LATEST UPDATES

  • On the Monday following the point where NSW reaches the 80% fully vaccinated target:
    • 20 people (not including children aged 12 and under) will be able to visit homes as long as they and all members of the household are fully vaccinated.
    • 50 people will be permitted to gather outdoors as long as they are all fully vaccinated.
    • Up to 3,000 people will be permitted to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events.
    • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen for seated drinking only.
  • Kindergarten, Year 1, and Year 12 students will return to face-to-face learning on Monday 18 October and all other school years will return to on-site learning by Monday 25 October 2021.
  • Workers in regional areas who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to return to their workplace from Monday October 11 2021.
    • They will be given a grace period until Monday 1 November 2021 to receive their second dose.
  • Click here to see the 70% Reopening Roadmap.
  • Click here to see the 80% Reopening Roadmap.
  • Click here to see the 1 December 2021 Reopening Roadmap.

RULES IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

From Monday 11 October 2021, if you have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (or you have received a medical exemption), stay-at-home restrictions will no longer apply.

If you are under the age of 16, the following rules will also generally apply for you, so long as when you visit certain businesses you are accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of your household.

PROOF OF VACCINATION

If you wish to take advantage of the eased restrictions from Monday 11 October 2021, you will be required to present proof of vaccination upon request by a police officer or an authorised officer. There are multiple ways to receive your proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

If you have a Medicare card, you can access proof online through:

You can receive copies of either your Statement or your Certificate through:

If you can’t access your proof of vaccination online, you can call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (available between the hours of 8 am to 9 pmMonday to Friday).

If you require an interpreter, you can call the Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS) on 131 450.

If you don’t have a Medicare card, you can access proof by:

TRAVEL & HOLIDAYS

Restricted travel within your Local Government Area and 5 km radius is no longer in force.

If you live in Greater Sydney, you can travel anywhere within Greater Sydney but you are not permitted to enter Regional NSW.

If you live in Regional NSW, you may travel to other regional areas in NSW but you cannot enter Greater Sydney.

Holiday homes and short-term accommodation is only permitted to be used by:

  • people from the same household; or
  • if they are not from the same household, up to 10 fully vaccinated people.

VISITING FAMILY & FRIENDS

10 people (not including children aged 12 and under) will be able to visit homes as long as all visitors and all members of the household are fully vaccinated.

  • Please note that workers are not counted as visitors if they are authorised to visit the home, whether or not they are fully vaccinated.

30 people will be permitted to gather outdoors as long as they are all fully vaccinated.

Two people per day are permitted to visit a resident of an aged-care or disability facility as long as:

HOSPITALITY VENUES

Hospitality venues are permitted to reopen subject to the following requirements:

  • Limits of 20 people for bookings.
  • No singing indoors will be permitted
    • This does not include performers.
  • Whilst indoors, patrons must remain seated when drinking
    • Standing whilst drinking is permitted when outdoors.
  • Dancing is not permitted whilst indoors (except at weddings).
    • Dancing is permitted whilst outdoors.
  • All premises must operate under the one person per four square metre rule indoors and the one person per two square metre rule when outdoors.

When visiting a hospitality venue, you must:

WORK

Even if you are fully vaccinated, your employer is required to allow you to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so.

The following applies regarding work in NSW if you are fully vaccinated:

  • You are allowed to work anywhere in NSW.
  • All workplaces must check if they are required to implement the COVID-Safe Check-In for their business.
  • Travel registrations are no longer required.

Please note that if you have only had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you may go to work if:

  • You do not live in Greater Sydney
    • Please note that Greater Sydney includes the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and Wollongong LGAs.
  • Work in a business that is re-opening at 70% fully vaccinated.
  • Please note that after Monday 1 November 2021, you may only go to work if you have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

VEHICLES & VESSELS

Fully vaccinated people are allowed to travel in a vehicle or vessel with people they do not live with, subject to the following requirements:

  • They carry evidence of their name and address (e.g., their driver’s licence).
  • They carry evidence of their vaccinati0n with them at all times and produce it for inspection to a police officer or an authorised officer when requested to do so.

Children under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated may travel in a vehicle or vessel with another person that they do not live with and they are not required to produce evidence of their name and address.

SPORT & EXERCISE

Fully vaccinated people may participate in outdoor sport and exercise in gatherings of up to 20 people.

