COVID-19 Updates

Our response to COVID-19

View the current Public Heath Orders in NSW 

Roadmap to COVID normal confirmed

The NSW Government announced their roadmap to reopening of NSW beginning with a gradual lifting of restrictions now the state has reached the milestone of 70% of adults fully vaccinated.  

As of Monday 11 October Burwood joins the rest of Greater Sydney with lighter restrictions. 

Key announcements

70% of adults fully vaccinated (From October 11, 2021)

80% of adults fully vaccinated (approximately 2-3 weeks later)


School return brought forward

Check the NSW Education website for latest updates

The NSW Government officially confirmed that face-to-face learning for term four will resume a week earlier than predicted. Students were originally set to return in stages from Monday 25 October however, the high take-up of vaccine in the state including in the 12-15-year age group has changed the dates.

From Monday 18 October

  • Kindergarten students will return 
  • Year 1 students will return
  • Year 12 students will return

From Monday 25 October 

All remaining year groups resume.

High School Certificate (HSC)

  • The HSC has been delayed until 9 November with a revised timetable of exams
  • Results from the HSC will be released in January with the university sector ensuring that school leavers are able to apply for tertiary education

Restrictions at schools

  • Level 3 COVID restrictions will apply upon returning to the classroom with minimal mixing, no school assemblies, and no external visitors to the school.
  • Masks will be mandatory for all teaches and high school students. Primary school students don’t have to wear masks, but will be encouraged to do so.
  • Anyone who works on school grounds, including teachers and administrators, will be required to be vaccinated.

Information on procedure if a school is forced to closed due to a positive case will be communicated ahead of the start date. 

Travel Permits

From 11 October 2021 you do not need a permit to travel within NSW. Travel restrictions still apply. See the COVID-19 rules

What Council Facilities are closed?

The safety of our communities, customers and employees is our top priority.

  • Our Council Customer Service Centre, Library and Community Hub will open 18 October
  • The Enfield Aquatic Centre outdoor pool and wading pool is open
  • Community services programs cancelled and moved online where possible
  • Venues for hire closed
  • Our parks, playgrounds and fitness equipment are open

Why are there QR codes to use a public park?

Council has received advice that in order to comply with the updated Public Health Orders QR check-in codes should be prominently displayed in all public venues. This includes parks, dog parks, and on playground equipment. The QR codes are linked directly to the Service NSW App with the information used for the befit of the NSW Contact tracers and is stored per regulations.

Where can I get a COVID test and vaccine?

We encourage the community to continue to monitor for symptoms and to get tested no matter how mild.

Information on where you can access a testing clinic in Burwood can be found here
Information on vaccination can be found here 

For everyone’s safety we need to do the right thing.

What is ‘click and collect’?

Click and Collect allows Burwood residents or workers to reserve up to 10 library items and collect it during designated hours in a contactless way. In addition, the home delivery library service has been extended for vulnerable customers. Please visit Burwood Library for further information. 


Can I speak to a member of staff from Council?

Yes.  Our 24/7 customer service number 9911 9911 will be available. Our customer service desk is contactless if you need to collect documents.

Please ring our service number or email to discuss your needs. If you wish to report an incident of someone failing to comply with the Public Health Orders please contact NSW Crimestoppers in the first instance on 1800 333 000

Are Burwood Council events still going ahead?

The ongoing COVID restrictions are having an impact on how we host events. Where possible we have transitioned programs and workshops into the online environment.
Carols in the Park has been cancelled.

Our  event section  of the website is regularly updated. 


How do I keep up to date with all the changing COVID information?

Council will regularly provide key updates on our website and on our social media channels.

NSW Health is the leading agency for reliable information and all residents should follow the health advice provided by them. Mainstream media outlets are providing live blog updates and news articles throughout the day.

View the NSW Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions