney | Places that are closed in Greater Sydney | Exempted Gathering in Greater Sydney


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Easy English, Auslan and Screen Reader friendly summary versions of the latest rule changes will be added here when available.


LGA's Of Concern Updated Rules as of Monday, September 20th.

From 12.01am Monday, 20 September, the following restrictions will ease for those who live in LGAs of concern:

  • No limit on the duration of outdoor exercise and recreation (previously a two-hour limit);
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated people (not including children aged 12 and under) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home (previously only fully vaccinated household members could gather outdoors, or up to two fully vaccinated people from different households);
  • Shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation can be done 5km from home or within your LGA (previously only 5km from home);
  • Attend a small wedding (maximum 11 people) in Greater Sydney as a guest (previously only allowed in their LGA); and
  • A person’s single’s bubble buddy can live in Greater Sydney (previously must have resided within 5km of a person’s home). A person from a LGA of concern can also now be a buddy for someone in Greater Sydney.

Nearly all restrictions in the LGAs of concern are now aligned with other lockdown areas, with the main differences being authorised worker conditions and travel permit requirements which remain in place in the LGAs of concern. 

LGA's Of Concern Extended Vaccination Deadline for Essential Workers.

Essential and authorised workers from the NSW local government areas (LGAs) of concern now have until Sunday, September 19 to get vaccinated with at least one dose. The original deadline was September 6th. From Monday 20th September, only essential workers who have received one dose will be allowed to leave their LGA for work. You will have until Wednesday 8th September to book an appointment. And from 9th September you will be required to show proof of your booking.

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. 5 fully vaccinated adults can engage in outdoor recreation in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home. Children under 12 will not be counted in this total.
  • In the LGAs of concern, a household with all adults vaccinated will be able to engage in outdoor recreation (including picnics) for up to 2 hours within the existing rules (outside of curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the ability to engage in outdoor 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.


Returning to school pathway.

  • "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 3, but will return full time from October 25.

 


LGA's of Concern

Includes the local government areas of concern

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Burwood
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Liverpool
  • Parramatta
  • Strathfield
  • Penrith for the following suburbs: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.

Additional Rules for LGA's of Concern

New Easing of Some Restrictions as of 12:01am Monday 20th September 2021:

LGAs of concern will see the following changes to restrictions:

  • No time limit for outdoor exercise and recreation
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated people (not including those who are ages 12 and under) will now be allowed in a persons LGA or within 5km of home
  • Shopping, exercies and outdoor recreation will be allowed 5km from home or within your LGA
  • Attending a small wedding (maximum 11 people) in Greater Sydney as a guest is now permitted
  • A persons single bubble buddy can live in Greater Sydney
  • A person from a LGA of concern can also now be a buddy for someone in Greater Sydney

Additional rules for the LGAs of concern:

From 12.01 am Monday, 23 August, the following additional rules will apply for residents and businesses in the LGAs of concern:

  • Curfews will be introduced from 9 pm to 5 am (except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care) to help reduce the movement of young people;
  • The following retail premises must close except for click and collect: garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building supplies, landscaping material supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies (tradespeople are allowed to shop in-store where relevant); and
  • All exams and other education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC. The government will provide further information on its education plan in due course.

The following new restrictions around workplaces and authorised workers from the LGAs of concern will be introduced:

  • Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August;
  • Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their worksite or they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August. 
  • From Saturday, 28 August, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern  are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home; and
  • From Saturday, 28 August, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issued by Service NSW.

From 12.01 am Monday, 23 August, workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, and Fairfield LGAs will no longer have to have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.

Special powers will also be given to the NSW Police Force, including:

  • Power for the Commissioner of Police to lockdown apartment blocks while health assesses the COVID risk; 
  • Power for the Commissioner of Police to declare a residential premise a COVID-risk premise and require all people to present to police during compliance checks;
  • Powers to allow police to direct a person who has been issued with an infringement notice to return to their place of residence; and
  • If a person from outside an LGA of concern is found to be in an LGA of concern without a reasonable excuse, they will be fined $1000 and required to isolate at home for 14 days.


