Covid Restrictions for NSW

Ausdance NSW Updates Restrictions for Dance Studios

As the lockdown extends and additional restrictions for Greater Sydney were announced today, there is a lot of uncertainty in the air.

Ausdance NSW has met to discuss how they will support the dance sector in crisis and the first thing they need to know – is how to help you!

Ausdance NSW are inviting responses to their very short survey to help inform their advocacy and support at this crucial time.


At the moment, Ausdance NSW are:

  • Liaising with Create NSW and the NSW Government to clarify existing restrictions in relation to dance and communicating it through all their channels.
  • Advocating for financial support to be more accessible for dance professionals and businesses, specifically, by pushing for the $75K threshold to be lowered on support packages.
  • Pushing for a roadmap or advanced notification on how the easing of lockdown restrictions will be managed so that dance professionals and organisations can plan.


Stay at home orders for Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong remain in place.

View the Public Health Order here

Additional restrictions to Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong (in place from 5pm today, 9 July):

  • Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household)
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day, may leave home for shopping
  • Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday 11 July)

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only)
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfill carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons)
  • Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household)
  • Essential work or education where you cannot work or study from home (for example, dance teachers may use a dance studio to film an online class if they do not have space at home, ensuring safety precautions are adhered to)

Restrictions for all other areas of NSW remain unchanged:

  • People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.
  • Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children
  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed
  • Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people)
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn)
  • The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals
    • The occupier of an entertainment facility is directed to ensure the maximum number of persons on the premises does not exceed the greater of:
      • The number of persons equivalent to 1 person per 4 square metres of space in the facility
      • The number of persons equal to 50% of the fixed seating capacity of the facility, or
    • Once the maximum number of persons has been calculated, admission must be:
      • By way of ticket, and
      • All persons, other than persons engaged in work, are assigned to specific seats
  • Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 percent seated capacity


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