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Greater Sydney back in lockdown, restrictions reintroduced across NSW

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26 Jun 2021

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During an emergency press conference held on the afternoon of Saturday 26 June 2021, the NSW government announced a strict lockdown for all of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

The lockdown commences at 6.00pm, Saturday 26 June 2021, and is currently scheduled to be in effect until midnight on Friday 09 July 2021.

The NSW government has published a public health order outlining the only reasons residents in the Greater Sydney region are allowed to leave their homes during lockdown.

Key takeaways for Greater Sydney event businesses:

  • People can still go out for the purpose of work or education if it is not possible to do it at home.
  • Businesses are still allowed to move premises if needed during this time.
  • Non-residents must not enter Greater Sydney during lockdown unless they are just travelling through.
  • Outdoor gatherings restricted to 10 people unless engaged in work.
  • Pubs, registered clubs, food and drink premises, entertainment facilities, amusement centres, and other publicly accessible venues should be closed to the public unless providing takeaway food or drink, or temporary accommodation services.
  • Weddings can proceed this weekend but are all then to be cancelled from Monday 28 June 2021 until the end of lockdown.
  • Funerals with a maximum of 100 people can proceed.

For a detailed list of the Greater Sydney stay-at-home rules, visit the NSW Government website here

For Other Areas of NSW

If you have been in the Greater Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour on or after Monday 21 June, the NSW government required you follow the stay-at-home rules for 14 days after you left Great Sydney.

For the rest of regional and rural NSW, a number of restrictions have been re-introduced.

Key takeaways for regional and rural NSW event businesses:

  • Face masks are mandatory on public transport, and in all non-residential indoor areas, including workplaces, entertainment facilities (such as theatres, music, and concert halls) and major recreation facilities (such as stadiums, showgrounds, and motor racing tracks)
  • Face masks are also mandatory in COVID-19 Safe outdoor gatherings and other controlled outdoor gatherings.
  • The one person per 4 square metre rule has been reintroduced but does not apply to major recreation facilities or entertainment facilities.
  • When calculating the capacity of your premises, only include the areas of your premises that are open to the public and do include your staff or people attending an emergency.
  • Major recreation, entertainment facilities and outdoor events should follow NSW Government guidelines on capacity and COVID-19 Safe plans
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows is not allowed unless the singers are the performers.
  • Dancing in not allowed at a hospitality venue or nightclub. For weddings, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people), and organisers of venues and events must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Patrons must be seated when consuming alcohol in a non-residential indoor area, outdoor gatherings, or stadiums.
  • Hospitality venues must use the NSW Government QR code system

For a detailed list of the regional and rural NSW restrictions, visit the NSW Government website here.

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