Monday, 11 October 2021


NSW Health:

Rules for critical retail premises

Anyone is allowed to enter critical retail premises. Critical retail premises are:

  • supermarkets

  • grocery stores

  • shops that mainly sell food or drinks, like butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable shops, and delicatessens

  • kiosks

  • petrol stations

  • banks and financial institutions

  • hardware and building supplies

  • landscaping material supplies

  • rural supplies

  • shops that mainly sell:

  • pet supplies

  • newspapers, magazines or stationary (for example, newsagents)

  • office supplies

  • maternity or baby supplies

  • medical or pharmaceutical supplies (for example, chemists)

  • alcohol (for example, liquor stores)

  • post offices

  • garden centres and plant nurseries

  • vehicle hire businesses but not businesses that sell vehicles

  • shops that mainly carry out repairs of mobile phones

  • laundromats and drycleaners.

For any other retail premises, or a business that provides goods or services, you can only visit these premises if the business chooses to offer Click-and-Collect.

If you visit critical retail premises, you must:

  • check in with the Service NSW app or provide your contact details to the occupier

  • follow the face mask rules.


Vaccination rules do not apply to people who are at your premises:

  • because of a service to assist vulnerable members of the public, for example a food bank or a service providing for the needs of homeless persons;

  • to purchase food or beverages to be consumed off the premises;

  • to attend a small funeral or memorial service or small wedding service;

  • to use a click and collect service.

Rules for certain businesses in regional and rural NSW

If your business is re-opening at 70% fully vaccinated and your staff live outside Greater Sydney, your staff have longer to become fully vaccinated.

Greater Sydney includes Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas.

If your business is located outside Greater Sydney, you are still required to ensure all people over the age of 16 who visit your premises (except for your staff) are fully vaccinated.

Rules for staff at certain businesses in regional and rural NSW

If you:

Live outside Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas) and

Work at a business that is re-opening at 70% fully vaccinated

you can go to work on 11 October 2021 if you have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

By 1 November 2021, you can only go to work if you are fully vaccinated.

Face mask rules from 11 October 2021

Everyone in NSW will be required to wear a face mask in:

  • in an indoor area of premises other than a place of residence, or
  • in an indoor area on common property for residential premises, or
  • at a public transport waiting area or in a vehicle or vessel being used to provide
  • a public transport service, or
  • working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the
  • public, or
  • on a domestic commercial aircraft, including when the aircraft is flying above NSW.

You can remove your face mask if you are:

  • eating or drinking

  • communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing

  • at work, and:

  • the nature of the work makes the wearing of a fitted face covering a risk to the person's, or another persons' health and safety,

  • where clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential

  • where the work is in an indoor area and no other person is in the area

  • asked to remove their mask for identity purposes

  • in an emergency situation

  • providing goods and services and you need to remove your mask to provide those goods or services properly

  • doing exercise except in an indoor area as part of a gym class

  • at a correctional centre, place of custody, or hospital

  • a resident at an aged care were facility

  • a guest in a hotel/motel room and in your room

  • in the process of getting married

  • working alone in an office (until another person enters)

You need to wear your face mask again as soon as the reason for taking it off has ended.

For the fill list of Dos and Don’ts go to: 

No comments: