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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 29 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.


What are the rules for being outdoors in public spaces?

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 ensuring public gatherings include no more than 30 people.


How to stay safe in public spaces: No more than two people, remain 1.5m apart

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.

Where can I go to exercise outdoors?

Our great parks and parklands are open so you can enjoy daily exercise, walk animals and spend time among nature, but it’s important to follow current health orders.


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:

How do I know which public spaces are open?

The new health orders have required the modification or closure of some public spaces. Please refer to the public health order for specific facility information.


Before you plan your visit, contact the venue to confirm if they are open and what (if any) restrictions are currently in place. Some venues may have sections which remain closed, or capacity limits meaning you might be required to book online before arriving, or wait before being able to enter.


Many libraries and galleries 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 in the future.


Communities across NSW are using public spaces differently as a result of COVID-19, to ensure safe physical distancing alongside the ability to exercise.

Where can I find more information?

Visit the NSW Government website or phone the Service NSW 24/7 hotline on 13 77 88 for all the latest on COVID-19.


We’re helping councils, public space managers, small business owners and the community with our COVID Safe Summer Plan.


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 29 October 2020 and is subject to change in accordance with the public health orders.

Page last updated: 02/11/2020