The Public Health (COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions) Order (No 2) 2021 commenced on 2 June 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.

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new temporary restrictions have been introduced. The Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 commenced 26 June 2021 and contains directions on staying at home in Greater Sydney (which includes the Blue Mountains, Central coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour LGAs), entering Greater Sydney, and additional restrictions across NSW. The Order will be in place until the beginning of 31 July, unless extended or repealed earlier.

Exemption process

The Minister may, in writing and subject to the conditions the Minister considers appropriate, grant an exemption to Public Health (COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions) Order (No 2) 2021 or the Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 or specified provisions of these orders. 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 the supporting visits page.

If your enquiry relates to the pause on construction activity in Greater Sydney, please contact the NSW Treasury COVID-19 coordination team at

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: Tuesday 20 July 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW