Events and Public Gatherings

All Council-run events or events on Council land are suspended until the end of April.

The NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research has issued public health orders to deal with the public health risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus):


In line with health advice, from midday 23 March 2020, the following non-essential activities and businesses have been temporarily shut down

  • pubs (licensed bottle shops attached to pubs may still operate)
  • registered clubs 
  • gyms, indoor sporting venues (this includes indoor dance classes) 
  • cinemas, entertainment venues (including music halls, concert halls, amusement parks, billiards, pool or gaming arcades)
  • casinos and nightclubs 
  • restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery (drive through allowed) 
  • religious gatherings, places of worship (excluding small weddings and funerals that comply with the four square metre rule, which can proceed). 

As announced by the Prime Minister on 24 March 2020, these further non-essential activities and businesses will be temporarily shut down from midnight on 25 March 2020:

  • dine-in eating at shopping centre food courts (take-away food can be served and shopping centres remain open)
  • real estate auctions and open house inspections (by private appointment only)
  • auction houses, auction rooms
  • outdoor and indoor markets (with the exception of food markets)
  • beauty salons including tanning, waxing and nail salons
  • tattoo parlours, spa and massage parlours (excludes health-related services such as physiotherapy)
  • sex services premises and strip clubs
  • betting agencies
  • boot camps and personal training services (with the exception of outdoor groups of no more than 10 people)
  • indoor and outdoor play centres
  • community and recreation centres, youth centres, community halls
  • health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin studios, social sporting activities
  • saunas, bathhouses, wellness centres
  • swimming pools
  • galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries
  • swimming pools

The restrictions apply across NSW, including regional and rural NSW. 

Activities and businesses that have not been nominated for closure can continue. 

Further restrictions apply to the number of people who can attend weddings and funerals at places of worship, with:

  • 5 people only for weddings 
  • 10 people only for funerals.

Businesses and activities that can continue must still adhere to existing restrictions on mass gatherings by providing 4 metres square of space for each person attending and limiting attendance to: 

  • 100 people for indoor gatherings and
  • 500 people for outdoor gatherings. 

These measures are expected to be in place for at least six months.