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Follow the rules around gatherings, and stay safe whether you are working, visiting family and friends, or going out.

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Visiting people at home

Up to 50 people can visit a residenceDự đoán xổ số, however NSW Health strongly recommends having no more than 30 visitors at a time if the residence has no outdoor area.

Changes to maximum capacity

See the updated rules that apply to

Increased numbers for outdoor activities

Dự đoán xổ sốSee the updated rules that apply to

Working from home

From Monday 14 December 2020 the requirement for an employer to allow an employee to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so no longer applies. See the guidance for employees and for employers.

Stay safe and follow the rules

There are steps you can take to protect your wellbeing, stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more

Visitors allowed at a residence and outdoor gatherings

Up to 50 visitorsDự đoán xổ số from any number of households may visit another household at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children. (A member of the hosting household is not counted as a visitor.)

  • There is no daily limit to visitors to your home, so long as you do not have more than 50 visitors at any one time.
  • If you are over 70 or have a pre-existing medical condition, you should limit the number of visitors and take care at all times.  
  • An overnight stay as part of a visit to someone’s house is allowed.

If there are more than 50 visitors at a home, every person will be held individually responsible for a breach of the public health order.

As the home is a high transmission area, NSW Health strongly recommends having no more than 30 visitors at a time if the residence has no outdoor area. 

Strata buildings

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People who are not counted as visitors

Under the , people working for the occupier of the premises or assisting in an emergency situation at your home will not be counted as visitors.  

A COVID-19 Safety Plan is required by real estate agents to allow people to view or inspect a home to buy or rent it or to attend an auction. People attending a home for this purpose will not be counted as visitors.

People who are at higher risk

People who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection include:

  • people aged 70 years and over
  • people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
  • people with a compromised immune system
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions.

If you are in one of these groups, follow the guidance for vulnerable people.

Under the public health order, there are restrictions on people from different households meeting up together in a public place as defined in the .

No more than 100 peopleDự đoán xổ số can gather outside in a public place which includes public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens and spaces. 

Dự đoán xổ sốUnder the order, a public gathering means a meeting or assembly of persons for a common purpose in a public place. 

People attending to assist in an emergency do not count towards the limit.

Dự đoán xổ sốThe maximum of 100 people does not apply to

Under the public health order, a significant event means a funeral or memorial service, a wedding service, or a gathering following a funeral or memorial service or wedding service. 

If you are organising a significant event that is permitted to be held in a public park, a reserve or a public garden, you must complete and register a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

See the separate advice that applies to outdoor performances and rehearsals.

The maximum number of people who can attend a controlled outdoor public gathering is one person per 2 square metres and up to

  • 3,000 people if people are assigned to a seating area or
  • 5,000 people if the people are each assigned to a specific seat.

Dự đoán xổ sốThe event may be held in a public place that

  • is enclosed by fencing or another form of barrier
  • can be accessed only with a ticket.

Dự đoán xổ sốThe gathering must not last longer than 5 hours.

The organiser must have and comply with a COVID-19 Safety PlanDự đoán xổ số, and electronic entry recording is compulsory.

Weddings, funerals and religious services

The number of people at a wedding or a gathering following a wedding service is subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule.

You must complete and register a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event.

Dự đoán xổ sốUp to 50 people are permitted on an indoor dance floor or up to 500 people on an outdoor dance floor. 

People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

The number of people who may attend a funeral or memorial service or a gathering following a funeral or memorial service, is subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule.

Places of public worship, funeral homes and crematoria must also be registered as a COVID Safe business.

Dự đoán xổ sốPeople attending the service will be required to supply their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Read common questions about attending funerals, memorial services and wakes and find out about COVID-19 Safety Plans for

The number of people in a place of public worship is subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule.

The venue must have a COVID-19 Safety PlanDự đoán xổ số and be registered as a COVID Safe venue to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe.

For religious services held at a location other than a place of public worship, the principal organiser is responsible for developing and complying with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or another place of worship to help your community connect safely.

Services can be streamed or recorded to enable people to engage in worship.

See the advice for services involving music and singing.

Record keeping

People attending a religious service will be required to provide their name and contact details when they enter so that they can be used for contact tracing. It is strongly recommended that people attending services in places of worship wear a mask.

