Health advice on compulsory masks in places of public worship during COVID-19

Andrew Kyrios made this Government Information (Public Access) request to NSW Ministry of Health

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Dear NSW Ministry of Health,

I seek all documents pertaining to advice given by your department to the NSW Government in relation to the compulsory wearing of masks in places of public worship (as required by various amendments to the NSW Public health orders on movement during COVID-19.)

To help potentially narrow the scope, I am seeking documents in which advice is given specifically for places of public worship as against indoor areas or other businesses more generally.

Yours faithfully,
Rev. Andrew Kyrios

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Hi Andrew

Thank you for contacting the NSW Ministry of Health.

Given the scale of your request, it would have to be a formal application. Please find attached formal application.

Kind regards

Lisa Yozghatlian

GIPA Officer | Corporate Governance and Risk Management, Legal and Regulatory Services
NSW Ministry of Health | 1 Reserve Road , St Leonards, New South Wales 2065

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Dear Lisa

I am happy to submit an application form in the method prescribed as well as pay the fee but do you seriously not accept emailed forms?
Also is there no other way to pay apart from money order or cheque?

This seems purposefully belligerent when most other departments accept requests via email.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Kyrios

Dear Andrew,


Thank you for getting back in touch regarding your query.  To clarify, you
are able to submit your application form electronically, by sending the
completed version to [email address] with the required


You are also able to pay the $30 application fee online using our payment
portal.  As guidance, please note the following:

·       The portal is available at this link:

·       Once you have opened the above link, please click on the ‘Online
Payments’ link which directs you to a form for completion.

Complete the form with the requested information, nothing the following:

1.       in the “payment type” field please choose “GIPA” from the drop
down menu

2.       in the “customer number” field, please enter “application fee”

·       Once payment has been made a receipt will be emailed to your
specified address.  Can you please attach a copy of this receipt to your
application form to confirm that payment has been made.


If you have any further queries, please email [email address]


Thank you




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