When you have covid, here’s how you know you are no longer contagious | Washington Post

You’ve got covid-19. When can you exit isolation? If you do resume activities outside your home, can you be sure you’re no longer contagious? It’s complicated. Be forewarned:
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are nuanced but a little confusing. Those guidelines are under review and may change.
Several infectious-disease experts said they believe patients with covid should have a negative antigen test — which gives results within minutes — before exiting isolation. The CDC currently leaves that as an option and does not explicitly recommend it.
The important thing to consider, experts say, is that every person and every case of covid is unique. There is no hard-and-fast rule for how sick a person will get or how long a person remains infectious. The guidelines offer a general framework, but patients should take into account their different circumstances, priorities and resources to assess risk.

How long should I isolate if I have covid?

The coronavirus has the tricky feature of being transmissible even before the infected person has symptoms. In general, the peak period of virus shedding starts about a day or two before symptoms appear and continues two or three days after. Even though a person is less likely to transmit the virus later in the course of illness, it’s still possible. Research shows that people continue to shed virus that can be cultured in a laboratory — a good test of the potential to pass along the virus — for about eight days on average after testing positive. Experts say it is very unlikely to pass along the virus after 10 days even if a person still is testing positive.
The CDC calls for patients to isolate for at least five days. On Day 6, you can end isolation as long as your symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine. The CDC has a calculator on its isolation and quarantine webpage to help people figure this out.
A potentially confusing point: Day 1 of your isolation, according to the CDC, is the day after you start feeling symptoms or test positive. (So, if you have a sore throat on Monday afternoon, that is Day 0 and Tuesday is Day 1.)
Even if you test negative, wear a well-fitting mask through Day 10 if you must be around others at home or in public. Don’t travel. If you decide to take a rapid at-home test several days into your infection, the best approach is to use it toward the end of the five-day period, the CDC says. If it is positive after the five-day isolation period, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days, according to the agency guidelines.

Wait. Shouldn’t I test negative on a rapid test before leaving isolation?

The CDC guidance on this is confusing. It does not explicitly recommend that you have a negative test to end isolation.
But many experts think rapid at-home tests, also known as antigen tests, should be used to exit isolation. That’s what happened with President Biden, who tested negative twice before leaving isolation. (Biden, who was taking the antiviral Paxlovid, experienced a “rebound” infection, testing positive Saturday, and went back into isolation.)
Also, experts point out that rapid tests are more readily available than last December, when the CDC released this guidance. [Biden’s covid case highlights confusing CDC guidance on ending isolation] Given that a substantial portion of people do have a rapid positive test after five days, I think an updated recommendation should include people having a negative rapid test before coming out of isolation for covid,” Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said in an email. He was the Biden administration’s senior adviser on testing from December until April.
A negative antigen test is fairly reassuring that you are not able to transmit infection to other people anymore,” said Amy Barczak, an infectious-diseases expert at Massachusetts General Hospital who has researched how long patients with covid can shed virus. In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, she and colleagues found that, on average, people infected with the omicron variant of the virus can shed virus that can be grown in a lab for eight days. [‘Rebound’ coronavirus cases: What to know after Biden tests positive again] Should I repeat the rapid test if it is negative? Barczak says that for healthy people, if you test negative on a rapid antigen test on or after Day 5, “you are unlikely to be contagious to other people.”
For people with special concerns about passing along the virus, an extra test is not a bad idea. In symptomatic people, clinicians sometimes recommend a second rapid test to be sure. Biden, for example, tested negative last Tuesday evening, and again Wednesday morning, before leaving isolation.
Michael Mina, a former Harvard University infectious-disease epidemiologist and immunologist who is an expert on rapid tests, said two tests 24 hours apart might provide extra security, like a double lock on your door. If people have access to tests, then “two tests in a row is just better form, better protection, than one negative test.

When should you take a PCR test vs. a rapid at-home test?