Source New protections and compliance rules to carry NSW through to vaccination targets

Stay at home rules - LGA's of concern.

If you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Canterbury-Bankstown, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith, stay at home rules apply.

You must stay home. Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.

If you must leave home, stay within your local area. Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.

Limit your physical contact with people you do not live with. See the restrictions for visitors to a residence.

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave your home and wear a face mask when required.

 

If you have left Greater Sydney

Stay at home rules apply if you were in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour on or after Monday 21 June 2021,

You must follow the stay at home rules for 14 days from the date you left the area.

Curfew

A curfew is in place in the Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith local government areas. You cannot leave your home between 9 pm, and 5 am unless you have one of the following reasonable excuses:

  • leaving your home to go to work (ensuring all other requirements for work are met)
  • collecting or dropping off children at childcare
  • providing care to a vulnerable person
  • obtaining medical care or in an emergency
  • attending to legal obligations or animal welfare.

​​​​​​The other reasonable excuses discussed on this page apply outside of curfew hours.

 

Reasonable excuse to leave home - LGA's of concern

If you live in the Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith local government areas, a reasonable excuse is if you need to

  • obtain food or other goods and services
    • for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
    • for vulnerable people
  • leave home to go to work if you
    • cannot reasonably work from home and your workplace is in the same local government area or the 12 suburbs of the Penrith local government area you are living in or staying in or
    • are an authorised worker, and you need to travel outside the local government area or the 12 suburbs of the Penrith local government area you are living or staying in to go to work
  • leave home for education if it is not possible to do it at home
  • exercise or supervise a child aged 12 or under who is exercising or playing within 5km of your home or within your LGA
  • go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

See the list of other reasonable excuses.

Moving house

A reasonable excuse is if you need to

  • move to a new place of residence within Greater Sydney, or
  • between different places of residence within Greater Sydney, or
  • inspecting a potential new place of residence within Greater Sydney.

From Monday 16 August 2021, it is a reasonable excuse for you to

  • move to a different place of residence outside Greater Sydney, only if
    • you are moving for work, and other people (such as the people you live with) do not move with you or
    • the movement is for urgent maintenance or repairs or animal welfare, and only one person moves to the other place of residence to attend to the urgent need
  • inspect a potential new place of residence outside Greater Sydney if you
    • have a genuine intention to move to and live at the new place of residence as soon as practicable (not an investment property) or
    • are moving to a new place of residence outside Greater Sydney.

It is a reasonable excuse to:

  • supervise or facilitate a business moving to new premises.

 See the list of other reasonable excuses.

Rules for when you leave your home

Leaving home to go to work

You may only leave your home to go to work if

If your workplace is in a different local government area to where you live, you can only leave your home to go to work if you are an authorised worker

Some authorised workers require a COVID-19 test to leave their local government area for work. 

COVID-19 testing requirements

You may need to get a COVID-19 test to leave your home to go to work if you 

Find out about the rules for COVID-19 tests for Sydney workers.

 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.

 Shopping

  • Stay within 5km of your home if you can. 
  • If you cannot obtain food or goods and services within 5km from your home, you can obtain food or goods and services from within your local government area, or if necessary from the closest place in Greater Sydney.
  • 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 each day to shop for food or other goods and services each day (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

If you are fully vacinated

 as of 20 September 2021, you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreastion as long as those at the gathering (who are over 16 years of age) are fully vaccinated.

  • You must have proof of your vaccination with you at all times
  • You must show a police officer this proof upon their request
  • 5 person limite does not include children under 12
  • You cannot attend more than one gathering a day

If you are not fully vaccinated

  • You may attend an outdoor gathering in a public space with 1 other person that you don't live with, your your nominated visitor for outdoor recreation or exercise.
  • If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all exercise and engage in outdoor recreation together.
  • You must stay within 5km of your home or your local government area when doing any outdoor recreation or exercise or supervising a child aged 12 years or under who is exercising or playing

Further Exercise Rules for All

  • You can leave your home to exercise or to supervise a child aged 12 years or under who is exercising or playing.
  • You must stay within 5km of your home if you go out for exercise and outdoor recreation or to supervise a child aged 12 years or under who is exercising or playing.
  • If travelling by a private vehicle (car), do not share a car with people you do not live with, except for your nominated visitor ("singles bubble").

