Greater Sydney residents (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) are now required to wear masks in some indoor spaces: supermarkets, shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, public transport, beauty salons and hairdressers, places of worship and gaming areas.
From Monday, 4 January, failing to wear a mask carries a $200 fine. Whereas children under 12 years old are not obliged, where possible, NSW authorities are encouraging everyone to wear one.
All hospitality and casinos staff are also required to wear a mask.
Places of worship, weddings and funerals have been capped at 100 people and have a one-person per four square metre rule imposed. Night clubs have been banned entirely. Gym classes have been reduced to 30 people from 50.
Outdoor performances and protests have been reduced to a maximum of 500 people, and seated, ticketed, and enclosed outdoor gatherings to 2000 people.
Please check the last guidelines for your state or territory:
- NSW https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
- Victoria https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-summer
- Queensland https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/
- Western Australia https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus
- South Australia https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/
- Northern Territory https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
- ACT https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/
- Tasmania https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/
People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction's restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.