COVID-19 information and updates

Stay informed on the latest COVID-19 updates

Cumberland City Council is urging residents to closely follow NSW Government Health advice to help contain the spread of COVID-19. 

28 July update:

The NSW Goverment has announced that the lockdown has been extended for at least another four weeks. The NSW Health notice has been transcribed in full below for accessibility purposes.

NEW:  There are now walk-in pop-up vaccination clinics in Cumberland. 

Council has worked with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) provide access to AstraZeneca vaccines across Cumberland. Walk-in pop-up clinics include:

  • Wednesday 28 July - Ted Burge Hall, 57 Cantenary Rd, Merrylands. 9am to 3pm
  • Thursday 29 July - Allan G Ezzy Community Centre, 1 Newport St, Pemulwuy. 9am to 3pm
  • Friday 30 July - Guildford Community Centre, 367 Guildford Rd, Guildford. 9am to 3pm

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.

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.

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

23 July update:

We will face tougher restrictions from today to help stop the spread of the virus. We’ll also benefit from an intensive and targeted roll out of vaccinations. We’re offering support to NSW Health in their efforts to roll out these vaccinations, including the use of our facilities and venues for vaccination hubs.

For full details of the new rules and Council services still operating, see the Council website.

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.

Restrictions Update

NOTE: The following update is from Wednesday 28 July:

NSW COVID update 28 July

Lockdown extended 4 weeks

The Greater Sydney stay at home order will be extended until 28 August at least.

  • You can only shop in your Local Government Area or 10km from home.
  • Authorised work restrictions will be expanded to the Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River Local Government Areas. You cannot work outside your area unless you are an authorised worker.
  • Non-occupied construction can place outside the eight Local Government Areas of concern (the LGAs where authorised worker restrictions are in place).
  • Home schooling continues for 4 weeks. Face-to-face learning will recommence for Year 12 students from 16 August with students in Local Government Areas of concern being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.

The eight Local Government Areas of concern are: 

  • Blacktown
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Liverpool
  • Parramatta


NOTE: The following update on 23 July 2021 is in addition to other restrictions already in place:

NSW Covid update 23 July 2021

New Western Sydney Restrictions

For people living in Cumberland and Blacktown Local Government Areas (LGAs)

Due to the emergence of further cases of community transmission in Sydney's west, people living in the Cumberland and Blacktown Local Government Areas will only be allowed to leave their LGA if they are an authorised work.

"The situation that exists now in NSW, namely around south-western and now westner Sydney suburbs, is regarded as a national emergency." - Premier Gladys Berejiklian.


NOTE: The following update on 16 July 2021 is in addition to the restrictions that came into effect for the Greater Sydney Region from 5pm Friday 9 July 2021:

COVID stay at home extended

Stay at home extended (Update to reflect the 23 July restrictions)

The Greater Sydney stay at home order will be extended until Friday 30 July at least. Everyone in greater Sydney must continue to stay home. This includes the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse. A reasonable excuse is if you need to:

  • obtain food or other goods and services.
  • travel for work ONLY if you have an exemption.
  • exercise and take outdoor recreation in your local area.
  • go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

Home learning will be exended as well. Schools remain open for the children of essential workers.

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

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.