COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UPDATE: 18 October 2021


NSW on the road to reopening: 18 October 2021

NSW has hit the 80% (aged 16 and over) double-dose vaccination target. From Monday 18 October 2021 eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • up to 20 people visit their home
  • participate in community sport.

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.

People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities
and major recreation facilities, unless they work at the venue.

For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.

Rules for people who are fully vaccinated

Masks and QR codes
  • Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).
  • Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).
  • COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

Visiting family and friends
  • Up to 20 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits do not apply for children under the age of 12).
  • Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted for up to  50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated).
  • Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.

Exercise and recreation
  • Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities open with density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres and up to 20 people in gym and dance classes.
  • No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.
  • Indoor swimming pools open for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming and rehab activities.
  • Community sports permitted for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants – capacity limits apply.

Schools

Shopping and personal services
  • Non-critical retail open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).
  • No customer limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours), density limits apply.
  • Sex services premises reopen.

Restaurants and hospitality
  • Hospitality open with density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • From 1 November bookings for hospitality venues will no longer be capped.
  • No singing indoors (except for performers).
  • Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors (except at nightclubs).
  • Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.
     

Working from home
  • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
  • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Events and entertainment
  • Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and race courses) open with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.
  • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.
  • COVID safe outdoor gatherings permitted for up to 200 people.
  • Controlled outdoor public gatherings (for example – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3000 people with density limit.
  • Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.
     

Weddings and religious services
  • Wedding ceremonies permitted with no person limit (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated), density limit still applies.
  • Wedding receptions permitted with no person limits (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing, and dancing is permitted, density limit still apply. 
  • Funerals permitted with no person limit (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking allowed while standing, density limits still apply.
  • Places of worship reopen for people who are not fully vaccinated with density limits.
  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.

Travel and transport
  • Travel for holidays and recreational visits including day trips between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Carpooling permitted (restrictions remain for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds open (including people who are not fully vaccinated).

Check the COVID-19 rules in full

The roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions below offers a summary of the rules for people in NSW.

To read the rules in full, go to

COVID Symptoms and Testing

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of taste or smell. Other symptoms include fatigue, acute blocked nose (congestion), muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis.

If you have even the mildest symptoms, please get tested.

More information here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/nsw-covid-19-case-locations/case-locations

Albury area COVID testing sites

Albury - Albury Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Drive-through Clinic, Demountable Building, Albury Showgrounds - Monday to Saturday 8am to 1pm
Lavington - Dorevitch Pathology Walk-in Clinic, Lavington Hall, 488 Urana Road Lavington - Sunday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
Wodonga - Albury Wodonga Health COVID Clinic, 79 Vermont, Street - Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm
Wodonga - Wodonga Respiratory Clinic, 224-226 Beechworth Road
Wodonga - Corner Smythe and Stanley streets, Wodonga (former Wodonga fire station building). Monday to Friday 8.30am to noon and then 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Live outside Albury? Find your nearest testing clinic HERE

Victorian Restrictions: 17 October 2021

Thanks to the incredible efforts of the Victorian people, lockdown (and the curfew) will lift in restricted areas across Victoria at 11:59pm Thursday 21 October.

For more information on eased restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria from this date, visit Victorians hard work means hitting target ahead of time or Victorias roadmap.

When restrictions are lifted, up to 10 people (including dependents) per day will be able to visit homes in both regional and metropolitan Melbourne. To ensure this is done safely, it’s highly recommended that Victorians only permit people aged 12 years and over who are fully vaccinated to visit them at home.

In metropolitan Melbourne, the curfew and the 15km travel radius will be lifted, however movement between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will only be allowed for permitted reasons.

People in metropolitan Melbourne must continue to work from home if they can. Anyone on the authorised workers list is required to have had at least one dose of the vaccine in order to work on site.

Childcare will be open to children who are already attending, as well as children whose parents or guardians are fully vaccinated. The Victorian return to school plan will also be brought forward in line with the rest of these settings, with the start of the staggered return of Grade 3 to Year 11 in metro Melbourne commencing on Friday 22 October.

Religious gatherings, weddings and funerals will be able to take place with up to 50 people outdoors and 20 people indoors subject to density limits and only if all attendees are fully vaccinated. Or, if vaccination status is unknown, 10 people are permitted indoors for funerals, weddings and religious gatherings.

Most outdoor settings – outdoor cafes, cinemas, and physical recreation facilities like pools – will open with up to 50 people per venue but are subject to density limits and only for those fully vaccinated.

Indoor settings like restaurants and cafes will be able to reopen with up to 20 people indoors with density limits, and only if all attendees – including workers – are fully vaccinated. This is a higher cap than planned in the initial Roadmap and the change has been made after discussions between the sector and the public health team.  

Large scale construction sites will increase to 100 percent capacity but only if all workers are fully vaccinated.

Masks will still be required both indoors and outdoors for all Victorians.

