NSW Government COVID rules

10 September 2021
  • There are COVID cases in NSW.

  • The NSW Government has rules you must follow. 

  • You must follow special rules if you live in these Local Government Areas of concern.

    • Fairfield
    • Liverpool
    • Canterbury-Bankstown
    • Cumberland
    • Blacktown
    • Georges River
    • Parramatta
    • Campbelltown
    • 12 suburbs in the City of Penrith. They are Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Mary’s.
    • Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield
  • Some areas in Regional NSW have less rules.

    You do not have to stay at home if you live in these areas.

  • A COVID-19 vaccination message

    If you are fully vaccinated you can meet outside with up to 4 people.

    Fully vaccinated means you have had the two COVID vaccine injections.

    These are also called jabs.

    You cannot go any further than 5km from your home.

    You must be able to show you are vaccinated.

  •  You must stay home if you live in NSW.


  • 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.

  • You can go to work if

    • the business is allowed to be open
    • and you cannot do your job from home
  • Some people need a permit to travel to their job.

    This is for people who live or work in the 12 LGAs of concern.

    You can get a permit from Service NSW.

    You need one if

    • you live in one of the LGAs of concern and need to leave your LGA for work.
    • you need to travel into an LGA of concern for your work.

    The permits only last for 14 days.

  • 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 wear a mask when you leave your home.


  • 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.

  • 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 5kms of home for

    • exercise
    • outdoor activities
    • shopping for essential items
  • If you live alone you can nominate one person to visit you in your home.

    It must be the same person each time.

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

    You must carry a mask when exercising.


  • 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.

  • Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Blacktown, Georges River, Parramatta, Campbelltown, some suburbs in the Penrith area, Bayside, Strathfield and Burwood.

    These are called LGAs of concern.

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

    See our information for these areas.

  • 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.

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

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