COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement Order 2020

The full text of the most recent order is available in the NSW Government Gazette.

The order further restricts movement. Rule 5 prescribes that a person must not, without reasonable excuse, leave the person’s place of residence.

Reasonable excuse is not expressly defined.

Schedule 1 (page 13) provides a list of what is included in reasonable excuses, which seems to imply that other reasonable excuses may exist.

Holidays in regional areas are expressly excluded from reasonable excuses (rule 5(4)), however it seems that one might travel to a regional area for other reasons (such as moving to a new place of residence.

Or travelling for the purposes of work if the person cannot work from the person’s place of residence.

Example 15 of Schedule 1 perhaps has the potential to be a little circular in the present circumstances, in that a reasonable excuse may be for avoiding injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm.

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