NSW Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules

28 July 2021
  • There are Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Sydney and Greater Sydney.

  • Rules

    The NSW Government has rules you must follow. 

  •  You must stay home if you live in Greater Sydney Area.

  • Map of Greater Sydney with new COVID Rules

    Greater Sydney Area includes:

    • All Sydney suburbs
    • Wollongong
    • Central Coast
    • Blue Mountains
    • Shellharbour
  • You can only leave your home

    • To shop for food
    • To go to the doctor or hospital
    • To go to the chemist
    • To care for someone
    • For exercise outdoors
    • For education if you cannot study from home

    If you must leave home try to stay in your local area.

  • A person standing outside an education building

    You can go to work if

    • the business is allowed to be open
    • and you cannot do your job from home
  • Only some businesses are open.

    These are places that provide essential products and services.

    This includes

    • supermarkets
    • chemists
    • banks
    • petrol stations
    • take away food
    • hardware stores

    Only 1 person from your home can shop each day.

  • Face masks

    Always have a mask with you.

  • You must wear a face mask while on the train

    You must wear a mask when you are

    • Inside a shop or shopping centre
    • Inside a bank or post office or an office
    • In a shared area in an apartment building like the lift
    • Waiting for take away
    • On public transport or waiting for public transport
    • At a hospital or nursing home
    • Outside when you are near other people from outside your household

    See more information on wearing masks

  • A woman holding a face mask with her hands

    Some people do not have to wear masks

    You do not have to wear a mask if you cannot wear a mask because of your

    • disability
    • physical condition
    • mental health condition
  • If you cannot wear a mask for these reasons you must have with you

    • a medical certificate
    • a letter signed by a medical professional like a doctor
    • a letter signed by an NDIS provider
    • a statutory declaration

    This is so you have proof that you cannot wear a mask.

    If an official person asks you why you are not wearing a mask you must show them your letter or certificate.

  • Social distance

    When you leave home you need to social distance.

    You must leave 2 big steps between you and other people.

  • You must stay in your Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for

    • exercise
    • outdoor activities
    • shopping for essential items
  • Woman pointing at a man

    If you live alone you can nominate one person to visit you in your home.

    It must be the same person each time.

  • If you live in the 8 Local Government Areas of

    • Fairfield
    • Liverpool
    • Canterbury-Bankstown
    • Cumberland
    • Blacktown
    • Georges River
    • Parramatta
    • Campbelltown

    Your visitor has to be from the same area or live within 5kms.

    If you don’t live in any of these areas you can’t have visitors from these 8 areas.

  • You can only exercise or go outdoors with 1 other person or people you live with.

  • You can only be in a car with people you live with.

    You do not have to wear a mask.

    You need to wear a mask if you catch a taxi or ride share.

  • Only 10 people can be at a funeral.

  • Map of western and south-western Sydney

    Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Blacktown, Georges River, Parramatta and Campbelltown

    There are special rules for people who live in 8 local government areas.

    See our information for these areas.

  • The rest of NSW has different rules.

    If you do not live in the Greater Sydney Area you must follow these rules.

  • Do you support someone who has an intellectual disability?

    Visit friends or family

    You can still go to someone’s house. Only 5 people at a time can visit.

    Only 2 people at a time can visit someone who lives in aged care.

  • You must wear a face mask while on the train

    You must wear your face mask when indoors.

    For example

    • on public transport
    • at indoor entertainment places like cinemas and theatres
    • at hospitals and nursing homes
    • at dance and gym classes
    • at work

    You must also wear a mask at outdoor organised meetings.

  • People dancing

    You are not allowed to

    • stand up in a bar to drink
    • sing at an indoor show or a place of worship like a church
    • dance at a wedding with more than 20 people on the dance-floor
    • dance at indoor pubs or nightclubs.
  • Greater Sydney Map COVID Face Mask restrictions

    If you have been to the Greater Sydney Area from June 21:

    • you must also stay home
    • you need to stay home for 14 days from the date you left Greater Sydney
  • The rules can change.

    For the latest rules go to the  NSW Government website or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

  • If you feel sick

    • Stay home
    • Call your GP or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

    If it is an emergency call 000.

  • To get support call

    For more information call the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787.

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