COVID-19 UPDATE: 22 December 2021


COVID-19

RDA Murray will be closed over the Christmas-New Year period from Friday 24 December 2021 until Monday 10 January 2022.

During this period our website will not be updated.

You can keep up to date with the very latest news and updates about COVID-19 here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


COVID-19 rules for people in NSW

Reduced COVID-19 restrictions are in place in NSW from 15 December 2021.

Some rules have changed, including

  • density limits no longer apply
  • proof of vaccination is not required at many venues
  • QR check-in is now only needed for certain high-contact premises, including places of worship
  • face masks no longer need to be worn in many indoor areas but are strongly recommended.

Check the rules below that apply to everyone in NSW.

Some premises may make it a condition of entry that you are fully vaccinated or wear a face mask.

NSW Health strongly advises people get fully vaccinated and wear a face mask where they cannot socially distance.


Masks, COVID-19 Safe Check-in and vaccination evidence

Masks

Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot socially distance.

If you are over the age of 12, you must still wear a face mask: 

  • at a public transport waiting area  
  • while on public transport 
  • at airports and on aircraft in NSW
  • for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated.

Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings.

COVID-19 Safe Check-in

COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are only required at

  • pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • hairdressers, spas, nail, beauty, waxing, and tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours 
  • gyms (except dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics, and martial arts studios)
  • hospitals (except patients of hospitals or hospitals with an electronic entry recording system that records sufficient information that can be used for contact tracing)
  • residential care facilities or hostels (except in relation to the residents)
  • places of public worship, like churches, mosques, temples, meeting houses and synagogues
  • funeral, memorials and gatherings afterwards
  • nightclubs
  • strip clubs, sex on premises venues, sex services premises
  • indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

If you are entering a premises where check-in is required, you must

  • check in with the Service NSW app
  • provide your details to the occupier of the premises.

Learn more about mandatory electronic check-in.

Vaccination evidence

Most premises in NSW are now open to everyone, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

You no longer need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated at most premises.

However, you still need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated if you 

  • attend an indoor music festival with more than 1000 people
  • if you work in certain industries.

Follow the vaccination requirements for workers.

Check what you need as vaccination evidence.

Occupiers of premises

Some premises may choose to require people to be fully vaccinated or to wear a mask as a condition of entry.

It is a matter for the occupier of each premises to exercise judgement on what is appropriate for their premises and the well-being of their staff and customers. 

If you want to enter premises where an occupier has chosen to require you to be fully vaccinated, the occupier may ask to see your vaccination evidence. You do not have to show the occupier your vaccination evidence, but if you do not, the occupier may not let you in.


Visiting family and friends

You are not required to be fully vaccinated to have people visit your home or visit people at their home.

However, if you are visiting an aged care facility or disability home, there may be rules that apply to you.

Check with the operator of the facility.


Sport, exercise and outdoor gatherings

Anyone can participate in sport, exercise, and outdoor gatherings. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required (except at gyms).
  • Face masks are not required.

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can operate with no person or capacity limits in place, including group fitness classes.

COVID-19 Safe Check-in is still required  at gyms using the Service NSW app, but this does not apply to dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts studios.

Indoor swimming pools are open for all purposes.

Community sports, including matches, competitions and training, can take place for all staff, spectators and participants.

Anyone can participate in an outdoor public gathering, such as a barbecue or picnic.


Education, art and culture

Schools

Students have already returned to face-to-face learning.

Follow the rules for schools at the Department of Educationlaunch.

Libraries, museums and galleries

Information and education facilities, including art galleries, museums and libraries are open. 

Anyone can visit an information and education facility. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe check-in is not required.
  • Face masks are not required.

Shopping and personal services

Anyone can visit retail or business premises. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required (except at personal services businesses).
  • Face masks are not required.

Personal services

COVID-19 Safe Check-in is required using the Service NSW app at hairdressers, spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo and massage parlours.


Restaurants and hospitality

Restaurants, cafes and hospitality venues in NSW are open.

Anyone can visit a restaurant, cafe, and hospitality venue. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required (except at pubs, small bars, registered clubs).
  • Face masks are not required.

There are no restrictions on the number of people allowed at these venues.

Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing and singing and dancing can take place.

Examples of hospitality premises include casinos, restaurants, cafes, function centres, food courts, take away food and drink premises, kiosks, micro-breweries or small distilleries, cellar doors, pubs, registered clubs, small bars and nightclubs.


Construction and renovations

Construction and renovations across NSW can continue. 

Anyone can enter a construction site. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required.
  • Face masks are not required.

Work

Employers can allow staff to work from home at their discretion.

There are no restrictions about travelling for work in NSW.


Events and entertainment

Anyone can visit an entertainment facility or indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required.
  • Face masks are not required.

Entertainment facilities include cinemas, theatres, musical halls, concert halls, dance halls, drive-in cinemas and play centres. 

Indoor and outdoor recreation facilities include stadiums, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, and showgrounds.

Indoor music festivals

Rules apply to indoor music festivals with over 1000 people in attendance. An indoor music festival is:

  • a music-focused or dance-focused event
  • performances by a series of persons or groups that are live or pre-recorded,
  • the persons or groups provide musical or live entertainment
  • held indoors, within a defined area
  • is a ticketed event.

Music festivals do not include events that:

  • use a single stage
  • are proposed to be held over a period of less than 5 hours
  • have not more than 2 headlining performers
  • not more than 4 performers in total.

You need to check in with the Service NSW app to indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

If you are fully vaccinated you can attend:

  • an indoor music festival with more than 1000 people in attendance
  • an outdoor music festival with up to 20,000 people in attendance

If you are not fully vaccinated you can attend:

  • an indoor music festival with less than 1000 people in attendance
  • an outdoor music festival with up to 20,000 people in attendance.

Organisers of an indoor music festival may request you provide vaccination evidence before entering the venue.


Weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies

Anyone can attend a wedding, funeral or place of worship. 

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • Face masks are not required.

COVID-19 Safe Check-in is required at places of worship, funerals, memorial services, or gatherings afterwards.

Density limits no longer apply to weddings, funerals or memorials. 

Dancing and standing while drinking are permitted.


Travel and transport

You are able to travel anywhere within NSW. 

If you have recently arrived from overseas, follow the rules for international arrivals.

You can travel in a vehicle with people you do not live with. 

You can travel in a vessel with people you do not live with. 

Holidays and holiday homes

There are no restrictions on travelling between Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW for holiday or recreational visits within NSW.

Holiday homes and short-term accommodation can be used by anyone.

There are no capacity limits for holiday homes and short-term accommodation.

International travel

New rules are in place for people travelling to NSW from overseas.

For more information about the rules around leaving and entering NSW from outside Australia, visit International travel to and from NSW.