skip to main content
COVID-19 Updates


Thank you for your support during this challenging and uncertain time.

NSW has reached its 80% full vaccination target and restrictions have started easing. By Wednesday 1 December 2021, certain restrictions will be unified and will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status. For more details, please visit the NSW Government Health website.  

If you have not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine please book in as soon as possible, to protect not only yourself but also your family and friends.
 

Current restrictions 

From Monday 18 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • 20-visitor limit in your home and 50-person limit to outdoor gatherings
  • Access to gyms, indoor recreation, sporting facilities 
  • Community sport.

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4 square metres indoors and 1 person per 2 square metres outdoors.

People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship, unless they work at the venue.

Restrictions are constantly changing. For the most up to date information about the current restrictions, please visit NSW Government Health.
 

Finding more information

You can find official Government information on the below links:

 

Alternatively, you can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.​

Please click or expand the links below for more information. 

  • Public Health Order and COVID-19 Updates
    The Public Health Order and other legislation can be accessed on the COVID-19 related legislation webpage.

    Information regarding the latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW, can be located on the NSW Health website.

    The NSW Health site also provides current and updated information on how to stay safe and healthy, symptoms, testing, statistics, resources, rules and legislation and how to make your business COVID safe.
  • Our Council Services

    As restrictions are changing almost daily, our number one priority is to keep the community safe. Some services will continue, others will be impacted and some will be placed on hold. To find out more, please read below or visit our relevant pages.
     

    Hurstville CIVIC Service Centre

    Our Hurstville CIVIC Service Centre is now open to the public, Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm. To keep staff and our community safe we have established signage, QR codes, hand sanitiser, social distancing line markers and rearrangement of furniture.

    All visitors must:

    • Wear a mask
    • Show proof of vaccination
    • Check-in using the QR code
     

    Council Services can also still be reached on 02 9330 6400, mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or by webchat via our website.
     

    Libraries

    The Library Services commenced with the new LibraryGo home delivery service and began Click and Collect Services from Monday 11 October 2021 at Hurstville, Kogarah and Penshurst libraries. All staff working in the library are fully vaccinated and any customers using the Click and Collect service are required to show evidence of their full vaccination.

    Although our library spaces remain closed, we are still offering different ways to access our services, programs and collections:


    For more details, please visit our Georges River Libraries page.
     

    Hurstville Museum and Gallery

    The Hurstville Museum & Gallery is now opened for visitors with conditions of entry in line with the requirements of the Public Health Order.
     

    Aquatic Leisure Centres

    The Aquatic Leisure Centres are now opened for visitors with conditions of entry in line with the requirements of the Public Health Order.
     

    Community Centres and Halls

    Our community centres and halls are now open for bookings under conditions prescribed by the Public Health Order. 

    With restrictions easing, we can now safely reopen venues for the community to access and hire.

    If you’re planning an event, a business conference, or anything in between, our community halls and centres and are excited to welcome you back.

    To enquire or book, visit our Hire a Venue or Park page.
     

    The following services are available

    • You can call Council on 9330 6400 or access Council services online at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au. This includes rate payments, live chat, service request lodgements and other information.
    • Essential services such as bin collection will continue to operate as normal.
    • Childrens services at all our childcare centres will continue to operate as normal.
    • The NSW Government has indicated that community sport can now resume. Please check our Whats On page or contact you local clubs for information. 
    • Community events have started to resume. Please check our Whats On page for further details or updates.
    • Most Georges River Council facilities have opened. These include Hurstville Aquatic Centre, Sans Souci Leisure Centre and more. Please call ahead before heading out to any facilities.
  • Vaccinations for COVID-19


    The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia have passed the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) rigorous assessment and approval processes to ensure they are effective and safe for use. Millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccines available in Australia have already been given worldwide.

    The vaccine is free for everyone, including people without a Medicare card.

