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This is the latest COVID-19 information for people who live in New South Wales. Things do keep changing with COVID-19 and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe.

If you would like to talk to someone about COVID-19 please call the Disability Information Helpline - 1800 643 787. Our Information Officers can help you find information for where you live and, for what you need. It is open Monday to Friday - 8am to 8pm. 

We will keep this article up to date, so do check back for the latest information. (Last update August 9)

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Current Alerts from NSW Health
How to Stay Safe

Going Out and Visiting People

Border Closures
More Information

Current Alerts from NSW Health

Current alerts are updated every day from NSW Health.
They list places where there has been an outbreak of COVID -19.

Self-isolate and get tested immediately

If you have been to any of these locations during the time and date indicated you should:

Locations as at August 9          

Glebe: Jambo Jambo African Restaurant                          

Hamilton: Bennett Hotel

Hamilton: Greenroof Bar Restaurant

Hamilton: Sushi Revolution

Jesmond: Hotel Jesmond    

Lambton: Lambton Park Hotel

Mount Pritchard: Mounties, 101 Meadows Road   

New Lambton: Wests

Newcastle: Hamilton to Adamstown Number 26 bus

Potts Point: The Apollo     

Potts Point: Thai Rock Restaurant

St Leonards: Fitness First (excludes patrons who only attended booked fitness classes or only went to the pool)

Surry Hills: Hotel Harry (Harpoon Harry)  

Sydney: Burrow Bar   

Wallsend: Wallsend Diggers                     

NSW Health also lists places that there is a risk of an outbreak. There are places across Sydney and Newcastle so please do check it closely.

On August 8th Campbelltown Bunnings was added to this list.
Easy English Information 

People who have been to these places need to be on the lookout for COVID-19 symptoms.
As soon as they have symptoms they need to:
- get tested
- self-isolate

How to Stay Safe

  • Practice social distancing if you are going out
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough into your sleeve or elbow
  • Take extra care around vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those who are unwell
  • If you feel unwell, stay home (except to go our for testing or urgent health needs)


Advice from July 30, is that people should consider wearing a face mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport.

"Masks add another layer of protection to the other significant measures of physical distancing, hand hygiene, and cough etiquette," said Australian Medical Association president Dr Tony Bartone.

If you are in one of the areas listed in the Current Alerts from NSW Health, it is advisable to wear a mask if you must go to those area.
If you do have COVID19, there are strict rules about isolating, wearing masks and what you need to do.

For disability support providers who reside in South West Sydney​ - NSW Health currently recommends that where services are being provided both inside and outside of a residential facility (e.g. day programs), staff who reside in South West Sydney should wear a mask while providing care to residents. This will be reviewed and further guidance will be provided if this needs to continue after July. For more information about reducing the risk of COVID-19 for people receiving disability, home care or other personal care support services, please refer to Information for disability support providers.

The Latest Advice on Wearing Face Masks - COVID-19


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

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

There are many places to get tested, NSW Health has a full list.  New places, such as mobile or 'pop up' testing units do get added so check before you go.
We explain more about testing in COVID-19 testing for people with a disability.

Going Out and Visiting People 

NSW is on high alert about COVID19.

There are many rules about going out, and what is open. Most places have a limit on how many people can be there at one time. Plus they need to have a COVID Safe Plan. Places also need to take people's details in case there is an outbreak and they need to contact you.

NSW Health has a list of all the current rules.

Here are some key rules:

  • No more than 20 people are allowed to gather in public outdoor
  • No more than 10 people per booking or table for a pub
  • Up to 20 visitors may visit another household at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children
  • How many people can go to a funeral, depends on the size of the venue

For visiting people in nursing homes, hospitals or group homes, there will be extra rules. Check before you go.

When going out, plan how you will get there safely, if you need to wear a mask and if you need to book before you go. It is also a good idea to bring your own hand sanitiser if you can.

For an Easy English version link to What you need to do under new coronavirus rile from 24 July 2020 pdfWhat you need to do for new coronavirus rules from July 24 PDF *We noticed an error - The Disability Information Helpline only operates Mon- Fri 8 am - 8 pm AEST. 


Travel is allowed within NSW. You should not travel if you are sick. If you are using public transport try not to go in peak times. Wearing a mask is a good idea if you can not keep a 1.5-metre distance from people. Wash your hands after touching surfaces such as ticket machines, rails or buttons.

Public Transport in the time of COVID-19

Border Closures

People from NSW can not go to Victoria, unless there are special reasons, such as work, study or compassionate grounds. You will need a border permit to do this.

Any person entering Queensland must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before they enter.  There are restrictions, especially for people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot.

Find out the rules that apply for travel to and from other states and territories.

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