Hospitality venues, events and musical activities

Venue operators must generally ensure there are at least 2 square metres of spaceDự đoán xổ số for each person on the premises or in the area, as applicable.

Businesses that prepare and serve food and drink to customers on the premises or for takeaway need to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for their venue type.

Penalties apply to venues found to breach the public health order rules.

The maximum number of people permitted at hospitality venues is one person per 2 square metresDự đoán xổ số. Up to 25 patrons are permitted before this rule applies.

Nightclubs are subject to the one person per 4 square metres rule and must follow the requirements in an up-to-date COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Dance floors are limited to 50 people.

Dự đoán xổ sốA nightclub is defined as any premises that is the subject of an on-premises licence in force under the that relates to a public entertainment venue (other than a cinema or theatre).

A function centre is a building or place used for holding events, functions, conferences, and includes convention centres, exhibition centres and reception centres. Function centre operators must complete and register a COVID Safety Plan.

If a trade show or exhibition is held in a function centre and open to the public, the maximum capacity is one person per 2 square metres.

See also the COVID-19 Safety Plan for functions and conferences

Dự đoán xổ sốUnder the public health order, an entertainment facility means a theatre, cinema, music hall, concert hall, dance hall and the like, but does not include a pub or registered club.

Outdoor entertainment facilities must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and can:

  • sell tickets for seated events at 100% of fixed seating capacity, or
  • have one person per 2 square metres on the premises.

Indoor entertainment facilities must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and can:

  • sell tickets for seated events at 75% of fixed seating capacity, or
  • have one person per 2 square metres on the premises.

Dự đoán xổ sốEvents must be ticketed with ticketholders assigned to specific seats for the 75% and 100% capacity calculation to be used.

Dự đoán xổ sốGroup singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity for transmission should someone involved be infected.

Indoors settings

Dự đoán xổ sốUp to 50 people may

  • sing together in one area if all singers face forwards and not towards each other
  • have physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers, and
  • 5 metres distancing from all other people in front including the audience and conductor.

NSW Health strongly recommends that audience members and congregants older than 12 years old wear face masks if singing or chanting.

Dự đoán xổ sốEnsembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.

Outdoors settings

There is no limit on the number of people singing together in an outdoors setting.

To minimise infection risk:

  • all singers should face forwards and not towards each other 
  • maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers, and
  • keep 5 metres distancing from all other people including the audience and conductor.

If the event is one where the audience or congregation are likely to participate in the singing, such as carols by candlelight or religious services, audience members and congregants 12 years or older should wear a face mask.

Musical instruments

Dự đoán xổ sốPlayers of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders) should maintain

  • a physical distance of 3 metres from others in the direction of air flow, and
  • 1.5 metres in all other directions.

Players of all other musical instruments (including reeded woodwind instruments) should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres between each other and the audience/conductor.

Dự đoán xổ sốEnsembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.

Dự đoán xổ sốPerformances and rehearsals of performing arts can be held outdoors with a maximum of 3,000 people (subject to the one person per 2 square metre rule) if

  • the person principally responsible for organising the rehearsal or performance develops and complies with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • all participants provide their contact details (name and phone number or email) where practicable.

Dự đoán xổ sốOutdoor performances and rehearsals held at venues where the occupier is otherwise required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan (e.g. entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and zoos), may have more than 3,000 people subject to the restrictions at those venues.

In primary school and preschool settings, in-class educational activities such as group repetition, chanting, recitation or singing may occur, provided this takes place outdoors or in a well-ventilated indoor environment.

Dự đoán xổ sốTeachers and any other adults present must maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing for these in-class educational activities.

This activity is permitted due to the importance of these activities in children’s education and development, and the lower transmission risk between primary students.

More information

Dự đoán xổ sốTo learn more, see the

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Dự đoán xổ sốSee the COVID-19 Safety Plans developed especially for:

Dự đoán xổ sốFind out more about the .

Sport and recreation

Dự đoán xổ sốCommunity sporting activities are allowed, including training sessions and contact activities.

For community sporting activities that involve more than 100 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for community sporting competitions and full training activities.

