Local News

The Latest COVID-19 Restrictions For The Illawarra

For all of the up to date information on the latest restrictions, please visit the NSW Government website.

Last updated on Thursday 9 September, 2021 with information from NSW Government.

Below are the latest restrictions to affect us here in the Illawarra, taken directly from NSW Government websites:


Current stay-at-home orders will be extended across all of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong until the end of September 2021.

As of Monday 23 August, Shellharbour becomes part of Regional NSW rules which can be found here.  


Latest announcement

On 9 September 2021, the NSW Government announced parts of Regional NSW will come out of lockdown which meant Shellharbour and Kiama had a shot at getting out of lockdown. 

BUT unfortunately, that’s not the case and both LGA’s will remain in lockdown indefinitely

Why hasn’t a potential end date for Regional NSW been announced like previous announcements?

Good question! 

The Deputy Premier stated in the press conference the government will be working with local health authorities to decide when further regional LGA’s will have lockdown restrictions lifted.

He listed the number of active cases and vaccination rates of a region being part of that decision. He also flagged a region would need to be Covid free for at least 14 days for that consideration to take place, unless there are exceptionally high vaccination rates in that particular region. 

So, we’re in this for a little while longer OR until all of NSW hits the 70% vaccination rate as outlined in this press release from the Premier’s office


Have they come good on the promise to let up to 5 double vaxxed people hang out together outdoors?  


From Monday 13 September, people across NSW who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and live outside the LGAs of concern, are allowed to catch-up under these conditions.

Up to 5 fully vaccinated adults can engage in outdoor recreation in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home. Children under 12 will not be counted in this total.


So, now what?

So, current regional NSW rules stay in place for Shellharbour and Kiama for now.  

And everyone in Greater Sydney (that’s the Wollongong LGA too) must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason. 

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Obtain food or other goods or services ; for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets) ; for vulnerable people
  • Travel for work or education if it is not possible to do it at home
  • Exercise and outdoor recreation in Greater Sydney
  • Medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.



You must wear a face mask:

  • at all times when you leave your home, unless exercising.

There have been additional restrictions placed on Greater Sydney (including Wollongong) from 12:01am Monday 23 August, 2021. 


Please ensure you keep up to date with the changing restrictions at all times on the NSW Government website and let’s all do our part to get this under control.


Information on The Fold Illawarra

We ask that you check directly with businesses and event organisers prior to attending events, classes or businesses. We are a small team and are doing our best to keep our business directory and event calendar updated with current information, however we acknowledge that during this time, information may not be an accurate reflection.the end

The Latest COVID-19 Restrictions

Penny Webb

Penny is The Fold’s resident word nerd and Managing Editor. When she’s not whipping up articles about all the fabulous things to do and people to meet in the Illawarra, she moonlights as a taxi driver, ferrying three teenagers around the countryside (and back again)! Penny has an uncanny knack for attracting snakes to whatever mountain biking trail she hits on the weekend, which is quickly followed by a cheeky chardonnay or G&T to get over said slithery encounter.
Follow Me: