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Events' COVID-19 Radar

Greater Sydney Area

Last updated:  January 29, 2021

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Rules and restrictions that apply to the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains and Northern Beaches), the Central Coast and Wollongong to protect the community from COVID-19.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE ALLOWED

 

  • No more than 50 people can gather outside in a public place which includes public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens and spaces.

  • A maximum of 300 people may attend a wedding subject to the square metres rule applicable at the venue.

  • Up to 25 people are allowed at hospitality venues before the one person per 4 square metres rule applies.

Outdoor public gatherings

No more than 50 people can gather outside in a public place which includes public parks, reserves, beaches, public gardens and spaces.

The maximum of 50 people does not apply to a group of people who are all from the same household

community sporting activities

outdoor performances and rehearsals

a protest or demonstration about governmental or political matters

Weddings

Funerals

agricultural shows or agricultural field days

controlled outdoor events.

 

Under the public health order:

  • people attending to assist in an emergency do not count towards the limit

  • a public gathering means a meeting or assembly of persons for a common purpose in a public place.

Controlled outdoor events

The maximum number of people that can attend a controlled outdoor event is subject to the one person per 2 square metre rule up to:

  • 500 people if people are assigned to a seating area; or

  • 2,000 people if the people are each assigned to a specific seat.

 

The 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.

 

The gathering must not last longer than 5 hours.

The organiser must have and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan and electronic entry recording is compulsory.

Face masks

When you need to wear mask

See the requirement for wearing a face mask

 

NSW Health recommends that you wear a face mask at retail shopping centres but it is not a mandatory requirement.

You must wear a face mask (fitted face covering) in the following indoor settings:

  • hair and beauty premises including hairdressers, beauty salons, nail salons, tanning salons and waxing salons

  • tattoo parlours

  • massage parlours and spas

  • gaming areas in licensed premises.

Face masks are also mandatory for all staff in

  • hospitality venues (for staff who have a customer-facing role).

Under the public health order, a "fitted face covering" means a mask or other covering that

  • fits securely around the face, and

  • is designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection.

You may be fined $200 on the spot for not wearing a face mask.

There are also penalties for hospitality venue operators who fail to ensure their staff wear masks as required.

If you are the operator of a hospitality business you are responsible for making sure all staff are wearing face masks unless they have an exemption.

The fines for not complying with these rules are

  • $1,000 for an individual who owns or runs a business and

  • $5,000 for a corporate operator.

Children aged 12 and under, are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Find out more about wearing masks in the workplace as required by COVID-19 Safety Plans for your industry or activity.

On public transport and at public transport waiting areas

  • You must wear a mask on public transport or when you are in a vehicle or vessel being used to provide a public transport service, including a taxi or a rideshare service.

  • You must also wear a mask when you are at a public transport waiting area which includes:

  • the station area and platform of a passenger railway or light rail station

  • a ferry wharf

  • a bus stop or light rail stop, including any area where persons queue or gather when waiting at the stop

  • a taxi rank, including any area where persons queue or gather when waiting at a taxi rank.

 

You may be fined $200 on the spot for not wearing a face mask.

Children aged 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Airports and commercial domestic flights

You must wear a face mask when

  • indoors at a NSW airport, including the passenger waiting area and

  • during a domestic commercial flight when it is  landing or taking off from a NSW airport or  flying in NSW airspace. 

 

Removal of masks by flight crew and airport workers 

Members of the flight crew and airport workers may remove their face mask when they are

  • not interacting directly with passengers or

  • when they are on an aircraft without any passengers onboard.

Airport workers includes

  • engineers and technical staff

  • cleaners

  • baggage handlers

  • people delivering or removing food and other items in connection with an aircraft

  • airline employees

  • law enforcement and border security officers.

Exemptions from wearing face mask

The public health order includes a number of excuses for not wearing or removing a mask under certain circumstances.

You are not required to wear a mask if you

  • are a child aged 12 or under

  • have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable (for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma).

You may remove your mask when you are

  • eating or drinking

  • communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing

  • at work and the nature of your work 

makes wearing a face mask a risk to your or another person’s health and safety

means clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential

  • asked to remove your mask for identity purposes.

You may also remove your mask

  • because of an emergency

  • for the proper provision of goods or services, for example, if you are having a facial or beard trim.

In places of worship and indoor services, weddings and funeral

All religious services

  • The person leading the wedding does not need to wear a mask. This is because they need to be clearly understood by congregants.

