Greater Sydney rules and restrictions

by Nichole Edsall on June 26, 2021

 Update 26 June 2021:

Additional restrictions for Sydney

From Saturday 26 June, the stay at home direction applies to people who live in or who usually work or study in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, and Randwick local government areas.

Everyone in Greater Sydney is encouraged to limit their movements at the current time.

If you do not live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you may travel in metropolitan Sydney and throughout NSW.

If you are currently outside metropolitan Sydney, your travel is not restricted.


Community Sport:

Community sport (whether training or a match) in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, and Randwick local government areas can proceed, if it has and complies with its COVID-19 Safety Plan.

However, a person who lives or usually works or studies in the four local government areas can only leave their house for exercise, including participating in community sport, if they stay in the local government area that they live in.

If you live in Greater Sydney, you cannot enter the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, and Randwick local government areas to play community sport.

Closure of venues:

A list of places in City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, and Randwick local government areas that have been directed to be closed to the public include:

  • Entertainment facilities, such as theatres, cinemas, music halls, concert halls and dance halls.
  • Indoor recreation facilities such as squash courts, indoor swimming pools, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys and ice rinks.
  • Public swimming pools (except natural swimming pools, which may open)

Click here for the full list of venue closures and restrictions.


Previous Update 24 June 2021 restrictions that still apply: 

Greater Sydney including Central Coast, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and Wollongong

New rules apply to the Greater Sydney region which includes the Central Coast, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and Wollongong local government areas .



If you are in Greater Sydney, or you have been in Greater Sydney in the last 14 days, you must wear a face mask:

  • over your nose and mouth
  • when you are indoors at non-residential premises, including workplaces.

You must also wear a mask at a COVID-safe outdoor gathering or controlled outdoor public gathering.

The face mask rules page gives advice on when you can remove your mask. In addition to those rules, you can also remove your mask when you are

  • doing strenuous exercise (except when you are in a group class at a gym, health studio or other indoor recreation facility)
  • at a correctional centre, place of custody, or hospital
  • in a school or early education and care facility
  • a resident at an aged care facility
  • a guest in a hotel/motel room and in your room
  • on a construction site
  • in the process of getting married
  • working alone in an office (until another person enters)
  • in a vehicle alone or with another person from your household.

Gyms and indoor recreational facilities

A 20-person limit applies to classes or activities at a gym. Dance classes, or any other activities such as a yoga class, also have a limit of 20 people. If you are participating in a dance class, gym class, or similar activity, you must wear a face mask.

Major recreation facilities: stadiums, showgrounds, theme parks, racecourses and motor racing tracks

The maximum number of persons at these venues in Greater Sydney is the greater of:

If you are relying on a percentage of the seating capacity, you must ensure that each person has a ticket and is allocated a specific seat.

For more information visit the NSW Government website: COVID-19 rules | NSW Government