A PCR test, a type of molecular test, looks for the virus’s genetic material. The tests can detect even the tiniest amounts of virus, before you have enough in your body to spread it to other people. They are more useful early on as a confirmatory test to see if you are sick with covid but are not useful to determine whether you are infectious to others, said Albert Ko, an epidemiologist and infectious-diseases physician at Yale University. If you develop covid-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you get tested immediately. A negative PCR test in a symptomatic person means it’s highly unlikely you have covid. If you had close contact with someone with covid and then tested negative with a rapid test, you might want to get further assurance that you aren’t infected. In that case, you can take a PCR test, Ko said. Most PCR tests must be analyzed by a lab, and results can take a few days.
A PCR test after you’ve been sick is not really practical, because “for the average healthy person, the PCR test is going to stay positive for longer than they’re actually infectious,” Barczak said.
Rapid antigen tests are more practical than PCR tests for determining quickly whether you are capable of transmitting the virus. If you’re symptomatic, an antigen test will be more reliable, because your body is putting out a lot more virus to detect. But even without symptoms, people can test positive on a rapid antigen test and be a risk to others. Most at-home tests provide results in 10 to 20 minutes using samples collected with a nasal swab.
Because rapid tests provide results quickly and are essentially contagiousness tests, people should use them — even if they feel fine and have no symptoms — right before they plan to attend indoor events or large gatherings, especially if they expect to be around people more vulnerable to covid, including those with weak immune systems or others at higher risk of getting infected.

Setting the Record Straight on COVID Variants and Reinfections

The blitz of Omicron variants has felt like one long wave. And many questions have arisen amid the tumult. Are we seeing the emergence of entirely new coronavirus variants that are impervious to immunity from vaccines and previous infections? If we keep getting reinfected, is it inevitable that most of us will end up developing long Covid?

In short, the answer is no.  As a virologist, it’s important to me that people understand Covid-19 remains a great concern. But this does not excuse or license a misdiagnosis of the current situation.

Let’s start with what is true. BA.5, one of the most recent Omicron variants to emerge, is everywhere. It unquestionably has an advantage in terms of transmissibility over previous Omicron lineages, most likely because it’s better at evading our existing repertoire of antibodies. BA.5 and its close cousin BA.4 have a key mutation that enables them to sneak past an important class of so-called broadly neutralizing antibodies. These particular antibodies did a great job of preventing infections from a wide swath of earlier variants.

In recent weeks I’ve watched many vaccinated friends and family members get infected with the coronavirus for the first time. The most concerning of these are cases like a colleague of mine who was infected in May and again in June, both times becoming ill.

Thankfully, reinfection a few weeks after recovery is not the norm. Scientists have shown that people who previously contracted Covid-19 are less likely to get infected with the variant du jour than people who had never seen the virus, and this trend holds true for Omicron. Early research from Qatar that has not yet been peer-reviewed showed that people who had a BA.1 infection in, say, January were significantly less likely to experience a BA.4 or BA.5 breakthrough infection months later. While more research on this is welcome, these findings are consistent with how immunity, played out at the population level, helps explain the rise, fall and magnitude of epidemic waves.

Antibodies remain a powerful defense against this coronavirus. They do many things to protect us, while also flagging the virus for destruction by other elements of the immune system. Even though some studies have found that Omicron variants may induce weaker antibody responses than earlier variants, this is most likely because Omicron causes less severe disease, thanks to immunity from vaccines and prior infections.

Our immune system works much like a wise yet frugal investor, calibrating responses according to the magnitude and extent of the various danger signals sensed during infection. Generally speaking, the greater the symptoms and disease from infections like Covid or the flu, the stronger the antibody response. When existing antibodies are good enough to keep disease to a minimum (because fewer virus particles succeed in replicating in the body), we tend to see much lower amounts of antibodies than when someone ends up hospitalized from the coronavirus. Vaccines are a great way around that problem: They stimulate our immune systems to make antibodies, and other tailored defenses, even when there is no disease.

