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Lockdown restrictions explained

Unsure of what lock down means? Wondering what you can and can't do during the stay at home order? Find it simplified below:


As of 5pm on 9 August, stay at home rules apply in the LGA of Tamworth, which is set to be locked down for one week, until


The rules for these areas are the same as those already in place across Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, and Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook, Cessnock and Armidale.


When can I leave home?

There are four essential reasons to leave home:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services. You must shop within 10kms of home. Browsing in shops is prohibited, and only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping.

  • Medical care or compassionate needs, including getting a Covid-19 vaccine

  • Exercise outdoors in groups of two, who cannot travel further than 10km from their home or local government area.

  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

See here for the full list of reasonable excuses to leave your home.


Can I exercise?


Outdoor exercise is limited to two people. However, members of the same household gathering outdoors for exercise will be allowed to do so in groups larger than two.

People must stay in their local government area or within 10km of home for exercise and outdoor recreation.

The NSW restrictions state that no community sport in greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, Armidale or Tamworth should proceed.


What businesses can remain open?


All retail premises in greater Sydney (and Tamworth) will be required to close (“click and collect”, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except for the following:

  • Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers);

  • Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;

  • Pharmacies and chemists;

  • Petrol stations;

  • Car hire;

  • Banks and financial institutions;

  • Hardware, nurseries and building supplies;

  • Agricultural and rural supplies;

  • Pet supplies;

  • Post offices and newsagents; and

  • Office supplies.


See here for a full list of which businesses are open and closed.


Can we gather in public?


Outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people. You must not participate in an outdoor public gathering, unless you are:

  • Working or attending a university or other tertiary education facility

  • Providing care or assistance to vulnerable persons

  • Gathering with your household

  • Gathering for a funeral

  • Providing emergency assistance to a person

  • Fulfilling a legal obligation

  • Moving home or moving your business to a new premises

See here for a list of exemptions to these rules.