The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 was amended on 2 January 2021. For more information, please see What you can and can't do under the rules.

 

The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 contains directions on gatherings, and the number of persons allowed on non-residential and residential premises.

Restrictions apply to a range of premises and activities in all regions of New South Wales, including:

  1. Dance floors are not permitted, except for 20 persons in a wedding party. Dance floor requirements are addressed in COVID-19 Safety Checklists.
  2. Gyms (there must be at least 4 square metres of space for each person).
  3. Up to 3,000 people can gather for community sport (subject to the square metre tule for the premises).
  4. Outdoor entertainment facilities (the greater of 100% of fixed seating capacity or one person per 2 square metres)
  5. Outdoor recreation facilities (major) (the greater of either the total of 100% of fixed seating capacity and one person per 2 square metres of space in unfixed seating areas, or one person per 2 square metres of space in the facility)

The Order makes additional restrictions for the Greater Sydney Region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong). Restrictions apply to a range of premises and activities in the Greater Sydney region, including:

  1. Generally, all indoor premises are restricted to one person per 4 square metres.
  2. People cannot allow more than 5 visitors at their residence per day, including children. The visitor limit applies to weddings, funerals, memorial services (or a gathering after these services) held at a place of residence. The visitor limit does not apply in certain circumstances including where someone is engaged in work or providing care and assistance and for a gathering for an auction of viewing of the property.
  3. Weddings, funerals and memorial services (or a gathering after these services) are restricted to 100 persons, subject to the 4 square metre rule (for indoor areas) and the 2 square metre rule (or outdoor area).
  4. Outdoor public gatherings are restricted to 30 people.
  5. Gym classes and activities are restricted to 30 persons. Premises must not be used as a nightclub.
  6. Holiday let or short stay rentals cannot have more than 10 persons on the premises, unless everyone is from the same household or the persons were already staying at the beginning of 21 December.
  7. Each separate area in a hospitality venue is limited to the lesser of 300 persons or 1 person per 4 square metres. Hospitality venues, places of public worship, and religious services. Each separate area in a hospitality venue or a place of public worship is limited to the lesser of 300 persons or 1 person per 4 square metres. Services, activities or events in separate areas of a place of public worship must not start or end at the same time.
  8. Community sport, outdoor performances and rehearsals, and outdoor protests (up to 3,000 people, subject to one person per 2 square metres outdoors or, for indoor sporting venues, one person per 4 square metres).
  9. Indoor entertainment facilities and indoor recreation facilities (major) (the greater of 75% of fixed seating capacity or one person per 4 square metres).
  10. Outdoor rehearsal and performance is restricted to a maximum of 500 participants, subject to the 2 square metre rule.
  11. Outdoor protests or demonstrations are restricted to 500 persons.
  12. Controlled outdoor events may have, subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule, 500 people (if people are assigned to a seating area) or 2,000 people (if people are assigned to a specific seat).
  13. Places of public worship may have a maximum of 100 people (subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule).
  14. Where a place of public worship has more than one separate area, each area may have a maximum of 100 people (subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule). Services, activities or events in separate areas of a place of public worship must not start or end at the same time.
  15. A religious service in an indoor area other than a place of public worship may also have a maximum of 100 people (subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule).

Restrictions apply to a range of premises and activities in other regions of New South Wales (excluding Greater Sydney), including:

  1. Generally, all indoor premises are restricted to one person per 2 square metres. For small venues, up to 25 patrons are permitted before the 2 square metre rule applies.
  2. Nightclubs must have at least 4 square metres of space for each person.
  3. People cannot allow more than 50 visitors at their residence (although NSW Health recommends no more than 30 visitors if there is no outdoor space). Children are included in the limit. The visitor limit does not apply to weddings, funerals, memorial services (or a gathering after these service) or a gathering for an auction or viewing of the property.
  4. Outdoor public gatherings are restricted to 100 people.
  5. Holiday let or short stay rentals cannot have more than 50 persons on the premises, unless everyone is from the same household.
  6. There is no longer an upper limit on the number of people at weddings, funerals and religious services. Premises must comply with the 'one person per 2 square metre rule' and have an appropriate COVID-19 safety plan.
  7. Outdoor rehearsal and performance is restricted to a maximum of 3000 participants, subject to the 2 square metre rule. Controlled outdoor events may have, subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule, 500 people (if people are assigned to a seating area) or 2,000 people (if people are assigned to a specific seat).
  8. Outdoor performances and rehearsals, and outdoor protests (up to 3,000 people, subject to one person per 2 square metres).
  9. Indoor entertainment facilities and indoor recreation facilities (major) (the greater of 75% of fixed seating capacity or one person per 2 square metres).

Exemption process

The Minister for Health or a delegate may grant an exemption to the Order or specified provisions of the Order. Due to the public health risk of COVID-19, exemptions must be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis.

Exemptions are only considered where there are exceptional or unforeseen circumstances and when the applicant demonstrates an understanding of how public health risks will be controlled and has a COVID-19 Safety Plan for the event.

Please allow sufficient time for the application to be considered. Ideally applications should be made at least 5 working days prior to the event, although NSW Health acknowledges that there may be situations where this is not possible.

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Please complete the web form below to request an exemption:

Current as at: Tuesday 12 January 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW