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Entertainment and community – New South Wales

Updated on 26 February 2021, at 15:40 AET

You must wear a fitted face mask in Greater Sydney — including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains — on public transport and in taxis or rideshare vehicles. This includes at all public transport waiting areas.

Children aged 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable. Toddlers under 2 years of age and babies should not wear a mask as they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

Those who can’t wear a mask for health reasons are also exempt.

On-the-spot fines of $200 will be given to individuals for non-compliance. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong restrictions

The following restrictions apply to venues in Greater Sydney (including the Northern Beaches, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong).

  • You can have more than 25 patrons if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • Entertainment facilities can have 75 per cent capacity indoors, and full capacity outdoors — if events are ticketed and seated.
  • Cinemas can have 100 per cent capacity of the fixed seating or 1 person 2 square metres on the premises.
  • Up to 30 performers can sing indoors — they must be 1.5 metres from one another, facing forward and 5 metres from the audience.
  • The audience is not allowed to sing indoors.
  • Dance floors are not allowed.
  • Nightclubs aren’t allowed to operate.
  • Function centres can have 1 person per 2 square metres if they hold trade shows or exhibitions.
  • Performances and rehearsals of performing arts can be held outdoors with a maximum of 500 people — subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule.
  • A maximum of 2,000 people can attend a controlled, ticketed outdoor event if they’re assigned a specific seat — subject to 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • A maximum of 500 people can attend a controlled, ticketed outdoor event if they’re allocated to a designated seating area — subject to 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • Indoor entertainment facilities can sell tickets for seated events at 75 per cent of fixed seating capacity or no more than 1 person per 2 square metres on the premises.
  • Outdoor entertainment facilities can sell tickets for seated events at 100 per cent of fixed seating capacity or no more than 1 person per 2 square metres on the premises.

Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong LGAs

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • The Hills Shire
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter's Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku–ring–gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Paramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland Shire
  • Sydney
  • Waverly
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong
  • Woollahra

To find the local council for your suburb, visit olg.nsw.gov.au. Then click on ‘For public’ and ‘Find your local council’.

For the latest updates and information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

The rest of NSW

The NSW Government strongly recommends people wear a face mask where they can’t keep 1.5 metres from others — unless they can’t for health reasons or they’re a child aged under 12.

Museums and galleries

More than 25 people can attend museums and galleries if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

Libraries and community centres

Libraries can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres. Children are included in this limit.

Community centres and halls can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

Indoor entertainment facilities

Dance floors are not allowed in any indoor entertainment facilities including nightclubs.

Nightclubs can have no more than 1 person per 4 square metres.

Indoor entertainment facilities — such as theatres and dance and concert halls — can either have:

  • 75 per cent capacity at seated, ticketed events, or
  • no more than 1 person per 2 square metres

Public trade shows and exhibitions at function centres can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

Indoor cinemas can reach full capacity — if they’re ticketed and seated.

Indoor singing

Up to 30 performers can sing together indoors — if they:

  • face forwards and not towards each other
  • keep 1.5 metres from each other and other performers
  • keep 5 metres from all others including the conductor and audience

The audience shouldn't sing in indoor settings.

Outdoor entertainment

Outdoor cinemas and theatres can reach full capacity — if they’re ticketed and seated.

Outdoor music performances and rehearsals can have up to 3,000 people if the organiser has a COVID-19 Safety Plan — subject to 1 person per 2 square metres. If music performances and rehearsal are held at certain larger venues, they can have more than 3,000 people, subject to the restrictions at those venues. If they’re held at places of public worship, they can have up to 1 person per 2 square metres.

Controlled outdoor public events can have up to 3,000 people if they’re assigned to a seating area — or 5,000 people if each person is assigned to a specific seat. However, controlled outdoor events can't have more than 1 person per 2 square metres and can't last for more than 5 hours.

Outdoor singing

Any number of performers can sing together outdoors. The NSW Government recommends that singers:

  • face forwards and not towards each other
  • stay 1.5 metres from each other and other performers
  • stay 5 metres from all others including the conductor and audience

Audience or congregation members older than 12 years should wear a face mask if they sing too.

Zoos and aquariums

Zoos, reptile parks and aquariums can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible space — including children.

Major recreation facilities

Major recreation facilities such as theme parks and amusement centres can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres of publicly accessible space — this excludes staff.

Mandatory customer check-in

Some businesses and events must ensure their customers check in digitally. All venues in NSW that require a digital check-in must use the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in app and QR code to electronically register customers.

The entertainment businesses and events that this rule applies to include:

  • amusement centres
  • aquariums
  • drive-in cinemas
  • entertainment facilities
  • function centres
  • party buses
  • properties operated by the National Trust or the Historic Houses Trust
  • vessels used for hosting functions or for commercial tours
  • zoological parks and reptile parks
  • corporate events
  • information and education facilities (other than libraries)
  • public swimming pools
  • recreation facilities (indoor)
  • recreation facilities (major)
  • hospitality venues including casinos, food and drink premises, micro-breweries, small distilleries, pubs, small bars and registered clubs

Customers and visitors 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.

If you visit any of these businesses, you’ll need to install the Service NSW app on your mobile to record your visit. 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.’

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

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