Greater Sydney COVID-19 mandatory lockdown

Roadmap to freedom

The NSW Government has released a 'roadmap to freedom' which states stay-at-home orders and other freedoms for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted from the Monday after NSW passes the 70 percent double vaccination target. A specific date is yet to be determined.

Read the roadmap to freedom here.

In response to the evolving Delta outbreak, Greater Sydney is currently in lockdown until we reach 70 percent double dose vaccination.

Stay at home

Everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons to leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only, within LGA or 5km)
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons)
  • Exercise (see below for restrictions)
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Current restrictions

You can see the full, up-to-date list of NSW restrictions here

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated. The 5 person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 or under. 
  • If you are not fully vaccinated - you can exercise with 1 other person that you do not live with, or your nominated visitor ("singles bubble"), and if you live with more than 2 other people, you can all exercise together.
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 5kms of home for shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members.
  • People aged 18 years and under are able to create a bubble of three friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions: Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house. These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”; All people older than 18 years in all the households must be fully vaccinated.  The friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same LGA; and if parents/carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.
  • Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping (stay within LGA or 5km unless essential goods not available locally).
  • Funerals limited to ten people in total.
  • Community sport is not permitted during this period.
  • No car pooling with people outside your household group.
  • Weddings are currently restricted and funerals limited to 10 people. 
  • People across NSW should only enter Greater Sydney for essential purposes.
  • Mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.
  • Nearly all restrictions in the LGAs of concern are now aligned with other lockdown areas. However, authorised worker conditions and travel permit requirements remain in place for the LGAs of concern. The Northern Beaches is not an LGA of concern.
  • Construction in non-occupied settings (with no residents on-site) is permitted, subject to a one person per 4sqm rule. These low-risk construction sites must have COVID safe plans in place, compliance will be strictly enforced. 
  • Trades people, including cleaners who are able to work with zero contact with residents will also be allowed to resume (no more than two people inside and five outside). If contactless arrangements are not possible, work cannot go ahead. 
  • A singles bubble allows people who live alone to nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship. 
  • Retail premises are closed (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open:
    • Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers)
    • Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies
    • Pharmacies and chemists
    • Petrol stations
    • Car hire
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Hardware, nurseries and building supplies
    • Agricultural and rural supplies
    • Pet supplies
    • Post offices and newsagents
    • Office supplies. 

There have been a number of cases in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, so parents and carers across the state are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home, unless they need to be at those services.

Public Health Order 

You can read the full Public Health order here. 

COVID-19 testing

Testing clinics are available at a range of places across the Northern Beaches. Check NSW Health website for the most up-to-date information before attending.

Increased hygiene protocols

Remember the most effective things you can do is to practice social distancing (stay 1.5m from others) and good hygiene. 

Council has increased hygiene protocols at all our public facilities including installation of hand sanitiser and posters and stickers with handwashing instructions as well as additional cleaning services.

More information

NSW Health provides regular updates on its websites.

You can also learn more about protective measures against coronavirus from the World Health Organisation.

Promoting COVID safety on the Northern Beaches

Our plan for how we will proactively work with NSW Police, Surf Lifesaving and other authorities as we open up.