COVID-19 UPDATES in NSW & the ACT

For latest news or advice in relation to the current pandemic and Outdoor activities please see below. 

We encourage everyone to ensure they get at least one hour in the Outdoors a day, whether it is in a lockdown or outside of a lockdown, to assist with mental stimulation and a connection to nature that can not be replaced for your health and well-being. 

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS & PATHWAYS

Watch the vaccination rates here

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The NSW government released some changes as of 7th October. Please go to www.nsw.gov.au for all the latest details on the limitations and areas of eased restrictions.

 

CHANGES FROM 1 DECEMBER 2021

On Wednesday 1 December 2021, the following settings will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status:

Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

  •  No limit on the number of visitors to a home

  •  Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings

  •  No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings

  •  COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people

  •  Community sport permitted for all people.

 

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

  • Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm

  • Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm

  • Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking

  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped)

  • Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm

 

Major outdoor recreation facilities

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm.

Entertainment, information, and education facilities

  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm

 
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Black Dog Institute are providing Mental Health training for organisations - see more...

They also have resources available for individuals and businesses - read more...

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Beyond Blue provide support for people struggling with mental wellbeing and health. Read more...

BUSINESS & PERSONAL SUPPORT DURING
COVID-19 

Members are encouraged to contact Outdoors NSW & ACT for specific content that relates to their situation and needs. Support ranges from Federal Disaster payments to business grants provided by the NSW & ACT Government. 

Join us for our weekly Connect & Share sessions to hear the latest on what's available. 

 

Register for these sessions here or to view past recordings go to our YouTube Channel.

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Easing Restrictions – 1 October 2021

From Friday 1 October, certain restrictions will come into effect. The mask requirement will continue for those aged 12 years and older.

Gatherings

  • Two people will be permitted to visit another household.

  • Up to five people can gather outdoors for exercise, or non-organised recreation, for up to four hours.

  • Two people, excluding instructors, may take part in outdoor boot camps, personal training, may take place.

  • National Parks and nature reserves will reopen for recreation.

Business

  • Non-essential retail business will be open for ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with up to 5 people in the business at any one time, or one person per four square metres (whichever is less).

Education

  • From Tuesday 5 October, year 12 students will be permitted to return to on-campus learning.

  • From Tuesday 5 October, year 11 students can attend school for essential assessments if they cannot wait until 18 October.  

Easing Restrictions – 15 October 2021

From Friday 15 October, the ACT Lockdown will be lifted. By this time, the ACT is set to reach 80% full vaccination, and the rest of the nation is expected to have reached 70%.

 

Gatherings

  • From Friday 15 October, five people can visit another household, and 25 people can gather outdoors.

  • From Friday 15 October, the following activities can operate with a capacity of 25 people, or a density of one per four square metres (whichever is less):

  • Gyms (excluding classes) and organised outdoor training

  • Weddings

  • Outdoor play centres

  • Places of worship

  • Gaming and gambling venues

  • Outdoor tours

  • Community centres

Business

  • Upon the lifting of Lockdown, licensed venues, cafes, and restaurants, will be open for seated service, with a maximum of 25 people, or one per four square metres indoors.

  • Or businesses can have up to 50 people, or one per four square metres outdoors.

  • Non-essential retail business can conduct ‘click and collect’ and delivery services.

  • Small businesses can operate by contactless means with up to 10 people in the business at any one time, or one person per four square metres (whichever is less).

  • Personal services such as hairdressers and beauty salons can open with a maximum of five clients.

  • Accommodation, campgrounds, caravan parks, and campsites can open in line with gathering restrictions.

  • Employers can implement a gradual workplace return.

  • Funerals may have 50 attendees.

Education

  • From Monday 25 October, preschool, kindergarten, and years 1,2,6,9 and 10, can return to on-campus learning and out-of-school hours care.

  • From Monday 25 October, children can also return to early childhood education and care.

Easing Restrictions – 29 October 2021

From Friday 29 October, the following easing of restrictions will take place:

Gatherings

  • 10 people can visit a household, and 30 people can gather outdoors.

  • For ticketed and seated events, outdoor events can have up to 500 people; indoor events with fixed seating can have 75% capacity, up to 500 people; indoor events with no fixed seats can have one per four square metres, up to 150 people.

Business

The following activities can operate with a capacity of 25 people across the venue before density limits apply; over 25 people will mean one per four square metres, or a maximum of 100 people; outdoor will be one per two square metres, or a maximum of 150 people:

  • Licensed venues, cafes and restaurants

  • Gyms with classes limited to 20 people

  • Organised sport and swimming pools

  • Play and amusement centres

  • Places of worship

  • Real estate services and auctions

  • Gaming and gambling venues

  • Outdoor attractions

  • Weddings

  • Funerals

  • Community centres

  • Retail business will be permitted to open with one per four square metres.

  • Cinemas, galleries, and museums will be open in line with gathering restrictions

  • Dance classes, choirs, and bands may commence with a maximum of 20 people or one per four square metres (whichever is less)

Education

  • From Monday 1 November, years 3,4,5,7, and 8, can return to on campus learning and out-of-school hours care.

Easing Restrictions – End of November

Towards the end of November and early December, public health and social measures will align with the National Plan and with consideration of local circumstances.  

This stage may see larger events take place (with some restrictions); a reduction in density requirements (e.g. one person per two square metres); the reopening of food courts and nightclubs; a return to face-to-face learning for University and TAFE; and an easing of travel restrictions.

Further Information

For a full copy of the ACT’s future restrictions, please see here.