  • Participants include players, people who are training, officials and spectators.
  • More than one parent may attend community sporting activities if physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres can be maintained between people that are not from the same household.
  • The maximum number of participants at a community sporting activity must not exceed 3,000 participants, or one person per 2 square metres (whichever is less).
  • Record keeping for attendees must take place for all community sporting activities of more than 100 people where this is practical.
  • Learn more about minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission when participating in community sports as a player or spectator.

Gyms must be registered as COVID Safe and have a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal present when there are more than 25 people using the gym at the same time.

  • The gym COVID Safety Plan applies to any gym that is an indoor recreation facility open to members of the public. This includes gyms that are in a hotel or workplace.
  • Indoor gyms are subject to the one person per 4 square metres rule.
  • Dự đoán xổ sốA maximum of 50 people per class applies to gym and recreation classes such as yoga, tai chi and pilates. 

Exemptions

If a gym is not open to members of the public – such as a gym in residential premises, a home or an apartment building – these requirements do not apply.

A gym does not include a studio for dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts.

Under the public health order, a major recreation facility means a building or place used for large-scale sporting or recreation activities that are attended by large numbers of people whether regularly or periodically, and includes theme parks, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks. 

Major recreation facilities must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Indoor

Dự đoán xổ sốThe maximum number of people at an indoor major recreation facility is the greater of

  • 75% of the fixed seating capacity and
  • one person per 2 square metres of space.

Outdoor

Dự đoán xổ sốThe maximum number of people at an outdoor major recreation facility is the greater of 

  • the total of 100% of the fixed seating capacity of the recreation facility and one person per 2 square metres of any unfixed seating areas and
  • one person per 2 square metres of space in the facility.

Ticketing

If the maximum number of people is based on the percentage of the fixed seating capacity admission is only by ticket for a specific seat or seating area.

Find out more about COVID-19 Safety Plans for sport and recreation businesses and organisers

Travel and holidays

Dự đoán xổ sốThere are no limitations on people who live in NSW travelling within NSW.

If you're planning a trip, see the latest information about travel to and from NSW and travel advice.

Learn more about requirements for self-isolation and quarantine rules.

If you've been in South Australia in the last 14 days Dự đoán xổ sốand are aged 16 years and over, complete a NSW entry declaration form when visiting or returning home to NSW.

Learn more about border restrictions and how to complete the NSW entry declaration form.

 

For a holiday home or short term rental, the square metres rules do not apply.

Dự đoán xổ sốUp to 50 people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental. 

If you are visiting a national park camping ground you must .

Learn more about

Dự đoán xổ sốIf you are planning to visit other Australian states and territories, check local arrangements prior to your trip. Some states and territories may require travellers to quarantine on arrival.

  •  and 

If you are arriving in NSW, see the latest information on travel to and from NSW.

International travellers arriving in NSW will be charged for their hotel quarantine accommodation. This does not apply to travellers flying into NSW who have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days.

Learn more about the quarantine rules.

Current restrictions on businesses

See the COVID-19 Safety Plan that applies to your business for guidance on 

  • whether a COVID-19 Safety Plan is required or recommended for your venue or event
  • who is responsible for the COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • whether you need to register as a COVID safe venue
  • when to apply the one person per 2 square metres rule and one person per 4 square metres rule
  • the maximum number of people permitted at specific venues and events.

Learn more about electronic record keepingDự đoán xổ số if your business or organisation needs to collect customer details. 

If changes have been introduced for your industry since you last prepared a COVID-19 Safety Plan, see the latest version for new requirements.

