Published on 25/06/2021

Friday, 25 June 2021 – 9.00am

To members of the NSW surfing community,

See this as an update for our Surfing NSW position which relates to COVID-19 as of today.

As you are all aware the COVID-19 information (not only from a state and national perspective but also a global scale) is evolving constantly.  The health and safety of our Surfing NSW team and your environment is paramount; therefore we will endeavour to keep abreast of updated information and act accordingly in compliance with State and Federal Government advice as it happens.

A lot of Surfing NSW staff are working remotely. Surfing NSW’s working days are Monday – Friday and the office phone (02) 9093 6035 will be attended 9 am – 5 pm on these days.

If you physically need to visit the office please call (02) 9093 6035 to arrange an appointment.

As at today information on public gathering indoors and outdoors can be found HERE

Advice on exercising and staying active can be found HERE.

The medical advice is that we should all do everything we can to implement what is called “social distancing”.


Following the announcement by the NSW Premier on 23rd June 2021, the Public Health (COVID-19 Greater Sydney) Order (No 2) 2021 was published, outlining the new rules and restrictions for the sport and recreation sector.

The new restrictions apply to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Click here for a map that shows where restrictions apply.

The following restrictions now apply and must be adhered to by all community sport and recreation groups across Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour:
Fitted face coverings:
a) A person must wear a fitted face covering over both their nose and mouth while in any indoor area of non-residential premises; and
b) A person must wear a fitted face covering over both their nose and mouth while attending a COVID-safe outdoor gathering or controlled outdoor public gathering. This applies to all persons in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, as well as any persons who were in any of these Greater Sydney areas in the previous 14 days.
Removing fitted face coverings:
a) A person may remove a fitted face covering if the person is engaging in strenuous physical activity.
b) The person must resume wearing the fitted face covering as soon as practical after the strenuous physical activity ends.

For all COVID-19 safe outdoor gatherings, there is a new requirement for all record-keeping to be managed electronically. Community sport organisations can support this by registering as a COVID Safe organisation here.

These clubs will need a COVID Safety Plan and register as a COVID safe business and use QR code check ins.  

Our Surfing NSW boardriders club manager is here for more detailed help on the above.

Matt Lawson 

Otherwise please call our Surfing NSW office on 02 9093 6035 or

We will continue to monitor medical advice and plan to provide an update as changes are announced.

John O’Neill, Chairman, and Luke Madden, CEO, Surfing NSW.

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