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Latest Update: Thursday, 6 May 2021, 8:00pm
New COVID-19 Restrictions for Greater Sydney (including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong)
The Premier has announced the following measures will be effective from midday today, 6 May 2021 (enforceable from 5pm) until 12:01am Monday, 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

Read the Full Statement 

Public Health (COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings) Order (No 2) 2021

Further information will be published on the Office of Sport’s COVID-19 webpage as it becomes available.


Monday, 29 March 2021

From 12:01am Monday 29 March 2021, a number of COVID-19 restrictions across NSW will be eased as the state continues to move forward in a COVID-Safe way.
 
Following this announcement, the Public Health (COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 was gazetted, including several changes which will see restrictions ease in the sport and active recreation sector and a change to some COVID Safety Plan requirements.
 
The Office of Sport has summarised the changes below and would encourage all organisations to review the new Public Health Order (PHO) and COVID Safety Plan requirements. These plans are available on the NSW Government COVID Safe webpage

Sport and Recreation Sector

The most significant change is the removal of the reference to 'community sporting activities' within the PHO. Community sport and recreation activities will now fall under one of the below categories.

Indoor Sport and Recreation Activities

All community sport and recreation activities that take place indoors now fall under the category of 'recreation facility (indoor)'. This includes but is not limited to all community sport and recreation activities taking place indoors (e.g. basketball, netball, ice hockey, ten pin bowling etc); gyms; indoor pools, spas and saunas; dance; and health and wellness studios (e.g. yoga, pilates, boxing etc). 
 
Under Clause 11 in the PHO, these facilities will be permitted a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres, or a maximum of 25 persons if the space is less than 50 square metres. Gyms no longer require a COVID Safe Marshal. 
 
Under the PHO, as occupiers of an indoor recreation facility, your organisation will be required to have a Gyms and indoor recreation COVID-19 Safety Plan. If you are hiring a facility, we encourage you to liaise with the venue owner/operator with regards to the development of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.
 
Outdoor Sport and Recreation Activities
All sport and recreation activities that take place outdoors now fall under one of the four categories below.
 
For all community sporting activities registered as COVID safe outdoor events (see detail below), there is a new requirement for all record keeping to be managed electronically. Community sport organisations can support this by registering as a COVID Safe business or organisation.
 
1. A non-controlled outdoor gathering (up to 200 people) (Clause 19)
These activities are restricted to 200 people (unless the gathering is a COVID-safe outdoor gathering with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
 
2. A non-controlled outdoor gathering (up to 5,000 people) (Clause 19)
The organiser of a COVID-19 safe outdoor gathering is directed to ensure that the number of participants in the gathering is the lesser of: 
(a) the number of persons equivalent to 1 person per 2 square metres of space of the premises in which the activity is conducted, or
(b) 5,000 persons.

The Organiser must have and comply with the Outdoor Events COVID-19 Safety Plan.
 
3. A controlled outdoor gathering (up to 10,000 people) (Clause 20)
A controlled outdoor public gathering means an outdoor public gathering lasting no longer than 5 hours in an area with the following criteria:

  • is enclosed or bounded by fencing or another form of barrier, and
  • access to which is controlled by way of a ticket, and
  • in relation to which all persons, other than persons engaged in work, are assigned to specific seats or to a seating area

The organiser of a controlled outdoor public gathering is directed to ensure the maximum number of persons participating in the gathering is the lesser of:
(a) the number of persons equivalent to 1 person per 2 square metres of space of the premises in which the activity is conducted, or
(b) 10,000 persons.
 
The Organiser must have and comply with the Outdoor Events COVID-19 Safety Plan.
 
4. A recreation facility (major) (Clause 12)
A recreation facility (major) means a building or place used for large-scale sporting or recreation activities that are attended by large numbers of people whether regularly or periodically, and includes theme parks, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks.  The occupier of an entertainment facility or indoor recreation facility (major) is directed to ensure the maximum number of persons on the premises does not exceed the greater of: 
(a) the number of persons equal to 100% of the fixed seating capacity of the facility, or
(b) the number of persons equivalent to 1 person per 2 square metres of space in the facility.
 
The occupier of an outdoor recreation facility (major) is directed to ensure the maximum number of persons on the premises does not exceed the greater of:
(a) the total of:
(i) 100% of the fixed seating capacity of the facility, and (ii) the number of persons equal to 1 person per 2 square metres of space of any unfixed seating areas of the facility,
(b) the number of persons equivalent to 1 person per 2 square metres of space in the facility.
 
If the occupier of an entertainment facility or recreation facility (major) calculates the maximum number of persons allowed to be on the premises based on the percentage of the fixed seating capacity of the facility, the occupier is directed to ensure:
(a) admission to the premises is by way of a ticket, and
(b) all persons, other than persons engaged in work, are assigned to specific seats.

The organiser must have and comply with the Major recreation facilities COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Sport and recreation organisations are encouraged to review keep up to date by reviewing information on the NSW Government COVID-19 website, and speak with their venue owner/operator to ensure COVID-19 Safety Plans are updated in line with these new requirements.
 

Service NSW COVID Safe Check In

Community sport clubs and associations are encouraged to register as a COVID Safe Business and utilise the free COVID Safe Check in for visitors via the Service NSW App.

Keeping records of those who have entered a business is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. It enables NSW Health to conduct vital contact tracing and stop the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

To help businesses with this record keeping, the NSW Government is offering a new COVID Safe Check-in feature in the Service NSW App.

The COVID Safe Check-in has gone live across NSW. Many organisations are already participating.

Sport and recreation organisations registered as a COVID Safe business will receive an email with their unique QR code. 

Some clubs and associations may have already implemented record keeping systems. The Service NSW COVID Safe Check In program provides a free and secure option for organisations which are considering the transition to an online platform.

As customers are verified by the app, organisations can be confident that accurate customer details have been stored for NSW Health to access for contact tracing purposes, if required.

View COVID Safe Check-in presentation

Register as a COVID Safe Business

COVID safe check in

COVID-19 testing clinics

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