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.

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 (No 2) 2021 or specified provisions of the 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.

Exemption request form

You may use this form to seek an exemption to gathering restrictions under the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order (No 2) 2021.

Please do not use this form if your enquiry is about release from self-isolation. The NSW Health Isolation Support Line is 1800 943 553.

Please do not use this form if your enquiry is about entering a health facility. You should request permission from the facility or treating doctor. NSW Health does not issue exemptions for this.

Please do not use this form if you have arrived from overseas and are requesting an exemption from isolation or quarantine (go to exemptions from air and maritime quarantine).

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.


Current as at: Tuesday 21 December 2021
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