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Lockdowns and outbreaks - New South Wales

Updated on 20 September 2021, at 17:00 AET


Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, and parts of regional New South Wales are in lockdown until the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target.

Lockdown rules

If you're in an area in lockdown, you must stay at home — unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave. You must also stay at home for 14 days from the date you left the lockdown area.

Stay within 5 kilometres of your home or within your LGA (local government area). If you need goods or services that aren’t available within 5km or your LGA, you can travel to the nearest place where they are available.

Reasonable excuses to leave your home include to:

  • shop for food — there are rules on where you can shop and who you can shop with, see 'Retail and sales – NSW' for details.
  • travel for work, if your workplace is allowed to stay open and you can't work at home. See 'Gatherings and work — NSW' for other rules, including for those who live in a LGA of concern.
  • travel for education if you can't study at home
  • exercise — there are rules on where you can exercise and who with that depend on where you live, see 'Sport and recreation — NSW' for details
  • outdoor recreation — there are rules on where you can take part in outdoor recreation and who with that depend on where you live and if you are fully vaccinated, see 'Gatherings and work — NSW' for details
  • medical or caring reasons, including for COVID-19 vaccination or testing and to donate blood
  • access childcare
  • continue shared-care arrangements for parents and children
  • attend a funeral — see 'Weddings and funerals' for details
  • provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person — there are limits on how many people can provide this, see 'Gatherings and work — NSW' for details
  • provide emergency assistance
  • access social services, employment services, services provided to victims, domestic violence services and mental health services
  • move to a new home, or between homes
  • undertake legal obligations
  • avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
  • leave in case of an emergency
  • provide pastoral care if you're a faith leader
  • visit the person in your 'singles bubble' or an intimate partner you don't live with — see 'Gatherings and work — NSW' for details

Regional lockdown areas

Parts of regional NSW in lockdown:

  • Albury
  • Bathurst
  • Bourke
  • Brewarrina
  • Broken Hill
  • Central Coast
  • Central Darling
  • Cessnock
  • Cowra
  • Dubbo
  • Eurobodalla
  • Gilgandra
  • Glen Innes
  • Goulburn Mulwarre
  • Hilltops
  • Kiama
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Lismore
  • Lithgow
  • Maitland
  • Mid-Western
  • Narromine
  • Newcastle
  • Orange
  • Port Stephens
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang
  • Shellharbour
  • Shoalhaven
  • Walgett
  • Wingecarribee
  • Yass Valley

Lismore and Albury LGAs are in lockdown until at least 6pm Thursday 23 September 2021.

Hilltops and Glen Innes Severn LGAs are in lockdown until 6pm 24 September 2021.

Cowra LGA is in lockdown until 5pm 27 September 2021.

Yass Valley LGA is in lockdown until 28 September 2021.

Lockdown rules also apply to anyone who’s been in:

  • Albury since Friday 10 September
  • Glen Innes since Monday 13 September
  • Hilltops, including Young and surrounding areas, since Friday 3 September
  • Lismore since Tuesday 7 September
  • Yass Valley since Thursday 9 September
  • Cowra since 13 September

NSW regional areas out of lockdown

Parts of regional NSW that are no longer in lockdown include:

  • Armidale Regional
  • Ballina
  • Balranald
  • Bega Valley
  • Bellingen
  • Berrigan
  • Bland
  • Blayney
  • Byron
  • Bogan
  • Cabonne
  • Carrathool
  • Clarence Valley
  • Cobar
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Coolamon
  • Coonamble
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional
  • Dungog
  • Edward River
  • Federation
  • Forbes
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Griffith
  • Gunnedah
  • Gwydir
  • Hay
  • Inverell
  • Junee
  • Kempsey
  • Kyogle
  • Lachlan
  • Leeton
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Lockhart
  • Mid-Coast
  • Moree Plains
  • Murray River
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Muswellbrook
  • Nambucca
  • Narrabri
  • Narrandera
  • Oberon
  • Parkes
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings
  • Richmond Valley
  • Singleton
  • Snowy Monaro
  • Snowy Valleys
  • Tamworth Regional
  • Temora
  • Tenterfield
  • Tweed
  • Unincorporated NSW
  • Upper Hunter Shire
  • Upper Lachlan Shire
  • Uralla
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Walcha
  • Warren
  • Warrumbungle Shire
  • Weddin
  • Wentworth

If you live in or are staying in an LGA in regional NSW that has emerged from lockdown, you are no longer subject to the stay-at-home rules. However, you must comply with other restrictions.

For more information, explore the NSW section of the healthdirect 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 for more details.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can apply for COVID-19 check-in card at

NSW roadmap out of lockdown for the fully vaccinated

Stay-at-home orders for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted from the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target.

Only fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions will have access to the freedoms allowed under the ‘Reopening NSW roadmap’.

For the latest information visit Click on ‘Roadmap to freedom unveiled for the fully vaccinated’.

Case locations and areas of concern

Go to to check up-to-date case locations or areas of concern. If you attended any of the places at the specified dates and times, follow the advice.

For more information on restrictions across NSW, visit

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