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Sport and recreation – New South Wales

Current as of 5 August 2020, at 16:00 AEST

The following facilities can open, but with a maximum of 1 person per 4 square metres of space. If you’re taking part in an activity, remain at least 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with.

  • gyms, yoga, and Pilates studios and other recreational facilities
  • indoor and outdoor pools
  • dance studios
  • community centres

You can train and do classes and activities in groups of up to 20 people. Use training and playground equipment with caution. Wash your hands before and after you use the equipment.

All gyms and fitness centres in NSW need to have a COVID Safety Plan in place and a dedicated Safe Hygiene Marshal on duty at all times.

Saunas and spa pools may reopen for up to 20 people, provided users can remain 1.5 metres apart. Steam rooms can open for up to 20 people or 1 person per 4 square metres, whichever is smaller.

Sports events and community sport competitions can resume for up to 500 participants, including players, officials and spectators. The 4-square-metres rule applies.

Stadiums' food and drink areas can open under the conditions that apply to other food and drink venues.

NSW ski season

NSW's alpine region is open for the ski season. There are limits on how many people can ski at each resort and you must book in advance. Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass ski resorts are acting on advice from the NSW Government to ensure visitors are as safe as possible. Rapid testing for COVID-19 will be available in the Snowy Mountains region.

Contact the ski resorts for more information.

NSW outbreaks

There have been several cases of COVID-19 traced to various locations in Sydney, including gyms.

For the latest information on affected locations and advice if you attended them, visit the NSW Hotspots and Case Locations page on the healthdirect COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit

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