NSW Government COVID-19 communication update 

This update includes information about:

  1. Rolling back of COVID restrictions
  2. Updated Safety Plans
  3. Reminder: mandatory electronic check in
  4. Outdoor dining trial

Rolling back of COVID-19 restrictions in NSW

From today, a range of restrictions will ease in NSW.

The 2sqm rule will be rolled out and venue caps will be removed. Under the changes, many venues will be able to double their capacity. The new rules will now allow:

  1. For venues such as hospitality venues, retail and places of workshop, 1 person per 2sqm (with 25 people permitted before the rule applies), except for gyms and nightclubs (1 person per 4sqm, with a maximum of 50 people allowed in gym classes or on the dancefloor at nightclubs).
  2. For stadium and theatres, 100% seated capacity if outdoors, and 1 person per 2sqm rule for unstructured seating areas. If indoors, 75% seated capacity applies.
  3. For gatherings in outdoor public spaces, capacity has increased from 50 to 100, and up to 5,000 people for outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated (subject to the 2sqm rule). For other organised outdoor events (e.g. community sport and outdoor protests), up to 3,000 people are allowed (subject to the 2sqm rule).
  4. Up to 50 people allowed indoors on dance floors.
  5. For singing, there can be up to 50 performers indoors, with no maximum cap outdoors.  Congregation/audience members are advised to continue wearing masks if singing.

Under the changes, maximum capacity caps will be removed subject to the 2sqm rule for:

  1. bookings at hospitality venues
  2. weddings
  3. funerals
  4. regional agricultural shows
  5. corporate events
  6. religious services

As restrictions ease, it is important that people continue being COVID-Safe. This includes staying home and getting tested immediately if you have any symptoms, maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask if you are unable to physically distance.

Recording customer information electronically is mandatory for many NSW venues and businesses, including hospitality venues and entertainment facilities. Under these rules, any businesses who do not record contact details of customers using electronic methods (e.g. QR code) will face strict penalties.

Collecting customer information via QR codes is fast, accurate and secure. NSW businesses are urged to use the free QR code and the COVID Safe Check In via the Service NSW app.

Read the announcement in full

Updated Safety Plans and Guides 

COVID Safety plans and guides have now been updated for:

  1. Large event guidelines
  2. New General Practioner and other primary health practioner guidelines

Reminder: Mandatory electronic check in

Digital registration became mandatory for the venues listed below from 23 November. We encourage businesses to register as COVID Safe at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe and they’ll receive a unique QR to use for free. Customers simply scan it with the COVID Safe Check In through the Service NSW app.

Please download a communications toolkit to help you communicate this UPDATED Mandatory electronic Check-in Information Pack.

Outdoor dining trial for councils across NSW  

A streamlined application process for outdoor dining is now available to NSW councils.

Councils can join the trial to support business recovery and help keep the community COVID Safe.

Learn more about the trial on the NSW Government website.