 

COVID-19 Safety Plans

Category Industry
  All other industries
Accommodation, holidays and tourism Caravan parks and camping grounds
Hotels and accommodation
Tours
Arts, entertainment and venues Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, drive-in cinemas
Community centres and halls
Controlled outdoor events 
Function centres 
Functions and conferences
Libraries
Markets: artisan, clothing, craft (non-food)
Museums and galleries
Outdoor music rehearsal and performance 
Theme parks and amusement centres
Ceremonies and events Funerals, memorial services and wakes
Parties
Controlled outdoor events
Places of worship and religious gatherings
Outdoor protests
School formals
School graduation ceremonies
Wedding ceremonies and receptions
Health services General practice and other primary health service providers
Hospitality Pubs, clubs, bars, breweries and casinos
Restaurants, cafes and food courts
Manufacturing, warehouses and offices Manufacturing and warehousing
Office environment (including call centres)
Personal services Beauty and other services
Sex on premises venues
Sex services
Strip clubs
Food services and agriculture Abattoirs and meat processing
Agriculture
Food processing
Retail and grocery
Property and construction Auctions and open houses
Construction and tradespeople
Sport and recreation Betting agencies
Community sporting competitions and full training activities
Gyms
Indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities
Major recreation facilities, stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses
Regional agricultural shows
Swimming pools, saunas and spas
Zoos, reptile parks and aquariums
Transport and boating Commercial vessels
Maritime operations
Party buses
Taxis, hire cars and ride share services
Transport freight and logistics operations

Public health orders, record keeping and penalties

Dự đoán xổ sốTo deal with the public health risk of COVID-19 and its possible consequences, the Minister for Health and Medical Research has made a number of , under section 7 of the

  • Restrictions on
  • : South Australia
  • Quarantine: and

Dự đoán xổ sốVisit  for current orders, amendments and exemptions.

Where a person is required to record contact details electronically under the current public health order, the person must:

  • require every person including staff, customers (unless only collecting takeaway) and contractors, entering their premises to provide their name and contact details (phone number or email address) and time of entry, electronically, to
    • Service NSW, or
    • the occupier of the premises
  • ensure the information recorded by them is  and only used for the purpose of tracing COVID-19 infections, and kept for a period of at least 28 days
  • on request, provide the information to the Chief Health Officer as soon as practicable and not later than 4 hours after the request is made
  • ensure that someone is responsible for requiring contact details to be provided, and that someone is authorised to provide those records to the Chief Health Officer on request.

Dự đoán xổ sốIf a person who is required to provide their contact details electronically cannot do so because of age, disability or language barrier, another person may provide the details on their behalf. 

Dự đoán xổ sốIf there are unexpected circumstances and electronic check-in is not possible (such as unexpected internet failure or device breakdown), a person may provide their contact details directly to the occupier of the premises, but the occupier of the premises must digitise those contact details within 12 hours.

Electronic entry recording is compulsory for

Premises

  • amusement centres
  • aquariums
  • business premises that are used for auction houses, other than clearing houses
  • business premises that are used for nail salons, beauty salons, hairdressing salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
  • crematoria
  • drive-in cinemas
  • entertainment facilities
  • hospitality venues:
    • casinos (all persons entering the premises)
    • food and drink premises (all persons consuming food or drink on the premises, plus staff and contractors)
    • micro-breweries, small distilleries holding a drink on-premises authorisation under the Liquor Act 2007 or cellar door premises (all persons consuming food or drink on the premises, plus staff and contractors)
    • pubs, small bars and registered clubs (all persons entering the premises, but not if they are entering the premises solely for the purpose of collecting food or drink to consume off the premises)
  • function centres
  • funeral homes
  • information and education facilities (other than libraries)
  • nightclubs
  • party buses
  • properties operated by the National Trust or the Historic Houses Trust
  • public swimming pools
  • recreation facilities (indoor)
  • recreation facilities (major)
  • sex on premises venues
  • sex services premises
  • strip clubs
  • vessels used for hosting functions or for commercial tours
  • zoological parks and reptile parks.

Premises on which the following events are held

  • controlled outdoor events
  • funerals and memorial services and gathering after funerals and memorial services
  • regional agricultural shows
  • wedding services and gatherings after wedding services.

Electronic recording of entry is not mandatory for persons entering premises to attend a significant event at a place of public worship (such as a wedding or funeral) or entering premises for a religious service.

 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties.

In the case of an individual, the maximum penalty is $11,000, or imprisonment for 6 months, or both and a further $5500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues. The NSW Police may also issue on-the-spot fines of $1000 for an offence.

In the case of any corporation, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.

 

  • a public official
  • another worker while the worker is at work or travelling to or from work

in a way that would reasonably be likely to cause fear about the spread of COVID-19.

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