As of 6 April 2021

Temporary restrictions in the Byron, Tweed, Ballina and Lismore areas have been lifted. All of NSW now has one set of COVID-19 rules for what you can do.

If you live in the Northern Rivers areas, get tested if you have even the mildest of symptoms.

If you are a close contact, you must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days. Get tested again at the end of your self-isolation period.

Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended for situations where you cannot physically distance, such as on public transport or indoors at a public place. You must wear a face mask in airports and on flights in NSW.


Some information on current restrictions:

  • You may have up to 100 visitors at a time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children.
  • If you have a gathering of more than 100 visitors in your home, you must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and make it available for inspection if requested.
  • The limit of 100 people also applies to holiday homes and short-term rentals.
  • There are no restrictions on dancing and singing at venues and events including nightclubs, weddings, funerals and memorial services.
  • Nightclubs may open, but they must be COVID Safe.
  • Up to 200 people can gather in an outdoor public place such as a park, reserve, beach, garden or public space.
  • If you are the organiser of a significant event you will need to have and comply with a relevant COVID-19 Safety Planfor a wedding, funeral or memorial service.
  • When a religious service is held in a place of public worship, the person responsible for the premises must have and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your church, meeting house, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship.

This package has two key components — $700 million in extra health funding and $1.6 billion in tax cuts to support jobs.

Key elements of the NSW COVID-19 package include:


Health boost

  • $700 million extra funding for NSW Health. This will assist in doubling ICU capacity, preparing for additional COVID-19 testing, purchasing additional ventilators and medical equipment, establishing acute respiratory clinics and bringing forward elective surgeries to private hospitals.


Business support and jobs

  • $450 million for the waiver of payroll tax for businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million for three months (the rest of 2019-20). This means these businesses will save a quarter of their annual payroll tax bill in 2019-20
  • $56 million to bring forward the next round of payroll tax cuts by raising the threshold limit to $1 million in 2020-21
  • $80 million to waive a range of fees and charges for small businesses including bars, cafes, restaurants and tradies
  • $250 million to employ additional cleaners of public infrastructure such as transport assets, schools and other public buildings
  • more than $250 million to bring forward maintenance on public assets including social housing and crown land fencing
  • $500 million to bring forward capital works and maintenance.