COVID-19

ADVICE FROM MULTICULTURAL NSW AND THE ACTING MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURALISM – THE HON. GEOFF LEE MP TO ALL NSW RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES, CHARITIES AND PLACES OF WORSHIP  

(AS AT FRIDAY 15/5/2020)

(information will be updated as it becomes available)

Please see below some key points for religious communities about changes to the public gatherings order that comes into effect today.


Further to our recent video conference with the Acting Minister for Multiculturalism, the Hon. Dr Geoff Lee MP, please see below some key points for religious communities about changes to the public gatherings order that comes into effect today.

We hope these points answer many of the questions put to us at our last meeting. We are still seeking advice on some of the trickier questions and hope to provide answers early next week.

Please also note the Service NSW community hotline responds to all questions about the public gatherings order 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 77 88.

The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 2) 2020 is available here

From today, Friday 15 May, the following is allowed:

  • Public gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time
  • Food and drink premises can open, but only to seat a maximum of 10 customers at any one time – this includes cafes and restaurants, a restaurant within a registered club or pub, or a cellar door that serves food
  • NEW: As at Monday 1 June, update from the Premier and Minister for Health regarding changes for places of worship, weddings and funerals. View full details.

*The occupier or operator of the premises must ensure there is 4 square metres of space for each person on the premises and social distancing should be practiced.

Religious gatherings, Funerals and Weddings

As at Monday 1 June, update from the Premier and Minister for Health regarding changes for places of worship, weddings and funerals. View full details.

Keeping records

A person who is required to record information must keep those records for at least a period of 4 weeks and on request, provide these records to the Chief Health Officer.

Obligations of occupiers or operators

The occupier or operator of premises open to the public must ensure the size of the premises compiles with 4 square meters of space per person on the premises. All people on the premises, including staff, must be counted when applying the 4 square metre rule. Physical distancing should be followed at all times.

Penalties for breaching orders

Breach of orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties.

In the case of an individual, the maximum penalty is $11,000, or imprisonment for 6 months, or both and a further $5500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues. The NSW Police may also issue on-the-spot fines of $1000 for an offence.

In the case of any corporation, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.

For more information

More information about public gatherings is available on nsw.gov.au

The Service NSW hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to community queries about the order. The hotline is available on 13 77 88.

To apply for an exemption to the order, contact MOH-COVID-MassGatherings@health.nsw.gov.au