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Entertainment and community – New South Wales

Updated on 20 October 2021, at 15:10 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

Restrictions have eased for people who are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

Recreation and entertainment facilities can open.

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can visit an entertainment facility.

Nightclubs can reopen to customers to eat and drink on premises. People must be seated to drink alcohol in indoor areas. You can’t dance indoors.

At all entertainment facilities, 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

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

Premises can have no more than 1 person per 4 square metres indoors and 1 person per 2 square metres outdoors. Some caps apply.

Rules for people who aren't fully vaccinated

If you're not fully vaccinated, you can't visit a recreation or entertainment facility or attend an outdoor event.

People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but they must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household, unless they work at the venue.

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 caps on numbers at major recreation or entertainment facilities, subject to density limits or 100% of fixed seated capacity.

There will be no caps on numbers at information and education facilities (such as art galleries, museums and libraries), but density limits will still apply.

There will also be no caps on numbers at ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings. COVID-19 Safety Plans will be required for events where there are more than 1,000 attendees.

Nightclubs and strip clubs are allowed a density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres. People can stand to drink and they're allowed to dance at nightclubs and strip clubs.

Amusement centres can reopen with density limits.

Mandatory face masks

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

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

Service NSW COVID Safe check-in

The Service NSW COVID Safe check-in app is mandatory across most businesses, venues and events. See service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/service-nsw-mobile-app for more details.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can apply for COVID-19 check-in card at service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/create-covid-19-check-card.

COVID Safety plan

All businesses, venues and events must have a COVID Safety plan registered with Service NSW. Visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe for more information.

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

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