What you can do from Monday

Aged care and disability home residents can have visitors, in line with the policies of their facility.

Employers must allow staff to continue working from home “if reasonably practicable”. Regional workers will be able to return to work from October 11 if they have had one vaccine dose, with a grace period until November 1 to be fully vaccinated.

Outdoor gatherings for fully vaccinated people will increase to 30 people on October 11.

Outdoor gatherings for fully vaccinated people will increase to 30 people on October 11. Credit:Steven Siewert

Shopping, beauty services and venues

Shuttered shops, including non-critical retail, and hospitality venues can open their doors with density limits. All premises will operate at one person per four square metres indoors, and one person per two square metres outdoors.

Hairdressers, beauty and nail salons, spas, tattoo and massage parlours can have up to five clients.

For restaurants, cafés and pubs, bookings are capped at 20 people. Vertical consumption, or drinking while standing, is allowed outdoors but people drinking indoors must be seated. Dancing is allowed outdoors but singing and dancing is not allowed indoors, except at weddings. Nightclubs are closed.

Up to 5000 patrons can attend stadiums, theme parks and racecourses, unless organisers apply for an exemption. Ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings can commence for up to 500 people.

Art galleries, museums and libraries can reopen with density limits, as can entertainment facilities such as cinemas and theatres under density limits or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings and funerals are capped at 100 people, double the 50 initially flagged. For those not fully vaccinated, wedding receptions are not allowed, wedding ceremonies are limited to five people and funerals to 10.

Eating and drinking must be done while seated. Dancing at weddings is permitted.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Masks remain for staff and customers in all indoor settings, including public transport.

But masks will not be required in outdoor settings, except for front-of-house hospitality staff.

QR code check-ins and proof of vaccination are required.

The Monday after the 80 per cent full vaccination target is reached, masks will not be required in office buildings for those who are fully vaccinated.

Where can you go?

The five-kilometre rule, or staying only within your local government area, is scrapped. Travel is allowed within greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Blue Mountains.

Sydneysiders cannot holiday in regional LGAs, but people are allowed to travel between regional LGAs. Those in regional areas cannot enter greater Sydney for a holiday.


Carpooling is allowed, but for people who are not fully vaccinated this is limited to just your household. Caravan parks and camping grounds will reopen.

What about the children?

Those aged under 16 who are not fully vaccinated – noting only those aged over 12 are eligible for a vaccine – are allowed unaccompanied in all outdoor settings but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household at entertainment and major recreation facilities, places of worship, and hospitality venues, unless collecting takeaway.

Kindergarten, year 1 and year 12 students return to face-to-face learning from October 18 and all remaining years will be back on October 25.

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