COVID rules tighten; fines, regional permits, exercise & second homes.

PremierNSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Saturday August 14, 2021: Increased fines of up to $5,000 for COVID breaches, $320 COVID-19 Test and Isolate
Support Payments, permits to enter regional NSW and a heightened police presence will
be introduced, and tighter travel rules, as NSW continues to battle the Delta variant.

In addition, in Greater Sydney and other lockdown areas, the 10 kilometre rule will be reduced from 12.01am Monday, August 16, with shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation to be done in a person’s local government area (LGA) or, if outside their LGA, within 5 kilometres of home. LGAs of concern must still exercise and shop within 5 kilometres from home only.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the vast majority of people are doing the right thing but there are a handful of people who are wilfully breaking the rules and putting the rest of the community at risk. “The increased fines and heightened police presence are about ensuring people who are doing the wrong thing are caught and punished appropriately,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Under the changes, there will be increased fines for Public Health Order breaches, a permit system to enter regional NSW and tightened rules for people in LGAs of concern to help reduce the spread of the Delta variant.

Increased fines for Public Health Order breaches (from 12.01am, Monday, 16 August):

 $5,000 on the spot fine for breaching self-isolation rules;
 $5,000 on the spot fine for lying on a permit (already a criminal offence);
 $5,000 on the spot fine for lying to a contact tracer (already a criminal offence);
 $3,000 on the spot fine for breaching the two person outdoor exercise/recreation
rule; and
 $3,000 on the spot fine for breaching rules around entry into regional NSW for
authorised work, inspecting real estate and travelling to your second home.

Permit system to enter regional NSW (from 12.01am, Saturday, 21 August):

 Any person who wishes to travel to regional NSW for one of the following reasons
must have a permit which will be made available on Service NSW.
a. authorised workers from LGAs of concern;
b. Inspecting real estate. Any person inspecting real estate in the regions must
now genuinely need a home to live in (no investment properties); and
c. Travelling to your second home. This is now only allowed if you are using
the home for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent
maintenance and repairs (if so, only one person may travel there).

Changes for residents in local government areas of concern:

 From 12.01am, Monday, 16 August: only exercise and supervision of children allowed (no outdoor recreation);
 From 12.01am, Saturday, 21 August: People who live alone must now register
their “singles bubble”. Registration will be made available on
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the NSW Police Force will
also have an increased and more visible presence across Greater Sydney, backed up by
500 additional Australian Defence Force personnel.
“We’ve had to tighten the current public health orders because of the minority who
exploited them. In the LGAs of concern it will no longer be acceptable to leave your home
for outdoor recreation, meaning gathering at parks or outside takeaway shops or cafes is
not on. Enough is enough. If you do it, you will get fined,” Mr Elliott said.
“Residents across Greater Sydney and lockdown areas can also expect to see enhanced
random police checkpoints on roads, to ensure people are complying with the stay at
home rules aimed to protect the community.”
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the joint NSW Police Force and ADF
operation – Operation STAY AT HOME – would commence on Monday, 16 August.
“These are some of the strongest powers we’ve ever had in the history of the NSW Police
Force, as part of the government’s strategy to get in front of the virus in the coming weeks
– it’s all about getting ahead of Delta, not chasing it,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“From this week we’ll be issuing $5,000 fines to people and closing premises which
continue to break the health orders. Don’t complain if this happens to you – police are
over the rule breakers.”
In addition, eligible workers aged 17 and over who live in the LGAs of concern, who
have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and isolate until a negative result is returned,
will be eligible for one $320 payment in a four week period for lost wages.
The ‘COVID-19 Test and Isolate Support Payments’ start next week and will help cover
lost wages of casual workers but also those who may have exhausted their sick leave or
carer’s leave to isolate at home.
Those waiting on their test results will get the $320 payment in their bank account within
three business days of applying online at Service NSW.
There will also be a new $400 hardship payment payable through the Red Cross, for
temporary visa holders and others in the community who are ineligible for Government
financial support.
Information on eligibility and how to apply will be made available at

Verified source: Media release August 14, 2021 Gladys Berejiklian Premier of NSW

9 Comments on "COVID rules tighten; fines, regional permits, exercise & second homes."

  1. Finally we have travel permits Terrigal should be ashamed people having picnics no social distancing it’s like a holiday everyday at Terrigal shame why don’t people listen and stay at home

  2. Barry Kelland | August 14, 2021 at 7:59 pm |

    Living on the Coast have I still got to exercise within 5 kilometres from my home

  3. On 11 June, 2021, my wife and I signed a contract for the sale of our home at 33 Yean Street, Burradoo, NSW 2576 (Southern Highlands)with a completion date set for 25 August. We proceeded to booking a local removalist (Moss vale)and arranged for departure for 86 Grand Parade, Bonnells Bay (Lake Macquarie) on Friday 20 August–leaving several days for paid cleaning before the new owner is due to take over. (86 Grand Parade, Bonnells Bay, is a rental we can move into on 20 August–this coming Friday.)
    The situation has become somewhat desperate. not only because of the state-wide lockdown, but because several weeks ago, I fell and fractured my left shoulder blade. This has meant that I am presently not able to drive the distance to Bonnells Bay. (I have just turned 88 years of age.) Nor is my wife suited to driving that distance.
    In view of this situation, a younger friend and his wife had agreed to drive down from their home near Morisset to Burradoo, early on the morning of 20 August and take my wife and me up to Bonnells Bay, in tandem with the removalist’s van.
    Both our friends and my wife and I have had our two AZ vaccinations, and I am now seeking a travel permit for the four of us to make this direct trip via the motorway and the Pennant Hills tunnel, with no pause in the city en route. On the trip up to Morisset and Bonnels Bay, it is intended that my wife travel with my friend’s wife in their car and that I travel with my friend in our car. Would you please advise us of the procedure we should follow in gaining a permit to travel in what has become a fairly desperate situation. We’d be glad of your support in this as we are shortly to be without a place to house our bed. Sincerely, (Dr) Trevor Lloyd

  4. Robert Gill | August 16, 2021 at 11:52 am |

    I cant understand the new rules.. can’t I go fishing by myself in my boat..

  5. Lynette swan | August 16, 2021 at 1:18 pm |

    I live by myself at the entrance,central coast,my partner lives at Wyong,I have medical issues and need him to help me ,but I’m not sure if this is allowed

  6. Henning Christiansen | August 17, 2021 at 7:44 am |

    All the news articles tell us what the COVID rules are for The LGAs of concern, but how do we figure out what the rules are here on the central coast. NSW Health Orders online are long and unclear, and focussed on the Sydney LGAs not the Central Coast. Why can’t we have our own section to read instead of having to read about all the stuff that does not apply to us, and being left with confusion?

  7. Jeff Glanville | August 17, 2021 at 10:29 pm |

    I am battling different opinions about travel limits for exercise and shopping. Difficult to ascertain if I can travel more than 5kms within our large LGA here on the Central Coast. Information available suggests yes it’s OK and others agree with me. I read an article where it was legal for a resident in Hornsby Shire to travel to Wisemans Ferry so is that the same here in Gosford district whereby we can travel further than 5km but to remain within the LGA.
    I trust that a reply will be forthcoming as many people I associate with are asking the same question.

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