COVID-19 restrictions extended

The NSW Government has extended current COVID-19 restrictions for another month as the State continues to take a measured response to managing the pandemic.

Settings that will continue from 27 January 2022 until 28 February 2022 include:

  • Hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes, and nightclubs must follow the one person per two square metre rule indoors;
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings (except residences). Masks are strongly encouraged where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others;
  • QR code check-ins are compulsory at certain premises, including hospitality venues and retail shops;
  • Singing and dancing is not permitted in hospitality venues, entertainment facilities, nightclubs, indoor music festivals and indoor major recreation facilities (except for weddings, performers, instructors and students). 

Premier Dominic Perrottet said: “We have always said we will respond to what is in front of us and tailor our approach as required and that is exactly what we are doing. We are transitioning to living with COVID and we will need to continually update our approach to ensure we are keeping people safe and protecting our health system.” 

As additional measures, people are encouraged to continue to work from home where possible and to reduce mingling when eating and drinking.

Requirements for reporting COVID-19 cases in the workplace have eased, with employers only needing to report to SafeWork NSW if a worker is hospitalised or dies as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard has urged those eligible for their booster shot to book one as soon as possible.

“The gap between your second jab and your booster is now just three months, so don’t waste time – the sooner we all get our boosters the sooner we will overcome this Omicron wave,” Mr Hazzard said.