Right now the immunological makeup of the population is a mix. People who were infected with prior variants may now be catching Omicron infections, even if they’re also vaccinated. People who have never had Covid may be getting it now. It’s true that some people who got infected from an earlier Omicron variant in December, January or even more recently are catching BA.5 now, and becoming sick from it.
Alas, this current situation, where some are newly susceptible to infection while others remain protected, is no friend to nuance. It’s difficult to generalize broadly and make bold predictions concerning how well an individual or a population will hold up against infection now or later. But despite Omicron’s knack for circumventing antibodies, it’s clear that prior immunity, be it from vaccines or previous infections, protects from severe outcomes such as death and hospitalization. There has yet to be a variant that negates the benefits of vaccines.
Recently, an early study, which was not peer-reviewed, argued that reinfections are just as dangerous as primary infections, but there is by no means a consensus on this among scientists and medical experts. (The study only really showed that getting reinfected is worse than not being reinfected.) Other scientists are concerned about the long-term risks of multiple reinfections. However, there is no debate that prior immunity, in most cases, reduces the severity of subsequent infections. Catching the coronavirus more than once or after vaccination does not necessarily put someone at risk for the most serious and chronically debilitating forms of long Covid, though more research is needed to understand what might predispose someone to that.
The Food and Drug Administration should move swiftly to authorize new booster shots that target Omicron variants. The existing data suggest that updated shots, even based on earlier Omicron lineages, would be more effective at preventing infections than continuing to use the current vaccine boosters, which are based on the original 2019 coronavirus spike.
In the meantime, if you are eligible, it’s wise to get boosted with the currently available shots, which are still outstanding at preventing hospitalization and death. (This is especially critical for older people.) Wearing a mask when mixing indoors and avoiding indoor dining when case numbers are high remains advisable for those who’d prefer not to kick the tires on their existing immunity. Fortunately, monoclonal antibody cocktails are available that remain effective against BA.5. One such product, Evusheld, is given prophylactically to protect patients, while others are used to treat severe infections. Paxlovid, which can be taken at home, may also be a good option for people who test positive and are eligible for it.
Most immunologists I know are cautiously optimistic about our long-term prospects. We don’t know exactly what this virus will do next, and we should never be dismissive of those who have a high risk profile or are dealing with long Covid. Nonetheless, most of us can have faith in our immune systems, especially when we make use of vaccines and boosters. Recorded history may hold little precedent for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But this is not our immune systems’ first rodeo.
I’m a Virologist, and I’m Setting the Record Straight on Variants and Reinfections
Please excuse any typos as this was sent from my iPhone

COVID-19 Restrictions Extended

Current restrictions have been extended to Mon 28 Feb.

Stay up to date with the evolving rules.

COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins required!

Rules and restrictions for all people living in NSW.

Latest COVID Rules – QR Check-In reqd

COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins required!

Check the rules below that apply to everyone in NSW.

Some premises may make it a condition of entry that you are fully vaccinated or wear a face mask.

NSW Health strongly advises people get fully vaccinated and wear a face mask where they cannot physically distance.

Source: NSW Health

NSW Government updates COVID settings and makes Rapid Antigen Tests free

23 December 2021

The NSW Government is taking precautionary steps to maintain its safe and measured approach as we continue to learn to live with COVID.

The following adjustments to the NSW Government’s pandemic settings will come into effect:

From 12.01am Friday, 24 December:

Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices, unless eating or drinking.

From 12.01am Monday, 27 December 2021:

  • QR code check-ins will be compulsory, including for hospitality and retail and
  • Hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will move to 1 person per 2 sqm rule indoors, with no density limit for outdoor settings.

All settings will remain in place until Wednesday, 27 January 2022.

Extending QR check-in requirements will remind people that if they receive a notification they should be tested if they feel unwell. They should also get tested if they are directed by NSW Health or if they have symptoms.

Further to these measures, the Government is asking people to reduce mingling where they can including when eating and drinking, work from home where possible and hold events outside.

The NSW Government will continue to monitor these settings.

The NSW Government will also procure Rapid-Antigen Test kits and make them available for free to people across the State, to give additional options to people and allow those who need to get a PCR test to do so.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said these measures would help take the pressure off our health system and keep the community safe until more people could get their booster shots.

“We said we would tailor our settings as the situation evolved and these steps will help take the pressure of our health system, so the people who need care can access it,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Our frontline health workers have done an enormous job keeping us safe over the past two years and we can’t thank them enough.

“Vaccination remains the key to keeping people safe and out of hospital. It is vital people continue to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated and receive their boosters.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard thanked people for continuing to come forward in large numbers to get tested and urged everyone to follow the restrictions.

“We thank people for coming out in large numbers to get tested but we need to make sure that tests are available for people who really need it,” Mr Hazzard said.

“If you don’t have any symptoms, please don’t get a test just for the sake of it. The best thing people can do is follow the rules outlined today. The health and safety of the community continues to be the highest priority.

“I want to again thank NSW Health for the work they are doing in response to the pandemic.”


When NSW eases restrictions in December 2021

Restrictions will ease when NSW reaches 95% double vaccination or on 15 December, with changes including:

  • No density limits for all settings 
  • COVID safety plans will be optional for businesses

For all people in NSW, regardless of your vaccination status

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Masks and QR codes

  • Masks will only be required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated. Masks will be strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot social distance.
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings.
  • COVID-19 Safe check-ins only required for hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, personal services (including sex services), pubs, small bars and registered clubs, nightclubs, strip clubs, sex on premises and indoor music festivals with over 1,000 people.
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Visiting family and friends

  • No limit to number of visitors in your home.
  • No limit to number of people for outdoor public gatherings.
  • All visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.
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Exercise and recreation

  • No person limit in gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities.
  • Indoor swimming pools open for all purposes.
  • Community sports permitted for all staff, spectators and participants.
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  • Students already returned to face-to-face learning.
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Shopping and personal services

  • Non-critical retail reopens to all.
  • No person limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours).
  • Sex services premises open.
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Restaurants and hospitality

  • No person limit in hospitality venues.
  • Singing and dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors for all.
  • Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.
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Working from home

  • Employers allow staff to work from home at their discretion.
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Travel and transport

  • Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW permitted for all.
  • Carpooling permitted for all.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds remain open (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).
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International travel

  • International travellers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine on arrival. They must do a PCR test, be recognised as fully vaccinated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have their vaccination status certified by the Commonwealth.
  • International travellers who are not fully vaccinated still need to quarantine on arrival for 14 days. Limit on number of arrivals will apply.
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Events and entertainment

  • No person limit for major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks and race courses), subject to 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres), subject to 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries).
  • No person limit for outdoor public gatherings and recreation.
  • Nightclubs, strip clubs and sex on premises venues open.
  • Music festivals reopen with 20,000 person limit.
  • Amusement centres and play centres open to all.
  • Proof of vaccination only required for indoor music festivals with over 1,000 people and cruises with over 100 passengers.
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Weddings and religious services

  • Weddings permitted with no person limit, eating and drinking allowed while standing and dancing permitted.
  • Funerals permitted with no person limit, and eating and drinking allowed while standing.
  • Singing and dancing indoors permitted by all.
  • Places of worship open to all.

About the roadmap

The roadmap may be fine-tuned as NSW Health monitors the COVID-19 situation over the coming weeks.

Local government areas may be subject to different rules and restrictions in line with Public Health Orders.

Rules for people who are not fully vaccinated | NSW Govn

New rules are in place for fully vaccinated people in NSW.

You are fully vaccinated if you have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or you have a medical exemption.

Children under 16 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can generally follow the rules for fully vaccinated people so long as they visit certain businesses with a fully vaccinated member of your household.

For people over the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, more rules and restrictions apply.

You are not fully vaccinated if you have had:

  • only one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or
  • no doses of a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Additional restrictions ease in NSW Government roadmap | Northern Beaches Council

With the first vaccination milestone of 70 percent double vaccination reached, the NSW Government is easing a number of restrictions as part of the Reopening NSW roadmap(Opens in a new window), which will allow fully vaccinated adults to enjoy more freedoms from next Monday 11 October.

The changes to the 70 per cent roadmap will allow:

  • up to 10 visitors (not counting children 12 and under) to a home (previously five)
  • lift the cap on outdoor gatherings to 30 people (previously 20)
  • increase the cap for weddings and funerals to 100 people (previously 50).

Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities. Keep an eye on our aquatic centre webpages for more information on our local pools.

The NSW Government also announced on the Monday after NSW clears the 80 per cent double vaccination hurdle further restrictions will be relaxed, with people able to have:

  • up to 20 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to a home (previously 10)
  • up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors (previously 20).
  • up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events (previously 500)
  • nightclubs will be permitted to reopen for seated drinking only (no dancing)
  • masks will no longer be required in office buildings.

All roadmap freedoms at 70 and 80 per cent will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only.


COVID-19 Community Sport Update | NSW OfficeOfSport

The NSW Government has announced the roadmap from easing restrictions as NSW reaches the 80 per cent double dose target.

From the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent (aged 16 and over) double dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have up to 10 people visit their home, participate in community sport, and access hospitality venues (where drinking while standing up will be allowed indoors). All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors, and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.

Over the coming weeks, NSW Health and the Office of Sport will work with the sector to finalise the details and requirements for the recommencement of community sport.

COVID-19 roadmap to recovery fact sheet

Sports NSW Covid Link

COVID-19 Manly NSW: Manly guest house shut down and declared high risk | NBR

RESIDENTS of a Manly guest house have been forced into a two week isolation period with Dr Kerry Chant declaring the site a “high Covid-19 risk premises”.
The site is known by a few names – Manly Waves Studios and Apartments, The Manly Hotel and Manly Guest House, and is located on the corner of Pacific Street and Malvern Avenue.
Dr Chant said there are 26 dwellings at the site and all residents are at risk of transmission of the virus.
“At least one resident in five of those dwellings having received a diagnosis of Covid-19,” she said in her public health order declaration.
Dr Chant ordered that the site be closed from September 29 until October 12.
Data to 8pm on Monday shows the number of active Covid cases in Manly has doubled from six to 12 in the past five days. There are 133 cases across the northern beaches.
A Northern Sydney Local Health District spokesperson said the source of the virus infection was under investigation and residents are required to isolate and get tested.
“Health staff are assisting the guests with their welfare and health needs during this time,” the spokesperson said.
There are no other Manly sites on the NSW Health Covid venue alert list.
“NSW Health does not disclose details of specific venues unless there is a public health reason, such as if contacts are unable to be identified by other means,” the LHD spokesperson said.
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“When a confirmed COVID-19 case attends a venue while possibly infectious, NSW Health carries out a risk assessment on that venue to determine whether other people may have been exposed.
“The public is alerted as quickly as possible to any venues where potential public exposures may have occurred.”
EXPOSURE: Police and health authorities on site at a Manly guest house following a Covid-19 exposure. Picture: Duane Langford

COVID-19 102 cases | Manly, NSW

THE number of Covid-19 cases in the northern beaches has risen to triple digits again, with 102 infected people.

Last week the numbers were hovering around the mid 60s, but after no data from NSW Health for a few days cases have shot back up, the report to 8pm on Monday shows.

The highest number of cases are in the 2099 postcode at 25. This area, which includes Dee Why, Cromer, Narraweena and North Curl Curl, also has the highest population in the LGA at 44,119 people.

Covid-19 by northern beaches postcode

  • 25 in 2099 (Dee Why, Cromer, Narraweena, North Curl Curl)
  • 12 in 2093 (Balgowlah, Clontarf, Manly Vale)
  • 10 in 2107 (Avalon, Bilgola, Clareville, Whale Beach)
  • Nine in 2101 (Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Ingleside)
  • Nine in 2100 (Brookvale, Beacon Hill, Allambie, North Manly, Oxford Falls)
  • Seven in 2086 (Frenchs Forest)
  • Six in 2087 (Forestville, Killarney Heights)
  • Five in 2095 (Manly)
  • Four in 2096 (Curl Curl, Freshwater, Queenscliff)
  • Three in 2097 (Collaroy, Wheeler Heights)
  • Three in 2092 (Seaforth)
  • Two in 2106 (Newport)
  • Two in 2104 (Bayview)
  • Two in 2085 (Belrose, Davidson)
  • One in 2103 (Mona Vale)
  • One in 2108 (Palm Beach, Coasters Retreat, Currawong Beach, Great Mackerel Beach)

There are currently no Covid-19 cases in the 2105 (Church Point, Scotland Island and Elvina, Lovett and Morning bays) and 2102 (Warriewood) postcodes.

