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Cafes, restaurants and pubs – New South Wales

Updated on 18 October 2021, at 09:40 AET

NSW restrictions

NSW is no longer under lockdown. However, there are different rules for people who are fully vaccinated and those who are not fully vaccinated.

Rules for fully vaccinated

Hospitality premises are open to customers to eat and drink on the premises.

  • There must be no more than 1 person per 4 square metres indoors and 1 person per 2 square metres outdoors.
  • Group bookings are limited to 20 people — unless the booking is for a significant event, such as a wedding or funeral.
  • You can stand to drink, indoors and outdoors.
  • Staff who are in customer-facing roles must wear face masks.

From Monday 1 November 2021, the cap on group bookings at hospitality venues will be removed.

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 — see below
  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier
  • follow the face mask rules

People under the age of 16 who aren't fully vaccinated can be unaccompanied in their workplaces and outdoors. Otherwise, they must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in a hospitality venue, unless they’re collecting a takeaway order.

For places in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can return to work if they’ve had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. They must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.

For more information on restrictions, explore the NSW section of the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

Rules for people who are not fully vaccinated

If you're not fully vaccinated, you can't visit a hospitality venue except for takeaway.

Further reopening from 1 December 2021

From Wednesday 1 December 2021, restrictions are expected to ease further.

Most venues will move to a 1 person per 2 square metres density limit. There will be no cap on numbers at hospitality venues. You'll be able to sing and dance indoors and outdoors.

Mandatory face masks

To learn about the face-mask rules that apply to you, see ‘Face masks — New South Wales' in the Restriction Checker.

Service NSW COVID Safe check-in

The Service NSW COVID Safe check-in app is mandatory across most businesses, venues and events. See for more details.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can apply for COVID-19 check-in card at

Vaccination evidence

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. The NSW Government encourages 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.

Vaccination evidence includes:

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

COVID Safety plan

All businesses, venues and events must have a COVID Safety plan registered with Service NSW. Visit for more information.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit

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