COVID-19 - Coronavirus

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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.




12:00pm, 15th January, 2021

Member clubs are advised that the NSW Government has released an updated COVID-19 Safety Plan for pubs and clubs. This plan comes into effect from today, 15 January 2021. As member clubs are aware, venues must use the most up-to-date Checklist.

12:00pm, 3rd January, 2021

Further information regarding the wearing of face masks 

Further to Circular 21-001, the Public Health Order giving effect to the requirement for hospitality staff and patrons accessing gaming services to wear face masks has been made.

Exemptions for patrons and staff  

The requirement to wear a face mask does not apply to individuals with a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable (including, for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma).  

Circumstances where a face mask can be removed  

In addition to the exemption outlined above, the Order provides for a range of circumstances where a face mask can be removed. Those circumstances are as follows: 

                           (a) the person is eating or drinking, 

                           (b) the person is communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing,  

                           (c) the person is at work and the nature of the person’s work — 

                                       (i) makes the wearing of a fitted face covering a risk to the person’s, or another 

                                        person’s, health and safety, or 

                                       (ii) means clear enunciation or visibility of the person’s mouth is essential,  

                            (d) the person is asked to remove the fitted face covering to ascertain the person’s identity,  

                            (e) because of an emergency, 

                            (f) the removal of the fitted face covering is necessary for the proper provision of the goods or service. 

The Order requires that the person resume wearing a face mask as soon as practicable after the circumstance ends.  

New COVID-19 Safety Plan  

Clubs are encouraged to ensure they are using the most up-to-date COVID Safety Plan. A new Safety Plan has been issued by the NSW Government, effective 3 January 2021, and is available here

For more information, read circular 21-002.

3:30pm, 2nd January, 2021

Southern Zone of the Northern Beaches to have restrictions eased

From midnight tonight, clubs located within the Southern Zone of the Northern Beaches will be subject to the same restrictions as Greater Sydney, including the above requirement regarding face masks and those outlined in previous circulars. Tighter restrictions remain in place for the Northern Zone.

For more information read circular 21-001.


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



2020 Updates

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   
5th November 11th November 18th November 

Media reports on QR code digital sign-in


Mandatory Digital Sing-In
For Clubs


NSW Government has delivered the 2020-2021 Budget

20th November 25th November   
Electronic sign-in requirements Easing of restrictions in hospitality venues   
!6th October 19th October    

Higher density capacity in outdoor areas, Remembrance Day, Corporate events, 
Streamlined process to apply for footway dining


Restrictions eased, with bookings and group size and wedding capacities



1st September 2nd September 8th September 15th September

Coronavirus Economic Response Package



Update on NSW 

Health Contact tracing


New JobKeeper

resources available

 NSW Government Rolls-Out Check In App & JobKeeper 2.0 Ineligibility
29th September      
Maximum capacity of corporate events increased to 300 & Patrons may stand to play a game      
3rd August6th August7th August12th August
COVID-19: Face Masks
& Deep Cleaning

COVID-19: Update on Facemasks, JobKeeper 2.0, Virtual Meetings & Great Southern Nights

Eligibility Amendments 

Income Tax: Treatment of JobKeeper Under Mutuality
18th August19th August21st August27th August
JobKeeper -
New Employee
Enforcement of
the Public Health Order
& Updated community
sports advice
JobKeeper ResourcesJobKepper 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
Golden Sheaf Hotel & Crossroads Hotel, Changes To Border Control Order

 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 June10th June12th 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 June18th June24th June

NSW Government To Further Ease
Restrictions On Clubs

Gaming Machine Tax Assessment Notices & 
2019 AUSTRAC Compliance Reports due 30 June 2020
Clarification On Activities Inside Clubs
6th May 8th May11th May12th 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 May20th May22nd 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 OldGaming-related Payment DeferralsNSW Government To Ease Restrictions On Clubs & Club Industry Reopening Pack
27th May 29th May30th May 
Further Information On Easing Of Restrictions On Clubs  Updated NSW Health Checklist  Legislation For Clubs Reopening On 1 June 2020  




1st April2nd April3rd April6th April
NSW Office Of Sport announces Golf Courses and Bowling Greens Can Remain OpenAward 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 April8th April9th April14th April
Information regarding public holiday payments and stood down employees, and Update on JobKeeper legislationClubsNSW Industry Address, ClubsNSW Counselling   Service for clubs and their staff, CDI Spotlight Podcast, Club Employers Mutual Relief,  Grants for combating social isolation among seniorsUpdated government legislation for employers participating in the JobKeeper scheme and employees receiving JobKeeper paymentsUpdated JobKeeper Payments Enrolment Process and Eligibility For Employers & Employees 
15th April20th April24th April28th April
NSW government announces Liquor Licence fee WaiverUpdate on ANZAC Day event cancellations and ClubsNSW Made Local: ANZAC Day InitiativeSmall Business Grants, Information & Eligibility for Clubs.JobKeeper Update & Accessing Loans, ClubsNSW events updates & cancellations


16th March17th March18th March19th 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 cleanlinessWorkforce planning advice, business recovery advice, enforcement about unlawful gatherings and ClubGRANTS.
20th March22nd March23rd March24th 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 March26th March27th March30th 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.
31st March   
JobKeeper Scheme – Further Information on employee eligibility, superannuation, payment timeframes and next steps.   




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

Contact Member Enquiries Centre

Quick links to other resources

Circular Index Club Industry Reopening Pack Business Continuity & Recovery Advice 

JobKeeper FAQs  Workforce Planning FAQs Supplier Relief & Support Club CovidSAFE Signs