November 29, 2021

NSW Covid restrictions: reopening rules for Sydney, regional NSW, freedoms for vaccinated people – explained

Here’s what we know about the next stages of reopening in New South Wales, and...

Here’s what we know about the next stages of reopening in New South Wales, and what you can and can’t do as the state leaves lockdown

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Restrictions for fully vaccinated residents of New South Wales eased further from Monday 8 November.

There are now no limits on the number of visitors to your home, or limits for hospitality venues and major recreation and entertainment facilities.

NSW is easing more Covid restrictions today for fully vaccinated people. What are the new freedoms?

No limit on the number of visitors to a home.

Density will shift to one person per 2 sq m for indoor and outdoor settings.

No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings.

Covid-safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people.

Community sport permitted for all people.

Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sq m.

Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sq m.

Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sq m inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking.

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sq m (uncapped).

Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sq m.

Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sq m.

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sq m.

Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sq m.

Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sq m.

Working from home will be at the employer’s discretion.

All year groups continue with face-to-face learning.

One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing.

One person per 2 sq m for funerals.

Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sq m, with singing permitted.

Domestic travel, including trips between greater Sydney and regional NSW.

International travel is permitted, with fully vaccinated travellers able to enter Sydney without quarantining provided they complete Covid-19 tests.

Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate.

Carpooling is permitted.
Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain.

Mask-wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers.

Mask wearing is not required when outdoors.

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