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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.

UPDATE: 12:00pm, 27th May, 2020

Further Information On Easing Of Restrictions On Clubs

Following Circular 20-072 (NSW Government to Ease Restrictions on Clubs), ClubsNSW has continued to engage closely with the NSW Government to confirm the conditions which will apply to clubs and the hospitality sector from 1 June 2020. The information has been confirmed by NSW Health and the Chief Health Officer following ClubsNSW’ engagement. 

Member clubs are advised that further change is still possible and subject to parliamentary drafting. ClubsNSW will provide updates to member clubs via additional circulars as necessary.

Clubs will see that appropriate venue safety, rather than how small the venue is, has now become the measure adopted by government for venue re-opening conditions. ClubsNSW is pleased that our strategy to engage an infectious diseases expert to review and approve our industry re-opening plan, at some cost, has proven effective in allowing clubs to re-open safely, much sooner. In order to have more than ten (10) patrons, all licensed venues in NSW will be required to adhere to the requirements detailed in circular 20-075.

4:45pm, 22nd May, 2020

NSW Government To Ease Restrictions On Clubs

The NSW Government has announced that from Monday 1 June 2020, restaurants and cafes across NSW can permit 50 patrons at any one time.

Importantly, a club’s patron capacity may further increase beyond 50 patrons – in increments of 50, up to a maximum of 500 – in accordance with the number of restaurants and cafes inside the club. For example, a club with two restaurants and one café can admit up to 150 people at any one time, on the basis of 1 person per 4 square metres and on the condition that those eateries are open at all relevant times.

Under these arrangements, clubs can permit patrons in the bar and gaming rooms up to the venue capacity and with 1.5 metres physical distancing in all areas.

ClubsNSW has been advised by the NSW Government that bar and gaming facilities are permitted to reopen from 1 June 2020.

Staff and contractors are not included in the capacity limit.

The NSW Government’s media release accompanying today’s announcement recognises the tireless work of ClubsNSW in reaching this outcome:

“Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, who is responsible for liquor and gaming regulation, said the NSW Government had liaised exhaustively with both AHA and ClubsNSW to deliver this plan.”

ClubsNSW has strongly advocated to reopen all clubs in a safe and commercially viable manner, as soon as it is safe to do so.

In this regard, it should be noted that the NSW Government’s announcement is a significant step towards normal trading conditions and is considerably more favourable to industry than is the case in other Australian jurisdictions to-date.

ClubsNSW thanks the NSW Government for their support and willingness to engage with industry to reach this outcome. ClubsNSW will continue to liaise with the NSW Government to further clarify details including:

  • How restaurants and cafes are counted for the purposes of an additional 50 patron capacity
  • The requirements for ‘sign in and sign out’ of patrons
  • What hygiene/cleaning measures will be required
  • Whether any other features will result in increases to a club’s patron capacity; and
  • How the floorspace of individual eateries are calculated.

These and other matters will be confirmed in the coming days via ClubsNSW circular.

Under the new arrangements, a club must ensure that patrons remain seated and do not stand and mingle.

Clubs are advised to start taking preliminary steps to reopen their premises and consider how they will meet the strict CovidSAFE standards.

As noted in the aforementioned media release, ClubsNSW has given assurance to the Government that clubs are well-placed to adhere to comprehensive health and safety standards. It is important that clubs implement strict measures to demonstrate they are responsible venues that can safely operate as restrictions are relaxed.

The NSW Government has advised that any venue which breaches the reopening rules will be subject to a substantial financial penalty and may be shut down for a period. ClubsNSW will update you as soon as possible on how to comply, so a penalty can be avoided.

To help clubs make these preparations, ClubsNSW has developed a Club Industry Reopening Pack. The email which contains this circular also contains a circular with further details of the Pack.

For any queries, please contact ClubsNSW’s Members Enquires Centre by email at or by phone on 1300 730 001.

Club Industry Reopening Pack

Following today’s announcement from the NSW Premier that clubs can reopen from Monday 1 June 2020 (see ClubsNSW’s circular on the announcement here), it is important for clubs to start taking steps to reopen their premises and consider how they will meet the strict CovidSAFE standards.

To help clubs make these preparations, ClubsNSW has developed a Club Industry Reopening Pack.

The Reopening Pack includes:

  • steps for clubs to take before reopening
  • a comprehensive set of CovidSAFE standards
  • a one-page checklist on the CovidSAFE standards.

The Reopening Pack also contains other important information developed by ClubsNSW, including:

  • a checklist for reopening the gaming floor
  • two template stand-up letters for employees re-engaged on the same or reduced hours and days.

The Pack can be found on a new dedicated page of the ClubsNSW website. The page also includes information submitted by suppliers on how to restart their equipment and other facilities.

ClubsNSW has engaged extensively with suppliers of products which may assist CovidSAFE preparedness; such as sanitiser and cleaning products.

Clubs who experience difficulties in obtaining these products, or any other products or services to facilitate their reopening, are encouraged to contact ClubsNSW’s Members Enquires Centre by email at or by phone on 1300 730 001.

Member clubs are advised to undertake due diligence on all products and services which are purported to minimise COVID-19 risk or prepare clubs for compliance obligations, such as protective screens.

Given the short timeframe for reopening the hospitality industry, clubs are encouraged to speak to all of their suppliers – including liquor suppliers – as soon as possible.


In order to provide clubs with clear and up-to-date information, we've catalogued past advice by date below. 


16th March 17th March 18th March 19th March 20th March 22nd March 23rd March 24th 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. 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 31st March 1st April 2nd April 3rd April


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. 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.
6th April 7th April 8th April 9th April 14th April 15th April 20th April 24th April

Information on small business grants & Sky Fees suspensions and updates

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  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.
28th April 6th May 8th May 11th May 12th May 13th May 14th May 20th May
JobKeeper Update & Accessing Loans, ClubsNSW events updates & cancellations

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

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

For more information or any questions, please contact the ClubsNSW Members Enquiries Centre

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Quick links to other resources

Circular Index Club Industry Reopening Pack Business Continuity & Recovery Advice 

JobKeeper FAQs  Workforce Planning FAQs Supplier Relief & Support