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Sport and recreation – New South Wales

Updated on 7 May 2021, at 13:30 AET

Additional Greater Sydney restrictions — until 12:01am Monday 10 May 2021

The following measures are in effect until 12.01am Monday 10 May 2021 for the Greater Sydney region — this includes Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains:

You do not need to wear a face mask at the gym, however:

  • Masks are mandatory on public transport and in certain indoor settings, such as retail, entertainment facilities, hospitals, aged-care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff — except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking.

For more information on the additional restrictions for the Greater Sydney region, including mandatory face masks, use the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

All of NSW

Community sporting activities

Community sports facilities can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres or up to 25 people — whichever is greater.

Inter-regional community sporting competitions can resume without being restricted to regions or zones — if the school or community sport activity has a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

More than one parent can attend community sporting activities with their children. However, people who don’t live with each other must stay at least 1.5 metres apart.

All community sporting competitions and training activities must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. All ticketed community sporting activities must keep records of spectators.

Gyms and recreational facilities

Gyms and indoor recreational facilities such as indoor swimming pools, health centres squash courts, can have no more than 1 person per 2 square metres or up to 25 people — whichever is greater.

Gyms and indoor recreational facilities that are open to the public, including hotel and workplace gyms, must register as COVID Safe.

Ocean pools and baths shouldn’t have more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

It’s recommended that you:

  • attend these facilities during quieter periods
  • practise good hygiene before, during and after working out
  • maintain 1.5m from people you don’t live with
  • wipe down equipment with disinfectant before and after use

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit

Mandatory customer check in

Venues in NSW must use the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in app and QR code to electronically register customers.

The businesses and venues this rule applies to include public swimming pools, indoor recreation facilities, major recreation facilities and hospitality venues such as food and drink premises.

Customers who enter a venue without a mobile phone will be asked to record their details and time of entry 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.

Customers can download the Service NSW app at 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, 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 COVID-19-affected locations, visit the NSW Hotspots and Case Location page on the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

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