Easing of restrictions from Friday 15 May

From Friday 15 May, the following is allowed in NSW:

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time and continue to provide takeaway service
  • up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time
  • weddings up to 10 guests, excluding the person/s conducting the service, the couple, photographer and/or videographer
  • indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners
  • religious gatherings/places of worship up to 10 worshippers, including the person/s conducting the service
  • use of outdoor equipment with caution
  • outdoor pools open with restrictions.

For more information, please see Answers to your questions about the rules

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

Exemptions for funerals

Exemptions are only considered where there are strong health or compassionate grounds to justify the exemption.

It is important to allow sufficient time for the application to be considered. Ideally applications should be made at least 48 hours prior to the funeral, although NSW Health acknowledges that there may be situations where this is not possible.

The person conducting the funeral (such as the funeral director, celebrant or minister of religion) should email MOH-COVID-MassGatherings@health.nsw.gov.au if they have not heard back regarding their request for an exemption 24 hours prior to the funeral.

​Exemptions for weddings

Exemptions are only considered where there are strong health or compassionate grounds to justify the exemption.

It is important to allow sufficient time for the application to be considered. Applications should be made at least 48 hours prior to the date. NSW Health must consider the risk from COVID-19 that is likely to exist at the time of the wedding. NSW Health cannot grant exemptions for wedding dates more than 2 weeks ahead.

In addition, exemptions can only be made when the applicant demonstrates an understanding of how public health risks will be controlled, including that:

  • people can practice physical distancing by keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from other people
  • the maximum of one person per four-square metre rule can be followed.

Exemptions for other gatherings

The Public Health Order directs the closure of certain premises. Exemptions are only considered where there are exceptional circumstances. In addition, exemptions can only be made when the applicant demonstrates an understanding of how public health risks will be controlled, including that:

  • people can practice physical distancing by keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from other people
  • the maximum of one person per four-square metre rule can be followed.

Recording of contact information​

The relevant person for a wedding, funeral or memorial service or religious service must record the names and contact details (including contact telephone numbers) of all people attending and conducting the service. For indoor spaces, the relevant person is the occupier of the premises. For outdoor spaces, the relevant person is the occupier of the premises.

These records must be kept for at least 4 weeks, and provided to the Chief Health Officer, if requested.

Contact

For further information related to the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020, or the exemption process, please email MOH-COVID-MassGatherings@health.nsw.gov.au​​​​​​​​​

Page Updated: Saturday 16 May 2020
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