In regional Victoria, indoor settings – like restaurants, cafes and gyms – will increase from 10 to 30 people per venue, if everyone is fully vaccinated.

Outdoor venues will increase from 20 to up to 100 people per venue, but only if everyone is fully vaccinated. If vaccination status is unknown, the venue can only have a total of 20 people.

The next milestone in the Roadmap will be when Victoria hits the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target, which is predicted to be the first week of November.

Current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura Rural City Council

If you live in the metropolitan Melbourne or Mildura Rural City Council areas you cannot leave your home other than for one of the six following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services (once per day, one person per household)
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent outdoors socialising in limited groups)
  • outdoor social interaction in limited groups (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent on exercise)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary)

Update: Victoria COVID-19 border entry

For those outside the NSW-Victoria Border Bubble, vaccination status now affects their eligibility for a Victorian border permit.

Some permit types have been removed and changes have been made to some conditions for other permits.

You’ll need to supply proof of vaccination if asked – either via Medicare or myGov, or using your Apple Wallet or similar. You can also download and print your vaccination record from the Australian Immunisation Register. Fines apply if you give false info.

You can also provide proof of your vaccination using the COVID-19 digital certificate in the Service Victoria app.

Everyone 12 years and over needs their own permit. People aged under 12 don’t need to be vaccinated to apply for a border permit.

More info here

How the NSW-Victoria border bubble works

You can enter Victoria for any reason without a permit if:

  • you are a resident of the cross-border area
  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area at any time since it came into effect over the last 14 days
    • or, if you have been to an orange zone outside of the cross-border area at any time since it came into effect over the last 14 days, you have had a COVID-19 test and returned a negative result since leaving the orange zone
  • you haven’t been to a current Extreme Risk zone inside the cross-border area (note: there are currently no Extreme Risk Zones inside the cross-border area)
  • you have not been to an exposure site
  • you don’t have COVID-19 or have any symptoms, and you are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • you carry proof of address (such as a driver licence).

If you have been to a Red or Extreme Risk Zone outside the cross-border area in the past 14 days:

  • you aren’t eligible to enter Victoria without a permit
    • if you’ve been in a Red Zone, you need to obtain a Red Zone permit unless you have an exemption, exception or another valid permit. You can only get a Red Zone permit if you are a Victorian resident.
    • if you’ve been in an Extreme Risk Zone, you cannot enter Victoria unless you have an exemption, exception or another valid permit.

People travelling from the NSW-Victoria border bubble must comply with all Directions currently in place in Victoria, including restrictions for areas currently in lockdown.

You can only enter an area in lockdown (such as metropolitan Melbourne) for limited reasons, including authorised work and permitted education, care and compassionate reasons, visiting an intimate partner, and necessary goods and services if that’s the closest provider to you.

How the South Australia-Victoria border bubble works

If you live in a local government area in the South Australia-Victoria cross-border area, you can enter Victoria for any reason without a permit, provided:

  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area at any time since it came into effect over the last 14 days
  • if you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area at any time since it came into effect over the last 14 days, you have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result since leaving the orange zone
  • you have not been to an exposure site
  • you don’t have COVID-19 or have any symptoms, and you are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • you carry proof of address (such as a driver licence).

You can also enter Victoria and travel to visit your intimate partner, move house, or drive someone who cannot drive themselves for one of the above reasons.

People travelling within the South Australia-Victoria border bubble must comply with all Directions currently in place in Victoria, including restrictions for areas currently in lockdown.

You can only enter an area in lockdown (such as metropolitan Melbourne) for limited reasons, including authorised work and permitted education, care and compassionate reasons, visiting an intimate partner, and necessary goods and services if that’s the closest provider to you.

Local Government Areas in the cross-border community

New South Wales

  • Balranald Shire
  • Bega Valley Shire
  • Berrigan Shire
  • Broken Hill City
  • City of Albury
  • Edward River Council
  • Federation Council
  • Greater Hume Shire
  • Hay Shire
  • Lockhart Shire
  • Murray River Council
  • Murrumbidgee Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • City of Wagga Wagga
  • Wentworth Shire

Victoria

  • Alpine Shire Council*
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Greater Shepparton
  • City of Wodonga
  • Rural City of Benalla
  • Rural City of Horsham
  • Rural City of Mildura
  • Rural City of Swan Hill
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Shire of Buloke
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Shire of East Gippsland
  • Shire of Gannawarra
  • Shire of Glenelg
  • Shire of Hindmarsh
  • Shire of Indigo
  • Shire of Loddon
  • Shire of Moira
  • Shire of Southern Grampians
  • Shire of Towong
  • Shire of West Wimmera
  • Shire of Yarriambiack

* Includes residents of two unincorporated areas - Mount Hotham Alpine Resort and Falls Creek Alpine Resort.

South Australia

  • Berri Barmera Council
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • District Council of Grant
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • District Council of Robe
  • Kingston District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Wattle Range Council

FAQs for the NSW/Victoria Border Community

I live on the NSW side of the cross-border community and want to travel to Victoria – do I need a permit to enter Victoria?

