9th Septemeber 2021
Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday 11 September, but will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.
Local Government Areas (LGAs) still seeing COVID case numbers will continue to follow stay-at-home orders and will be monitored by NSW Health with updates provided as circumstances develop.
The following freedoms will be available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have lifted:
Gatherings in the home and public spaces:
- Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
- Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:
- Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
- Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
- Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
- Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
- Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
- Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.
Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:
- Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
- Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
- Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.
Weddings, funerals and places of worship:
- Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
- Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.
- Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
- Carpooling will be permitted.
- Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
- Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
- Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.
For more information regarding lockdown lifting in parts of Regional NSW, click here.
19th August 2021
- The current stay at home restrictions will remain in Greater Sydney until the end of September.
- From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, the following additional rule will also be introduced for Greater Sydney (including regional NSW until 28 August):
- Mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.
Additional rules for the LGAs of concern
From 12.01am Monday, 23 August the following additional rules will apply for residents and businesses in the LGAs of concern:
- Curfews will be introduced from 9pm to 5am (except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care) to help reduce the movement of young people;
- Outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per day;
- The government will provide further information on its education plan in due course.
The following new restrictions around workplaces and authorised workers from the LGAs of concern will be introduced:
- Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August;
- Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work-site or they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August.
- From Saturday, 28 August, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home; and
- From Saturday, 28 August, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issued by Service NSW.
- From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs will no longer have to have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.
14th August 2021
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for all of regional NSW, effective from 5pm tonight until 12.01am Sunday 22 August 2021.
Stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in regional NSW.
This means the whole of New South Wales will be under stay-at-home restrictions from 5pm today.
This new order will replace any existing orders in regional NSW.
Everyone must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.
Every employer across NSW must require their employees to work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable.
It is a reasonable excuse to leave your home for work – but only if it is not practicable to work from home.
Anyone who leaves their home must carry a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when working outdoors, by all school staff, by all people in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queue waiting for products such as coffee and food.
The Public Health Order is currently being finalised and the NSW Government COVID-19 website will be updated later today.
The Office of Sport will provide a further update in the next 48 hours as information becomes available.
11th August 2021
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for the Dubbo Local Government Area (LGA), which includes Wellington, Wongarbon, Geurie, Brocklehurst, Stuart Town, Mumbil and Eumungerie, effective from 1pm today until the beginning of 19 August 2021.
Stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in the Dubbo LGA or have been there on or after 1 August 2021.
Below is a summary of the current restrictions in place across Regional NSW. In this morning’s press conference, it was noted that advice will be provided about restrictions in the Hunter (currently due to expire at 12:01am Friday 13 August) in the coming days.
People who live in or are temporarily staying in the Dubbo local government area after 1 August 2021.
Start date: 1pm, Wednesday 11 August 2021
End date: 12:01am, Thursday 19 August 2021
People who live in or are temporarily staying in the Armidale local government area after 29 July 2021.
Start date: 5pm, Sunday 8 August 2021
End date: 12:01am, Sunday 15 August 2021
Newcastle and the Hunter
People who live in or are temporarily staying in the Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens and Singleton local government areas after 31 July 2021.
Start date: 5pm, Thursday 5 August 2021
End date: 12:01am, Friday 13 August 2021
People who live in or are temporarily staying in the Ballina, Byron, City of Lismore and Richmond Valley local government areas after Saturday 31 July 2021.
Start date: 6pm, Monday 9 August 2021
End date: 12:01am, Tuesday 17 August 2021
People who live in or are temporarily staying in the Tamworth local government area after 5 August 2021.
Start date: 5pm, Monday 9 August 2021
End date: 12:01am, Tuesday 17 August 2021
The NSW Government COVID-19 information for regioanl NSW and Greater Sydney can be accessed below.
Affected Areas in Regional NSW
Greater Sydney Local Government Areas of Concern
Additional COVID-19 rules and restrictions apply to some local government areas of concern in Sydney: Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and some suburbs of Penrith.
Greater Sydney Rules and Restrictions
Rules for Greater Sydney Areas of Concern
9th August 2021
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions have been introduced for several local government areas across NSW over the past few days.
The latest update across the state of NSW comes as of 5pm Monday 9th of August 2021.
Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook local government areas
- Stay at home rules apply if you live in or were in the local government areas of Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens or Singleton on or after Saturday 31 July 2021.
- If you live in or have left the area, you must follow the stay at home rules until 11:59pm on Thursday 12 August 2021.
Armidale Regional local government area
- Stay at home rules apply if you live in or were in the Armidale Regional local government area on or after Thursday 29 July 2021.
- If you live in or have left the area, you must follow the stay at home rules until 12.01am Sunday 15 August 2021.
Tamworth Regional local government area
- Stay at home rules apply if you live in or were in the Tamworth Regional local government area on or after Thursday 5 August 2021.
- If you live in or have left the area, you must follow the stay at home rules until 12.01am Tuesday 17 August 2021.
Penrith suburbs additional restrictions
From 5pm on 8 August 2021, the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Mary’s will now be part of areas of concern and have additional restrictions.
Of note for the sport and active recreation sector, residents of the above suburbs are subject to the following requirements for exercise and outdoor recreation:
- Stay within 5km of your home.
- You cannot exercise or take outdoor recreation more than 5km from your home.
- If travelling by a private vehicle (car), do not share a car with people you do not live with, except for your nominated visitor (“singles bubble”).
- You can exercise with 1 other person that you do not live with or your nominated visitor (“singles bubble”).
- If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all go out together for exercise.
Visit the link here for more NSW COVID related information – COVID-19 | NSW Government
The Office of Sport COVID-19 webpage has been updated with this information.
Should you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
Please note this is our summary of the situation currently. As you know, things can change very quickly. It is also the responsibility of bowlers and centres to stay up to date with the ever-changing advice provided.
Centres have the final say on requirements into their premise. Please follow centre directives at all times.
It is extremely important for all to adhere to the directives provided by the centres.
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