Council continues to take measured precautions to ensure we keep our staff and community safe.

We are closely following all advice provided by the Federal and State health authorities and we will continue to update information as it comes to hand.

Current situation for all Northern Beaches

From the 12.01am Friday 29 January 2021, the following restrictions are in place: 

  • Visitors to households will be increased to 30 guests – including children. 

  • Outdoor gatherings will be increased to 50 people in total. 

  • Weddings and funerals will be capped at 300 people (fully seated) subject to the 1 person per 4sqm rule with no singing or dancing (except 20 nominated people in the wedding party can dance).  

  • All other venues including hospitality venues, places of worship and corporate event venues (fully seated with no singing or dancing) will be subject to the 1 person per 4sqm rule. 

  • Smaller hospitality venues will be allowed at least 25 people. 

  • Singing indoors including choirs or places of worship will be limited to five people. 

  • Aged care facilities and other health settings such as hospitals will receive tailored advice from NSW Health specific to their locations in relation to requirements around mask wearing. 

Stay tuned to NSW Health updates for more announcements regarding restrictions. 

We ask our community to cooperate for the health and safety of all. You can view NSW Health updates here


  • Masks will be recommended but no longer compulsory at retail shopping venues.  

  • Masks will remain compulsory for front-of-house hospitality staff, on public transport, in places of worship, hairdressers, beauticians and gaming rooms. 

Watch this NSW Government video to learn how to fit your mask properly. 

Disposable masks can only be worn once and should be disposed of in the general waste bin.  

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.

Incident Management Team

Council has an Incident Management Team overseeing and coordinating how the organisation responds to the situation. This ensures a consistent, coordinated, fast and flexible response for our staff and community.

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 hand washing instructions as well as additional cleaning services.

Looking after our staff

We value the health and wellbeing of our staff. To support this we have implemented a range of measures to allow our staff to work from home or other locations to promote safe working environments. We have also rolled out technology to encourage teams to work remotely but still collaborate online. 

More information

The Australia Government Department of Health and NSW Health provides regular updates on their websites.

Read about the covid-19 health alert and in particular, how to protect yourself and others.

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

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade is also updating the Smartraveller website regularly.

Promoting COVID safety on the Northern Beaches this summer

Our plan for how we will proactively work with NSW Police, Surf Lifesaving and other authorities over summer.