  • No distance limits will be in place for exercise or recreation.
  • Indoor swimming pools will be permitted to reopen for lessons, training, and rehabilitation activities.
  • Community sport is not yet allowed to reopen.

Gyms & indoor recreation facilities are allowed to reopen. Indoor recreation facilities may include:

  • Squash courts.
  • Table tennis centres.
  • Health studios.
  • Bowling alleys.
  • Ice rinks.

Group classes at gyms or indoor recreation facilities are limited to a total of 20 people.

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Major recreation facilities may reopen with density limits of up to 5,000. These may include:

  • Zoos.
  • Aquariums.
  • Sports stadiums.
  • Showgrounds.
  • Racecourses.
  • Motor racing tracks.
  • Theme parks.

Entertainment facilities may reopen with density limits of 75% of fixed seat capacity. These may include:

  • Cinemas.
  • Theatres.

Information and education facilities may reopen with density limits. These may include:

  • Art galleries.
  • Museums.
  • Libraries.

Ticketed, seated, outdoor events are allowed with density limits of up to 500 people.

RETAIL & SERVICE PROVIDERS

Non-critical etail premises and businesses that provide goods and services may now reopen. Customers are subject to the following requirements:

Personal Services

Personal services are permitted to reopen with density limits of up to 5 clients. These may include:

  • Hairdressers.
  • Spas.
  • Nail salons.
  • Beauty salons.
  • Waxing salons.
  • Tanning salons.
  • Tattoo parlours.
  • Massage parlours.

Customers are subject to the following requirements:

PREMISES THAT MUST REMAIN CLOSED

The following personal service providers are not permitted to reopen:

  • Amusement centres (such as places to play billiards, pool, pinball machines, or video games).
  • Play centres.
  • Nightclubs.
  • Sex services premises.
  • Sex on premises venues.
  • Strip clubs.
  • Indoor public swimming pools (unless they are being used for swimming lessons, lap swimming, squad training, or rehabilitation activities).

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Places of worship are permitted to reopen to fully vaccinated members of the public. When visiting a place of worship, you must:

WEDDINGS

Weddings are permitted in NSW with limits of 100 fully vaccinated people. Everyone in attendance will be subject to the following requirements:

  • You must remain seated while consuming food and drink.
  • Dancing is permitted.
  • You must carry evidence of your vaccination and produce it for inspection to a police officer or an authorised officer when requested to do so.
  • You must check in with the Service NSW app.
  • You must follow any applicable face mask rules.

People in Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour, or Wollongong Local Government Areas) may attend a wedding anywhere in:

  • Greater Sydney.
  • Regional and rural NSW if they are the parent, child, or sibling of one of the people getting married.

FUNERALS & MEMORIAL SERVICES

Funerals and memorial services are permitted in NSW with limits of 100 fully vaccinated people. Everyone in attendance will be subject to the following requirements:

  • You must remain seated while consuming food and drink.
  • Dancing is permitted.
  • You must carry evidence of your vaccination and produce it for inspection to a police officer or an authorised officer when requested to do so.
  • You must check in with the Service NSW app.
  • You must follow any applicable face mask rules.

People in Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour, or Wollongong Local Government Areas) may attend a funeral or memorial service anywhere in:

  • Greater Sydney.
  • Regional and rural NSW if they are the parent, child, or sibling of one of the deceased.

CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATIONS

Construction and renovations are permitted to recommence/continue across NSW.

The rules for construction sites are the same whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

When entering a construction site, you must:

FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING

Kindergarten, Year 1, and Year 12 students will return to face-to-face learning on Monday 18 October and all other school years will return to on-site learning by Monday 25 October 2021.

  • Students are not subject to the fully vaccinated requirements to return to school.

FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS

Anyone over 12 must wear a face mask:

  • Whilst in any indoor area outside of their home.
  • In any indoor areas on common property surrounding their residence, including:
    • a shared foyer or lobby of an apartment block;
    • lifts, stairwells, and corridors; and
    • shared laundry facilities.
  • Whilst using or waiting for public transport.
  • Whilst working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public.
  • Whilst travelling on a domestic commercial aircraft.

Note that it is a requirement to wear a face mask over both your nose and your mouth.

