ClubsNSW understands the Coronavirus crisis is creating extreme uncertainty for clubs, affecting trade and unsettling individual club members. ClubsNSW will attempt to provide relevant information to clubs to assist in the management of what is a very unpredictable situation.
Rest assured, we are working as closely as we can with Government to obtain the most up-to-date advice. Because the Government’s position is rapidly shifting, we have established this page to provide regular updates and advice as the situation eventuates. For specific questions relating to a club's individual circumstances, please contact the Member Enquiries Centre by email or phone (1300 730 001).
ClubsNSW is working closely with the NSW and Australian Governments to ensure decisions are made with regard for the interests of clubs.
8:00pm, 31st March, 2021
Member clubs are advised that, today, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced new restrictions on clubs in the local government areas (LGAs) of Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Tweed.
The restrictions commenced at 5pm today, Wednesday, 31 March 2021, and are in response to cases of COVID-19 transmission detected in Byron Bay.
It should be noted that the public health order giving effect to the Premier’s announcement was published after 5pm. For more information please read Circular 21-054.
2:45pm, 29th March, 2021
Member clubs are advised that the NSW Government has issued a new Public Health Order and made key changes to the COVID-19 safety checklist.
These changes, which come into effect today, reflect the easing of restrictions announced by the Premier on Wednesday, 24 March 2021, as described in Circular 21-050. These changes include permitting dancefloors, removing caps for significant events (e.g. weddings) and increasing the capacity of indoor seated entertainment events to 100 per cent.
Importantly, the new Public Health Order and checklist include additional changes which were not announced last week, including the permitting of buffets, the removal of the requirement to have a COVID-19 marshal, the simplification of physical distancing requirements, and the adoption of a new checklist format.
New COVID-19 safety checklists
Clubs are advised that the relevant checklist for clubs is now a generic Hospitality COVID Safety Plan, rather than a checklist specific to clubs and pubs.
Clubs are reminded that the Public Health Order requires businesses to use the most up-to-date checklist.
Capacity restrictions now eased
Under the changes, clubs are required to determine capacity in accordance with 1 patron per 2 square metres, with no additional upper limit. These rules for working out maximum capacity apply to significant events such as weddings, as well as regular club activities.
New physical distancing requirements
The physical distancing requirements have been simplified to state that a venue must support 1.5m physical distancing where possible. The new wording includes further flexibility, which better reflects the density limit of 1 patron per 2 square metres.
Buffets now permitted
As per the changes in the checklist, clubs may now operate buffets or other self-serve options.
Dancefloors now permitted
Dancefloors are no longer prohibited. The capacity of a dancefloor must not exceed 1 patron per 2 square metres.
Clubs which hold entertainment events (e.g. live music or theatre) may now permit 100 per cent capacity on the condition that the event is ticketed and attendees are assigned to specific seats. If either of these conditions are not met, the limit of 1 patron per 2 square metres applies.
3:45pm, 24th March, 2021
The NSW Government will permit dancefloors in venues and remove upper caps on wedding and wakes state-wide from Monday, 29 March 2021.
In announcing these forthcoming changes earlier today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian foreshadowed that the relaxation of restrictions across the state will coincide with additional compliance inspections by police and regulators.
The Premier’s announcement means that from Monday, 29 March, clubs may open dancefloors. The restrictions are subject to the physical distancing requirement of 1 person per 2 square metres.
Weddings and other significant events
Further, clubs that host weddings, wakes, funerals and other memorial services may determine capacity based on the 2 square metres rule, with no upper limit. Clubs may also permit dancefloors at weddings. The number of people on a dancefloor — at a wedding or during regular trading — must not exceed 1 patron per 2 square metres.
As per the Premier’s announcement, from Monday, 29 March, clubs which hold live entertainment in an indoor seated setting may permit 100 per cent capacity, on the condition that patrons are assigned to a specific seat. If a venue holds live entertainment indoors and the audience is not assigned to specific seats (e.g. if patrons stand), capacity is determined in accordance with the 2 square metres rule.
