COVID-19 information

We have started reopening all of our facilities in a COVID-safe way, following the NSW Government's roadmap.

Read our plan to reopen Bayside. Find out where to get vaccinated and tested.

 

Last updated: 18/10/2021

Our reopening roadmap

We are excited to see you again!

This is our roadmap to reopen Bayside facilities. Our plans and dates may change if there are updates to NSW Government rules and public health orders.

Please remember, if you are visiting any of our indoor facilities you must:

  • by fully vaccinated, if you are over 16 and eligible. Find out how to get proof of vaccination here

  • wear a face mask if you are over 12 (including while in your car during waste and recycling drop-offs)

  • check in using our QR code

  • observe any COVID-safe guidelines and restrictions.

 

Customer Service Centres

Our Eastgardens and Rockdale service centres will reopen on Monday 25 October.

You must be fully vaccinated, wear a face mask at all times and follow the COVID safety guidelines.

 

Libraries

Our Eastgardens and Rockdale libraries will reopen on Monday 25 October.

You must be fully vaccinated, wear a face mask at all times and follow the COVID safety guidelines.

If you are not vaccinated, you can click and collect.

 

Pools 

The Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre and Botany Aquatic Centre pools are now open.

You must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask when not swimming or exercising, and follow COVID safety guidelines.

 

Bayside Garden Centre 

The Garden Centre is open.

You must be fully vaccinated, and follow COVID safety guidelines. You need to wear a mask when indoors.

 

Waste and Recycling Drop-Offs 

We have restarted our drop offs, with Botany on Saturday 16 October, and Bexley on Saturday 6 November.

You must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask during the drop-off and follow COVID safety guidelines.

Please bring your license for proof of residency.

 

Community Facilities 

We have reopened community facilities (we'll accept limited bookings depending on the activities involved – no singing, no dancing).

On 25 October we plan to reopen halls, meeting rooms and our youth services at Arncliffe Youth Centre and Hillsdale Youth Centres.

 

Gyms & Indoor Recreation (Squash Courts) 

We are planning to reopen the Mutch Park facility in mid November. We'll let you know when we have a firm date.

 

Tennis Courts / Golf Courses

Our tennis courts and golf course are open.

 

Community Sport 

We expect community sport to fully recommence from 25 October.

Under the current rules, groups of 20 can train and use the fields for outdoor exercise and recreational activities.

We will allow seasonal and temporary bookings as soon as possible. Please check our online booking service to see what is available.

 

4sqm Rule 

There are density limits we must adhere to. This might limit your access to some of our facilities, particularly during busy periods.

We must apply this rule to any indoor space. This includes which any area, room or other premises substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of the roof or walls are permanent or temporary, or open or closed.

Restrictions in Bayside

To find the full list of restrictions that currently apply to you and your family, visit the NSW Government's COVID rules page:

COVID-19 rules

If you are fully vaccinated you have more freedoms.

Once we reach 1 December there will be more changes. You can find out about these changes in the NSW Government's roadmap for easing restrictions.

Where to get tested and vaccinated

Testing

To find a testing centre near you, search for your suburb on the NSW Government's COVID-19 testing clinics list.

If you need to isolate after your test and you're unable to work, you may be eligible for a $320 payment. Visit the NSW Government test and isolate page for more information.

 

Vaccines

Make an appointment or visit a walk-in centre near you:

 

Additional vaccination centres in Bayside

The Alf Kay Community Centre is hosting a vaccination clinic serving vulnerable people in our community. You can book online or walk-in:

  • Address: 2 Florence Avenue, Eastlakes NSW
  • Hours: 10am to 2pm (last vaccination at 1:35pm)
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Number: Capped at 60.

Where to find help and support

Visit our Community Support page for more information about events and support services:

Community support page

 

Financial help:

 

Businesses:

  • NSW Government: One-off payments for businesses that have been impacted by restrictions

  • NSW Government: Jobsaver, providing provide cash flow support to impacted businesses to help maintain their NSW employee headcount

Changes to our services, facilities and events

What's closed

We are reopening in line with the NSW Government's roadmap. Currently:

  • Rockdale and Eastgardens customer service centres are closed until late October

  • our libraries are closed to the public until late October, with click and collect operating at the Rockdale and Eastgardens libraries (you can still return books in the returns shute)

  • Bayside squash courts are closed until mid-November

  • all games and training on Bayside sporting fields are cancelled until 25 October.

What's still open

The following services are still available:

Council and committee meetings are held online.

Essential services

The public health orders allow us to maintain public utilities and provide some essential services.

While most of our officers are working from home in line with public health orders, you'll still see us out in the community undertaking essential services such as:

  • waste collection

  • park, road and tree maintenance

  • childcare

  • services to assist vulnerable members of the public

  • operating the garden centre.

Financial relief

We recognise the financial impact of this extended lockdown on residents and businesses.

On 11 August Bayside Councillors approved a financial relief package, including:

  • zero percent interest rate on overdue rates and annual charges from 1 July 2021 until 31 December 2021

  • no interest to accrue on late payments for ratepayers if new payment plans are entered into prior to 1 Jan 2022 with a commitment to pay rates and annual charges by 30 June 2022. This means if ratepayers pay their rates in full by 30 June 2022, then any interest accrued between 1 Jan 2022 - 30 June 2022 will be waived. Find out more and apply for a payment arrangement here.

  • cease formal legal recovery proceedings otherwise required under Council’s Rates & Sundry charges recovery Policy for the period 1 July 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

  • full rental waiver for commercial tenants who are unable to operate their businesses because of the current COVID19 restrictions, providing that an equivalent rent relief is passed on by a head tenant to any sub-tenancies. The period for the rental waiver is to be from 1 July 2021 up until the earliest of either 31 Dec 2021 or when the public health orders allow businesses to return to normal operations

  • full rental waiver for Community tenants who pay rent, including a subsidised rent, for the period 1 July 2021 - 31 Dec 2021 for the use of Bayside Council facilities

  • that ground hire fees be waived or refunded if already paid for all Bayside community sporting clubs with seasonal bookings for the period 1 July to 30 October 2021, and that the associations be required to refund the monies to the clubs. It is also an expectation of Council that the clubs will pass an equivalent refund per member as part of their registration fees

  • increasing the budget for the community grants and donations program by $100,000 and fast tracking the distribution of grants to affected community groups

The following fees and charges will be waived from 1 July 2021 until 31 December 2021:

  • outdoor dining license & footway trading fees

  • library overdue fees

  • workzone permit fees

  • DA fees for residential applications with a development value of less than $100,000.

These fee waivers relating to small business will complement both the State and Federal support packages for small and medium businesses.