Here’s Everything You Can & Can’t Do During Greater Sydney’s 2-Week Lockdown

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Editor’s Note: An original version of this appeared to suggest that Greater Sydney visitors can include up to five guests, including children. However, this applies to parts of NSW outside the Greater Sydney region. According to an NSW Health press statement, you cannot have visitors in your home if you live in the Greater Sydney region. 

Earlier today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that Greater Sydney, Central Coast, and Wollongong regions will be in a two-week lockdown from 6PM tonight. So, here’s everything you need to know.

Everyone within the Greater Sydney region must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason. This includes:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact)
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer.
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.


  • Face masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events.
  • NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard stressed that masks must be worn over your nose and over your mouth.

Essential Services:

  • Shops and supermarkets will remain open during the lockdown.
  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian: “No need to panic buy.

Work From Home:

  • Essential work or education, where you cannot work or study from home, is allowed.


  • Greater Sydney residents are not allowed visitors during the two-week lockdown.
  • Regional NSW folk are allowed up to five guests, including children into their household.


  • People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.
  • People across NSW should only enter Greater Sydney for essential purposes.


  • There is no curfew.
  • Berejiklian: “you can leave your home at any stage.”


  • Allowed to exercise outdoors.
  • Only in groups of up to ten people.
  • Must maintain social distancing measures and four-square-metre rule.   

The following rules applies to areas outside of the Greater Sydney region:

Weddings and Funerals:

  • Weddings will be allowed to take place today and tomorrow.
  • Funerals will be permitted with a maximum of 100 guests (and using the four-square-metre rule) for the entirety of the lockdown.
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed
  • Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people).
  • Seated participants indoors.
  • Masks must be worn indoors.
  • 50% capacity for outdoor venues.

Stay tuned for more.