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Entertainment and community – New South Wales

Updated on 18 June 2021, at 16:00 AET

Until 12:01am Thursday 24 June 2021, people in Sydney and the Blue Mountains (this excludes the Central Coast and Wollongong and the Illawarra) should follow updated health advice:

  • Masks are mandatory on public transport.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff.
  • Avoid non-essential visits to aged-care and disability facilities, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to 2 people per day.

All of NSW

Entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities must develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Organisers can find more on this by visiting nsw.gov.au/covid-19 and clicking on ‘Find a COVID-19 safety plan’.

Entertainment facilities — including cinemas, theatres, nightclubs and amusement centres — don’t need to comply with the square metres rules. However, the number of people on vessels used for hosting functions or for commercial tours must not exceed the greater of 1 person per 2 square metres or 25 people.

Commercial tours on boats used for scuba diving, snorkelling or whale, dolphin or marine animal watching — if there are 50 people or fewer on the boat — don’t need to comply with the square metres rules.

Major recreation facilities — including stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses, agricultural shows and theme parks — must comply with the following density requirements:

  • Capacity at an indoor major recreation facility must not exceed the greater of 100 per cent of fixed seating capacity of the facility or 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • Capacity at an outdoor major recreation facility must not exceed the total of the greater of 100 per cent of fixed seating capacity of the facility and 1 person per 2 square metres, or 1 person per 2 square metres of space in the facility.
  • Capacity at an agricultural show or agricultural field day must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres at the place at which the event occurs.

Singing and dancing

There are currently no restrictions on singing and dancing.

Dance floors are allowed in indoor entertainment facilities including nightclubs.

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.

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

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.’

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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