Under the new coronavirus regulations, people are bound to stay at home unless they have one of 16 “reasonable excuses”.

The minimum penalty for breaching the regulations is a $1000 fine.

This is the list from the NSW Government Gazette:

  • Obtaining food or other goods or services for the personal needs of the household, including pets, and for vulnerable persons
  • Travelling for work if it can’t be done from home.
  • Childcare drop-offs and pick-ups.
  • Attending school or other educational institution if it can’t be done from home.
  • Exercising.

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  • Obtaining medical care or health supplies, or fulfilling carer’s responsibilities.
  • Attending a wedding or a funeral.
  • Moving to a new place of residence, or a business to new premises, or inspecting a potential new place.
  • Providing care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person.
  • Donating blood.
  • Undertaking any legal obligations.

Moving house is seen as a “reasonable excuse” for leaving home during the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Continued existing arrangements for children moving between the homes of parents who have broken up.
  • Accessing a range of public services, such as employment, domestic violence and mental health.
  • Priests and ministers can provide pastoral care.
  • Avoiding injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm.
  • For emergencies or compassionate reasons.