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 ClubASSIST 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.
2:20pm, 23rd June, 2021
Member clubs are advised that the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced new restrictions for Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the local government areas (LGAs) of the Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
These new restrictions come into force at 4pm today — Wednesday, 23 June 2021, and will be required for one week. They will apply to clubs as follows:
Read more in Circular 21-106.
3:30pm, 22nd June, 2021
Member clubs are advised that, today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian expanded the areas where masks are mandatory indoors to include Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the local government areas (LGAs) of Wollongong and Shellharbour. The Central Coast is not included.
The requirements take effect today (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) at 4pm and are scheduled to expire at 12:01am Thursday, 1 July 2021.
The mask-wearing requirements will be the same as those which applied to Greater Sydney in early May 2021.
In making the announcement, the Premier also foreshadowed that it will be compulsory for all retail businesses to use the Service NSW ‘check-in’ system.
3:00pm, 20th June, 2021
Member clubs are advised that earlier today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that masks will be mandatory in indoor settings in seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 4pm today, 20 June 2021.
The seven LGAs are City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra.
Further information on the new restrictions and the current health situation can be found in the most recent update on the NSW Health website, available here.
The NSW Government has not yet specified an expiry date for the mask-wearing requirements.
In making the announcement, the Premier also foreshadowed that mandatory mask-wearing in indoor settings may be extended across Greater Sydney if the situation changes overnight, and that additional restrictions may be imposed if the health risk worsens.
Read more in Circular 21-101.
2:40pm, 18th June, 2021
Earlier today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued a recommendation that masks be worn in indoor settings in Sydney for the next five days commencing from 4pm today (18 June) until 12.01 am on Thursday 24 June 2021.
As per the advice on the NSW Health website, “masks are strongly encouraged in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff”.
Contrary to previous restrictions, the NSW Government’s recommendation only applies to Sydney and the Blue Mountains and does not apply to the local government areas of Wollongong and the Central Coast.
In order to provide clubs with clear and up-to-date information, we've catalogued past advice by date below.
|9 March||10th March||24th March|
Exemption for ANZAC Day Marches
Outdoor ANZAC Day marches and services of up to 3000 people Permitted
Dancefloors in venues permitted, removal of upper caps on wedding and wakes and foreshadowing of relaxation of restrictions
|29 March||31 March|
New Public Health Order and key changes to the COVID-19 safety checklist
|New restrictions on clubs in the local government areas (LGAs) of Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Tweed.|
|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.|