These COVID-19 guidelines are correct as of 5 May 2022. 

Please read the important information below regarding our current COVID Safe measures. We continue to regularly monitor all government updates to ensure our procedures reflect current directives and legal requirements. Sydney Writers’ Festival also reserves the right to make decisions to best support the health and safety of the community attending the Festival. Check this page for the latest safety measures prior to your event as COVID requirements are subject to change. 

Enjoy the Festival and stay safe

Sydney Writers’ Festival works closely with the NSW Department of Health and is committed to the wellbeing of all Festival attendees, participants and staff.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival will be delivered under a COVID-19 Safety Plan and will follow guidelines set by the NSW Department of Health. All of our venues, including Carriageworks, are registered as COVID Safe.

All Festival venues are currently operating at 100% capacity in line with NSW Government health guidelines. Please be aware the current regulations allow patrons to be seated alongside each other. 

Sydney Writers’ Festival supports the NSW Department of Health advice to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless medically exempt. 

What we are doing to keep you safe

To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, we have made some changes to the way the Festival operates.

  • Increased cleaning and hygiene

Enhanced cleaning procedures will be in place across at our venues. This includes regular cleaning of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces, and cleaning of theatre spaces between events. Hand sanitiser stations will be available throughout frequently accessed areas.

  • Masks are mandatory 

Audience members 12 years and older are required to wear a well-fitted mask at all times during performances (including at Carriageworks, Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall and all other Festival venues). It is also highly recommended that audience members 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. 

  • Cashless payments

Only cashless payments will be accepted onsite at Carriageworks, this includes for tickets. 


Help us have a COVID Safe Festival

To ensure that everyone remains safe at this year’s Festival, please follow these guidelines:  

  • Practise social distancing

Practise social distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) while queuing and while moving around the venue spaces and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

  • Wear a face mask

Please bring a fitted face mask with you. Audience members 12 years and older are required to wear a well-fitted mask at all times while inside performance venues, unless medically exempt. It is also highly recommended that audience members 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. We strongly encourage wearing a mask in all other indoor and outdoor settings when physical distancing is not possible, including in the bookshop areas, venue foyers, walkways and book signing areas. You may remove your mask to eat or drink.

  • Practise good hand hygiene

Hand sanitiser stations have been positioned throughout venues for you to use. 

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell

Stay home if you feel unwell or if you are displaying any of the COVID symptoms as identified by the NSW Department of Health.

  • Ensure you bring your e-ticket

As part of our COVID-19 measures, we will be issuing e-tickets only. Please make sure you have a printout of your e-ticket or have it ready on a mobile device for our staff to view as you enter the venue. (Assistance will be available if you do not have a smartphone.)


Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival.