Reduced COVID-19 restrictions are in place in NSW from 15 December 2021.
Some rules have changed, including
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 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:
Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings.
COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are only required at
If you are entering a premises where check-in is required, you must
Learn more about mandatory electronic check-in.
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
Follow the vaccination requirements for workers.
Check what you need as vaccination evidence.
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.
Anyone can participate in sport, exercise, and outdoor gatherings.
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.
Students have already returned to face-to-face learning.
Follow the rules for schools at the Department of Education.
Information and education facilities, including art galleries, museums and libraries are open.
Anyone can visit an information and education facility.
Anyone can visit retail or business premises.
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, cafes and hospitality venues in NSW are open.
Anyone can visit a restaurant, cafe, and hospitality venue.
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 across NSW can continue.
Anyone can enter a construction site.
Employers can allow staff to work from home at their discretion.
There are no restrictions about travelling for work in NSW.
Anyone can visit an entertainment facility or indoor and outdoor recreation facilities.
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.
Rules apply to indoor music festivals with over 1000 people in attendance. An indoor music festival is:
Music festivals do not include events that:
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:
If you are not fully vaccinated you can attend:
Organisers of an indoor music festival may request you provide vaccination evidence before entering the venue.
Anyone can attend a wedding, funeral or place of worship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While we do respect the right of people to make a decision in conscience about the vaccination, we do also expect them to make an informed decision about the possible consequences of not being vaccinated for themselves and for other members in the community.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is a morally good thing, providing protection for the person vaccinated and the wider community. Some COVID-19 vaccines are associated with ethically questionable production and research practices, but Pope Francis and the Australian Bishops have advised that it is morally permissible to receive any vaccine made available.
More information is available at https://www.catholic.org.au/coronavirus