Current COVID-19 restrictions 

From the beginning of Friday, 18 February 2022, the following adjustments will be made to the current settings:

  • No density limits (previously one person per 2sqm for hospitality venues);
  • QR check-ins will only be required for nightclubs, and for all music festivals with more than 1,000 people. Hospitals, aged and disability facilities may use their existing systems for recording visitors;
  • Singing and dancing will be permitted at all venues, except music festivals, where singing and dancing can recommence from 25 February;
  • The recommendation to work from home will change and be returned to the employer’s discretion.

From the beginning of Friday, 25 February 2022, the following adjustments will be made to the settings:

  • Masks will only be mandated on public transport, planes, and indoors at airports, hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, corrections facilities, and indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people;
  • Masks are encouraged for indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others and for customer-facing retail staff to protect vulnerable people who must access these premises and services;
  • Each State Government agency will review where it may be appropriate for public-facing staff to wear masks and will implement as necessary; and
  • The 20,000 person cap on music festivals will be removed, with singing and dancing permitted. Vaccination requirements will remain for indoor music festivals over 1,000 people, with attendees required to have at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hotel quarantine for unvaccinated returning travellers will be reduced from 14 to 7 days from 21 February.

Restrictions are changing regularly so be sure to check the full, up-to-date list of NSW restrictions here

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing requirements in NSW have changed. More information can be found on the getting tested for COVID-19 fact sheet. 

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild and even if you are fully vaccinated, use a rapid antigen test immediately and self-isolate. Most people don't need a PCR test if they get a positive rapid antigen test result. More information can be found on Getting tested for COVID-19.

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

Register a positive rapid antigen test result via your Service NSW app.

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.

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.