• August 14, 2021

What are the rules across the state?



Individuals may not receive visitors into their home from outside their home, except in the limited circumstances allowed by the public health order:

  • for the care of children
  • to give effect to new or existing arrangements to spend time with, and
  • provide contact between parents and children under the age of 18 or
  • between brothers,
  • to help a person moving to or from the place of residence,
  • to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm,
  • due to an emergency,
  • to view or inspect real estate for sale or lease or participate in a real estate auction

People can also have one visitor at a time:

  • to fulfill the responsibilities of caregivers,
  • to provide care or assistance, including personal care, to a vulnerable person,
  • for compassionate reasons, even when two people are in a relationship but not living together, and
  • as a nominated visitor to an adult living alone, under what is known as the singles bubble.

Shopping and exercise

The 10 kilometer rule in effect in Greater Sydney will be reduced to five kilometers from 12:01 am on August 16. Shopping, exercise, and outdoor recreation must be in your local government area, or within three miles of your home if you leave your LGA. In his press conference on Saturday afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro indicated that there would be more flexibility for people living in regional and rural areas who need to travel further to access services.

At Saturday’s press conference, the Prime Minister stated that the excuse to leave home for “outdoor recreation” will be removed for affected local government areas. For declared areas, that excuse is replaced by “supervising a child 12 years of age or younger who is exercising or playing.” For the rest of New South Wales, “outdoor recreation” is still allowed.

Business premises must close, with exceptions. Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, post offices, newsagents, laundries, and telephone repair shops may remain open. Stores that primarily sell food or beverages (for example, butchers, bakeries, bottle stores), hardware and construction supplies, garden and landscaping supplies, pet supplies, stationery, or maternity and baby supplies may remain open.

“All hospitality venues should be closed to the public, including pubs, restaurants and cafes, except take out,” according to the NSW Health advice.

LGAs of concern

There are still special rules for local government areas affected in Greater Sydney: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some Penrith suburbs.


All NSW employers should require their employees to work from home unless it is not reasonably feasible, NSW Health said, adding: “It is a reasonable excuse to leave home to work, but only if it is not feasible to work from home. . “

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Saturday.Credit:Rhett wyman


Barilaro also said schools will be closed for seven days as part of the state’s fast-track closure.

“We are closing schools for the protection of our children, so schools will be closed for seven days,” he told ABC News 24. “Parents will be asked to keep children and students at home during the week, without However, schools will be open as usual for parents working in essential services, ”National Congresswoman Melinda Pavey wrote on Facebook.

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NSW Health said that anyone leaving their home must wear a mask at all times. “They should be worn when working outdoors, by all school personnel, by all people at open-air markets, open-air shopping strips, and in outdoor queues waiting for products like coffee and food.” the statement said.

New South Wales police patrol Bondi Beach on Saturday as part of keeping COVID-19 restrictions in place.

New South Wales police patrol Bondi Beach on Saturday as part of keeping COVID-19 restrictions in place.Credit:Steven Siewert

Weddings and funerals

Regional residents of New South Wales who had weddings or funerals planned for Sunday will be able to have the ceremonies despite the state being locked out starting at 5pm on Saturday.

A press release from NSW Health confirmed that events can continue until 12:01 am Monday.


“There will be a one-day ‘grace period’ for planned weddings and funerals in regional areas that have not yet been subjected to a lockdown,” the statement read.

“Those events can continue until 12:01 am on Monday, August 16, 2021, but only with guests from areas that have not yet been subject to lockdown. Starting Monday, small funerals and memorial services of just 10 people (excluding people performing the service) will be allowed. “

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