Fact Sheets

Ministerial Orders

On Sunday 10 May 2020, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced NSW will further ease COVID-19 restrictions across the State from Friday.


From Friday 15 May 2020, the following will be allowed in NSW, in addition to measures already announced:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people

  • Cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time

  • Up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time

  • Weddings up to 10 guests

  • Indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30

  • Religious gatherings/places of worship up to 10 worshippers

  • Use of outdoor equipment with caution

  • Outdoor pools open with restrictions


From 9 May 2020 property inspections for purchasers and renters and on-site property auctions will re-commence, as announced by the Treasurer and Health Minister last Sunday.



On Tuesday 28 April 2020, the Premier announced that from Friday 1 May 2020, two adults (and any dependent children) are able to visit another household to reduce social isolation.



On Tuesday 24 March 2020, the NSW Parliament passed a series of extraordinary measures to assist in meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders will be listed below as they are made.


The Planning Minister can make orders that override normal planning controls during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health, safety and welfare of communities. The Ministerial orders can remain in place for six months, with an opportunity to be extended at that point by regulation for a further six months. The orders are are effective from the time they are gazetted. Each Minister must receive approval from the Minister for Health and Medical Research before making these orders.

Click on the links below to view the order.  A brief explanatory note or overview of each order has been provided along with the date of effect. 

Public Health (COVID-19) Orders

1.     Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 - 30 March 2020

This Order directs that a person must not, without reasonable excuse, leave the person's place of residence. Examples of a reasonable excuse include leaving for reasons involving-
(a)     obtaining food or other goods and services, or
(b)     travelling for the purposes of work or education if the person cannot do it at home, or
(c)     exercise, or
(d)     medical or caring reasons.

In addition, this Order directs that a person must not participate in a gathering in a public place of more than 2 persons. Exceptions include-
(a)     gatherings of members of the same household, and
(b)     gatherings essential for work or education .


Section 10 of the Public Health Act 2010 creates an offence if an individual fails to comply with a direction with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 6 months or a fine of up to $ 11 ,000 (or both) plus a further $5,500 fine each day the offence continues. Corporations that fail to comply with a direction are liable to a fine of $55,000 and $27,500 each day the offence continues.


Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development) Orders 

1.    Takeaway Food and Beverages Order - 2 April 2020

This order will allow commercial kitchens (in the following: a community facility; educational establishment, business premise or office premise that was operating as a cooking school prior to the commencement of the order; a food or drink premises; or a function centre) to be used for takeaway purposes only or as dark kitchens, providing people living in isolation or quarantine with options for food. This order will also allow food trucks to go anywhere with owner’s consent.


2.    Construction Work Days Order - 2 April 2020

This order allows weekday construction hours across weekends and public holidays to allow social distancing of workers across a greater number of work days.  Importantly, no high noise generating works can be undertaken on weekends. Worksites must adhere to environmental conditions. The construction and development industry employs some 400,000 people and is around 10 per cent of NSW’s economy, and requires some flexibility in construction hours so they can adjust their workforce on site to allow for social distancing without a loss of productivity or jobs. 


3.    Temporary Worker’s Accommodation Order - 2 April 2020
This order is designed to provide workers with temporary accommodation on land adjacent to Bayswater and Lidell power stations, to protect their health and welfare from COVID-19 as much as possible and to ensure that these vital energy producing plants continue to operate at maximum during this time.