Staying COVID-safe

The Mardi Gras Parade and Festival will look different in 2022, but importantly, it will allow us to come together and celebrate our pride safely.

It is up to all of us to keep safe, healthy and well. During the Mardi Gras Parade and Festival, make sure you are taking the following steps to protect yourself and stop the spread of COVID-19.

These COVID-19 guidelines are correct as of 10 November 2021. As Government restrictions evolve, we will continue to update information about the Mardi Gras Festival here.

Closer to each event date, all ticketholders will receive email correspondence containing the safety measures we have introduced and any associated direction from the Mardi Gras team.

We also recommend that you visit each participating venue website for their specific COVID-19 conditions of entry.

Stay home if you are unwell

Are you experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste? Please seek medical attention and stay at home.

Awaiting COVID test results?

If you are awaiting COVID test results or have recently returned from overseas or a COVID hotspot, please do not attend Mardi Gras events.

Wear a face mask

For the health and safety of yourself and others, we recommend attendees over the age of 12 to wear a face mask. Consider how you could get creative and make a statement with your face mask; think glitter, paints, embroidery, or iron-on patches.

Practise good hygiene

Wash your hands with soap and sanitise regularly in the bathrooms or at the sanitising stations located throughout the many venues involved in the Mardi Gras Festival. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

Remain seated

Please remain in your allocated seat and limit your movement around the venue.

Practice physical distancing

Stay 1.5 metres away from other people where possible and avoid close contact with people you do not live with. Queue where indicated, don’t congregate, and observe all lift limits. Refrain from activities that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19, including handshakes, hugs, kisses, and the sharing of food, utensils and cups.

Download the COVIDSafe app

Download the COVIDSafe app and remember you will need to keep your phone turned on, and the app open, for it to work.

Download the Service NSW app

Check in to venues using COVID Safe Check-in. You will be notified via the Service NSW app, phone or email if there is an outbreak at a location you have visited.

Go cashless

If possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash.

On-the-spot fines may be issued to people breaching the public health order as part of the COVID-19 restrictions.

For the latest Government health advice and COVID-19 restrictions, please check the NSW Government website: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


What COVID safety measures is SGLMG taking for each of the 2022 Festival events?

The health and safety of our community and Festival attendees has always been extremely important to us, and we have been working closely with NSW Health to guide our planning for the 2022 Festival.

SGLMG will adhere to all NSW Health and individual venue requirements, including:

  • Requiring all attendees, SGLMG staff, performers and volunteers, to provide proof of vaccination or a valid medical exemption at the entrance to the event
  • Requiring all attendees to check-in via the Service NSW QR code or manual alternative provided at the entrance to the event
  • Increased deep cleaning practices
  • Increased focus on hygiene practices, including social distancing and hand washing
  • Providing hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities
Will I need to check in and show proof of vaccination to attend a 2022 Festival event?

In accordance with existing NSW Health requirements and regulations to put on mass events, we will require proof of full vaccination or a medical exemption in the form of a valid contraindication certificate, for all 2022 Festival events.

As per current NSW Health guidelines (Nov 2021), children under 16 years are not required to be vaccinated and will be permitted to enter events if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

What does ‘fully vaccinated’ mean?

Fully vaccinated means anyone over 16 years old who has had all required doses of an Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) approved COVID-19 vaccine. SGLMG recommends allowing 14 days between receiving your final dose and attending an event.

What counts as proof of vaccination?

There are a number of ways to show proof of your vaccination:

  • Your COVID-19 digital certificate which shows proof of only your COVID-19 vaccinations that you can add to a digital wallet
  • Your immunisation history statement which shows your COVID-19 vaccinations and all other vaccinations
  • International travellers vaccinated in Australia will need to present an Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC)
  • International travellers vaccinated in other countries will be able to present certificates in formats that are issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider and are written in English or accompanied by a certified translation, containing at a minimum:
    • Name as it appears in the traveller's passport
    • Either date of birth or passport number
    • The vaccine brand name, and
    • The date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

For an international traveller to qualify as fully vaccinated, the certificate must show a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or                recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA.

To find out more about showing proof of vaccination as an international traveller, visit the NSW Health website.

SGLMG recommends adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to your digital wallet or ServiceNSW app for the quickest check-in.

Please note, access to your proof of vaccination can take up to 72 hours. Please plan accordingly to ensure you’ll have it on you when you arrive.

What if I cannot get vaccinated?

SGLMG appreciates that not everyone has the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. In the circumstance where you cannot get vaccinated, including having contracted COVID-19 in the past six months, you can provide a medical exemption in the form of a valid contraindication certificate, signed by a medical professional.

Ticket holders and attendees under the age of 16 who are not vaccinated are able to attend if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. 

What is a medical exemption?

A medical exemption is given by a medical professional via a contraindication certificate. This certificate would need to be valid and sighted at the venue, to make the holder eligible to enter.

Are SGLMG staff and volunteers vaccinated?

Yes - all SGLMG staff, volunteers and performers are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

Do I need to have had a booster vaccine to attend a 2022 Festival event?

No, however SGLMG recommends taking every action available to protect yourself against COVID-19.

Do I need to be vaccinated at the time I purchase tickets?

No – proof of vaccination or a medical exemption in the form of a valid contraindication certificate will only be required to enter the event. Please note, COVID-19 vaccines can take up to 14 days to take full effect.

Will I need to wear a mask to the 2022 Festival events?

Depending on the restrictions in place at the time of the Festival, you may need to wear a mask in some circumstances. SGLMG recommends you keep a mask on you at all times.

If the existing restrictions change before the 2022 Festival, will SGLMG requirements change?

We’re working very closely with NSW Health to ensure we meet and implement all restrictions in place at the time. We will notify you if there are any changes to requirements, however providing proof of vaccination or a valid medical exemption will remain in place.

I have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a 2022 Festival event, what do I do?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and attended a 2022 Festival event, please follow all instructions outlined by NSW Health and alert them that you were at the event while potentially infectious. NSW Health will then notify SGLMG of the exposure. 

If you wish to notify SGLMG of the potential exposure after alerting NSW Health, please contact us on reception@mardigrasarts.org.au

I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should I still attend the event?

No – if you are experiencing even the mildest of symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested and stay at home. You can learn about COVID-19 symptoms here.

Will all 2022 Festival events be run at full capacity?

SGLMG is intending to run our 2022 Festival events at the maximum capacity based on the Health order at the time.

Still have questions?

Contact SGLMG on reception@mardigrasarts.org.au