EXCEPTIONS

You may remove your face mask where you would be otherwise required to wear it if:

  • You are eating or drinking.
  • You are engaging in strenuous physical exercise (except in an indoor gym class or dance class).
  • You are communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  • You are at work and the nature of your job:
    • makes the wearing of a mask a risk to your’s or another’s health and safety; or
    • requires clear enunciation and/or the visibility of your mouth; or
    • you are in an indoor area and no one else is in the area; or
    • you are working at a school.
  • You are asked to remove your mask to confirm your identity.
  • There is an emergency.
  • The removal of your mask is necessary for the proper provision of goods or services.
  • You are in a vehicle and no other person is in that vehicle other than:
    • someone you live with; or
    • your bubble buddy.
  • You are a guest in a hotel, motel, or other accommodation facility and you are inside your own room.
  • You are a student and you are on school grounds.
  • You are in a public hospital or private health facility as a patient.
  • You are in a residential aged care facility as a resident.
  • You are in a correctional centre or another place of custody.
  • It is the ceremony of your own wedding.

If you have removed your face mask for one of these reasons you must put it back on as soon as the exceptional circumstance ends.

EXEMPTIONS

Rules requiring the wearing of face masks do not apply if:

  • You are 12 years of age or under.
  • You suffer from a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable, including:
    • a skin condition;
    • an intellectual disability;
    • autism; or
    • trauma.
  • You have received any authorised exemption documentation.

RULES IF YOU ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED

If you are not fully vaccinated, you may only visit the following premises:

  • Supermarkets.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Shops that mainly sell food or drinks (such as butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable shops, and delicatessens).
  • Kiosks.
  • Petrol stations.
  • Banks and financial institutions.
  • Hardware and building supplies stores.
  • Landscaping and materials supply stores.
  • Rural supplies stores.
  • Shops that mainly sell:
    • Pet supplies.
    • Newspapers, magazines, or stationary (e.g., newsagents).
    • Office supplies.
    • Maternity or baby supplies.
    • Medical or pharmaceutical supplies (e.g., chemists).
    • Alcohol (e.g., bottle shops).
  • Post offices.
  • Garden centres.
  • Vehicle hire businesses (not including businesses that sell vehicles).
  • Shops that mainly perform mobile phone repair services.
  • Laundromats and drycleaners.

When visiting these critical retail premises, you must:

REASONABLE EXCUSES TO LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED

OBTAINING ESSENTIAL GOODS AND SERVICES

This is subject to the following requirements:

  • The goods and/or services must be for the personal needs of the household (this includes the needs of pets).
  • You cannot leave to go shopping if another member of the household has already left to obtain goods or services that same day (unless this is not reasonably practicable).
  • You are allowed to bring a dependent person with you (e.g., a child or a person with a disability) if they cannot be reasonably left at home.
  • You cannot browse when you shop.
  • You must obtain the goods and/or services locally, meaning:

GOING TO WORK

This is subject to the following requirements:

  • It is not reasonably practicable to work at home.

CHILDCARE

This includes:

  • Attending childcare.
  • Picking up and dropping off someone at childcare.

ATTENDING SCHOOL (OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS)

This only applies if:

  • You cannot learn from home.

MEDICAL REASONS

These include:

CARER RESPONSIBILITIES

Performing your carer responsibilities and/or providing care/assistance to a vulnerable person are reasonable excuses to leave your home.

  • The child of a carer may also visit the person who requires care with their parent if other childcare arrangements are not reasonably available.

EXERCISE AND OUTDOOR RECREATION

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS

This includes:

  • Visiting the home of your partner when you do not live together.
  • Accompanying your partner when they are exercising or taking part in outdoor recreation.

FAMILY CONTACT ARRANGEMENTS

This includes:

  • Upholding existing arrangements for children who do not live in the same household as their parents or siblings (or one of their parents or siblings).

BUBBLE BUDDY

You may leave your home to visit someone who has made you their nominated visitor.

  • The person who nominates you must live by themselves.
  • They may only nominate one person to be their nominated visitor.
    • If you have dependent children, you may bring them if no alternative childcare arrangements are reasonably available.
  • You can visit them more than once.
  • You can accompany someone who has made you their nominated visitor when they are exercising or taking part in outdoor recreation if you stay within their LGA or within 5 kms from their home.
  • If you live in Greater Sydney, you must both live in Greater Sydney.
  • If you live in Regional NSW, the nominated visitor must live in Regional NSW.
  • Note that if you live in Greater Sydney, nominated visitors can live in either an area of concern or any other location in Greater Sydney. Registering the visitor through Service NSW is no longer required.

