NSW Health has provided an update on COVID-19 restrictions in Greater Sydney which includes Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong.
Amendments to the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 commenced on 3 January 2021. Under the amended Order, the number of people who may attend a funeral or a gathering immediately after a funeral in Greater Sydney is one person per 4 square metres of space (for indoor areas), one person per 2 square metres of space (for outdoor areas), or 100 people, whatever is lesser.
A funeral or a gathering immediately after a funeral held at a place of residence in Greater Sydney must comply with the limit of 5 visitors on any day.
Under the Order, the Greater Sydney region comprises the following local government areas - Bayside, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, The Hills Shire, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Wollongong, and Woollahra.
Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings) Order 2021, masks must be worn in indoor areas of certain premises in Greater Sydney, including places of public worship, being used for public worship or religious services.
COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors and in settings where you can’t physically distance. It is really important that you carry a clean face mask with you at all times and wear it:
- if it is mandatory for you to wear a mask
- if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
- if symptoms develop while you are out of home
- if you are out of home and notified by NSW Health that you are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case (including if you have visited a location with a reported case and must self-isolate immediately)
- when caring for or serving vulnerable people
Amendments to the Public Health (COVID-19 Northern Beaches) Order 2020 commenced on 3 January 2021. The Order now applies to the Northern area of the Northern Beaches. Under the Order, the Minister directs that a person must not leave their place of residence without a reasonable excuse. A funeral is listed as a reasonable excuse in Schedule 1 of the Order. A funeral service at which there are no more than 100 persons (including the person conducting the service) is permitted under the Order. If a person from the Northern area of Northern Beaches is attending a funeral outside of the Northern Beaches local government area, then the maximum number of people permitted to attend the service is 100 (subject to the 4 square metre rule for indoor areas of Greater Sydney or the 2 square metre rule elsewhere).
We encourage you to continue monitoring the latest updates on the NSW Government website and Greater Sydney weddings, funerals and religious services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
COVID-19 Policy Team | Public Health Response Branch
NSW Ministry of Health | 1 Reserve Road, St Leonards NSW 2065
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