On the basis of updated health advice, the NSW Government has announced the following changes come into effect across Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

From 11:59pm Saturday 17 July until 11.59pm Friday 30 July:

Retail premises will be required to close (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open: 

  • Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers);
  • Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;
  • Pharmacies and chemists;
  • Petrol stations;
  • Car hire;
  • Banks and financial institutions;
  • Hardware, nurseries and building supplies;
  • Agricultural and rural supplies;
  • Pet supplies;
  • Post offices and newsagents; and
  • Office supplies.

In addition to the stay-at-home rules, residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs cannot leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers).

Where those workers do need to leave their LGA for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.

Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times.

Masks must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee and food.


All carpooling to be stopped unless among members of the same household.

From 12:01am on Monday 19 July until 11.59pm on Friday 30 July:

All construction to be paused. Non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services and repair work on residential premises to be paused.

From 12:01am on Wednesday 21 July until 11.59pm on Friday 30 July:

Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.

Regional NSW 

Restrictions in regional NSW remain unchanged. If you are not in Greater Sydney, please follow the rules for regional and rural NSW.