The Public Health (COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 commenced on 29 March 2021 (with amendments commencing 30 March 2021 and 9 April 2021) and 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 for Health and Medical Research 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.

Please complete the form to request an exemption:


Current as at: Friday 16 April 2021
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