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NSW must again scan in with a QR code

NSW must again scan in with a QR code

From today, people in NSW must again scan in with a QR code at cafes, restaurants and shopping centres, however, only at the entrance and not individual stores.

A maximum one person per two square metres density limit will also apply at pubs, restaurants and clubs from today.

NSW recorded 6,324 new COVID cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Hospitalisations jumped to 520, up from 458 in the previous reporting period.

New rules are in place including:

  • from Friday 24 December, wearing a face mask in indoor areas
  • from Monday 27 December, COVID Safe Check-in at hospitality and retail.

Check the rules below that apply to everyone in NSW.

Some premises may make it a condition of entry that you are fully vaccinated or wear a face mask.

NSW Health strongly advises people get fully vaccinated and wear a face mask where they cannot physically distance.

Masks, COVID-19 Safe Check-in and vaccination evidence


All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask:

  • in indoor areas (e.g. while shopping, when at a library)
  • in indoor areas of common property of apartment buildings
  • at a public transport waiting area
  • while on public transport (including in taxis and rideshare services)
  • if you are working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public
  • on an aircraft when the aircraft is flying above NSW and in the airport.

Exemptions are available. Learn more about face mask rules.

Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot physically distance.

COVID-19 Safe Check-in

COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are required at:

  • retail premises
  • food and drink premises
  • pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • hairdressers, spas, nail, beauty, waxing, and tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
  • gyms (except dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics, and martial arts studios)
  • hospitals (except patients of hospitals or hospitals with an electronic entry recording system that records sufficient information that can be used for contact tracing)
  • residential care facilities or hostels (except in relation to the residents)
  • places of public worship, like churches, mosques, temples, meeting houses and synagogues
  • funeral, memorials and gatherings afterwards
  • nightclubs
  • casinos
  • strip clubs, sex on premises venues, sex services premises
  • indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

Occupiers of premises are required to continue to take reasonable steps to ensure people can check-in or provide their contact details when they enter these premises.

If you are entering a premises where check-in is required, you must:

  • check in with the Service NSW app
  • provide your details to the occupier of the premises.

Learn more about mandatory electronic check-in.

Vaccination evidence

Most premises in NSW are now open to everyone, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

You no longer need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated at most premises.

However, you still need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated if you:

  • attend an indoor music festival with more than 1000 people
  • if you work in certain industries.

Follow the vaccination requirements for workers.

Check what you need as vaccination evidence.

Occupiers of premises

Some premises may choose to require people to be fully vaccinated or to wear a mask as a condition of entry.

It is a matter for the occupier of each premises to exercise judgement on what is appropriate for their premises and the well-being of their staff and customers.

If you want to enter premises where an occupier has chosen to require you to be fully vaccinated, the occupier may ask to see your vaccination evidence. You do not have to show the occupier your vaccination evidence, but if you do not, the occupier may not let you in.

Visiting family and friends

You are not required to be fully vaccinated to have people visit your home or visit people at their home.

However, if you are visiting an aged care facility or disability home, there may be rules that apply to you.

Check with the operator of the facility.

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