    Even with the COVID-19 vaccination program now underway, COVID safe behaviours are just as important as ever – particularly as we head into the cooler months and spend more time indoors.

    Hand washing, staying 1.5m apart, wearing masks where it is mandatory and when you can’t distance, staying home if unwell and getting tested immediately with even the mildest of symptoms, will help keep NSW COVID safe and our community open.  

    For the latest updates or information visit health.gov.au and nsw.gov.au. You can also call the national COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


    Proof of vaccination and check-in cards

    We all need to carry evidence of being fully vaccinated to enjoy the new freedoms.

    If you have a smartphone, the easiest way is to add your COVID-19 Digital Certificate  on your phone. It can now be added to your Service NSW app that you already use to check in. The following video shows you how to add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service NSW application.



    If you ,or someone you know, doesn’t have a smartphone, COVID-19 check-in cards are now available. The printed card has a unique QR code that businesses and facilities can scan.
  • Pfizer Vaccination Clinic at Hurstville Senior Citizen’s Centre

    This Pfizer vaccination clinic will open to the public on Monday 11 October 2021 to Friday 19 November 2021.
     

    Hours of operation

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.00am to 3.30pm.
     

    Address

    Aspen Medical Pfizer Vaccination Clinic
    Hurstville Senior Citizen’s Centre
    91 Queens Road, Hurstville


    When the clinic opens to the public it will prioritise vulnerable community members such as:

    • people living with a disability
    • those who are experiencing homelessness, including those living on the streets, in emergency accommodation, boarding houses or between temporary shelters
    • culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse people, especially asylum seekers and refugees and those in older age groups
    • aged care workers
    • community health workers
    • teachers looking after children with disabilities
    • those who do not have a Medicare card or are not eligible for Medicare
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Please visit the following website to book online.
  • Testing Clinics for COVID-19

    The following COVID-19 testing clinics are available and located in close proximity for our community.

    Other COVID-19 testing clinics outside our Local Government Area can be located on the NSW Health website.
     

    Clinic

    Address

    Information

    Opening Hours

    Carlton Drive-through and Walk-in Clinic

    261 Princes Highway, Carlton

    Entry via Ecole Street, off Princes Highway

    - Wheel chair accessible but patrons must remain in motor vehicle
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required
    - Walk in clinic is also available

    • Open 7.00am-6.00pm (Mon-Fri)
    • Open 7.00am-5.00pm (Sat-Sun)

    St George Hospital

    Kensington Street, Clinical Services Building, Kogarah

    Clinic is located in Clinical Services Building (entrance via Gate 3)

    Children under the age of 12 months will be referred to the Emergency Department. All patients should continue to go to the ED after hours for COVID-19 screening.

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - Appointments are not required
    - Walk in clinic

    • Open 8.00am-8.00pm (Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri)
    • Open 8.00am-4.00pm (Wed)
    • Closed on Saturday and Sunday

    South Hurstville Drive-through Clinic - Poulton Park

    Poulton Park, Morshead Drive, Connells Point

    Entry via Rickard Road for access to the top carpark

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    • Open 8.00am-4.00pm (Mon-Fri)
    • Closed on Saturday and Sunday

    Hurstville Community Health Care

    34 Woniora Road, Hurstville

    Children under 5 years old are not tested at this clinic and should attend St George Hospital Emergency Department for testing.

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - Appointments are not required
    - Walk in clinic

    • Open 9.00am-4.00pm (Mon-Fri)
    • Closed on Saturday and Sunday

    Hurstville 4Cyte Pathology walk-in Clinic

    8 Ormonde Parade, Hurstville

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required
    - Walk in clinic

    • Open 8.00am-6.00pm (Mon-Fri)
    • Open 8.00am-5.00pm (Sat-Sun)
    Hurstville, Laverty Pathology walk-in Clinic 1 Butler Road, Hurstville - Wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required
    - Walk in clinic
    • Open 7.30am- 6.30pm (Mon-Fri)
    • Open 8.00am-5.00pm (Sat)
    • Open 8.00am-4.00pm (Sun)

    Riverwood MedLab Pathology Drive-through Clinic

    79 Coleridge Street, Riverwood

    If you were tested at this clinic and have not received your results after 48 hours, please call 02 8745 6500 – option 1 for results.

    - Wheel chair accessible but patrons must remain in motor vehicle
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    • Open 8.00am-8.00pm (7 days a week)

    Rockdale 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Clinic

    594 - 596 Princes Highway, Rockdale

    - Wheel chair accessible but patrons must remain in motor vehicle
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    • Open 8.00am-8pm

    Kingsgrove Community Centre

    30 Morgan Street, Kingsgrove

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required
    - Walk in clinic

    • Open 8.00am-8.00pm (7 days a week)
  • The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting businesses globally in many ways including reduced trade, temporary business closures, staffing issues, and supply chain interruptions. This information is general in nature and has been provided by the NSW Government Small Business Commissioner to support those small businesses impacted by the COVID-19. Links have been provided below for information.

    Business and employers

    The NSW Health site has provided information and resources for businesses and employees regarding protecting staff and customers from COVID-19, financial relief and personalised support.
     

    2021 COVID-19 business grant

    The 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant ('the Grant') will provide cash flow support until the JobSaver scheme commences, to help cover business expenses for which no other government support is available. The intention of the Grant is to help businesses survive the lockdown so they can continue to support employment and the economy after restrictions are lifted. Please click on the 2021 COVID-19 business support guidelines for more information. 

    For further details and to apply online, please visit the apply for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant page.
     

    Small Business

    The Small Business NSW website contains comprehensive advice on how to manage during the crisis. Alternatively you can speak with a Specialist Advisor about your situation by contacting the Small Business NSW Business Hotline on 13 28 46 (7.00am to 9.00pm, 7 days a week).
     

    Additional support and resources for Georges River business

    Georges River Council has dedicated a support for businesses page which also outlines Council's Debt Management and Hardship Policy.
     

    Federal Government support for businesses

    Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses on Business.gov.au.
     

    JobKeeper Payment

    Businesses can apply to the Australia Tax Office for a JobKeeper wage subsidy. A series of Fact Sheets have been prepared to help businesses understand the eligibility and claims details.
     

    NSW Economic Surplus Package

    Tips and resources to help you manage your small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase are outlined on the NSW Economic Surplus Package web page.
     

    Rent and Lease Enquiries

    Advice can be sought on your obligations under rent and lease arrangements can be made by contacting 1300 795 534 where you can speak to an expert on retail and commercial leases.
     

    Business Connect

    If you require support on topics such as managing cashflow, changing your business model and delivering services online, marketing your business during in a challenging environment, reassessing your supply chain, or even accessing financial support, the NSW Government's Business Connect offers a free, mobile business advisory service. This service also offers advice in other community languages.

    To book a session with your local advisor, visit Business Connect or call 1300 134 359.
     

    Mental Health Support

    If you need support during this stressful time, please visit Lifeline for specific advice on managing mental health during COVID-19.
     

    Additional support services

    The following are free services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

    • Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
    • Mensline - 1300 789 978
    • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
    • Beyondblue - 1300 22 4636

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000.
     

  • Resources and support for the Community

    Community support services directory

    This COVID-19 services community directory provides links to important information and services from reliable, trusted sources in our local area.

    If you are seeking emergency financial assistance, accommodation and food relief, please visit St George and Sutherland Homeless Help.
     

    Common questions about the rules

    Please view the frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 rules within NSW.
     

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

    This video explains how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can help to protect their communities and prevent the spread of coronavirus.


    ​A collection of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities, can be accessed here.

    Essential Information about COVID-19 and Aboriginal Communities can be located on the Aboriginal Affairs page. This covers official information and trusted sources about COVID-19 from the NSW Government.
     

    Community resources

    We all know it’s been tough being isolated! So we have put together some resources for anyone who is in need.

    • Staying at home self-isolation pack and Staying at home pack edition two - packed with activities to keep your mind and body active, tools for self-care in lock down and helpful tips on sleep, healthy recipes and online short courses; this booklet will make sure you come out of lock down with a smile.

    • Your Sensory Self Care toolkit - this workbook takes you on a journey to explore your senses and find out what calms and what boosts you. It helps you develop strategies to deal with any situation in a way that is tailored specifically to you and your own self-care.

    • Food guide - COVID-19 has hit many of us hard. This comprehensive guide explains food and grocery options in the St George and Sutherland area and contact details, a map and calendar for added accessibility.

    • Managing your mental health online - use this resource to learn about mental health and how it can be managed using these services without leaving home.


    Support payments

    Eligible workers aged 17 and over who live in the LGAs of concern, who have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and isolate until a negative result is returned, will be eligible for one $320 payment in a four week period for lost wages.

    The ‘COVID-19 Test and Isolate Support Payments’ start next week and will help cover lost wages of casual workers but also those who may have exhausted their sick leave or carer’s leave to isolate at home.
     
    Those waiting on their test results will get the $320 payment in their bank account within three business days of applying online at Service NSW.
     
    There will also be a new $400 hardship payment payable through the Red Cross, for temporary visa holders and others in the community who are ineligible for Government financial support.
     
    Information on eligibility and how to apply will be made available at nsw.gov.au/covid-19.
     

    Information for people experiencing race discrimination

    Since the start of the crisis, there has been a deeply disturbing rise in racial vilification of Asian Australians. We believe this poses a serious threat to our national unity, social cohesion, resilience and recovery. It is essential that the distrust, disenfranchisement and vilification of Australians of any racial background is not tolerated under any circumstances.

    We encourage community members to stand together to reject racism by signing the #UnityOverFear petition at bit.ly/unityoverfear

    If you've experienced racism as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), or if you have a question about discrimination and your rights, contact Anti-Discrimination NSW. Their enquiries team is ready to answer your questions or they can help you make a complaint. If they can’t help, they will try to help you find a service that can.

    如果您因新冠肺炎(COVID-19)而遭受种族歧视,或者对歧视和权利有疑问,请与新南威尔士州反歧视委员会联系。 他们的咨询团队随时准备回答您的问题,或者他们可以帮助您进行投诉,如果他们帮不了,他们会尽力帮您找到一个可以帮助您的服务。

  • Language translation and resources

    COVID-19 resources and fact sheets

    The NSW Health site can be accessed for various COVID-19 resources. These include fact sheets, posters and videos. Translated resources can also be accessed at the bottom or can be located from the COVID-19 translated resources page.
     

    Easy read resources

    Easy read resources on COVID-19 (including the Public Health Act, testing information, other resources and children's resources).
     

    Vaccine eligibility checker

    Check the vaccine eligibility checker to see if you can book a COVID-19 vaccination yet. There are various translated languages you can use at the bottom of the vaccine eligibility checker web page.
     

    Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language by visiting the NSW Government website.
     

    COVID-19 disaster payment

    Information on support is available in all our community languages. Visit the COVID-19 Disaster Payment page and click on the languages drop down option.

     

    Test and isolate support payments

    A new toolkit targeting culturally diverse communities is now available to help spread the message about the new COVID-19 Test and Isolate Support Payments.
     
    The toolkit is available in the several languages and can be downloaded here

    More information about the support payments can be found here.
     

    SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal

    SBS has launched the SBS multilingual coronavirus portal, a dedicated online information hub for multicultural communities to easily access accurate and trusted news and information about COVID-19, in their language.
     
    The portal provides one place where the many Australians who speak a language other than English can come to for the latest news and resources across more than 60 languages, produced by SBS Radio and SBS News.

    Get COVID-19 information about Greater Sydney restrictions in your language.
     

    Difference between close and casual contacts

    The following links provide facts sheets for Close and Casual contacts.and information regarding these in different languages. Please scroll to the bottom of both pages to access these fact sheets. 

     

    Translated Safety plans for businesses

    Safety plans presented in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese
     

    Translated resources for COVID-19 health workers and communities

    Translated resources for COVID-19 health workers and communities
     

  • Construction - Changes to work hours and time to comply

    Changes to construction work hours 

    The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Construction Work Days) Order (No 3) 2021 was made on 30 July 2021.

    • Under this Order, construction can take place again on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays without restrictions until 24 December 2021.
    • From 25 December 2021, no extended construction work days will be permitted – all work will need to be in line with the consent conditions.
    • Extended construction work days and hours for development authorised under the Infrastructure Construction Work Days Order, which relates to State Significant Infrastructure, and Health Services Facilities Order continues unchanged.
       

    Submission of Annual Fire Safety Statements -  Extension of time to comply

    Due to a range of COVID-19 restrictions imposed across the Georges River LGA during 2021 it may not be possible for premises owners to obtain the services of third party contractors to assist with the preparation of Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS).

    Where the timeframe for submission of an AFSS occurred after 27 June 2021, an extension of time to comply is provided until 6 December 2021 where delays can be documented. Where delays are not experienced, premises owners are encouraged to provide the AFSS by the due date.

    This time extension does not apply where any required works can be reasonably completed by the property owner or where an Emergency or Fire Safety Order has been issued due to a threat to human life or safety or significant property damage.

    Recipients of an Order who have any further questions are encouraged to contact the issuing officer to discuss.

    For more information, view the updated frequently asked questions on the NSW Planning Portal.

  • Virtual Council meetings
    Virtual meetings allow councils to function during COVID-19 restrictions
     
    The NSW Government is ensuring local councils can continue to function during COVID-19 restrictions with existing laws enabling them to hold meetings electronically instead of physically

    Regulations introduced earlier this year allow councils to meet by audio-visual link instead of physically to protect councillors, staff and members of the public from COVID-19.

    The Office of Local Government has issued a circular to provide technical advice on the conduct of council meetings in compliance with the Public Health Orders.
     
    You can view the circular here.
     
  • Como Footbridge

    The popular walking access linking the Sutherland Shire with Georges River has reopened and our community are reminded to follow the Public Health Order.

    You can view the letter to Georges River Council, Councillor Kevin Greene Mayor below.

  • NSW Planning reforms
    Extensive planning reforms are underway aimed at stimulating the economy and getting construction moving faster. The NSW Planning Reform Action Plan will bring significant time savings and a more transparent and efficient system.
     
    Here is a great explanation of the reforms from Lindsay Taylor Lawyers.

     
  • Community Information Session - 30 July 2021

    On 30 July 2021, Georges River Council, Mayor Kevin Greene and representatives from NSW Health and NSW Police held a COVID-19 Community Information Session. This covered the current Health Orders and Restrictions affecting our LGA. 

    We have provided the links to this Community Information Session below.

    Please note that this advice is current as of 30th July 2021. Please visit the NSW Health website for updated information.
     




    Information within this video is current as of 30th July 2021. Please visit the NSW Health website for updated information.
  • Activities for kids
    Keep your kids occupied during these school holidays with our printable colour in sheets below.
     
    We have also included a weekly activity planner that has reading resources and a range of activities to keep your kids entertained during the holidays and the lock down period. Please click on the weekly planner below:
       

    These resources have been developed by our Bushland Resources team and are ready for community use. 

 



Did you find this content useful?

Your feedback allows us to measure our customers' satisfaction with our website content.

If you wish to raise a particular issue with us, we recommend you raise a Customer Service Request. This will ensure your matter is scheduled with the appropriate teams and will allow you to track the progress of the issue.

Yes
No
Thank you for your feedback.
Georges River Council Live Chat

Welcome to Georges River Council. How can we help?