NSW Covid Lockdown Restrictions: Sydney, Orange and Regional Coronavirus Rules Update Explained | New South Wales


New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced tighter lockdown restrictions for greater Sydney, including residents of the local government areas of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool, as well as the central coast , the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, are in place until July 30.

As of Wednesday, July 21, lockdown restrictions also apply to the local communities of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange in the central west of the state.

The stricter lockdown is aimed at reaching zero new Covid cases that have been infectious in the community – something NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has imposed as a requirement to ease restrictions.

Here are the current Covid restrictions in effect in New South Wales.

What if I live in South West Sydney?

Residents of the local government areas of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool cannot leave the area to work unless they are licensed workers (including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, certain types of transport, etc.). Those who have to leave the area must undergo a Covid-19 test every three days.

What if I live in Blayney, Cabonne and Orange?

Residents of the LGAs of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange must abide by lockdown restrictions similar to those in greater Sydney – but not as strict as Southwest Sydney.

People can only leave their homes for the same four reasons as Greater Sydney (buying food, medical care or humanitarian needs, exercising with two or fewer people, and working). Restaurants, cafes, pubs, gyms, hairdressers and other businesses are closed, and weddings and funerals have limited capacity.

Schools, however, will remain open in these areas, which is different from greater Sydney.

People also cannot enter the local government areas of Blayney, Cabonne, and Orange without a reasonable excuse.

The restrictions also apply to anyone who was in all three regions on or after Saturday July 17. Restrictions are due to expire on Wednesday July 28.

Which companies can open in containment?

As of 11.59pm on July 17, all retail businesses in greater Sydney will be required to close (“click and collect”, take out and home delivery can still work), except for the following:.

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

From 12:01 am on July 19:

  • All constructions must be stopped; and non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services, and repair work in residential premises to be suspended.

From 12:01 am on July 21:

  • Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $ 10,000.

See here for a full list of open and closed businesses.

Can weddings take place?

People are not allowed to attend or organize a wedding in greater Sydney, or in Blayney, Cabonne and Orange.

What about the funeral?

Currently, funerals can continue to take place, including in confined areas, with a maximum of 10 people, including the person performing the service. Attending a funeral is a reasonable excuse to leave the house.

In Blayney, Cabonne and Orange, there is a grace period until Friday, July 23, when a funeral can bring together 100 people.

Can I exercise?

Outdoor exercise is limited to two people. However, members of the same household meeting outdoors for exercise will be permitted to do so in groups of more than two people.

Under the tightened restrictions, people must stay in their local government area or within 10 km of their home for exercise and outdoor recreation, without car pooling between non-household members.

NSW restrictions state that no community sports in greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, as well as Blayney, Cabonne and Orange, should continue.

Can I have visitors to my home?

If you are in Greater Sydney, you cannot receive visitors to your home and you must adhere to the stay-at-home rules. If you want to visit another person, you will need a reasonable excuse to move away from your place of residence. A visitor does not include a person at the place of residence there:

  • To work or attend a university or other higher education institution

  • For childcare

  • As a caregiver (only a visitor may enter another residence to fulfill caregiving responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons).

  • To give effect to arrangements between parents and children under the age of 18 or their siblings

  • To help a person change their place of residence

  • To avoid injury or serious risk of injury

  • Due to an emergency

  • To view or inspect a property to rent or buy it

The above rules are the same for Blayney, Cabonne and Orange.

In other parts of NSW, household visitors have been limited to just five guests, including children.

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What are the restrictions in reception and entertainment venues?

In the Sydney metropolitan area, food stores on the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Blayney, Cabonne and Orange can only open take-out. Entertainment facilities, such as theaters, cinemas, music halls, concert halls and dance halls and amusement centers, such as places to play billiards, billiards, pinball machines or video games are all closed.

Outside of greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, the one person per 4 square meters rule has been reintroduced for all indoor and outdoor environments, including weddings and funerals.

Standing drinking is also prohibited in indoor venues, and outdoor seated events are limited to only 50% of seated capacity.

Singing by the public during indoor performances or by worshipers in indoor places of worship is also prohibited, and dancing is not permitted in indoor venues or nightclubs. However, dancing is permitted at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people).

Can I travel between states?

Residents of greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Blayney, Cabonne and Orange cannot travel.

People outside of Greater Sydney also cannot enter Greater Sydney for the purpose of exercise or outdoor recreation. People may only enter Greater Sydney for a funeral or memorial service, or to obtain goods or services if those goods or services are not reasonably available outside of Greater Sydney.

A person over the age of 18 leaving greater Sydney must also carry proof of their address and produce it to a police officer upon request.

Other states and territories have closed their borders to parts of New South Wales. Each state and territory individually updates the travel rule guidelines:

What about public gatherings?

Outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Blayney, Cabonne and Orange. In these areas, you should not participate in an outdoor public gathering unless you are:

  • Work or attend a university or other higher education institution

  • Provide care or assistance to vulnerable people

  • Gathering with your household

  • Gathering for a funeral

  • Emergency assistance to a person

  • Fulfill a legal obligation

  • Relocation or relocation of your business to new premises

See here for a list of exemptions to these rules.

Outside of confinement areas, up to 200 people can gather in an outdoor public place such as a park, reserve, beach, garden or public space.

Outdoor seated events are limited to 50% of the seated capacity.

What are the rules around masks?

The requirement to wear a face shield in all interior areas of non-residential premises which was recently enforced in greater Sydney has been extended to all of New South Wales.

In addition to wearing a face shield in all interior spaces, you should also wear a face shield:

  • At gatherings organized in the open air

  • If you are on public transport

  • In all interior work sites

  • In a large recreational facility such as a stadium or

  • If you work in a reception area

Anyone who leaves the house should have a mask with them at all times. They should be worn when working outdoors, in open air markets, in open air shopping streets, and in queues outside while waiting for commodities such as coffee and food.

What other restrictions are in place for the regional NSW?

In addition to the new mask mandate, the following restrictions remain in place across NSW (with the exception of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange):

  • Dance and gym lessons limited to 20 per lesson (wearing a mask).

  • The old capacity limits for public transport, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced.

  • Nightclubs must always be Covid-safe, while weddings, funerals and memorial services must have and comply with a Covid-19 security plan.

  • When a religious service is held in a public place of worship, the premises must have and comply with a Covid-19 Security Plan for a place of worship.

Check out the full list of what you can do in NSW on the NSW Health website

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  • Due to the unprecedented and continuing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is regularly updated to ensure it reflects the current situation as of the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this version or to previous versions of the article will be noted in accordance with Guardian’s editorial policy.


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