COVID-19 information and updates

Stay informed on the latest COVID-19 updates

Council urges residents to closely follow NSW Government Health advice to help contain the spread of COVID-19. 

September 2021 update:

Curfews will be lifted for Cumberland and other LGAs of concern from Monday 20 September 2021.

There has been an excellent response to vaccinations by Cumberland residents. More than 89% of eligible residents have received their 1st COVID vaccination dose, and around 66% have received their 2nd vaccination dose. For information on how to book a vaccination, check the Council website.

Cumberland's COVID-19 Community Exchange Support

COVID-19 Community Support Exchange aims to link people in need of support or assistance, to community organisations who can meet their needs.

For Cumberland City Council residents who require assistance during these difficult times, food hampers and essential items are currently available from Cumberland LGA locations for pickup between 10am to 2pm (hub may close earlier if hamper supplies are exhausted):

  • Tuesday – Merrylands Service Centre and Holroyd Centre
  • Wednesday – Wentworthville Community Centre
  • Friday – Berala Community Centre

For more information, or if you have something to donate, see Council's COVID-19 Community Exchange Support page.

August 2021 update:

New restrictions were announced on 20 August. See below for a transcription of the NSW Health Notice.

Arms out in August:

Having 70% to 80% of our community vaccinated is the fastest and safest way out of this pandemic. We want to have the highest vaccination rate in the state and be the first to reach 80% of the population vaccinated. So we’re asking you to get your arm out in August and get vaccinated ASAP! Find out more on the Council website.

You can find the latest Cumberland updates on the Council website and social media channels. SBS is now translating the live daily NSW Government press conference into languages other than English.

The July episode of the Cumberland Conversations podcast has information about how Council is supporting the Cumberland community during this time. You can listen for free on Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast or on the Cumberland Conversations website.

If you are in distress and need emergency help during this time, Council has resources available to assist you.

20 August Restrictions Update

COVID August extension COVID August extension 2


The lockdown will be extended until the end of September.

From 12.01am Monday 23 August the following additional rules will apply for residents and businesses in the LGAs of concern:

  • Curfews will be introduced from 9m to 5am (except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care) to help reduce the moment of young people.
  • Outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per day.
  • The following retail premises must close, except for click and collect
    • garden centres and plant nurderies, office suppliers, hardware and building supplies, landscaping mateiral supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies (tradespeople are allowed in-store where relevant).
  • All exams and other education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC.

The following new restrictions around workplaces and authorise works from the LGAs of concern will be introduced:

  • Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August.
  • Autorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work-site or they have had their first vaccination dose by 30 August.
  • From Saturday 28 Augst, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern are required to cary a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home.
  • From Saturday 28 August, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issued by Service NSW.
  • From 12.01 Monday 23 August, workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs will no longer have to have bene tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.

From 12.01am Monday 23 August EVERYONE in Greater Sydney (including regional NSW) must wear a mast when outside their home, except when exercising.

For an updated list of venues of concern and relevant health advice, please check the NSW Government website regularly.

August 18 update:

BREAKING: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available to ALL 16-39 year olds living in a Local Government Area of concern.

These areas include Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield.

Book your vaccination here.

16 July update:

We’re maintaining essential services while operating under the NSW Government Health order until 30 July 2021. We’ve had to close our facilities and suspend some services. Our dedicated council staff and contractors will continue to collect waste and recycling, clean public spaces, deliver park maintenance, environmental services and maintain roads and assets. Our rangers will be out and about as usual to ensure public safety.

Getting tested

Please get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of taste or smell. Self-isolate until you know your test result. Testing is FREE - no booking or GP referral required.

Testing clinics in and near the Cumberland Local Government Area include:

Auburn Central Pop-Up Clinic
Auburn Town Square, Auburn: 8am-8pm, OPEN EVERY DAY (Arabic, Dari and Chinese interpreters on site)

Auburn Community Health Care Centre Drive-Through Clinic
Norval Street, Auburn Community Health Centre, Auburn: 8am-4pm, OPEN EVERY DAY 

Auburn Drive-Through Testing Clinic
48 Boorea Street, Auburn: 8am-8pm, OPEN EVERY DAY 

Chester Hill Laverty Pathology
Shop 1, 159 Priam Street, Chester Hill: 8am-8pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Granville Laverty Pathology Pop Up Drive-through Clinic
Diamond Avenue, Granville Community Centre Carpark, Granville: 8am-8pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Granville Clinical Labs Pathology Drive-through Clinic
110 Parramatta Road, Granville: 9am-4pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Guildford Swimming Centre
Guildford Swimming Centre Carpark, Tamplin Road, Guildford: 8am-8pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Lidcombe Drive-through Clinic
Weeroona Road, The Sydney University Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe: 5am-8pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Merrylands Drive Through Testing Clinic
Corner of Burnett Street and Merrylands Road, Merrylands: 8am-10pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Merrylands Laverty Pathology Walk-in Clinic
417 Merrylands Road, Merrylands: Monday - Friday: 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 1pm, OPEN EVERY DAY (check hours) 

Merrylands Stocklands Walk-in Clinic
Carpark Level 1 Entry from Neal Street, Merrylands Stockland, Merrylands: 8am-7pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Westmead Laverty Pathology
148 Great Western Hwy, Westmead: 9am-4pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Smithfield Drive Through Testing Clinic
63 Long Street, Smithfield: 8am-7pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Wentworthville 4Cyte Pathology Clinic
69 Veron Street, Wentworthville: 7am-8pm, OPEN EVERY DAY

Westmead Laverty Pathology
148 Great Western Hwy, Westmead: 9am-4pm, OPEN EVERY DAY


All ages are welcome. No booking or GP referral is required. Testing is free. No Medicare Card is needed.

For information on how to find a testing clinic visit the NSW Government website.

Council Services during COVID-19 restrictions 

Here are some of our services that are still operating. For more information check the Council website:

Customer Service

Our customer service staff are available via phone, email and online through website forms and webchat. Our face-to-face customer service centres are closed.

Child care

Child care centres and out of school hours (OOSH) care will operate as normal with COVID safe plans in place.

Services for seniors and Meals on Wheels

All face-to-face services for seniors, including over 55s will be suspended. Shopping and meals will be delivered to homes and wellness check-ins will be made via telephone.


Our library branches are closed, but our online collection and databases are open 24/7 and our librarians are available via phone and email during normal operating hours.  All current items on loan will be automatically extended until 26 July 2021. Home library services are suspended, but our library staff will keep in contact with all of our home library customers.

Parks and open space

Our parks, playgrounds and open spaces are available for recreation, but please don’t gather in large groups.

Lights on for exercise

We’re turning on the lights in parks and ovals from dusk until 9pm daily to allow extra time for exercise and fresh air. We’ve selected ovals to provide a mix across the local government area. See the Council website for list of parks and ovals that are open until late.

Be a Good Neighbour

People often feel disconnected from each other at the best of times. And now, with social distancing and restrictions on gatherings during the COVID pandemic, it can be even harder to maintain relationships with those around you. There’s never been a more important time to reach out to your neighbours.

If you have a neighbour or know someone who is alone or isolated, especially those in the vulnerable and at-risk categories, or just doing it tough, fill out the Good Neighbour Calling Card and drop it under their door to let them know you’re around if they need any help.

What help you can offer is up to you. It could be picking up some groceries or supplies, walking their dog, posting mail, providing translating support or just having a friendly chat over the phone.

The card also includes important tips to keep you safe if you are receiving assistance.