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Latest Update: Thursday, 25 February 2021

Restrictions will be eased from 12.01am Friday, 26 February 2021 across Greater Sydney and NSW:

  • 50 visitors will now be allowed in the home
  • 30 people allowed to dance at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor
  • Increased class limits for gyms to 50 people (currently 30) subject to the 4sqm rule
  • Number of performers singing indoors increased to 30 (currently 5) subject to physical distancing requirements
  • Singing by congregants allowed in places of worship if masks are worn and subject to one person per 4sqm (currently no congregant singing allowed, with one per 2sqm permitted in places of worship)
  • Increase capacity for cinemas to 100%

If current trends continue, drinking while standing up at indoor venues will be allowed in three weeks’ time (from Wednesday, 17 March).

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Information on COVID-19 Public Health Order restrictions

The NSW Government has developed a comprehensive website resource for information on COVID-19 Public Health Order restrictions. This includes information on restrictions, case locations, statistics, finding the nearest testing clinic and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

Always check for the most up to date information on Public Health Order restrictions. 

Complying with the Public Health Order - community sport and full training

The latest version of the Public Health Order relating to gathering and movement, including requirements for sport and recreation activities can be found on Restrictions can differ between Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong; and Rural and Regional NSW.

The Order outlines the following requirements for a community sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) that involves a gathering of more than 100 participants:

Community sporting activities are allowed, including training sessions and contact activities.

For community sporting activities that involve more than 100 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for community sporting competitions and full training activities.

  • Participants include players, people who are training, officials and spectators.
  • More than one parent may attend community sporting activities if physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres can be maintained between people that are not from the same household.
  • The maximum number of participants at a community sporting activity is 3000 people, or one person per 2 square metres (whichever is less).
  • Record keeping for attendees must take place for all community sporting activities of more than 100 people where this is practical.

Complying with the Public Health Order – other activities and COVID-19 Safety Plans

The NSW Government has developed COVID-19 Safety Plan templates for the sport and recreation sector.

Under Public Health Orders, the following facilities and/or activity providers must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and follow Public Health Order restrictions:

  • Gyms
  • Indoor recreation, yoga, pilates and dance studios, martial arts training facilities 
  • Community sporting competitions and full training activities
  • Major recreation facilities, stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses
  • Pubs and Clubs 
  • Swimming pools, saunas and spas

COVID-19 Safety Plan Templates and Checklists

Information for councils

The Office of Local Government has developed a local government FAQs document which includes information relating to sport and recreation activities and venues.

Information for Gyms

From Friday, 26 February 2021, gyms will be permitted a maximum of 1 person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 50 people per class.

Gyms are only required to have a COVID-19 Safe Marshal on duty if there are more than 25 people in the gym at one time.

If required, gyms must assign one staff member as a COVID-19 Safe Marshal who will be in distinctive clothing (e.g. shirt or badge). 

The marshal is responsible for ensuring all aspects of the COVID-19 Safety Plan are being maintained, including: 

  • social distancing
  • cleaning
  • ensuring the accuracy of record keeping. 

People attending gyms are reminded to follow the COVID-19 recommendations to help stop the spread of the virus. Simple measures include: 

  • visit facilities during quieter periods 
  • practice good hygiene before, during and after working out 
  • maintain physical distance at all times
  • wipe down equipment with disinfectant after each use.

The requirement for a COVID Safe Marshal applies only to gyms, and does not include dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or martial arts studios.

Advice for Dance Studios and Dance Sport Organisations

Being COVID Safe is a responsibility we all share. All dance activities must be conducted in accordance with Public Health Orders, whether they occur in a dance studio, community hall or other venue.

Dance studios and classes

From Monday 7 December, dance studios will be permitted to have 1 person per 2 square metres within the venue, with no additional limit on class sizes.

Under Public Health Orders, dance studio and venue operators are required to develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Dance Studios COVID-19 Safety Plans

Ensure participants maintain 1.5 metres physical distance where practical.

Dance sport competitions and training activities (including cheerleading)
For dance sport activities, groups of more than 100 are permitted under the Public Health Orders, provided the activity organiser implements a community sport COVID-19 Safety Plan.

