Spending time outdoors is important for our wellbeing, but it needs to be done in a way that keeps everyone safe. Here’s what you need to know about visiting public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 15 May the NSW Government issued public health orders to help protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
It’s important to follow these orders as they are legally enforceable with heavy fines and consequences.
Please refer to the NSW Government website for all the latest information on COVID-19.
Public spaces are vital to the community’s health and wellbeing, which is key to the resilience and ability to overcome this incredible challenge.
Everyone has an important role to play in controlling the spread of COVID-19 by washing our hands, social distancing and sticking to outdoor gatherings of up to ten people.
If you think it’s too busy to maintain physical distance at one location, use the opportunity to rediscover your neighbourhood or uncover a new local place to love.
You can read the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces recent article on how you can help us keep parks open.
Our great parks and parklands are still open so you can enjoy daily exercise, walk animals and spend time among nature, but it’s important to follow current health orders and stay close to home when you do go out.
Check your local council’s website for the latest information on parks in your area. You can also find out how some of our state parks and parklands are being managed by visiting:
The new health orders have required the closure of some public spaces including:
Please refer to the public health order for specific facility information.
Many of these venues are creating great online resources so you can engage and keep connected, including the State Library. The stronger our online communities grow, the more resilient these important public spaces will be when they re-open.
We’re working with councils and communities across the state to ensure that closing the remaining public open spaces, particularly our parks and streets, is a last resort.
Read our response to COVID-19.
NSW Councils can contact our team for more information, resources and other support.
Note: This information is accurate as of 15 May 2020 and is subject to change in accordance with the public health orders.
Page last updated: 22/05/2020