Exercise and physical activity – what's allowed?
Staying active is one of the best things you can do to keep your body and mind healthy. The types of activities you can do during COVID-19 will depend on whether or not you have symptoms, or if there are restrictions on leaving your home.
Make sure you follow the NSW Government's instructions to protect yourself and others. This advice applies to people living in NSW and is being updated regularly. If you live outside of NSW, follow the relevant State or Territory advice.
What activities can I do safely within physical distancing restrictions?
The NSW Government has allowed sport and recreation activities to reopen with strict guidelines.
Protect yourself and others by following physical distancing and good hygiene advice from NSW Health when you exercise. Even as NSW restrictions begin to change, it's important that you continue to avoid close contact with other people and keep a minimum 1.5 metres distance from others at all times.
Activities that are allowed include:
- gyms and recreation facilities with up to 20 people per class and only one person per 4 square metres
- community sport competitions – for activities that involve more than 20 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Check the current advice for community sport
- walking, jogging or running in an open outdoor space
- home workouts
- outdoor workouts or exercise in a public place
- outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with caution. Make sure you practice good hygiene by washing or sanitising hands before and after use
- swimming pools
- outdoor activities including the use of skate parks and BMX bike tracks.
If you have returned from overseas travel, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, follow the self-isolation and mandatory quarantine guidelines.