COVID-19 and Parkinson’s

COVID-19 and Parkinson's

This page was updated on 27 October 2021 at 9.07am. This advice will be updated as new information becomes available.

As always, the priority of Parkinson’s NSW is supporting people living with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers amid these challenging times.

This page is intended to be a one-stop reference point giving you access to the facts and information that is relevant to you. Please bookmark this page as we will be updating the information regularly.

The Parkinson’s NSW specialist care team is here to support you by calling 1800 644 189 or emailing

Our InfoLine and information and support services are still here with support for you.

We will continue to update our website as new information becomes available.

Supermarkets to stock COVID-19 rapid antigen tests

Coles and Woolworths supermarkets will begin stocking COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in early November. They will also be available for delivery.

Rapid antigen tests can return a result in as little as 15 minutes and will be sold for around $10 to $15 each.

The home self-test kits have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Masks no longer required in gyms and exercise classes

People participating in fitness or dance classes are no longer be required to wear a mask.

Masks were previously required while taking part in exercise classes, although they were not required while exercising on the gym floor.

People visiting gyms still need to wear masks while in the reception area or change rooms, however they can remove them while exercising.

NSW to enter next phase of roadmap to recovery ahead of schedule

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced that the state will hit its target of 80 percent of adults being fully vaccinated by Saturday, 16 October.

Therefore NSW can enter the next phase of its roadmap to recovery on Monday, 18 October.

From that day, fully vaccinated people will enjoy additional freedoms including:

  • Having 20 people at their homes
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people
  • No limits on the number of guests for weddings and funerals
  • Participation in community sports
  • Ability to visit aged care homes

Masks will still be required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports. However, they will no longer be required in office buildings.

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Reopening of regional travel postponed

Reopening of travel to regional NSW has been delayed until 1 November.

Regional travel was among the restrictions to be lifted when the state achieved a double vaccination rate of 80 percent of NSW residents – a milestone expected to be reached next week.

However mayors from the regions are concerned about the unequal vaccination rates between their areas and Greater Sydney, and how the virus could easily spread if regional travel was open to all.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate now available on Service NSW venue check-in application

You can now add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service NSW application to prove your vaccination status when you check in to a venue.

A COVID-19 digital certificate is available to people who have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

For step-by-step instructions on how to add your digital certificate to the Service NSW venue check-in application.

Visit the following links to find out more

Digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate trialled in regions of NSW

Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Lismore are the trial sites for residents to display their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificates on the Service NSW application called VaxPass.

As of today, Monday 11 October, staff and visitors at a number of clubs and aged-care facilities, as well as selected taxi companies will participate in the trial.

The new Service NSW digital phone application will enable users to simultaneously check into a venue and show proof of vaccination status.

State-wide rollout of the VaxPass application is planned to begin on 18 October. Until then, you can present your vaccination information via:

A paper certificate from Services Australia
A digital certificate on the Medicare Express Plus application
A digital certificate in your Google or Apple wallet on your phone

Visit the following links to find out more

Changed conditions: Day trips between Greater Sydney and regional areas now not permitted

NSW public health orders were amended today (8 October) to state that recreational day trips between Greater Sydney and regional areas will not be allowed when the state begins the first phase of its reopening plan on Monday, 11 October.

Yesterday it was stated that recreational day trips would be allowed. However, this was a grey area in the health orders which have since been clarified.

Travel for essential reasons including carer responsibilities and work will still be allowed in line with current public health orders.

Recreational travel between Greater Sydney and regional areas will be permitted once the state reaches its target of having 80 percent of adult residents fully vaccinated.

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NSW Premier announces changes to roadmap out of lockdown

NSW has become the first Australian state to fully vaccinate 70 per cent of its population aged 16 and above against COVID-19.

Consequently, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced changes to the NSW roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown.

From Monday,11 October, fully vaccinated people will be given more freedoms, including:

10 adults will be allowed to gather in homes (was previously five)
30 adults will be allowed to gather in public outdoor spaces (previously 20)
Indoor pools will be reopened
The cap on attendance at weddings and funerals has been raised to 100 people (previously 50)
Students in NSW’s lockdown areas will now return to on-site learning at school from 25 October. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning from 18 October.

The Premier has also announced that when NSW hits its target of 80 percent double dose vaccination coverage:

Face masks will not be required in office buildings (However, school teachers will be required to wear masks because children won’t be vaccinated)
20 adults will be allowed to gather in homes
50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors
3,000 people will be able to attend ticketed outdoors events

Stay-at-home orders extended for some regional areas

 The local government areas of Oberon, the Snowy Monaro and some parts of the Central Darling Shire were supposed to be freed from lockdown today. However, for safety, stay-at-home orders have been extended until Monday, 11 October.

Regional workers with one dose of vaccine permitted to return to workplace

Deputy Premier Paul Toole has announced that workers in regional areas who have received one vaccination dose will be permitted to return to their workplace from 11 October. They will be given a grace period until 1 November to receive their second dose.

Regional Local Government Areas put back into lockdown

The Gunnedah Local Government Area (LGA) was put into lockdown from midnight today (5 October) to 11 October. Stay-at-home orders apply to anyone who has been in the LGA since 27 September.

Lockdown orders have also been imposed in Taree, Forster and Tuncurry on the Mid North Coast until 11 October. This includes anyone who has visited the areas since 27 September.

Lismore LGA has also been locked down for the same period.

Stay-at-home orders have been extended for Muswellbrook after the town recorded an additional case on Monday, and Muswellbrook McDonald’s was listed as an exposure site.

Stay-at-home orders for Cowra LGA were lifted as scheduled today and Port Macquarie LGA will exit lockdown at 11:59 pm tonight (5 October).

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