Proof of address

You must carry proof of your address if you

  • have left your home for a reasonable excuse
  • are exercising outdoors or supervising a child aged 12 or under who is exercising or playing
  • have a reasonable excuse and are leaving the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith.

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 1 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
  • undertake legal obligations
  • avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
  • in case of emergencies
  • for compassionate reasons, including where two 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.

 

Permits to enter regional NSW.

A permit system will be introduced on Saturday. More Information to come.

Permit applications will be made available on the Service NSW website.

Permit system to enter regional NSW (from 12.01 am, Saturday, 21 August):

  • Any person who wishes to travel to regional NSW for one of the following reasons must have a permit which will be made available on Service NSW:
    • authorised workers from LGAs of concern
    • inspecting real estate. Any person inspecting real estate in the regions must now genuinely need a home to live in (no investment properties), and
    • travelling to your second home. This is now only allowed if you are using the home for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs (if so, only one person may travel there).

 For information on the NSW regional travel permit and nominated visitor (singles bubble) permit, read the permit to enter regional NSW media release.

 
 
Under the updated public health order, the following people travelling from Greater Sydney to regional NSW require a permit:
  • anyone from Greater Sydney (including authorised workers from the LGAs of concern) who needs to travel more than 50km from Greater Sydney for work purposes, noting the existing requirement for such workers to have had a COVID test in the previous seven days;
  • people travelling to a second home outside Greater Sydney. This is now only allowed if you are using the home for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs (if so, only one person may travel there);
  • people inspecting a potential new residence, but only if they have a genuine
  • intention to relocate as soon as practicable (no investment properties); and
  • people who are permanently relocating.
 
Taking a holiday to a second residence is not a reasonable excuse to leave home.
Permit applications will be made available on the Service NSW website.
People are permitted to leave their homes to facilitate custody arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children under the age of 18 who do not live in the same household.

Working from home - LGA's of concern.

Employers must require 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 go to your workplace, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.


Face masks - LGA's of concern

When you leave home, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. 

You must wear a face mask

  • when you are outside in a public place (such as on a street or at a park)
  • 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, including: 

  • Sydney Markets at Flemington Markets
  • Sydney Fish Markets. 

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 a local government area of concern

If you live outside of the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith, you must not enter these areas without a reasonable excuse.

Find out more about reasonable excuses for

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Visitors to a residence - LGA's of concern

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 (without any adults in the same home), your nominated visitor ("singles bubble") can visit you.

Nominated visitor ("singles bubble")

From Monday 20 September 2021 your nominated visitor can live either in a LGA of concern or Greater Sydney. There will no longer be a need to register a nominated visitor with Service NSW.  

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

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 within 5km of your home.

You must register the nominated visitor in your “singles bubble” using an online form that will be available from Saturday, 21 August 2021.

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 the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith – 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 of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith.

  • 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 of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith.

If you are a real estate agent or a prospective purchaser and you do not live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong follow the rules for your local area.


Children and parenting - LGA's of concern

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


Worship, weddings and funerals - LGA's of concern

Weddings

Update: From Monday 20 September 2021, if you live in Greater Sydney, including in an area of concern, you can attend a wedding service in Greater Sydney if you are one of the 11 people attending the wedding service.

  • Small wedding services can be held in NSW.

    Number of people

    You can attend a small wedding service if:  

    • you are legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant 
    • you are one of the 2 people getting married 
    • you are one of the 2 necessary witnesses  
    • you are recording the service or  
    • one of 5 guests.  

    These rules mean that no more than 11 people can attend a wedding service under any circumstances. 

    Small wedding services held outside Greater Sydney

    If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home to attend a small wedding service outside Greater Sydney.  

    If you live in Greater Sydney, you cannot leave home to attend a small wedding service outside Greater Sydney, either as a participant in the service or as a guest. 

    Greater Sydney includes the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas. 

    Small wedding services held in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong

    If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home and enter Greater Sydney to attend a small wedding service only if you are:  

    • one of the people who is legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant  
    • one of the 2 people getting married 
    • one of the 2 necessary witnesses  
    • the person recording the service; or  
    • a parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.  

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

    • one of the people who are legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant,  
    • one of the 2 people getting married 
    • one of the 2 necessary witnesses  
    • the person recording the service  
    • a parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.  

    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 leave that area to attend a small wedding service in Greater Sydney, only if you are:  

    • one of the people who are legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant,  
    • one of the 2 people getting married 
    • one of the 2 necessary witnesses  
    • the person recording the service 
    • the parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.  

    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

Number of people

A maximum of 10 people can attend a funeral or memorial service or gathering afterwards in Greater Sydney.

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.

Funeral and memorial services held in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong

From Monday 20 September 2021, if you live in an area of concern, you can attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney if you are one of the 10 people attending the wedding service. You cannot attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney if there are more than 10 peopleat the service.

Attending a funeral or memorial service is a reasonable excuse to leave home and to attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, subject to the following rules: 

  • If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home and enter Greater Sydney to attend a funeral or memorial service only if you are a:
    • spouse (including de facto) of the deceased
    • parent of the deceased
    • child of the deceased, or
    • sibling of the deceased.
  • If you live in Greater Sydney, but not in an area of concern, you can leave home to enter an area of concern, to attend a funeral or memorial service only if you are a:
    • spouse (including de facto) of the deceased
    • parent of the deceased
    • child of the deceased, or
    • sibling of the deceased.  
  • If you live in an area of concern within Greater Sydney you can leave that area to attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney, only if you are a:
    • spouse (including de facto) of the deceased,
    • parent of the deceased,
    • child of the deceased, or
    • sibling of the deceased.   

Visiting cemeteries and gravesites 

Cemeteries are not required to close. 

People are also permitted to leave home for compassionate reasons, such as:

  • an anniversary of a deceased child, or
  • if a close family member has recently died.

Visiting a gravesite would likely be considered compassionate. 

Visits should be brief.​ 

Funerals 

The rules for funerals are the same as Greater Sydney.

A maximum of 10 people are allowed to attend the funeral or memorial service or wake in Greater Sydney. This also applied to outdoor funerals.

Attending a funeral or memorial service is a reasonable excuse to leave home and to enter the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith.

People from the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith may enter Greater Sydney to attend a funeral.

People from the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith, can only leave their place of residence to attend a funeral, memorial service or gathering afterwards outside of Greater Sydney if they are a spouse (including de facto), parent, child or sibling of the deceased.

Places of worship

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 Livestream event. 

Find out about the rules that apply to singing in a place of public worship during a live-streamed event.


Outdoor gatherings - LGA's of concern

If you are in the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith, you can participate in an outdoor public gathering depending on whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

Fully Vaccinated

From Monday 20 September 2021, up to 5 people can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space for exercise or outdoor recreation as long as those at the gathering who are 16 years or older are full vaccinated. Meaning they have had 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccination. This 5 person limit does not include children aged under 12.

Not Fully Vaccinated (Including Partially Vaccinated)

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, stricter rules apply: up to 2 people can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space for exercise or outdoor recreation.

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you may continue to participate in an outdoor public gathering of more than 2 people if you are: 

  • working at a premise 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.
  • gathering for a wedding service that complies with the rules for wedding services

Community sport

You can take part in exercising or outdoor recreational activities that 

See the advice on sport and recreation.


Renovations and construction - LGA's of concern

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

Find out about the rules and restrictions for


Places that are closed - LGA's of concern

Closure of retail businesses

Most retail premises in the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith are closed 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 of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith 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 Friday 25 June 2021 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 - LGA's of concern

Exemption from the one person per 4 square metres rule

All premises in the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, or some suburbs of Penrith 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

Updates on LGAs in community languages 

  • Information in community languages will be published here when available.


 

Greater Sydney

Rules and restrictions for Greater Sydney.

Summary of restrictions - Greater Sydney

Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, and Wollongong local government areas.

More information

Help and support

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

Additional measures for Greater Sydney

Greater Sydney lockdown has been extended till the end of September.

Additional measures for Greater Sydney (including regional NSW until 28 August) 

From 12.01 am Monday, 23 August, the following additional rule will also be introduced for Greater Sydney (including regional NSW until 28 August):

  • Mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.

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.


Stay at home rules

Includes the Blue Mountains and Wollongong 

If you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas, stay at home rules apply.

You must stay home. Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.

If you must leave home, stay within your local area. Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.

Limit your physical contact with people you do not live with. See the restrictions for visitors to a residence.

You must carry a face mask with you at all times and wear a face mask when required when you leave your home in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

If you have left Greater Sydney

Stay at home rules apply if you were in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour on or after Monday 21 June 2021,

You must follow the stay at home rules for 14 days from the date you left the area.


 Reasonable excuse to leave home.

A reasonable excuse is if you need to

  • obtain food or other goods and services
    • within 10km of your home, or within your local government area or 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)

    • for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
    • for vulnerable people
    • only one person per household may leave the home to obtain food or other goods and services each day (you may take a dependent person with you if that person cannot be left at home on their own). 
  • leave home to go to work if
  • leave home for education if it is not possible to do it at home
  • exercise and take outdoor recreation 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) and do not enter a local government area of concern
  • go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

See the list of other reasonable excuses.

Moving house

A reasonable excuse is if you need to

  • move to a new place of residence within Greater Sydney or
  • move between different places of residence within Greater Sydney or
  • inspect a potential new place of residence within Greater Sydney.

From 16 August 2021, it is a reasonable excuse for you to

  • move to a different place of residence outside Greater Sydney if
    • you are moving for work, and other people (such as the people you live with) do not move with you or
    • the movement is for urgent maintenance or repairs or animal welfare, and only one person moves to the other place of residence to attend to the urgent need 
  • inspect a potential new place of residence outside Greater Sydney if you
  • have a genuine intention to move to and live at the new place of residence as soon as practicable (not an investment property) or
  • are moving to a new place of residence outside Greater Sydney.

It is a reasonable excuse to:

  • supervise or facilitate a business moving to new premises.

 See the list of other reasonable excuses.

Rules for when you leave your home

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.

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 each day 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.
  • 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. 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
  • 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").
  • 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.

Proof of address

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 outdoor recreation, or
  • have a reasonable excuse and are leaving Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas.

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

  • You may be asked to return to your home by the NSW Police if the police have a reasonable suspicion you are not complying with the stay at home rules.
  • You must return home as soon as is reasonably practicable if NSW Police request you to return home.
  • You must provide true and accurate information to NSW Police if they ask you to return to your home.      

Penalties may also apply if you do not follow the stay at home rules, without a reasonable excuse.   

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 1 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
  • undertake legal obligations
  • avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
  • in case of emergencies
  • for compassionate reasons, including where two 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 - Greater Sydney

In Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas, employers must require 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 go to your workplace, follow the rules for wearing a face mask.


Face masks - Greater Sydney

In Greater Sydney, when you leave home, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. 

You must wear a face mask

  • in all indoor and outdoor areas of non-residential premises, including workplaces
  • if you are on public transport, or at a public transport waiting area.

The operator of a hospitality venue must ensure all staff and other workers wear face masks.

There are limited exceptions, such as where you are in a vehicle with members of your household or your nominated visitor (‘singles bubble’), when exercising and in emergencies. 

Learn more about face mask rules.

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 Greater Sydney

You must not enter Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong without a reasonable excuse.

Find out more about other reasonable excuses for

Related information


Visitors to a residence - Greater Sydney

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.

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 Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas
  • does not live in or is not staying in the local government areas of concern (Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood,  Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield or some suburbs of Penrith).

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 Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong –– 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 Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

  • 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 of real estate and you live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

If you are a real estate agent or a prospective purchaser and you do not live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong the NSW rules apply.


Children and parenting - Greater Sydney

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


Worship, weddings and funerals - Greater Sydney

Places of worship

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.

