March 23, 2023

New NSW Covid lockdown restrictions: update to Sydney, regional NSW and Canberra, ACT coronavirus rules explained

Here’s the full list of what you can and can’t do in NSW and the...

Here’s the full list of what you can and can’t do in NSW and the ACT

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This explainer is currently in the process of being updated. In the meantime, you can visit our live blog for the latest updates to NSW restrictions.

From Monday 11 October 2021 restrictions will ease for people who are fully vaccinated as the state has passed its 70% double vaccination target.

Rules for fully vaccinated people in NSW

Rules for people who are not fully vaccinated

Business rules for NSW

Shopping for food or other essential goods and services. You must shop within 5km of home if you are within greater Sydney. Browsing in shops is prohibited, and only one person per household, a day may leave the home for shopping.

Medical care or compassionate needs, including getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

Exercise outdoors in groups of two, who cannot travel further than 5km from their home or local government area.

Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home

To shop for essentials like groceries and medicine and supplies that are essential for personal needs or for vulnerable people.

To obtain essential health care, including to undertake a Covid-19 test or receive scheduled vaccination.

To exercise outdoors for two hours a day with your household or up to five people

To provide essential caregiving services.

To undertake essential work.

2581 Gunning, Collector

2582 Murrumbateman, Yass

2584 Binalong

2611 Uriarra

2618 Wallaroo, areas along the ACT’s north-western edge

2619 Jerrabomberra

2620 Queanbeyan, Googong, Karabar, Sutton, Gundaroo

2621 Bungendore

2623 Captains Flat

2626 Bredbo and Michelago

Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers)

Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies

Pharmacies and chemists

Petrol stations

Car hire

Banks and financial institutions

Agricultural and rural supplies

Post offices and newsagents

Office supplies and hardware and building supplies

Garden centres and plant nurseries

Landscaping material supplies, rural supplies and pet supplies stores.

For work or attend a university or other tertiary education facility;

For childcare;

As a carer (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);

To give effect to arrangements between parents and children under 18 or their siblings;

To assist a person to move places of residence;

To avoid an injury or serious risk of harm;

Because of an emergency;

To view or inspect property to lease or purchase it.



New South Wales

South Australia

Western Australia


Australian Capital Territory

Northern Territory

Working or attending a university or other tertiary education facility

Providing care or assistance to vulnerable persons

Gathering with your household

Gathering for a funeral

Providing emergency assistance to a person

Fulfilling a legal obligation

Moving home or moving your business to a new premises

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