  • The congregation needs to wear masks indoors, unless exempt.

Music performances during religious services, weddings and funerals

  • Where music performance is part of a service (religious, weddings or funerals), masks do not need to be worn by the performer if impractical for the performance such as wind instruments or singing.

Weddings and religious services

Weddings

 

A maximum of 300 people may attend a wedding (or a gathering after the service) subject to the square metres rule applicable to the venue.

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

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

Only the wedding party, to a maximum of 20 persons, is permitted on a dancefloor. There cannot be rotation of people on the dancefloor beyond this wedding party.

Weddings held in a home in the Greater Sydney region are restricted to 30 visitors.

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

Religious gatherings and places of worship

Your church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan 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.

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

See the advice for services involving singing and musical performances.

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.

Hospitality venues, events, and musical activities

Hospitality Venues

 

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.

A maximum of one person per 4 square metres applies at hospitality venues.

It is mandatory for staff who deal directly with the public to wear a face mask in hospitality venues, including any part of premises licensed under the Liquor Act 2007 that is used primarily for the purposes of gaming.

The operator of the hospitality venue is responsible for ensuring all staff working at the venue who deal directly with the public, comply with this rule.

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

Check the COVID-19 Safety Plan for your venue for more information.

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




 

Nightclubs

 

A nightclub is defined as any premises that is the subject of an on-premises licence in force under the Liquor Act 2007 that relates to a public entertainment venue (other than a cinema or theatre).

Nightclubs must close. Premises may not be used for the purpose of a nightclub. 


 

Function centres, trade shows and exhibitions

 

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.

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

If a trade show or exhibition is held in a function centre and open to the public, the maximum capacity is

Entertainment facilities including cinemas and theatres

 

Under 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.

Events must be ticketed with ticket holders assigned to specific seats for the 75% indoor and 100% outdoor capacity calculation to be used.

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

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

See the advice for live music performances that include singing and musical instruments.

 

Group singing

Group singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity for transmission should someone involved be infected.

For performances by singers, event organisers should ensure that

  • no more than 5 singers perform together indoors

  • all singers face forwards and not towards each other 

  • there is a space of 1.5 metres between performers

  • there is a space of 5 metres between performers and other people including the conductor and the audience. 

In indoor areas, audience members and congregants should not participate in singing or chanting.

In outdoor areas, if the event is one where the audience or congregation are likely to participate in singing or chanting, such as religious services, audience members and congregants older than 12 years are encouraged to wear a face mask.

There should be no dancefloors, except for weddings where the wedding party to a maximum of 20 are permitted.

You may also need a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event or venue.

 Musical instruments and music ensemble advice

 

Players of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders) should maintain

  • a physical distance of 3 metres from others in the direction of airflow, 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.

Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.

There should be no dancefloors, except for weddings where the wedding party to a maximum of 20 are permitted.

You may also need a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event or venue.

 

Outdoor performances and rehearsals

 

Performances and rehearsals of performing arts can be held outdoors with a maximum of 500 people, subject to the one person per 2 square metre rule.

The person principally responsible for organising the rehearsal or performance should develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All participants should provide their contact details (name and phone number or email) where practicable.

In outdoor areas, audience members older than 12 years are encouraged to wear masks if singing or chanting.

Outdoor 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 500 people subject to the restrictions at those venues.

Major recreation facilities

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 facilities: the maximum number of people at an indoor major recreation facility is the greater of

  • 75% of the fixed seating capacity and

  • one person per 4 square metres of space.

Outdoor facilities: the 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 outdoor 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.

Travels and holidays

Travel within NSW

There are no restrictions around travelling to or from regional or rural NSW, or other areas of NSW.

However, NSW Health currently recommends practising COVID safe behaviours such as physical distancing and hand hygiene when travelling within NSW.

People should get tested immediately if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.

Learn more

Interstate Travel

If 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.

Current restrictions on businesses

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

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

Learn more about electronic recordkeeping if your business or organisation needs to collect customer details.

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Map of Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong

Areas affected

The restrictions apply to all of the suburbs covered by these Local Government Areas in Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong area.

Visit the Office of Local Government website to find the local council for your suburb.

  • 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

  • Parramatta

  • Penrith

  • Randwick

  • Ryde

  • Strathfield

  • Sutherland Shire

  • Sydney

  • Waverley

  • Willoughby

  • Wollondilly

  • Wollongong

  • Woollahra