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Gatherings and work – New South Wales

Current as of 23 October 2020, at 15:55 AEST

Up to 20 visitors — including children — can legally visit another household at one time. You can have as many visitors as you want during the day if you don’t have more than 20 people at once. Members of the household are not counted as a visitor.

People are not counted as a visitor if they are in your home to:

  • provide services, care or assistance
  • engaged in work
  • helping someone move
  • assist in an emergency

However, New South Wales health authorities recommend that only 10 people visit another household at this time.

You can stay overnight at someone else's house.

If more than 20 visitors come to a home, everyone will be held responsible for breaching the public health order.

If you are over 70 or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should limit the number of visitors and take care at all times. Some people, such as carers, who need to attend your home will not be counted as visitors. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms, you must isolate at home. You should wear a mask if you’re in the same room as others.

Up to 30 people can gather outdoors in a public space such as a park, beach or garden.

Mask recommendations

Although it's not mandatory — the NSW Government strongly recommends that you wear a mask in the following circumstances:

  • if it’ll be difficult to stay 1.5 metres from others
  • in an enclosed space such as on public transport
  • in supermarkets and shops
  • in indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission or where customers and staff interact including at hospitality and retail venues
  • at places of worship
  • in areas where there are known cases of community transmission

NSW health workers must wear a surgical mask if they are within 1.5 metres of patients in hospital and community-health settings.

Patients are also required to wear a mask, where possible. Local health districts have more information on masks in these settings — such as requests that family and visitors wear masks, too. Visit your health district’s website for more information.

Children unless under the age of 12 don’t need to wear a mask. Children under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks as they're a suffocation and choking risk.

NSW hotspots

For the latest information on COVID-19-affected locations, visit the NSW Hotspots and Case Location page on the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit

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