COVID-19 Update

Notable Theatre

Please stay safe and observe the current health orders in your state. Here is the latest details on the roadmap provided by Create NSW as it applies to performing arts in NSW. ACT warns all members to exercise caution about commencing rehearsals. All members of your cast will need to be vaccinated, as per guidelines for other indoor spaces, until December 1 in NSW. We are also waiting for published protocols on group singing prior to Dec 1.

Stage 1 – 70% double dose

As previously circulated, initial freedoms will come into place for fully vaccinated adults on the first Monday after NSW reaches 70% double dose vaccination (expected to be October 11 – TBC).

These include:

  • Indoor entertainment facilities, including theatres, cinemas and music halls, can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity (venue must decide which number they use).
  • Create NSW has not received any advice as to whether ‘the greater of’ will be added to this clause at the 70% mark.
  • Up to 500 people attend ticketed and seated outdoor events
  • Masks remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, public transport, retail and business premises (ages 12 and up)
  • Non-vaccinated young people under 16 will be able to access all outdoor settings, but will only be able to visit indoor venues with members of their household. Create NSW has requested further clarification around this clause, particularly in relation to participation in cultural and extra-curricular activities.

Stage 2 – 80% double dose

On the Monday after NSW reaches 80% double dose vaccination (expected to be late October – TBC), additional freedoms will be introduced for fully vaccinated adults (16+).

These include:

  • Up to 200 people at COVID Safe events
  • Up to 500 people at controlled, ticketed and seated events
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate at one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity, whichever is larger
  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings (except children under 12)
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask while outdoors

Stage 3 – 1 December 2021

On Wednesday, 1 December 2021, settings will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status.

These include:

  • One person per 2sqm for indoor and outdoor settings
  • No limit on number of people at informal outdoor gatherings
  • COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events of more than 1,000 people
  • Hospitality can operate at one person per 2sqm, no seating required for eating and drinking
  • Indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2sqm uncapped
  • Entertainment facilities, including cinemas, theatres and music halls) can operate with one person per 2sqm
  • Working from home at employer’s discretion
  • Masks not required outdoors
  • Masks mandatory on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality staff


The sudden lockdown has sadly led to many theatre companies having to postpone or cancel their productions in NSW.

Hardest hit are companies on stage or in the process of bumping into theatres.

The Notable Theatre Company was about to bump in for Miss Saigon and has postponed its season.

The Cumberland Gang Show is half-way through its bump in at the Riverside Theatre.

Hunters Hill Theatre has cancelled the rest of its season of 84 Charing Cross Road.

The Castle Hill Players has lost performances of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Sydney Youth Theatre is unable to stage its July season of The Addams Family as planned.

ACT had just published our second half of the year What's On.  To order extra hard copies of What's On, to receive a PDF of the What's On, or a PDF of the What's On Update Form, email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The latest rules for COVID-in NSW can be found here:

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