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Here's How COVID-19 Is Affecting Sydney's Hospitality and Arts Scenes

Here's where you can stay up to date on how coronavirus is impacting your city.
By Concrete Playground
March 21, 2020
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Here's How COVID-19 Is Affecting Sydney's Hospitality and Arts Scenes

Here's where you can stay up to date on how coronavirus is impacting your city.
By Concrete Playground
March 21, 2020
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  • Travel & Leisure

    NSW's Beauty Salons Will Be Allowed to Reopen from June 1

    A lot is changing for Sydneysiders on the first of next month.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs Will Be Allowed to Have Up to 50 Customers from June 1

    Regional travel within NSW and the reopening of art galleries, museums and libraries will also be allowed from the first of next month.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    NSW Art Galleries, Museums and Libraries Will Be Allowed to Reopen from June 1

    Visitors will be limited to one per four square metres and returned books will need to be quarantined for 24 hours.

  • Travel & Leisure

    These Are the Sydney Ocean Pools You Can and Can't Swim At

    You can now get a swim session in without the risk of rips (or sharks).

  • Travel & Leisure

    NSW Will Start Easing Some Stay-at-Home Restrictions From May 15

    That means gatherings of up to ten people outside of homes are allowed, and restaurants and cafes can open (with some rules).

  • Travel & Leisure

    This Is What Australia's Three-Step Roadmap Out of COVID-19 Lockdown Looks Like

    Step one includes regional travel, opening restaurants and gatherings of up to ten — and all three steps are expected to be implemented by July.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Australian Cinemas Are Aiming to Reopen in July

    Ideally, they'll start their projectors whirring again in time for the planned mid-July release of Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet'.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The NSW Government Says No New COVID-19 Restrictions Will Be Eased Before Mother's Day

    The national cabinet is expected to announce the relaxation of some restrictions tomorrow, but the NSW Premier says they will not be implemented locally in time for the weekend.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Australian Government Could Relax Social Distancing and Public Gathering Restrictions from May 8

    "Australians have earned an early mark," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

  • Travel & Leisure

    This New Interactive Map Shows NSW's COVID-19 Cases by Postcode

    The Australian-first map lets Sydneysiders see which areas are 'hotspots'.

  • Travel & Leisure

    These Are the Sydney Beaches You Can and Can't Exercise At

    Sunbaking is off-limits at all beaches, but you can run, swim and surf at some of them.

  • Travel & Leisure

    All Australians Can Now Get Tested for COVID-19 If They Are Showing Any Cold or Flu Symptoms

    If you have a cough, sore throat, runny nose or cold and flu-like symptoms, you can now get tested.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australian Borders Look to Remain Closed to International Travel for at Least Three-to-Four Months

    But travel between Australia and NZ could be allowed to start before then.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Bondi and Bronte Beach Will Reopen to Surfers and Swimmers Only from Next Week

    The eastern suburbs beaches will only open at specific times and "land-based activities" are still off-limits.

  • Food & Drink

    Australian Supermarkets Are Starting to Lift Some Limits on Everyday Items

    Restrictions are still in place on items such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and rice, though.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Here's What the NSW Government's Moratorium on Rental Evictions Means for You

    To help those financially impacted by COVID-19, the government has temporarily banned some evictions. But there's a bit of fine print — here's what you need to know.

  • Travel & Leisure

    NSW's Social Distancing and Public Gathering Restrictions Could Be Relaxed Next Month

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the restrictions were being assessed monthly and could be relaxed as early as May.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    This Is What People Have Been Fined for in Australia Under the New State-Specific COVID-19 Rules

    An L-plater taking a driving lesson and a man eating a kebab on a bench are two people who've been fined for flouting the social distancing restrictions.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    TAFE NSW Is Now Offering 21 Free Online Short Courses So You Can Upskill at Home

    If you're eligible, you could learn about e-marketing, social media or pharmacy without paying a cent.

