COVID-19 information

The NSW Government has tightened and extended the restrictions in place across Greater Sydney.

Our face to face services are closed. You can still access our services online or over the phone.

Our essential services, such as waste collection, will continue to operate as normal.

Last updated: 02/08/2021

Restrictions in Bayside

The following restrictions apply:

1. Stay at Home rules, which apply to anyone who lives, works or studies in Greater Sydney, including Bayside Council. You must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include:

  • shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only)
  • visiting an individual in your single bubble
  • medical care or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
  • accessing childcare
  • exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household)
  • essential work, where your business is open and you cannot work from home
  • education, where you cannot study from home.

If you leave your home you must carry proof of your address.

2. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people (excluding members of the same household)

3. If you live in Bayside, you must stay in Bayside or within 10km from home for your exercise or outdoor recreation

4. Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping

5. Funerals limited to ten people in total

6. Places of worship are closed to the public

7. You must carry a mask with you at all times and wear it if you are in:

  • indoor and outdoor areas of food markets in Greater Sydney.
  • outdoor areas near food, drink or retail premises in Greater Sydney.
  • outdoor areas while working in Greater Sydney.
  • a school, other than a student.

The construction pause ended on 31 July. Construction sites must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

For more information, visit the NSW Government's COVID-19 website or follow NSW Health on Facebook.

Where to find help and support

Financial help:

Businesses:

  • NSW Government: One-off payments for businesses that have been impacted by restrictions

  • NSW Government: Jobsaver, providing provide cash flow support to impacted businesses to help maintain their NSW employee headcount

Additional restrictions for some areas

Bayside is not a Local Government Area (LGA) where additional restrictions apply.

The hotspot LGAs where additional restrictions apply are:

  • Blacktown

  • Campbelltown

  • Canterbury-Bankstown

  • Cumberland

  • Fairfield

  • Georges River

  • Liverpool

  • Parramatta.

Only authorised workers can leave these LGAs for work.

Residents of these areas must wear a mask outdoors and restrict travel to 5km from home.

Where to get tested and vaccinated

To find a testing centre near you, search for your suburb on the NSW Government's COVID-19 testing clinics list.

Check your eligibility and book your vaccine appointment on the Department of Health's vaccine eligibility checker.

Changes to our services, facilities and events

What's closed

Due to the NSW Government's Stay at Home orders in place, we have made changes to our services including:

  • Rockdale and Eastgardens customer service centres are closed

  • all of our libraries are closed (you can return books in the returns shute)

  • Bayside squash courts, the Arncliffe Youth Centre, the Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre, the Botany Aquatic Centre (already closed for the season) and all markets are closed

  • Community Recycling Dropoff events have been cancelled

  • all games and training on Bayside sporting fields are cancelled

  • all scheduled school holiday programs are cancelled

  • all activities, including seniors activities, in Council facilities have been cancelled

  • youth drop-ins are cancelled

  • NAIDOC Week Flag Raising is cancelled

  • events in our school holiday program are cancelled.

What's still open

The following services are still available:

  • use our online services or call 1300 581 299 for enquiries and service requests

  • essential services such as bin collection will continue to operate as normal

  • childcare centres will continue to operate as normal

  • our libraries provide a range of online resources, including resources for students

  • you can exercise in our parks on your own, with members of your household, or with one other person. You must stay within Bayside or 10km from your home

  • you can play golf at the Botany Golf Course, with a maximum group size of two.

Essential services

The public health orders allow us to maintain public utilities and provide some essential services.

While most of our officers are working from home in line with public health orders, you'll still see us out in the community undertaking essential services such as:

  • waste collection
  • park, road and tree maintenance
  • childcare
  • services to assist vulnerable members of the public
  • operating the garden centre.

Financial relief

We are putting together a financial relief package for Councillors to consider at the extraordinary Council meeting on 11 August 2021.

At our last Council meeting on 14 July, Mayor Joe Awada asked Council officers to consider options and report back. He asked that we prepare a package of relief options similar to those we provided during the first lockdown of 2020.

When the Council papers are ready they will be available online.