Updated COVID Rules for NSW

The information below is taken from the NSW government website. The full list of rules (that is relaxed rules as of 15 December 2021) can be found at Rules for people in NSW | NSW Government

The most important information is that which explains when masks and checking in are still required, which is as follows:

Masks, COVID-19 Safe Check-in and vaccination evidence


Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot socially distance.

If you are over the age of 12, you must still wear a face mask:

  • at a public transport waiting area
  • while on public transport
  • at airports and on aircraft in NSW
  • for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated.

Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings.

COVID-19 Safe Check-in

COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are only required at

  • pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • hairdressers, spas, nail, beauty, waxing, and tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
  • gyms (except dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics, and martial arts studios)
  • hospitals (except patients of hospitals or hospitals with an electronic entry recording system that records sufficient information that can be used for contact tracing)
  • residential care facilities or hostels (except in relation to the residents)
  • places of public worship
  • funeral, memorials and gatherings afterwards
  • nightclubs
  • strip clubs, sex on premises venues, sex services premises
  • indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

If you are entering a premises where check-in is required, you must

  • check in with the Service.NSW app
  • provide your details to the occupier of the premises.

Learn more about mandatory electronic check-in.

Vaccination evidence

Most premises in NSW are now open to everyone, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

You no longer need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated at most premises.

However, you still need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated if you

  • attend an indoor music festival with more than 1000 people
  • if you work in certain industries.