Stranded overnighters legally allowed to stay in NSW caravan parks, as clarified in a new order

Travellers working in the local area, or whose ‘places of residence are temporarily unavailable’, can legally stay in a NSW caravan park or camping ground, as clarified in a recent amendment to the NSW Government Public Health Act 2010.

In an Explanatory note, Brad Hazzard, MP, Minister for Health and Medical Research said one of the purposes of the order was to:

‘Enable¬†caravan parks and camping grounds to be used by overnight travellers, persons working in the local area and persons whose primary places of residence are temporarily unavailable.’

As a condition of the amendment, travellers and caravan park owners are still required to limit numbers of persons at the premises and to meet all social distancing measures, as directed in Part 5 of the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020. [Unless it is an essential gathering referred to in Schedule 2.]

There was no mention as to whether caravan parks or Councils were required to provide these services.

Holiday Parks Downunder recommends travellers in NSW contact caravan parks to confirm their arrangements prior to arriving.

IMAGE: Changes to NSW laws clarifies patron intake for caravan parks in NSW. Below, BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park prior to the travel restrictions.

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