These rules also apply to other types of entertainment held in indoor seated facilities (e.g. theatres).
COVID-19 safety plan
Clubs are encouraged to ensure that their COVID-19 safety plan is based on the most up-to-date checklist.
1:00pm, 10th March, 2021
Member clubs are advised that, further to Circular 21-038, the NSW Government has now permitted outdoor ANZAC Day marches and services of up to 3000 people to be held across NSW, including in Greater Sydney.
1:00pm, 9th March, 2021
Member clubs are advised that the NSW Government has created an exemption under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2021 allowing large ANZAC Day marches or services to be held outside of Greater Sydney between 18 and 25 April 2021. Read more in Circular 21-038.
In order to provide clubs with clear and up-to-date information, we've catalogued past advice by date below.
|3rd February||10th February||12th February|
Density cap for clubs in ‘Greater Sydney’ foreshadowed to revert to 1 patron per 2 square metres
Easing of restrictions for
Updated COVID-19 Safety Plan
|23 February||26th February|
Easing of restrictions foreshadowed for drinking and standing, dancing and singing
|Updated Public Health Order|
|2nd January||3rd January||15th January|
Southern Zone of the Northern Beaches to have restrictions eased
Further information regarding the wearing of face masks
Updated COVID-19 Safety Plan
|27th January||29th January|
Easing of restrictions for capacities and Weddings and memorial services
|Updated COVID-19 safety checklist reflecting restrictions changing|
|2nd December||7th December||8th December|
NSW Premier announced a major easing of COVID-19 restrictions in hospitality venues
New COVID-19 Safety Checklist
JobMaker Hiring Credit program registrations are now open
|20th December||21 December||23rd December|
|Reimposition of the 4 square metre rule and the 300 patron internal capacity limits on hospitality venues in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains||Updated COVID-19 safety checklist & the Reimposition of restrictions on hospitality venues||Changes to restrictions and requirements in the Public Health Order regarding the Mandatory Service NSW app & Capacity and density restrictions|
|29th December||30th December|
|Further information on the Service NSW app||Restrictions introduced for the Christmas trading period have been extended|
|1st September||2nd September||8th September||15th September|
Coronavirus Economic Response Package
Update on NSW
Health Contact tracing
|NSW Government Rolls-Out Check In App & JobKeeper 2.0 Ineligibility|
|Maximum capacity of corporate events increased to 300 & Patrons may stand to play a game|
|3rd August||6th August||7th August||12th August|
|COVID-19: Face Masks|
& Deep Cleaning
COVID-19: Update on Facemasks, JobKeeper 2.0, Virtual Meetings & Great Southern Nights
|Income Tax: Treatment of JobKeeper Under Mutuality|
|18th August||19th August||21st August||27th August|
the Public Health Order
& Updated community
|JobKeeper Resources||JobKepper Extension & Eligibility|
|1st July||7th July||8th July|
Residents from Victoria hotspots,Ongoing compliance with the restrictions & Further Information on the Public Healthy Order
|Restrictions on people who have|
been in Victoria, Update on Courtesy vehicles
& Small Business Grants
|Public Health Order On Individuals|
Who Were In Victoria
|10th July||12th July||17th July|
Public Health Order On Individuals Who Were In Victoria, Investigation into the
|Tougher Restrictions Imposed|
On Hotels In NSW,
Penalties & warning for noncompliance
|NSW Government announced additional restrictions|
|21st July||24th July||28th July|
|JobKeeper Extension||Updated public health order and new restrictions which apply to clubs from today.||Updated COVID-19 safety requirements|
|2nd June||10th June||12th June|
COVID-19 safety plan, Club Industry Reopening Pack, Relief from Foxtel subscription fees in June, Responsible Gambling Advice.
