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Covid-19 Australia: What re-opening rules for Sydney, regional NSW will look like

RULES FROM OCTOBER 18 

Masks and QR codes:

Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).

Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).

Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).

COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

Visiting family and friends:

Up to 20 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits do not apply for children under the age of 12).

Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted for up to 50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated).

Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.

Exercise and recreation:

Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities open with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.

No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.

Indoor swimming pools open for swimming lessons, training and rehab activities.

Community sports permitted for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants.

Shopping and personal services: 

Non-critical retail open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).

No customer limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours), density limits apply.

Sex services premises reopen.

Restaurants and hospitality: 

Drinking while standing allowed with density limit of one person per four square metres indoors and one person per two square metres outdoors.

No singing indoors (except for performers).

Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors (except at nightclubs). 

Working from home:

Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Events and entertainment:

Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and race courses) open with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.

Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.

COVID safe outdoor gatherings permitted for up to 200 people.

Controlled outdoor public gatherings (for example – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3000 people with density limit.

Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.

Weddings and religious services:

Wedding ceremonies permitted with no person limit (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated), density limit still applies.

Wedding receptions permitted with no person limits (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing, and dancing is permitted, density limit still apply.

Funerals permitted with no person limit (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking allowed while standing, density limits still apply.

Places of worship reopen for people who are not fully vaccinated with density limits.

Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services. 

RULES FROM NOVEMBER 1

From November 1 rules will relax further to allow travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW 

Australian residents can travel overseas but only NSW will let them return without having to quarantine 

Cap of 210 unvaccinated arrivals per week with 14-day hotel quarantine still enforced for them.

The 20 person cap on bookings at bars will also be removed on this day. 

RULES FROM DECEMBER 1

On Wednesday 1 December 2021, the following settings will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status:

Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

No limit on the number of visitors to a home

Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings

No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings

COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people

Community sport permitted for all people

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm

Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm

Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped)

Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm

Major outdoor recreation facilities

Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm

Entertainment, information and education facilities

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm

Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sqm

Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sqm

Working from home

Working from home will be at employer’s discretion

Education

All year groups return to face-to-face learning

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing

One person per 2 sqm for funerals

Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sqm, with singing permitted

Travel

Domestic travel, including trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW

Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate

Carpooling is permitted

International travel is allowed with fully vaccinated travellers allowed to enter NSW without having to quarantine 

Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain 

Masks

Masks wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers

Mask wearing is not required when outdoors.

For further information about the Reopening NSW roadmap, go to www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19.

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