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.

Revisions include:

  • Gathering numbers
  • Number of visitors allowed in home
  • Restrictions on businesses
  • Need for businesses to have COVID-19 safety plan

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

First published: 2 April 2020
Revised: 7 July 2020