Across NSW, Covid cases have also shot upwards with 1022 new cases reported in the 24 hours overnight.

A further 10 people died overnight, eight men and two women, all from Sydney. That takes the total of fatalities in this outbreak across NSW to 255.




Dear NSW tennis community

Firstly, we hope that you are all keeping well and safe during these challenging times. We thank you for your patience as we have been examining the current Public Health Order and the impacts on tennis activity throughout NSW.

Tennis NSW has been overwhelmed with requests from the community around the varying levels of restrictions now in place throughout NSW. We are working to present our guidance on tennis activities across NSW in a format that is easy to understand and to update our FAQs, we anticipate this will be available Monday 20 September.

During this week several LGAs across NSW have come in and out of lockdown as local COVID-19 cases emerge. Tennis NSW reminds its community to use the NSW Government’s webpage search that allows you to identify your current rules and restrictions by postcode. Tennis NSW staff will not undertake these searches for you.

In regards to doubles play and double vaccination, Tennis NSW is able to provide the following guidance:


Tennis NSW has received numerous enquiries in relation to whether doubles play is permitted given the partial lifting of restrictions for individuals who have been double vaccinated.

We have engaged NSW Health and NSW Office of Sport to get clarity and confirmation on whether it is the responsibility of the individual or the club/venue to ensure that they are fully vaccinated. Without receiving clarity on ultimately who is liable, then our advice is as follows:

Doubles play at a venue in a Stay-At-Home Area is NOT permitted unless the Club/Venue Operator has means by which they can verify the vaccination status of anyone wishing to play doubles at their venue. Alongside of this, the Club should be implementing all relevant COVID protocols including having a COVID-19 Safety plan, COVID-19 check-in stations and all other necessary protocols to effectively implement the 1 person per 4sqm rule (outdoor courts only) can be adhered to. All play at the venue should be on a ‘Play and Go’ basis and the Club/Venue should not permit any gatherings pre or post play.

We believe that the large majority of our venues across the State are unable to meet the requirements above however, any Club/Venue wishing to implement appropriate processes should conduct their own risk analysis and make a decision based on their own circumstances and resources.

Clubs should also note that we are aware that the NSW Police have interpreted the current Public Health Order differently in different parts of the State and should therefore be prepared to provide evidence of how they are effectively implementing and monitoring the vaccination status of those using their venue should they be asked to.

We believe that in the spirit of the Public Health Order then it is reasonable for a Club/Venue Operator to ask for evidence of a person’s vaccination status prior to play commencing.


We have also been asked what our position will be longer term in regards to double vaccination and how it will relate to participating in tennis whether it be coaching, court hire or competition.

At this stage, it is too early to provide a definitive position on this matter until we have received further guidance from the NSW Government and the Office of Sport in regards to a roadmap back for Community Sport. There is also the broader matter of whether it will be legally permissible to require all users of a tennis venue or entrants into a tennis competition/tournament to be double vaccinated. We will continue to liaise with Tennis Australia, our other Member Associations and the other State Sporting Organisations in NSW to provide a consistent position across our sport and the wider sports community.

While Tennis NSW can provide guidance, it is the responsibility of the club, coach or venue to undertake its own independent enquiries as to whether that guidance is appropriate to be implemented. We appreciate that many of you are seeking answers for individualised questions that unfortunately we are not in a position to answer. Tennis NSW provides general advice only, and specific advice regarding the circumstances of a particular venue will need to be sought independently.

We are in the process of setting up a dedicated COVID-19 enquiry email address and this will be notified to you when our updated guidance is released next week. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding COVID-19 restrictions and tennis, please contact us at [email protected]. We have a team addressing the large volume of enquiries coming through and we will endeavour to get back to all COVID-19 related enquiries within two business days.

Thank you and stay safe
Tennis NSW