Visit our COVID-19 page for information and advice on the assistance available for NSW residents and businesses.

Current restrictions on businesses

Businesses in NSW can now open and operate under the one person per 4 square metre rule. Some businesses are subject to specific restrictions about the maximum number of people permitted at a venue.

Where possible, employers must allow employees to work from home. Some types of businesses are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.  

New compliance measures are in place for pubs, cafés, restaurants, breweries, cellar doors, clubs, bars, and casinos. New rules for gyms and fitness centres come into effect from Saturday 1 August.

Visit What you can and can’t do under the rules for the full list of restrictions and to stay up-to-date on changes.

Penalties apply for venues that are found to breach the public health order rules.  

NSW and Victoria border closures

NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

People entering NSW from Victoria will need a NSW border entry permit (exemptions apply). Your permit will indicate if you need to self-isolate for 14 days, be tested for COVID-19 or any other conditions. 

Temporary closures at the NSW and Victorian border may impact some small businesses.   

For more information, visit Border restrictions.

Changes to planning and operating conditions for some businesses 

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is simplifying planning to fast-track new projects and construction with its Planning System Acceleration Program.

The department's website also outlines changes to trading conditions for:

  • construction work
  • food trucks and dark kitchens
  • retail trading operating hours and waste removal
  • operating hours for home businesses.

For more information, see the department's COVID-19 response and recovery.

Supply of alcohol regulations

Regular restrictions around supply of alcohol have been amended to allow licensed venues to offer home-delivery of alcohol and alcoholic beverages, such as cocktails. This applies to licensed restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. For more information, visit Liquor & Gaming NSW.


Temporary new powers have been given to pharmacies to allow expanded services during COVID-19. These include:

  • 24-hour operating hours
  • ability to dispense certain medications without a prescription.

For more information, visit New powers for pharmacists dispensing medicine.

In addition, pharmacies can register with Australia Post for access to free postage on prescription deliveries. Participating pharmacies can apply for a full rebate on costs associated with mailing prescriptions to vulnerable customers. For details, see Australia Post's new home delivery option for pharmacies.