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COVID Safe Summer

Given the changing situation and public health orders please refer to the latest information available on the NSW Governments COVID-19 web site. The COVID Safe Summer plan and resources and information referred to on this web page were launched on 21 September and reflect the public health orders at that time.

As the weather warms up, we’re helping councils, public space managers, small business owners and the community with our COVID Safe Summer Plan (PDF 906KB).

This plan supports the latest public health orders and includes practical ideas, case studies, tools, resources and a guide to help keep NSW’s public spaces COVID safe.

By working together we can help keep these public spaces open and accessible.

COVID Safe Summer Plan

The COVID Safe Summer Plan (PDF 906KB) has five pillars to help keep these public places accessible and open. Aligned to current public health orders the pillars are:

  1. Mark out safe distancing in our parklands and popular open spaces
  2. Promote the ‘keep a towel length between you’ campaign
  3. Deliver a COVID safe summer program of events in our parklands and public spaces
  4. Support local businesses in high streets, plazas and precincts
  5. Work with councils

Building on the plan, our COVID Safe Summer Guide (PDF 3.5MB) offers practical tools, examples and ideas for public spaces in NSW. The content is supported by the following four attachments to the Guide:

These resources will support community safety across NSW. This means our beaches, ocean pools, waterfronts and parks, can stay open to boost community health and happiness.

My Favourite Places

We’ll continue to monitor visitor numbers at our parks and public spaces, but encourage everyone to enjoy summer by exploring less-travelled places within their local neighbourhood. There are a wealth of alternative options for those times when iconic destinations become too crowded.

We encourage everyone to walk or cycle to new public spaces in your neighbourhood and explore, find or rediscover your New Local. Some great examples of hidden gems from a range of NSW councils are found in The New Local (PDF 3.3 MB).

We want to hear about your favourite places to visit, whether it's a great street, community facility or open space. Use this map to share your recommendations about the best hidden gems in your neighbourhood or to find a new adventure close to your home.

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