No, but you need to follow a number of important conditions – otherwise you won’t be eligible to enter Victoria without a permit.

If you live in a local government area in the NSW-Victoria cross-border area, you can enter Victoria without a permit, provided:

  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days
  • you have not been to an exposure site
  • if you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days, you have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result since leaving the orange zone
  • you don’t have COVID-19 or have any symptoms, and you are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • you carry proof of address (such as a driver licence)

People travelling within the NSW-Victoria border bubble must comply with all Directions currently in place.

I live on the Victorian-side of the cross-border community and want to travel to the NSW side of the cross-border community – will I need a permit to re-enter Victoria?

No, but you need to follow a number of important conditions – otherwise you won’t be eligible to re-enter Victoria without a permit.

If you live in a local government area in the NSW-Victoria cross-border area, you can return home to Victoria without a permit, provided:

  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days
  • You have not been to an exposure site
  • if you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days, you have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result since leaving the orange zone
  • you don’t have COVID-19 or have any symptoms, and you are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • you carry proof of address (such as a driver licence)

I’m Victorian but I don’t live in the cross-border community and I’m currently on the NSW side of the border. Will I need a permit to re-enter Victoria?

If you don’t live in the cross-border community, you aren’t eligible for the border bubble permit exception.

You will need a valid permit, exemption or be an excepted person to enter Victoria. For more information, visit our Travel Permit System page.

I don’t have photographic ID or proof of my residential address. What can I do?

If you don’t have photo ID, you can use two other forms of documentary evidence to prove your identity, such as a Medicare card, Centrelink correspondence, credit card or bill.

If you are unable to provide proof of your address, you will need other documentary evidence to satisfy an Authorised Officer, a Victoria Police member or a Protective Services Officer of your ordinary place of residence. This could be a letter from an Indigenous community leader or community services provider, confirming your identity and address or other place of residence arrangements.

FAQs for the South Australia/Victoria Border Community

I live on the South Australian side of the cross-border community and want to travel to Victoria – do I need a permit to enter Victoria?

No, but you need to follow a number of important conditions – otherwise you won’t be eligible to enter Victoria without a permit.

If you live in a local government area in the South Australia-Victoria cross-border area, you can enter Victoria without a permit, provided:

  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days
  • You have not been to an exposure site
  • if you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days, you have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result since leaving the orange zone
  • you don’t have COVID-19 or have any symptoms, and you are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • you carry proof of address (such as a driver licence)

People travelling within the South Australia-Victoria border bubble must comply with all Directions currently in place.

I live on the Victorian-side of the cross-border community and want to travel to the South Australian side of the cross-border community – will I need a permit to re-enter Victoria?

No, but you need to follow a number of important conditions – otherwise you won’t be eligible to re-enter Victoria without a permit.

If you live in a local government area in the South Australia-Victoria cross-border area, you can return home to Victoria without a permit, provided:

  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days
  • You have not been to an exposure site
  • if you have been in an orange zone outside of the cross-border area after the relevant zone commencement time in the last 14 days, you have been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative result since leaving the orange zone
  • you don’t have COVID-19 or have any symptoms, and you are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • you carry proof of address (such as a driver licence)

I’m Victorian but I don’t live in the cross-border community and I’m currently on the South Australian side of the border. Will I need a permit to re-enter Victoria?

If you don’t live in the cross-border community, you aren’t eligible for the border bubble permit exception.

You will need a valid permit, exemption or be an excepted person to enter Victoria. For more information, visit our Travel Permit System page.

I don’t have photographic ID or proof of my residential address. What can I do?

If you don’t have photo ID, you can use two other forms of documentary evidence to prove your identity, such as a Medicare card, Centrelink correspondence, credit card or bill.

If you are unable to provide proof of your address, you will need other documentary evidence to satisfy an Authorised Officer, a Victoria Police member or a Protective Services Officer of your ordinary place of residence. This could be a letter from an Indigenous community leader or community services provider, confirming your identity and address or other place of residence arrangements.

MORE INFO HERE

NSW EXTRA INFORMATION

Evidence of ALL of Vic being an area of concern and what that means when you come back to NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/interstate-hotspots?fbclid=IwAR3XbnwoHOhEPQtoAXBrQD8FbQQX9e9HmajXeiEE90pFLPzWTbGWXfhhNvs#residents
Interstate travel VIC (you can also see the places of high concern that will require testing and/ or /or self-isolation (which is different from stay-at-home rules): https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/interstate-hotspots?fbclid=IwAR1GayT55Thx0_3eaNSVSMya0FY3fYc1olDAFV_JBYme-wGnrNb9XPFL5Oo#victoria
NSW border region map and address checker – use this if you are having to travel to VIC. If the address you are travelling to is outside of the border map , you will have to follow stay at home rules upon return AND complete a self- declaration form upon return:

Popular sources of NSW Government COVID information

For the latest information and COVID-19 testing sites please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19