From 6pm today, June 26, all of Greater Sydney – including the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains – will go into lockdown. The stay-at-home orders will remain in place until 11.59pm on Friday July 9.

“I said that this the scariest time since the pandemic started and that’s proven to be the case," said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at today's press conference, which followed an emergency meeting of the NSW cabinet after an uptick in the spread of Covid-19 cases.

Here's what you can and can't do from 6pm today.

Never miss a Sydney moment. Make sure you're subscribed to our newsletter today.


When can I leave my home?
There are five reasons you can leave your home:
- for work or education that can't be done from home
- medical attention, including getting a Covid test or vaccine
- care and compassionate grounds
- purchasing essential goods and services
- for outdoor exercise

Is there a curfew?
No curfew has been implemented.

Can I exercise with friends?
Yes, you can still exercise outdoors in groups of up to 10 people – but you must socially distance.

Are restaurants open?
Hospitality venues – including bars, restaurants and cafes – can open for takeaway only.

Where is doing takeaway?
Check out our live list for venues in Sydney doing takeaway here.

When do I need to wear masks?
In all indoor public settings – including while shopping and if you are catching public transport to access essential services or to undertake work that can't be done at home.

How about weddings and funerals?
Weddings that were due to take place today and tomorrow can still go ahead, but after that will be banned for the duration of the lockdown. Funerals will be permitted, with a capacity limit of 100 masked guests adhering to the four-square-metre rule.

Are childcare facilities open?
Childcare is considered an essential service, the industry will remain open during the lockdown.

What if I've left Sydney for a holiday?
You will need to adhere to the same rules as the rest of Greater Sydney, and leave the home only for essential services, buying food, and exercise. If you try and leave the Greater Sydney area for a non-essential reason during lockdown, you may be charged and fined up to $11,000 and jailed for up to six months.

Stay up to date with the latest Covid alerts and news here.