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Gatherings and work – New South Wales

Current as of 11 January 2021, at 10:00 AEST

Face masks are mandatory in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) in the following indoor settings:

  • shops, supermarkets and shopping centres
  • bank branches, post offices and Service NSW centres
  • public and shared transport, including waiting areas
  • indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas and theatres
  • gaming areas in licensed premises and betting agencies
  • premises used for public worship, including places of worship
  • hair and beauty premises
  • residential aged-care and disability-care facilities — if you’re a visitor or staff
  • hospitality venues — if you’re staff and have a customer-facing role

Children aged 12 and under, and those who can’t for health reasons, do not have to wear a mask.

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

Northern Beaches restrictions

The northern and southern areas of the Northern Beaches are now under the same restrictions as Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong restrictions

Residents of the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) are subject to the following gathering restrictions:

You can only have 5 visitors to your home — the visitor limit includes adults and children.

Up to 30 people can gather at an outdoor public place — this includes public parks, reserves, beaches and public gardens. People assisting in an emergency aren't counted in this limit.

Local government areas (LGAs) in Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong include:

  • 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 a map of Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19. Select ‘Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong’ and click on ‘Map of Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong’.

Residential aged-care and disability-care facilities

Aged-care residents in Greater Sydney — including the Blue Mountains and Central Coast LGAs — can have up to 2 visitors each day. They may have different visitors each day.

People from certain areas in NSW and Qld can’t visit, or work in, residential aged-care facilities at all. For an up-to-date list and more information visit health.nsw.gov.au and search ‘Advice to residential aged care facilities’.

There is no limit to how many visitors a person in a residential disability-care facility can receive. But people from certain areas in NSW and Qld can’t visit, or work in, residential disability-care facilities at all. For an up-to-date list and more information visit health.nsw.gov.au and search ‘Advice to residential disability care facilities’.

Rest of NSW

  • Up to 50 people — including children — can visit a home at any one time if an outdoor area is utilised.
  • If a home has no outdoor area, the New South Wales Government recommends that no more than 30 people gather there.
  • Members of the household are not counted as visitors.
  • You can stay overnight at someone else's house.
  • Up to 100 people can gather outdoors in a public space — this limit doesn’t apply to a group from the same household, community sporting activities, those assisting in emergencies, outdoor music performances and rehearsals, weddings, funerals, regional agricultural shows, protests, or controlled outdoor events.

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

  • provide services, care or assistance
  • engage in work
  • help someone move
  • assist in an emergency

If you are aged over 70 or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should limit visitors and take care at all times.

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

Mask recommendations

While it’s not mandatory outside the Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong local government areas, the NSW Government strongly recommends that you wear a mask in these circumstances:

  • if it's 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're within 1.5m 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 — visit your health district’s website for more information.

Visitors and staff in any NSW residential disability-care or aged-care facility must wear surgical masks.

Children 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.

Mandatory customer check in

Most businesses in NSW must use the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in app to electronically register customers and any other people who visit their premises.

If you visit one 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’.

Customers and visitors who enter a premises 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 business must manually collect your contact details.

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.’

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 nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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