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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Last updated: 25/09/2020

As restrictions continue to ease in NSW, we are busy getting ready to welcome artists, audiences and visitors back to the Sydney Opera House.

Following the announcement by the NSW Government that theatres can move to 50% capacity from 1 October, we are working towards reopening our venues from November and look forward to sharing more details about the program soon. All activities will be carefully managed in line with NSW Health guidelines and advice.

Until then, we will continue to present From Our House to Yours – a free weekly digital program of live recordings, never-before-seen footage, podcasts, videos, articles and more. You can check out the full schedule here.

Our harbourside dining venues – Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen – are also now open, offering guests a range of new dining experiences, refreshed seasonal menus, live entertainment and stunning views beneath the iconic sails.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support and we look forward to seeing you at the Opera House soon.

What we’re doing to reopen safely

The Opera House and its food and beverage venues are registered as COVID Safe businesses with the NSW Government. To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, we’ve made some changes to the way we operate. This includes the introduction of a number of additional measures and procedures at our onsite restaurants:

  • Maximum capacity of one person per four square metres, in line with NSW Government requirements.
  • Physical distancing guidelines, including tables 1.5 metres apart.
  • No more than 10 guests per booking and table.
  • Guest register with QR code sign-in on arrival.
  • Separate entry and exit points for Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen to ensure registration and venue capacity are effectively managed.
  • Queues to be managed to ensure physical distancing can take place.
  • Cashless payment and order-at-table options to enable all guests to remain seated to support physical distancing.
  • Cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitiser stations in all paths of travel, frequently accessed areas and near bathroom facilities.
  • COVID-19 safety training for all operational, frontline and contract staff, with one staff member assigned as the COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal. 

We will continue to follow the NSW Government health guidelines and will update our procedures as necessary.

How you can take care of each other during your visit

For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, you must not visit the Opera House: 

  • If you feel unwell or if you are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as identified by NSW Health;
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • You are required to self-isolate;
  • You have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
  • You have returned from overseas or have visited a “positive COVID-19 case location” as outlined by NSW government in the last 14 days. Please stay up-to-date with the latest case alerts and advisories via the NSW Health website.

Attending while under quarantine or isolation orders is against the law. If you are symptomatic, we may refuse entry to minimise the risk to others. Please also consider your own safety and wellbeing and whether attending is the right thing for you.

While on site, it is vitally important that you comply with our COVID-safe measures and procedures at all times, including:

  • Practising physical distancing of 1.5 metres whenever possible and following the guidance provided by our staff and signage;
  • Following the entry and exit points to support us to effectively manage registration and venue capacity;
  • Practising good hygiene by washing hands regularly with soap, using hand sanitiser, and covering sneezes and coughs and disposing of tissues promptly;
  • Bringing cashless payment options, remaining seated, and using the order-at-table options; and
  • Downloading the COVIDSafe app, as per government advice.

Patrons and visitors who do not comply with these conditions will not be admitted or will be asked to leave the venue to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff.

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