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Cafes, restaurants and pubs – New South Wales

Updated on 20 June 2021, at 12:00 AET

Masks are mandatory on public transport in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Masks must also be worn if you are in any indoor public venues in the following local government areas:

  • Randwick
  • Bayside
  • Canada Bay
  • Inner West
  • City of Sydney
  • Waverley
  • Woollahra

Public indoor venues include retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff – except if you are eating or drinking.

Non-essential visits to aged-care and disability facilities should be avoided, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to 2 people per day.

All of NSW

The number of people at hospitality venues can’t exceed the greater of 1 person per 2 square metres or 25 people. Hospitality venues include the following:

  • restaurants, cafes and food courts
  • pubs, clubs and small bars
  • cellar doors, breweries and distilleries
  • casinos and karaoke bars
  • function centres and strip clubs
  • commercial vessels and party buses
  • other food and drink premises

This capacity restriction does not apply to vessels used for commercial tours for scuba diving, snorkelling or whale, dolphin or marine animal watching, if there are 50 people or less on those vessels.

You can stand or sit while drinking and eating at indoor hospitality venues.

There are no restrictions on singing or dancing.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Mandatory customer check in

All hospitality venues in NSW must use the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in app to electronically register customers.

This rule applies to venues including all food and drink premises, casinos, micro-breweries, small distilleries, pubs, small bars and registered clubs.

Customers who enter a venue without a mobile phone will be asked to record their details on another device. If a business can’t access a device — such as when there’s a power outage — the venue must manually collect your contact details.

To download the Service NSW app, visit service.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘Service NSW Mobile App’.

COVID Safe Check-in is available to all businesses in NSW and is provided as part of the COVID Safe registration pack. To register, visit nsw.gov.au, then click on ‘Register as a COVID Safe business' and then click on ‘COVID Safe registration.’

COVID-Safe plans

All venues must have a ‘COVID Safe’ plan registered with Service NSW. Visit service.nsw.gov.au for more information.

To ensure patrons practise physical distancing and hygiene, dedicated COVID-19 marshals in distinctive clothing must patrol:

  • venues with more than 250 people during opening hours
  • venues with fewer than 250 people between 12:00pm and 3:00pm, and between 5:00pm and 9:00pm, and other peak periods

If a business breaches a public health order, authorities can fine the business up to $55,000 and a further $27,500 for each day the offence continues.

Face masks

  • Everyone in NSW must wear a face mask at all NSW airports and on domestic commercial flights that arrive in and depart NSW.
  • NSW Health strongly recommends that you wear a mask if you’re not able to stay 1.5m from people you don’t live with — including on public transport or in non-residential premises.
  • Before you attend an aged-cared facility or other health setting, such as a hospital, learn their face-mask policy.
  • Children 12 years and under are exempt from wearing masks, but they’re encouraged to wear one where practicable.
  • Toddlers under 2 years of age and babies must not wear a mask, since they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

NSW hotspots

For the latest information on affected locations and advice if you attended them, visit the NSW Hotspots and Case Location page on the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

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