General advice for dance activities
The NSW Chief Health Officer strongly recommends wearing a face mask:

  • if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
  • in indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission, where practical.

Wearing a face mask in these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

It is also recommended that rotation of partners is avoided in partnered dancing, and additional planning is recommended for high energy dance. For example, changing partners may be necessary for dance instruction or where a class has an uneven number of participants, but should be minimised.

For information about how to report safety concerns or provide feedback about a business or organisation please visit 

Planning advice for End of Season Awards Functions and Team Gatherings

End of Season Awards Functions

End of season awards functions for clubs and associations are permitted to take place, in line with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at the venue at which it is being hosted. Clubs and associations should discuss their plans with venue operators to determine requirements such as capacity limits and event formats.

The following key principles apply for end of season awards functions, regardless of which venue type is selected.

  • Functions must be seated.
  • Consider allocated seating and ensuring people remain seated as much as possible, to minimise mingling between seated groups.
  • Seating must be separated by 1.5 metres. Household or other close contacts do not need to physically distance.
  • Ensure no more than 10 people at a table.
  • Dancefloors are not permitted.
  • Promote online ticket purchasing and electronic ticket checking were possible.
  • Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises.
  • Ensure alcohol at any event is only consumed by seated attendees.
  • Children count towards any capacity limits.

Team Barbeques and Social Gatherings

End of season team gatherings such as barbeques are permitted to take place, in line with the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan at the venue at which it is being hosted. 

Teams may wish to consider hiring of facilities that can accommodate larger gathering sizes such as community halls. However, please note that they will still be required to comply with the relevant Public Health Order and COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements for that venue.

For adult community sport, teams are encouraged to hold their social gathering at a single venue, rather than multiple venues throughout the day.

More information on current Public Health Order restrictions, including limits for the number of people that can visit a home and for outdoor activities can be found at: 

Support for the sector 

The NSW sporting sector is made up of many diverse organisations with different organisational structures; membership bases and sizes; geographic reach, organisational health maturity and financial health. 

For many sporting and recreation organisations, COVID-19 is having a direct financial impact on your operations. A resource has been developed to provide guidance on the resources and initiatives available for organisations and will be regularly updated. 

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


Sport and Recreation Centres 

Update as at 23 November 2020

We’re pleased to advise that our Sport and Recreation Centres have recommenced day programs, overnight programs, group bookings and school camps.

The Office of Sport has implemented comprehensive COVID Safety Plans to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff. Should you have any concerns, we encourage you to visit our dedicated COVID Safe Sport and Recreation Centres webpage.

Should you have any queries, please contact us to discuss further prior to making a booking.

COVID Safe Sport and Recreation Centres

School Holiday Programs – Summer 2020/21

The Office of Sport is pleased to delivering day programs during the Summer School Holidays at the Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre and Sydney Academy of Sport.

Find out more 

Berry Sport and Recreation Centre Maintenance

The Berry Sport and Recreation Centre is currently closed for a major maintenance project.

The works are proposed for completion by mid-January 2021, in preparation for the recommencement of Term 1 camps. All affected bookings have been contacted.

Olympic Venues

All Olympic Sport Venues managed by the Office of Sport have reopened and are operating in line with the Public Health Order requirements.

Each venue has a COVID Safety Plan and staff are working with event organisers and clients to ensure events and bookings can be facilitated in a COVID Safe manner.

Click on the links venue below to find out more information:

Sydney International Equestrian Centre

Sydney International Regatta Centre

Sydney International Shooting Centre

Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex

Office of Sport training events

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Office of Sport is currently facilitating training and workshops in online formats.

General Principles of Coaching courses, Officiating courses, and Member Protection Information Officer workshops are being delivered online. Bookings are available at

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – NSW

The Office of Sport continues to provide support to its NSW Award Centres and stakeholders.

The only service that has been put on hold is the distribution of Award Holders badges and certificates.

There are still opportunities for Participants to continue with their Award with appropriate adaptation to strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Find Out More

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

More information

NSW Government - COVID-19 website 
NSW Health
Department of Education
Commonwealth Department of Health