FAQs and facts

Last updated 1 July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty in the community, especially when it comes to restrictions on what you can do and where you can go. While restrictions and guidance are constantly changing, we've put together a quick rundown of how coronavirus is currently affecting day-to-day life in Newcastle.

City of Newcastle will continually respond to Public Health Orders to ensure compliance and the safety of our communities. Public Health Orders are enforced by the NSW Police with a potential $11,000 fine for breaches.

Council Services and Facilities

Will my bins still be collected?
What if I need to contact City of Newcastle?
Can I go to the library, museum or art gallery?
Is Park and Ride still operating?
Are community halls open?
Are Council Meetings still happening?
What is the Council doing to support businesses?
Has Council allowed construction on weekends?
Has Council allowed more truck deliveries?
How are these restrictions being monitored?
Will the City carry out extra cleaning of outdoor facilities?
Has Council waived food inspections fees?
Will Council refund premises with valid outdoor trading approvals?

Beaches, Baths and Parks

Can I go to the beach to swim, surf, or to meet friends?
Can I swim at the Ocean Baths?
Can I go to the pool?
Can I go to the park, or sportsground?
Can I use barbecues in public parks?
Can I go to the off-leash dog parks?
Can I walk along Bathers Way, the Foreshore, Fernleigh Track etc?
Can we have a bootcamp if we spread out around a field?

Return to Sport

What is the City’s role in rebooting sport?
What does a return to training scenario look like?
How can organisations and individuals minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission?
What other information is available?


Can I leave my house?
Can I have a party at home?
Are Newcastle's cafes and restaurants still open for business?
Are boat ramps open?
When will organised sports return?


Council is supporting the NSW Government in sharing information on its channels.

Health information:

Economic stimulus package information:

Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice: