Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

covid19-restriction-checker: COVID-19 Restriction Checker

Gatherings and work – New South Wales

Updated on 21 September 2021, at 18:00 AET

Lockdown

Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, and parts of regional New South Wales are in lockdown.

For more information, visit 'Lockdowns and outbreaks – New South Wales' in the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

NSW areas in lockdown

If you live in or are staying in Greater Sydney or a part of regional NSW that is in lockdown, you are subject to the following restrictions.

Visitors to a residence

People cannot visit your home, except:

  • to work
  • for childcare
  • to fulfil arrangements between parents and children under 18 or their siblings
  • to help a person move house
  • to avoid an injury or serious risk of harm
  • because of an emergency
  • to view or inspect property to lease or buy it

Caring and compassionate visits

You are allowed to visit a home or receive a guest to your home for caring and compassionate reasons. Only 1 person can visit a home at any one time for these reasons, which are to:

  • provide care to vulnerable people
  • visit a person you are in a relationship with but do not live with

Up to 2 people can visit a residence for carers' responsibilities or to provide care or assistance at a time, if 2 people are required for care to be provided safely.

You may bring a child with you if they need supervision and childcare arrangements are not reasonably available.

People leaving Greater Sydney for regional NSW — or entering Greater Sydney from regional NSW — for compassionate reasons don’t have to register to leave, unlike those who are leaving for work or relocation. However, you may be asked to provide information to NSW Police about your visit.

Nominated visitors (‘singles’ and ‘friends’ bubbles)

If you do not live with other adults, you can choose 1 person to visit your home. They must not be a nominated visitor for another person.

Your nominated visitor’s children can come too if there are no alternative care arrangements.

If you live in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, your nominated visitor must also live or be staying in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

If you live in a rural or regional area that is in lockdown your nominated visitor must live in the same LGA as you.

People aged 18 years and under who live in a lockdown area can create a bubble of 3 friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions:

  • a child can have only 2 designated friends come to their house
  • these 2 friends must always be the same, creating a 3-person 'friends bubble'
  • anyone who is older than 18 years in any of the friends’ households must be fully vaccinated
  • the friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same LGA
  • if parents or carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers

Outdoor public gatherings

Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 2 people, unless you are:

  • complying with the NSW Government vaccination requirements — see below
  • working at a premises that is permitted to be open if you can't work from home
  • providing care or assistance to vulnerable persons
  • gathering with other people in your household
  • providing emergency assistance to a person
  • fulfilling a legal obligation
  • moving home or moving your business to a new premises
  • attending a small funeral or memorial service or a small wedding

You can attend an outdoor gathering of up to 5 people for exercise or recreation if you comply with vaccination requirements, see ‘Sport and recreation — NSW’ for details.

You must stay within your local government area when exercising or doing outdoor recreational activities. If you need to cross into another local government area, you must stay within 5km of your home.

Gathering restrictions in the local government areas (LGAs) of concern are now the same as those in the rest of Greater Sydney.

Work

You should only attend your workplace if you can’t work from home.

If you can't work from home and you go to your workplace — if it’s permitted to open — you must wear a face mask unless an exemption applies to you.

Workers who live in the LGAs and suburbs of concern must comply with additional work restrictions.

For more information on work restrictions — including on who is an authorised worker, COVID-19 tests for workers and upcoming restrictions — go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19. Select ‘COVID-19 rules and restrictions for where you live’ and scroll down to the ‘Workers’ section.

NSW areas out of lockdown

If you live in or are staying in an area in regional NSW that’s no longer in lockdown, you can have up to 5 visitors to your home at any one time. This limit excludes:

  • you and your household members
  • children 12 years and under

People who are not considered as visitors are those who are members of your household, aged 12 years or under, working at your home, assisting in an emergency situation, providing care to children or vulnerable persons, fulfilling arrangements between parents and children under 18 or their siblings, helping someone move to or from the residence, or viewing or inspecting a property for sale or lease or participating in an auction.

You can gather with up to 20 people in public outdoor areas.

Work

Employers must allow their employees to work from home if their employees are able to do so.

If you can’t work from home and you attend your workplace that’s allowed to open, you must wear a face mask.

For a list of which regional LGAs have emerged from lockdown, go to ‘Lockdowns and outbreaks - New South Wales’ in the Restriction Checker.

Mandatory face masks

People in locked down areas must wear a mask whenever they leave their home — except when exercising.

People in other areas of NSW need to wear a mask in indoor non-residential premises and in certain outdoor areas.

For details, 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 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.

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

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Victorian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo