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COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: Friday 30 July 2021 4:30pm

Local Government Areas of Concern

In addition to restrictions across Greater Sydnet, COVID-19 rules and restrictions are now in place for local government areas of concern in Sydney: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta.

 

Stay at home restrictions extended for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour

Given low vaccination rates, the current stay at home orders will remain in place for another four weeks (until Saturday, 28 August at 12.01am) across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

This extra time will allow NSW residents to significantly increase the uptake of vaccines in areas most affected by the current outbreak and across the state.

 

Stay at home restrictions for Orange, Blayney and Cabonne lifted

Stay-at-home orders currently in place in Orange, Blayney & Cabonne were lifted at 12.01am Wednesday July 28. Restrictions will revert to the same as the rest of regional NSW.

 

Regional areas (outside of Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour)

The following restrictions relating to sport and active recreation will continue to apply to regional areas until Friday 27 August 2021:

  • Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • You must be seated when consuming alcohol in an indoor area of non-residential premises in NSW. This includes hospitality venues (such as restaurants, pubs and registered clubs) and nightclubs, as well as outdoor gatherings or stadiums.
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings;
  • Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50% seated capacity.

Mandatory electronic check-in from Monday 12 July 2021

From 12 July, more businesses and organisations will need to have check-in set up at their premises.
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Financial Support for organisations and individuals

The NSW Government and Commonwealth Government has announced a range of financial support measures for organisations and individuals affected by the current restrictions.
 
Information about NSW Government financial assistance can be found on the Service NSW website.
 
Information about Commonwealth Government support can be found on the Services Australia website.
 
Face Mask Rules across NSW

The face mask rules that applied across Greater Sydney now apply to all areas across NSW.

Additional rules apply to the Local Government Areas of concern.

You can view the rules via the link below.

Advice for the Sport and Recreation Sector - Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour

Under the Public Health Order, undertaking exercise and outdoor recreation activities is a reasonable excuse to leave your home.

From 5pm, Friday 9 July:

  • Outdoor public gatherings (including exercise) will be limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10km of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members.
  • If you live in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta local government areas, you may only exercise and undertake outdoor recreation within 5km of your home

NSW Health advice is that no formal competitions or training sessions are to take place and no community sport (whether training or a match) in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour should proceed. This includes coaching or tuition programs.

Certain premises are also required to be closed to members of the public, including registered clubs and indoor recreational facilities.

If you live in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta local government areas, you may only exercise and undertake outdoor recreation within 5km of your home

People that live in all other areas of Greater Syndey, Blue Mountains, Cnetral Coast, Wollongong and Shellharobur must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10km of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members.

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
  • Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Given the current COVID-19 situation, NSW Health strongly recommends that families limit their movements and, as far as possible, avoid any activities that bring children together.

After school and other extracurricular childcare programs should be avoided unless children cannot be kept at home (e.g. where parents are not working at home).

All premises should operate strictly in accordance with COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements.

No, a​ person cannot enter Greater Sydney for the purpose of exercise or outdoor recreation.

It is too early to determine what will happen in relation to restrictions in the coming weeks. The Office of Sport will continue to update its website as information becomes available.

Advice for the Sport and Recreation Sector - Regional NSW (outside of Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour

Indoors

Indoor recreation facilities and gyms are required to adhere to 1 person per 4 square metres in all areas.

Gym and Dance classes are capped at a maximum of 20 people. Masks must be worn.

Outdoors

COVID Safe Outdoor Gatherings are capped at the lesser of:

  • 1 person per four square metres; or
  • 5,000 persons

All indoor facilities such as change rooms, canteens, clubhouses are to adhere to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule.

Organisations must continue to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

For all activities taking place at indoor recreation facilities, gyms and COVID-safe outdoor community sport activities a face mask must be worn.

With the exception of gym classes and dance classes (where masks must be worn for the duration of the activity), the following principles apply:

  • Everyone is required to wear a mask upon arrival to the facility/activity (including training and games)
  • Participants and referees/umpires are able to remove their masks when they commence warming up for the activity.
  • Everyone else (coaches, managers, team doctors, score table officials and spectators etc) has to keep their masks on at all times.
  • Following the completion of the match, players and referees need to put their masks back on as soon as possible prior to leaving the venue.

There are some exemptions to the mandatory face mask requirement, including children aged 12 and under and people who have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.

Club BBQs and canteens can still take place in line with COVID Safety Plan requirements.

As the BBQ/canteen is taking place at community sport, face masks must be worn at all times by staff and volunteers.

A dedicated COVID Safety Marshall is not a requirement of the COVID Safety Plan.

However, to assist with your club operations you may wish to consider having a volunteer allocated to implementing COVID Safety Plan requirements on match and training days.

Clubs and officials are responsible for putting in place the requirements they are responsible for under their COVID-19 Safety Plan.

It is encouraged that clubs communicate their COVID Safety Plan requirements to attendees in the lead up to training or matches, especially with regards to the requirements to sign in via QR code, wearing of face masks and maintain social distancing where practical.

Clubs and associations should consider a range of strategies in to assist spectators signing in at venues where there are multiple entry points. Some practical ways of doing this include:

  • Using social media or club communications to remind club members they will need to sign in at venues on the weekend.
  • Place multiple QR code signs up at common entry points and outside common facilities (e.g. carparks, BBQs, canteens, toilets and changerooms)
  • Making PA announcements about signing in if available.
  • At smaller / one-off matches, having a team manager or volunteer walk around with a QR Code on a sheet as parents and spectators arrive.

Should the club officials be concerned with the level of compliance of individuals, they can refer these matters to local police to assist with enforcement.

It is too early to determine what will happen in relation to restrictions in the coming weeks. The Office of Sport will continue to update its website as information becomes available.

Restrictions in Regional NSW remain unchanged beyond what is currently in place until at least 11:59pm Friday 27 August 2021.

Sport and Recreation Centre and Olympic Sport Venue Operations

The extended restrictions have led to the following changes to our Sport and Recreation Centres and Olympic Sport Venues.

Clients do not need to do anything at this stage to cancel their bookings. We will communicate directly with affected clients and will process full refunds as quickly as we can.

The following Sport and Recreation Centres (SRC) and Venues will be CLOSED from tonight until 11:59pm on 27 August 2021

  • Milson Island
  • Broken Bay
  • Point Wolstoncroft
  • Dunc Gray Velodrome
  • Sydney International Equestrian Centre
  • Sydney International Shooting Centre
  • Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex
  • Sydney Academy of Sport, with the exception of the Athletics Track, which will be open from 3pm-6pm daily.
  • Public areas of Sydney International Regatta Centre will remain open for people to undertake exercise in compliance with the Public Health Order, being:
    • Outdoor public gatherings including exercise limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
    • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members.

Our other Sport and Recreation Centres in regional NSW will be adjusting activities in response to the Public Health Order. This may include cancelling events where the majority of participants were from Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong (the affected areas)

From Monday 12 July 2021, the rules regarding use of the Service NSW QR Code check-in system must be used at a range or premises and activities:

If your business or organisation falls into one of the categories on the NSW Government QR Code Check in webpage, you will need to have:

  • a NSW Government QR code for your premises, venue or event so that staff and customers can check in using the Service NSW app
  • an alternative digital sign-in sheet for staff and customers who do not have a smart phone or are unable to sign-in using the Service NSW app. 

For this sport and recreation sector, this includes:

  • amusement centres
  • business premises: 
    • an occupation, profession or trade is carried on for the provision of services directly to members of the public on a regular basis, or
    • a service is provided directly to members of the public on a regular basis 
  • function centres
  • hospitality venues:
    • casinos
    • food and drink premises
    • micro-breweries, small distilleries holding a drink on-premises authorisation under the Liquor Act 2007 and cellar door premises
    • pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • public swimming pools
  • recreation facilities (indoor)
  • recreation facilities (major)
  • retail premises (including premises that hire items or goods or sell wholesale)
  • school, university or other educational institutions (excluding students entering the school)
  • COVID-19 safe outdoor public gathering
  • controlled outdoor public gatherings

Register as a COVID Safe Business

Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (37.5 ° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

Find a COVID-19 testing centre near you

COVID-19 Translated Resources

To assist organisations in promoting the stay at home requirements across Greater Sydney, NSW Health has a range of translated communications available for download via the links below:

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