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

Restrictions on trading

In its goal to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Australian Government has imposed restrictions on trading by banning and limiting the operations of certain businesses.

These restrictions have been revised, and new rules are in effect from Monday 1 June 2020. For a complete and up-to-date list of restricted trading for the below industries, visit Services open for business:

  • accommodation
  • auctions
  • beauty, nail, tanning and waxing salons and spas
  • childcare services
  • community centres and cultural buildings
  • entertainment and amusement venues
  • hairdressers and barbers
  • healthcare
  • hospitality, including cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs
  • markets
  • massage therapies
  • NDIS and disability workers and providers
  • personal services businesses
  • professional sports organisations
  • real estate property inspections and auctions
  • retail services
  • sport and recreation services and centres (including gyms)
  • tattoo parlours
  • volunteering
  • weddings, funerals and places of worship.

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.