EMERGENCIES

These may include:

  • Providing someone with emergency assistance.
  • Avoiding illness, injury, or risk of harm.

ANIMAL WELFARE

  • Includes feeding animals.

PERFORMING LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

You are permitted to leave your home to perform legal obligations (e.g., answering a court summons).

ACCESSING PUBLIC SERVICES

These include:

  • Social services.
  • Employment services.
  • Domestic violence services.
  • Mental health services.
  • Victims services.

MOVING TO A NEW RESIDENCE

If you live in Greater Sydney:

  • No one else will be allowed to move to that residence with you if you are moving for one of the following reasons:
    • Employment.
    • Urgent maintenance/repairs.
    • Animal welfare.

INSPECTING A NEW RESIDENCE

If you live in Greater Sydney and wish to move outside of Greater Sydney:

  • You must have a genuine intention to move to the property you are inspecting.
  • You must be inspecting the property for yourself.

SUPERVISING/FACILITATING THE MOVE TO A NEW PREMISES FOR A BUSINESS

It is a reasonable excuse to leave your home to supervise or facilitate the move of your business to a new premises.

ASSISTING SOMEONE MOVE

  • Applies to assisting them both to and from their new place of residence.

TRAVELLING IN A CAR

You may travel in a vehicle with someone else in the following circumstances:

  • If it is reasonably necessary to transport someone you live with who is authorised to leave their home (e.g., driving your child to school).
  • You are only permitted to share a car with someone that you do not live with in the following circumstances:
    • An emergency.
    • Compassionate reasons.
    • Providing care or assistance to a vulnerable person.
    • Taxis and rideshares.
    • The purposes of work.
    • Travelling with your nominated visitor for exercise or outdoor recreation.

RELIGIOUS FUNCTIONS

You may attend a place of worship or provide pastoral care to another person if you are:

  • A priest.
  • A minister of religion.
  • A member of a religious order.

WEDDING SERVICES

You may attend a wedding service with a maximum of 11 people in attendance if one of the following conditions apply to you:

  • You are the celebrant or the officiant.
  • You are one of the two people getting married.
  • You are one of the 2 necessary witnesses.
  • You are the person recording the service.
  • You are one of the 5 guests.

If you live in Greater Sydney, you may only attend a wedding outside of Greater Sydney if you are:

  • A parent to one of the people getting married.
  • A child of one of the people getting married.
  • A sibling of one of the people getting married.

If you live outside of Greater Sydney, you may only attend a wedding ceremony within Greater Sydney if you are:

  • The celebrant or the officiant.
  • One of the two people getting married.
  • One of the two necessary witnesses.
  • The person recording the service.
  • A parent, child, or sibling of one of the people getting married.

FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICES

You may attend a funeral or memorial service with a maximum of 10 people under the following conditions:

  • That the 10 person maximum also applies to any gatherings that may occur after the service (i.e., the wake).
  • Only one group of 10 mourners may attend any of the gatherings (i.e., you are not allowed to have other people attend once others leave).
  • The service may not occur at a place of residence.

The 10 person maximum does not apply to:

  • The person conducting the service.
  • Other people who are necessary to prepare for and conduct the service.

If you live in Greater Sydney, you can only attend a funeral or memorial service outside of Greater Sydney if you are:

  • The spouse of the deceased.
  • A parent of the deceased.
  • A child of the deceased.
  • A sibling of the deceased.

FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS

Anyone over 12 must wear a face mask:

  • Whilst in any indoor area outside of their home.
  • In any indoor areas on common property surrounding their residence, including:
    • a shared foyer or lobby of an apartment block;
    • lifts, stairwells, and corridors; and
    • shared laundry facilities.
  • Whilst using or waiting for public transport.
  • Whilst working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public.
  • Whilst travelling on a domestic commercial aircraft.

Note that it is a requirement to wear a face mask over both your nose and your mouth.

