In 2020, COVID-19 reached Australia and the New South Wales (NSW) Government implemented public health restrictions to limit movement of people in an effort to avoid the spread of the virus.

In addition to the Commonwealth Government's closure of Australia's national borders, the NSW Government introduced a number of public health restrictions which included:

  • closure of non-essential businesses;
  • density limits and social distancing requirements; and
  • closure of the border between NSW and Victoria

The NSW Government provided three COVID-19 Small Business Grants to businesses in NSW in response to the various challenges posed to business and the NSW economy as a result of pandemic related restrictions.