COVID-19: Restrictions on Gathering and Movement

* This article has been updated since its original posting


Quarantine arrangements for international travellers: 

As of Saturday, 12:01am 18 July 2020, all travellers returning from overseas to NSW will be charged for their mandatory hotel quarantine accommodation. Travellers will be excluded from these costs if flights were purchased before 11:59pm 12 July 2020. 

Travellers will be charged $3,000 for one adult; additional occupants can be added as follows:

  • Additional adults: $1000 each
  • Additional children: $500 each
  • Child under 3: no additional cost

According to the NSW Government, people who are experiencing financial hardship may apply for a payment plan. In cases of significant hardship, a reduction of the fee may be considered.


Travelling to or entering NSW from interstate: 

Under the new Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020 (NSW), temporary border restrictions have been imposed. Anyone who has been in Victoria within the last 14 days must not enter unless: 

  • They hold a current entry permit
  • They are authorised to enter under the order (this includes persons entering for medical services, persons entering to attend court or meet other legal obligations and persons avoiding injury or harm) 

If they are allowed to enter NSW they may be required to self-isolate for 14 days, get tested for COVID-19 and abide by a COVID-19 Safety Plan or any other conditions. 

Special provisions have been made for 

  • Residents of border communities
  • People performing critical services 
  • Interstate residents transiting through NSW

Other NSW Restrictions: 

  • No more than 20 people can gather outside in a public place
  • Up to 20 visitors may visit another household at any one time. Overnight stays as part of a visit to someone’s house are permitted
  • There are currently no limitations on people who live in NSW travelling within NSW
  • Residents of aged care facilities can have one daily visit with a maximum of two visitors (immediate family or close friends).
  • Group bookings at pubs are limited to 10 people and a maximum of 300 people are allowed inside a venue, providing the four-squared physical distancing rule is observed. All patrons must provide their name and contact details. 
  • There is no limit on the number of attendees at religious gatherings or places of worship, as long as the four-square metre physical distancing rule is observed.
  • The number of people allowed at a wedding or a funeral is the maximum number of people allowed on the premises, which is one person per four-square metres.

O’Brien Connors & Kennett remains operational and is still ready, willing and able to meet your legal needs. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch on (02) 9982 1655 if you require our services.

Dear Friends,

We would like to let you know that we are all doing our bit to help combat the corona virus. This means that we have instructed our staff to work from home and we will be taking your instructions via teleconference and email where possible.

We would like to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our clients is our highest priority.

Yours Sincerely,

The Team,
O’Brien Connors & Kennett Solicitors