EXCEPTIONS

You may remove your face mask where you would be otherwise required to wear it if:

  • You are eating or drinking.
  • You are engaging in strenuous physical exercise (except in an indoor gym class or dance class).
  • You are communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  • You are at work and the nature of your job:
    • makes the wearing of a mask a risk to your’s or another’s health and safety; or
    • requires clear enunciation and/or the visibility of your mouth; or
    • you are in an indoor area and no one else is in the area; or
    • you are working at a school.
  • You are asked to remove your mask to confirm your identity.
  • There is an emergency.
  • The removal of your mask is necessary for the proper provision of goods or services.
  • You are in a vehicle and no other person is in that vehicle other than:
    • someone you live with; or
    • your bubble buddy.
  • You are a guest in a hotel, motel, or other accommodation facility and you are inside your own room.
  • You are a student and you are on school grounds.
  • You are in a public hospital or private health facility as a patient.
  • You are in a residential aged care facility as a resident.
  • You are in a correctional centre or another place of custody.
  • It is the ceremony of your own wedding.

If you have removed your face mask for one of these reasons you must put it back on as soon as the exceptional circumstance ends.

EXEMPTIONS

Rules requiring the wearing of face masks do not apply if:

  • You are 12 years of age or under.
  • You suffer from a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable, including:
    • a skin condition;
    • an intellectual disability;
    • autism; or
    • trauma.
  • You have received any authorised exemption documentation.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN WORKERS

Staff employed at the following businesses may not go back to work without having received either two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or a medical exemption:

  • Entertainment facilities (e.g., theatres, cinemas, music/concert halls).
  • Recreation facilities (e.g., stadiums, show grounds, racecourses, motor racing tracks).
  • Hospitality venues (e.g., cafés, restaurants, pubs).
  • Places of public worship (e.g., churches, mosques, synagogues).
  • Places where weddings, funerals, or memorial services are held (except for small weddings, small funerals, or small memorial services).
  • Hairdressers, spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours, or massage parlours.
  • Indoor recreation facilities (e.g., gyms, indoor pools, squash clubs, tennis centres, bowling alleys, ice rinks).
  • Public indoor swimming pools that are used to conduct swimming lessons, lap swimming, squad training, and rehabilitation activities.
  • Information and education facilities (e.g., museums, art galleries, libraries, visitor information centres).
  • Retail premises other than critical retail premises.
  • Auction houses.
  • Betting agencies.
  • Gaming lounges.
  • Markets that do not predominantly sell food.
  • Properties operated by the National Trust or the Historic Houses Trust.

Please note that if you have only had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, you may go to work if:

AGED CARE WORKERS AND OTHER FACILITY STAFF

Aged care workers and other facility staff across all of NSW will not be permitted to enter the premises of a residential aged care facility unless they have:

This requirement will apply to:

  • Employees of aged care facility operators (e.g., nursing staff, office staff, receptionists).
  • Anyone who provides services for the facility or for resident(s) in the facility (regardless of whether or not the facility is their employer).

Note that practitioners and students that don’t currently fall under the above categories will also be subject to the vaccination requirements from 9 am Sunday 31 October 2021.

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HEALTH CARE WORKERS

In order for any health care workers across all of NSW to work, they must have:

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AIRPORT, QUARANTINE, AND TRANSPORT WORKERS

The NSW Government has introduced the NSW Airport and Quarantine Workers Vaccination Program, which commenced at 12 pm Monday 28 June 2021.

Workers under this program may not enter an airport (if an airport worker) or a quarantine facility (if a quarantine worker) anywhere in NSW unless:

The following workers may not enter or provide services at an airport without meeting those requirements:

  • Airport staff.
  • Airline/freight staff.
  • Ground handlers.
  • Caterers.
  • Cleaners.
  • Customer service agents.
  • Ramp workers.
  • Baggage handlers.
  • Engineers.
  • Security and other private contractors.
  • Health courier service staff.
  • Australian Defence Force members providing baggage handling services.
  • Passport and border control staff.
  • Biosecurity and law enforcement staff.
  • Aeromedical retrieval air transportation service staff.
  • People conducting health screening/swabbing of overseas arrivals.

The following workers may not enter or provide services at a quarantine facility without meeting the above requirements:

  • Quarantine workers.
  • Police officers.
  • Health care staff.
  • Australian Defence Force members.
  • People conducting health screening.
  • People providing courier services.
  • People auditing security services.

The following workers may not provide transportation services without meeting the above requirements:

  • Transportation providers listed in the NSW Airport and Quarantine Workers Vaccination Program.
  • Anyone providing a transportation service:
    • To an international arrival (including directly to or from a quarantine or medical facility).
    • To and from an airport to a flight crew member’s home.

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Please note that this page should not be used as a replacement for checking the most up-to-date information regarding the current NSW rules available on the NSW Government website.