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Sport and recreation – 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

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

The following restrictions apply to Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong).

A maximum 30 people can attend a:

  • gym that’s open to the public
  • recreation class

A gym must have a COVID-19 Safe hygiene marshal if more than 25 people use it at any one time.

Community sports are allowed. Community sporting competitions and full training activities with more than 100 participants must have a COVID-19 safety plan.

While you don’t have to wear a mask while exercising, face masks are mandatory in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) in many indoor settings. For more information, see the 'NSW Gatherings and Work' page of the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

Outside these areas, the NSW Government strongly recommends that you wear a face mask at indoor venues or anywhere you can’t keep 1.5 metres from others — unless you have trouble breathing while wearing a mask, you can’t for health reasons, or you are a child under the age of 12.

Local government areas 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 Then click on ‘For public’ and ‘Find your local council’.

For the latest updates and information, visit

Rest of NSW

Community sporting activities

Community sports facilities can have more than 25 people and up to 3,000 people if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres — excluding staff.

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.

You should avoid shared travel arrangements such as carpooling.

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 indoor facilities


Gyms can have no more than 1 person per 4 square metres.

Up to 50 people can attend gym classes at any one time — if there’s no more than 1 person per 4 square metres.

Gyms that are open to the public, including hotel and workplace gyms, must register as COVID Safe. A gym must have a COVID-19 Safe hygiene marshal if more than 25 people use it at any one time.

These requirements don’t apply to gyms that are not open to the public, such as gyms at residential premises.

It’s recommended that you:

  • attend the gym 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

Indoor facilities

No more than 1 person per 2 square metres can attend the following facilities:

  • yoga, Pilates studios and other recreational facilities
  • martial-arts training facilities
  • dance studios

You can do classes with no more than 50 people.

Community centres can have more than 25 people if there’s no more than 1 person per 2 square metres.

If you take part in an activity, remain at least 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with.

Indoor recreational facilities must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Swimming-pool facilities can’t have more than 1 person per 2 square metres — excluding staff. Ocean pools and baths shouldn’t have more than 1 person per 4 square metres.

Swimming pools must have a specific COVID-19 Safe Plan.

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.’

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