Limits on Public Gatherings

What has changed

New compliance requirements for pubs

From Friday 17 July, it will be compulsory for NSW pubs to register as a COVID Safe Business.

Some other measures include:

  • The number of people per booking or table will be reduced from 20 people to 10
  • A cap of 300 people in a venue at any one time
  • A dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall in distinctive clothing must oversee social distancing, cleaning and hygiene at the venue:
    • Large hotels with a capacity of greater than 250 people are to have a COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall on duty whenever the hotel is open.
    • Smaller hotels with a capacity of less than 250 are to have a COVID Safe Hygiene Marshall employed in peak periods (lunch 12pm to 3pm and dinner 5pm to 9pm).
  • Paper sign-in will still be permitted, but hotels must create a digital record of patron names and phone numbers (excel or word) to be submitted within 24 hours. 

 Read the media release here.

From Wednesday 1 July 2020 certain restrictions have eased:

  • The number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the ‘one person per 4 square metre’ rule, with no upper limit. This includes function centres. All activity must be seated only.
  • Cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum capacity of 40,000 will be allowed up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Events must be ticketed and seated and follow strict guidelines.
  • On compassionate grounds, restrictions on funerals will immediately be eased to allow the four square metre rule to apply.
  • All other restrictions including 20 guests inside the home and 20 for outside gatherings remain the same.

Music festival and nightclubs will continue to remain closed in July as the Heath advice remains that these venues and activities pose a high risk of the virus spreading. It is anticipated that restrictions will be eased further in August if community transmission of the virus remains low.

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  Public Health Orders

The latest Public Health Order outlines those facilities directed to be closed to the general public and certain exemptions from these closures. 

While markets have been directed to close, this does not apply to markets selling food. Therefore, food markets can continue to operate. 

Social distancing requirements still apply. 

It is paramount that local communities can continue to access food supply from various venues and sources during the COVID-19 crisis.