Weddings

Small wedding services can be held in NSW. 

Number of people  

You can attend a small wedding service if:  

  • you are legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant 
  • you are one of the 2 people getting married 
  • you are one of the 2 necessary witnesses  
  • you are recording the service or  
  • one of 5 guests.

These rules mean that no more than 11 people can attend a wedding service under any circumstances.

Small wedding services held outside Greater Sydney

If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home to attend a small wedding service outside Greater Sydney.  

If you live in Greater Sydney, you cannot leave home to attend a small wedding service outside Greater Sydney, either as a participant in the service or as a guest.  

Greater Sydney includes the Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas. 

Small wedding services held in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong

If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home and enter Greater Sydney to attend a small wedding service only if you are:  

  • one of the people who is legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant,  
  • one of the 2 people getting married 
  • one of the 2 necessary witnesses  
  • the person recording the service; or  
  • a parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.  

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

  • one of the people who are legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant 
  • one of the 2 people getting married 
  • one of the 2 necessary witnesses  
  • the person recording the service  
  • a parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.  

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 leave that area to attend a small wedding service in Greater Sydney, only if you are:  

  • one of the people who are legally required to conduct the wedding service being the celebrant or officiant,  
  • one of the 2 people getting married 
  • one of  the 2 necessary witnesses  
  • the person recording the service 
  • the parent, child or sibling of one of the people getting married.  

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

Number of people

A maximum of  10 people can attend a funeral or memorial service or gathering afterwards in Greater Sydney.

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.

Funeral or memorial services held outside Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong

If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home to attend a funeral or memorial service outside Greater Sydney.   

If you live in Greater Sydney, you can leave home to attend a funeral or memorial service outside Greater Sydney, only if you are a:

  • spouse (including de facto) of the deceased
  • parent of the deceased
  • child of the deceased, or
  • sibling of the deceased.

Funeral and memorial services held in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong 

Attending a funeral or memorial service is a reasonable excuse to leave home and to attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, subject to the following rules: 

  • If you live outside Greater Sydney, you can leave home and enter Greater Sydney to attend a funeral or memorial service only if you are a:
    • spouse (including de facto) of the deceased
    • parent of the deceased
    • child of the deceased, or
    • sibling of the deceased.
  • If you live in Greater Sydney, but not in an area of concern, you can leave home to enter an area of concern, to attend a funeral or memorial service only if you are a:
    • spouse (including de facto) of the deceased
    • parent of the deceased
    • child of the deceased, or
    • sibling of the deceased.  
  • If you live in an area of concern within Greater Sydney you can leave that area to attend a funeral or memorial service in Greater Sydney, only if you are a:
    • spouse (including de facto) of the deceased,
    • parent of the deceased,
    • child of the deceased, or
    • sibling of the deceased.   

Visiting cemeteries and gravesites 

Cemeteries are not required to close. 

People are also permitted to leave home for compassionate reasons, such as:

  • an anniversary of a deceased child, or
  • if a close family member has recently died. 

Visiting a gravesite would likely be considered compassionate. 

Visits should be brief.​ 


Outdoor gatherings - Greater Sydney

Gatherings limited to 2 people.

If you are in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, 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.

Community sport

You can take part in exercising or outdoor recreational activities that 

No community sport (training or matches) is allowed in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

From 12.01am Monday, 27 September outdoor pools across NSW will be able to open, provided councils have a stringent COVID safety plan approved by NSW Health. Natural pools are already permitted to be open.

See the advice on sport and recreation.

 


Renovations and construction - Greater Sydney

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

Find out about the rules and restrictions for


Places that are closed

From 12.01am Monday, 27 September outdoor pools across NSW will be able to open, provided councils have a stringent COVID safety plan approved by NSW Health. Natural pools are already permitted to be open.

Closure of retail businesses

Most retail premises in Greater Sydney including the Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong are closed 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 Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, are directed to be closed to the public.

  • Retail premises, except for limited exceptions.
  • Construction sites in the local government areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Paramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs of Penrith, unless the work is urgently required.
  • 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 Friday 25 June 2021 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 in Greater Sydney 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


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