Reopening NSW

From Monday 11 October, NSW will start to reopen as the State passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target.

Anyone aged 16 or over will need to be fully vaccinated (or have an exemption) to enter most venues including:

  • hospitality venues
  • non-critical retail stores
  • personal services
  • sporting, recreation and entertainment facilities and events.

Critical retail such as supermarkets or pharmacies will still be accessible for people who are not fully vaccinated. These regulations are expected to apply until December 1 when the state reaches 90 per cent vaccine coverage and unvaccinated people are granted the same freedoms.

With the first vaccination milestone being reached, the NSW Government is also easing a number of restrictions as part of the Reopening NSW roadmap.

For people who are fully vaccinated

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 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 10 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits don’t apply for children under the age of 12).
  • Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted with up to 30 people (2-person limit for people who are 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 reopen with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.
  • No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.
  • Indoor swimming pools open for lessons, training and rehab activities.
  • Community sports not permitted.
Shopping and personal services
  • Non-critical retail reopens with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).
  • Personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail  salons, tattoo and massage parlours) reopen with density limits  for up to 5 clients.
Restaurants and hospitality
  • Hospitality reopens with density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • No singing indoors (except for performers).
  • Drinking indoors must be seated, but drinking outdoors may be seated or standing.
  • Dancing permitted outdoors, dancing indoors not permitted (except at weddings).
Weddings and religious services
  • Weddings ceremonies permitted with density limit for up to 100 people (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Wedding receptions permitted with density limit for up to 100 people (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking must be seated, and dancing is permitted.
  • Funerals permitted with density limit for up to 100 people (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking must be seated.
  • Places of worship reopen with density limit.
  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.
Travel and transport
  • No distance limits for travel. Travel holidays between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and Regional NSW are not permitted.
  • Travel holidays between regional local government areas are permitted.
  • Carpooling permitted (members of your household only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds reopen (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).
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) reopen with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with the greater of the density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.
  • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.
  • Ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings permitted for up to 500 people with density limit.
  • Amusement centres and nightclubs remain closed.

All road map freedoms at this stage will only apply to fully vaccinated people over 16.

People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship, unless they work at the venue.

For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can be able to return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination advice for businesses

For more information on which settings will require proof of full vaccination and how customers can show proof, click here.

COVID-19 vaccination compliance and obligations for businesses

For more information on compliance and obligations for business, including what you need to do to prepare, what you are responsible for, what proof of vaccination you can accept, and what penalties there are for non-compliance, click here.

For more information on the key considerations a business will have around vaccination of its staff and customers, including whether you can direct your employees to get vaccinated, asking for proof of vaccination and whether you can refuse entry to unvaccinated patrons, click here.

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