Business rules for NSW for Hospitality

New rules are in place for fully vaccinated people in NSW. 

Last updated: 12 November 2021

You are fully vaccinated if you have had:

  •  2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination where two doses are the complete course, or 
  •  1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccination where a single dose is the complete course, or  
  • you have a medical exemption

Children under 16 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can generally follow the rules for fully vaccinated people so long as they visit certain businesses with a fully vaccinated member of your household.  

For people over the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, more rules and restrictions apply.

More info here -

You are not fully vaccinated if you have had: 

  • only 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccination that requires 2 doses to complete the course, or 
  • no doses of a COVID-19 vaccination.


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 
  • 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.

When to use rapid antigen testing

Rapid antigen testing can be used to test employees on a regular basis, giving them confidence that they are safe at work. It can also be used in response to a potential outbreak and to protect the wider workforce. 

How much does it cost?

Rapid antigen testing is a cost-effective way to test for Covid-19. It has comparable sensitivity and accuracy, with a few percentage points less sensitivity than traditional PCR tests. However, the lower sensitivity level is mitigated by the fact that the rapid nasal-swab test delivers results within 15 minutes. The PCR test can take up to 3 days to return once someone is able to get an appointment with a laboratory. 

These tests are easier to use and are far less uncomfortable for the person being tested, as it is not as invasive as PCR tests (no need to swab right at the back of the nose!).

Where can I find rapid antigen tests?

Right here