Supporting our community through Covid-19

I will continue to update you on the work we're doing through our Local Emergency Management Plan and Emergency Pandemic sub-plan to be prepared for COVID-19.

For the latest alerts, impacted venues and restrictions, please visit the NSW Health website.

Supporting our community through Covid-19

Lockdown has proven to be an incredibly challenging time.

You must stay at home unless you are shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising, or working/studying if you can’t do so from home. If you leave home, you must stay in your local government area or within 5km or your home.

The City has released an urgent response package that provides immediate relief with grants, donations and fee waivers as well as support to revitalise the city post-lockdown. The City of Sydney’s direct package is worth $5 million. We’ve also waiving an extra $7.8-million worth in revenue and fees for each month of lockdown.

Community emergency quick response grants now open

The community emergency quick response grant supports small-scale projects for local residents, communities and organisations that build the capacity of our communities to respond to the impacts of Covid-19. It's part of the City of Sydney’s Covid-19 lockdown urgent response package. Our package includes immediate relief with these community grants, donations and fee waivers as well as support to revitalise the city post-lockdown.

Read more and apply here.

Support for vulnerable people

To help vulnerable residents access food, we’re providing donations of $300,000 to both OzHarvest and Foodbank and $100,000 to SecondBite.

The Department of Communities and Justice has announced temporary accommodation will be made available to people experiencing homelessness, and the City’s Public Space Liaison Officers will be patrolling daily to make sure people know this accommodation is available.

We have also invested $50,000 on a fresh supply of protective face masks to our vulnerable residents. An increased outreach program will help connect people with mental health and social connection support services.

Council services and facilities

There will be some changes to City services and facilities, including some closures:

  • Our pools, libraries, community centres, gyms, customer and neighbourhood service centres will closed;

  • Sydney Town Hall, Customs House and Town Hall House will also be closed to the public; and

  • Venues for hire are closed and anyone with a booking will be contacted.

Essential City services, such as waste collection, will continue as normal. As will childcare, after school care and vacation care, and our Meals on Wheels and homelessness services.

The City’s parks, playgrounds and outdoor fitness stations will remain open in line with directions issued by NSW Health. The City will implement additional cleaning for playgrounds and fitness stations.

We will also be leaving the lights on at our sporting fields a little longer into the evening, to give everyone a little more time for exercising outdoors.

One-on-one advice is available

Call our business concierge service to get one-on-one advice and support on what is available for you.

You can call 02 9265 9333 Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm or email [email protected].

Sign up for our grants newsletter and learn about current and future grant opportunities.

Please look after yourself and others

We know the pandemic has had a big impact on people’s mental health and now more than ever it is important that you look after yourself and those around you.

I encourage you to keep in touch with loved ones and to reach out for help if you need it – through Lifeline, NSW Mental Health Line, Beyond Blue, or Twenty10.

Please stay home, get tested if you have Covid symptoms, and check your eligibility to book a vaccine.

Exercise, get fresh air and sun when you can, take solace in music, reading, or however you can, and be kind to each other. We will get through this, together.