Working During Covid-19 Restrictions


The NSW Government has announced updates to COVID-19 settings across NSW for the holiday period. Some of these changes will affect operations for the arts and culture sector, and have been made in an effort to maintain a safe and measured approach to the increasing case numbers in the State. 

As with all announcements of this kind, greater detail will follow when the Health Orders are published. This notification represents the sum of our knowledge on the changes so far. We will send sector updates as we receive them.

The changes are outlined below:


From 12.01am Friday 24 December masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices, unless eating or drinking. For more information please click here.

QR Code check-ins

  • QR code check-ins will be compulsory, including for hospitality and retail.

Density limits

  • Hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will move to the 1 person per 2 sqm rule indoors, with no density limit for outdoor settings.

Rapid-Antigen Test kits

  • The NSW Government will procure Rapid Antigen Test kits and make them available for free to people across the State to give additional options to people and allow those who need to get a PCR test to do so. 

These updates will be in place to Thursday 27 January 2022


There are a number of fact sheets and guidance resources available from NSW Health for those requiring advice in these times. These have recently been updated and will continue to be updated if the situation in NSW evolves. 

Links to these fact sheets are here:

International Travel into NSW

From 12:01am on 21 December, fully vaccinated international passengers arriving in NSW must get a COVID-19 PCR (nose and throat swab) test within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.  They no longer need to self-isolate for 72 hours.

People who are not fully vaccinated arriving in NSW from overseas must continue to go into 14-day mandatory quarantine. 

All recent international arrivals must be vigilant for symptoms and isolate and get tested immediately should symptoms develop.

Penalties for non-compliance with the isolation, testing and quarantine requirements have increased to $5,000 for individuals (from $1,000), and $10,000 for corporations (from $5,000).

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