|COVID SAFE business certification,|
Course on COVID SAFE food service
|Changes to the Australian Government’s Three Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia|
|15th June||18th June||24th June|
NSW Government To Further Ease
|Gaming Machine Tax Assessment Notices & |
2019 AUSTRAC Compliance Reports due 30 June 2020
|Clarification On Activities Inside Clubs|
|6th May||8th May||11th May||12th May|
|COVID-19 guidance materials on work health and safety (WHS) and sports.|
NSW Government's Three-Step Roadmap For Businesses To Reopen
|Laws Permitting Clubs To Hold Virtual Member's Meetings|
10-person cap in club dining facilities, Payroll tax on JobKeeper
|13th May||14th May||20th May||22nd May|
|NSW Premier's Comments On Cafes & Restaurants In Clubs||NSW Government Permits Clubs To Operate Dining Facilities With Restrictions In Place, JobKeeper Payments for Employees Aged 16 or 17 Years Old||Gaming-related Payment Deferrals||NSW Government To Ease Restrictions On Clubs & Club Industry Reopening Pack|
|27th May||29th May||30th May|
|Further Information On Easing Of Restrictions On Clubs||Updated NSW Health Checklist||Legislation For Clubs Reopening On 1 June 2020|
|1st April||2nd April||3rd April||6th April|
|NSW Office Of Sport announces Golf Courses and Bowling Greens Can Remain Open||Award Variation as Proposed from the Fair Work Commission||JobKeeper update, COVID-19 Industry Shutdown Survey, In-person monthly board meetings and Employment opportunities for stood-down or redundant club staff.||Information on small business grants & Sky Fees suspensions and updates|
|7th April||8th April||9th April||14th April|
|Information regarding public holiday payments and stood down employees, and Update on JobKeeper legislation||ClubsNSW Industry Address, ClubsNSW Counselling Service for clubs and their staff, CDI Spotlight Podcast, Club Employers Mutual Relief, Grants for combating social isolation among seniors||Updated government legislation for employers participating in the JobKeeper scheme and employees receiving JobKeeper payments.||Updated JobKeeper Payments Enrolment Process and Eligibility For Employers & Employees|
|15th April||20th April||24th April||28th April|
|NSW government announces Liquor Licence fee Waiver||Update on ANZAC Day event cancellations and ClubsNSW Made Local: ANZAC Day Initiative||Small Business Grants, Information & Eligibility for Clubs.||JobKeeper Update & Accessing Loans, ClubsNSW events updates & cancellations|
|16th March||17th March||18th March||19th March|
Managing patrons, managing staff, stimulus packages , media assistance and cancellation of commercial contracts.
|Government advice for employers, complying with regulatory requirements, and cancellation of ClubsNSW events.||100-person limits, enclosed area definition, social distancing advice, scaling down, and enhancing cleanliness||Workforce planning advice, business recovery advice, enforcement about unlawful gatherings and ClubGRANTS.|
|20th March||22nd March||23rd March||24th March|
|ATO and loan deferrals, status of staff in the kitchen and further restrictions on gatherings.||Forced closure, workforce arrangements under forced shutdown and advice on available government assistance.||Communication with staff around forced closure, workforce options during stand down, status of ClubGRANTS, ASIC no-action on AGMs, takeaway advice, and relief for trading insolvent.||Members of the public can play golf and bowls on courses and greens, as permitted by the government.|
|25th March||26th March||27th March||30th March|
|Initial update and eligibility on government payments and leave entitlements for employees in registered clubs.||JobSeeker Allowance and Coronavirus Supplement - Update, update on trading while insolvent & AML/CTF 2019 compliance report.||Gaming machine tax and payroll tax deferral, Tabcorp fee suspension, AUSTRAC advice on 2019 AML/CTF Compliance Report||Initial announcement on new JobKeeper Wage Subsidy for employers. Legislation is yet to be published or enacted.|
|JobKeeper Scheme – Further Information on employee eligibility, superannuation, payment timeframes and next steps.|