  • Food & Drink

    Australian Supermarkets Are Implementing Limits on the Number of Customers Allowed In Store

    Coles, Woolworths and Aldi have introduced the restrictions to enforce social-distancing measures.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney's Best Same-Day Delivery Services Bringing Booze, Food and Plants to Your Doorstep

    Whether you're after vegan doughnuts or designer threads for your pup, these services will deliver it all within just a few hours.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Australian Government Has Announced a Two-Person Limit on Public Gatherings

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison also said that people should only be leaving their homes to buy essentials, for medical needs, to exercise or for work and education.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Government Is Advising Australians to Stay at Home Unless It's "Absolutely Necessary" to Go Out

    It has also ordered all beauty therapy, nail salons and tattoo parlours to close by midnight.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Australian Government Has Announced a Mass Closure of Indoor Venues from Today

    Clubs, pubs, gyms, cinemas and casinos will close from midday, while cafes and restaurants will be allowed to continue as takeaway and delivery only.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    NSW Will Implement a Statewide Shutdown of Non-Essential Services Over the Next 48 Hours

    Further details will be provided once the national cabinet meets tonight.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Australian Government Has Advised That All Non-Essential Travel Should Be Cancelled

    And the Prime Minister has warned that local lockdowns are on the cards, too.

  • Food & Drink

    Continental Deli's Canned Cocktails Are Now Available to Take Away

    Usually, you'd be sipping a Mar-tinny. Now, you'll be knocking back a Quaran-tinny.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The New South Wales Government Has Ordered the Temporary Closure of Bondi Beach

    And other popular Sydney beaches are closing in response to the 500-person restriction, too.

  • Food & Drink

    This New Neighbourhood Pass Lets You Make the Most of Surry Hills' Restaurants, Bars and Venues

    Paramount House Hotel has joined forces with other local businesses to offer curated vouchers for the area's food, drinks and experiences.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Government Has Introduced New Restrictions on Non-Essential Indoor Events Under 100 People

    A limit of one person per four square metres has been recommended, which will impact nightclubs, restaurants and pubs.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Best Virtual Events to Hit Up If Cabin Fever Is Starting to Set In

    Get 'out of the house' with live opera, gallery tours and couch choirs.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Qantas and Jetstar Will Suspend International Flights from Late March

    The airlines will also temporarily stand down two-thirds of their 30,000 staff.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Is Closing All of Its Australian Cinemas for an Indefinite Period

    And this year's Sydney Film Festival has been cancelled, too.

  • Food & Drink

    Australian Supermarkets Have Implemented Strict Limits on Everyday Items to Stop Hoarding

    Both Coles and Woolworths have introduced a two-packet limit on items such as frozen desserts, soap, mince meat and milk.

  • Food & Drink

    These Sydney Restaurants Are Offering New Takeaway Options to Help You Eat Well at Home

    Eateries across the city are adapting because of COVID-19 concerns, and are now offering chicken schnitzels, crab pasta and vegan burgers takeaway.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Australian Government Has Introduced a Ban on Non-Essential Indoor Events of More Than 100 People

    The ban, which does not include public transport, supermarkets or schools, is effective immediately.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Sydney Opera House Has Cancelled All Public Performances Until At Least June 17

    Its restaurants, bars, retail outlets and public areas will remain open for now, though.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australian ANZAC Day Commemorations Are Being Cancelled and Downscaled Due to COVID-19

    All services have been scrapped in NSW and Qld, and some services will go ahead in Vic, but the public will not be able to attend.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Concrete Playground's Statement on COVID-19: Let's Continue to Support Local Businesses

    Going out might not be at the top of your to-do list right now, but you can help small businesses without leaving your apartment.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Here's What Has Been Cancelled, Postponed and Suspended Across Australia Due to COVID-19

    From the Royal Easter Show to Vivid and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, here's where the industry has been hit.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Australian Government Has Announced That Everyone Arriving From Overseas Must Self-Isolate for 14 Days

    Australians have also been advised to take social distancing measures, including refraining from shaking hands.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Australian Government Has Announced a Ban on Non-Essential Events of More Than 500 People

    The ban, which will impact the likes of sporting games, concerts and food festivals, will come into place on Monday, March 16.

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