COVID-19 restrictions and how they impact the Hunter


As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in the state, the NSW Government has introduced new restrictions in a bid to limit the spread.

From 6pm tonight (Saturday 26 June) stay-at-home orders will be extended across Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong until Friday 9 July.

People who have been in those areas on or after Monday 21 June are also required to follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

While most residents in the Hunter will not be affected by this order, a number of new restrictions will be introduced from 6pm tonight, including:

  • 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
  • Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50% seated capacity

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. 

To find your nearest testing clinic visit:, or contact your GP.

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