Factsheet No. 7: NSW COVID-19 Public Health Laws and Police Powers (revised)

This factsheet provides an overview of NSW Police powers to enforce new social distancing and isolation orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) and Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth). 

The factsheet was first published on 2 April 2020. Subsequent revisions have been made to reflect major changes to social distancing rules in NSW. 

You no longer need a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home, but there are still restrictions on gathering in a public place, and the number of visitors you can have in your home.

Topics covered in the factsheet include leaving your home, gatherings in a person’s residence, gatherings in public places, self-isolation, and police powers, fines and prosecutions.

Major changes include:

  • Rules for hospitality venues and entering such venues
  • Rules for corporate and significant events
  • Changes to numbers of people permitted at weddings, funerals and religious services
  • Rules for Businesses and COVID-19 Safety Plans

The powers given to police are changing quickly. RLC aims to update this factsheet as changes occur.

First published: 2 April 2020
Last revised: 6 August 2020