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COVID-19 update for carers in NSW

Fri, 09 Jul

Carers NSW is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the ongoing government response and the wide ranging impacts it has on carers. Below is our latest COVID-19 information and resources for carers.

Latest information

Due to a further increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, the NSW Premier has announced tighter stay at home restrictions for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

The key message announced today 9 July 2021 is: Do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.

In addition, visitor, exercise and shopping guidelines have been revised to minimise the number of people moving around the community.

  • Only 2 people can exercise together outdoors, excluding households who may exercise as a group
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation. Carpooling between non-household members is not permitted
  • Unless under exceptional circumstances or due to health reasons, only 1 person per household should go out to shop for essential items, and these visits should be short and pre-planned (or completed online instead if at all possible).

Exemptions continue to apply for essential care provision, however wherever possible, only 1 person should visit vulnerable or isolated individuals to deliver essential items or provide essential care.

The latest information can be found on the NSW Health website at

Further information can be found within our previous update, including:

  • General rules related to the stay at home order for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour
  • Reasonable excuses to leave home based on the current Public Health Order
  • Additional rules for regional and rural areas of NSW
  • Staying up to date using trusted sources of information
  • Resources developed by Carers NSW to support carers to manage the practical and emotional challenges of caring through COVID-19, also available on our Carer Resources page, using the search term 'COVID'