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Lockdown Lifted in Parts of Regional NSW

Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday 11 September, but will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.
Local Government Areas (LGAs) still seeing COVID case numbers will continue to follow stay-at-home orders and will be monitored by NSW Health with updates provided as circumstances develop. See here for more information: Lockdown lifted in parts of regional NSW

Following the ease of restrictions, from Monday 13th September, Hay Shire Council will be reopening the following with reduced hours. 

Council Buildings:
  • Admin Building - Open to the public 10am to 12pm, and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday
  • Tourist Centre - Open to the public 10am to 12pm, and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday 9am to 12pm
  • Library  -  Open to the public 10am to 12pm, and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday 9:30am to 12pm
Council facilities:
  • Halls and Community Building - Open with 1 person per 4sqm rule.
  • RSL Room - Closed/not available until further notice.
  • Sandy Point - Open for camping.
  • Tips - Operating as normal.
  • Bishops Lodge - Open with the remote access system.
  • Dunera - Closed until 27th September to allow the last remaining maintenance work to be completed.
  • Gaol - Closed until further notice due to construction and building maintenance works.

Freedoms available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have lifted:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces:
  • Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:
  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
  • Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:
  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people. 
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity. 

Weddings, funerals and places of worship: 
  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing. 

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports. 
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors. 

Council encourages everyone who can to please get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated and practicing COVID safe behaviours is how we can help protect ourselves, our family, and our community from COVID-19. It's how we can continue to help keep local businesses open and our economy running. Visit the NSW Health Website at for further information on vaccinations or contact your GP.
For the latest information visit the NSW Gov Website:
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