The Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 contains directions on gatherings, and the number of persons allowed on non-residential and residential premises. The Order requires certain premises and events to have a COVID-19 safety plan that addresses the matters in a checklist approved by the Chief Health Officer.

Exemption process

The Minister may, in writing and subject to the conditions the Minister considers appropriate, grant an exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 or specified provisions of thes Order. Any request for exemption will 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.

If you are requesting an exemption to enter to a NSW health facility, please contact the relevant hospital. For further information, please visit Supporting visits.

NSW Health is currently receiving a very large number of exemption requests. 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.

Restrictions are necessary to protect everyone, including those who would be at grave risk if they contract COVID-19.

It is an offence to not comply with a Public Health Order. Penalties may apply.

Please check the COVID-19 rules for your area before completing the exemption form.

If you want to leave Greater Sydney or enter Greater Sydney, please check whether you have a reasonable excuse. You do not need an exemption if you have a reasonable excuse.

Funerals, memorial services and weddings

You may enter or leave Greater Sydney to attend a funeral, memorial service or wedding that complies with the Public Health Order. You do not need an exemption if the event complies with the Public Health Order.

Exemption request form


Current as at: Saturday 16 October 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW