Another week means another set of coronavirus restrictions are soon to be eased.
Recently, a number of state and territory leaders announced new plans to reopen their jurisdictions, and across the country we will soon see more scheduled changes come into effect.
Below is a list of upcoming changes per state.
From 11:59pm 25 May, in line with schools returning to face-to-face learning, public playgrounds, outdoor communal gym equipment and skateparks will be opened. Physical distancing and group limits remain in place.
From 11:59pm on 31 May the following changes will come into effect.
- Private gatherings increase to a total of 20 people in a house, including members of the household.
- Public gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, will increase to 20.
- Weddings increase to 20 people, plus the celebrant and the couple.
- Both indoor and outdoor funerals increase to 50 people, plus people reasonably required to conduct the funeral.
- Private worship or small religious ceremonies increase to up to 20 people plus people reasonably required for the ceremony.
Business, travel, retail and personal services
- Auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections increase to 20 people plus the minimum number reasonably required to facilitate.
- Restaurants, cafes and pubs can open and serve meals for up to 20 patrons per space. Alcohol with meals only.
- Overnight stays in private residences allowed.
- Camping and tourist accommodation allowed if no use of shared facilities.
- Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours, massage parlours to open with up to 20 patrons.
- Non-food and drink market stalls to open.
Sports and recreation
- Community facilities to open, with no more than 20 people in a single space plus those reasonably required to run the space.
- Indoor and outdoor pools to open, to maximum 20 patrons and limit of 3 people per lane in each pool.
- Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, drive-in cinemas, zoos and arcades to open with up to 20 patrons per space, while ensuring density limits are applied to the entire venue.
- Non-contact outdoor sporting activities will increase to 20 people plus the instructor
From 11:59pm on 21 June – and in line with the most up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer – the following changes will be made:
- Increased number of patrons in restaurants, cafes and pubs with up to 50 patrons per space.
- Increase number of patrons in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades to up to 50 patrons per space, while ensuring density quotient is applied to the entire venue.
- Ski season to start
- Indoor sports centres and physical recreation venues, including gyms to open with up to 20 people per single undivided indoor space and up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time.
- Indoor cinemas, movie theatres, concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums to open with up to 50 seated patrons per space.
More information on Victorian Restrictions
New South Wales
From Monday 1 June 2020, the following will be allowed in NSW:
- travel to regional NSW for a holiday
- visits to museums, galleries and libraries
- pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers.
More information on New South Wales Restrictions
From the 12th of June, Queenslanders will enter stage 2, allowing the following:
Family, friends and community
- Gatherings of up to 20 people: homes, public spaces and lagoons (e.g. South Bank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach etc), non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport, personal training, gyms*, health clubs* and yoga studios*, pools (indoor and outdoor) and community sports clubs, museums, art galleries and historic sites, weddings, parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms, libraries, hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and state parks, places of worship and religious ceremonies
- Funerals (max 50)
- Recreational travel, camping and accommodation, including caravan parks (max 250kms within your region)
Businesses and economy
- Retail shopping
- 20 people permitted at any one time for: dining in (with COVID SAFE Checklist): restaurants*, cafés*, pubs*, registered and licensed clubs*, RSL clubs*, hotels* and casinos* – no bars or gaming, indoor cinemas, open homes and auctions, outdoor amusement parks*, tourism experiences*, zoos* and arcades*, concert venues*, theatres*, arenas*, auditoriums* and stadiums*, beauty therapy, nail salons, tanning, tattoo parlours and spas (with COVID Safe Checklist)
- School holidays – drive holiday in your region – Queenslanders backing Queensland
- Tourism accommodation
More information on Queensland Restrictions
WA are currently in Phase 2 as of the 18th of May, with Phase 3 to be finalised in the coming weeks. Phase 2 allows the following:
- indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings of up to 20 people
- weddings and funerals up to 20 people inside or 30 outside.
- cafés and restaurants with meal service, including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and casino
- up to 20 patrons.
Return to work
- Western Australians are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable.
Restrictions relaxed, with travel allowed:
- between the South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Perth-Peel regions
- between the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions (excluding the biosecurity zone)
- within the Goldfields-Esperance region (excluding the biosecurity zone)
- within Kimberley Local Government areas (the Commonwealth’s biosecurity zone remains in place).
Travel exemptions are still required to enter WA and travel between the 4 regions.
Fitness and recreation
- non-contact community sports up to 20 participants
- outdoor or indoor fitness classes with no shared equipment, up to 20 participants
- public pools (1 indoor and multiple outdoor) permitted to open under strict rules and up to 20 patrons per pool.
- places of worship, community facilities and libraries permitted to reopen up to 20 patrons.
Advice for business
Businesses across Western Australia need to comply with conditions outlined in the COVID Safety Guidelines and prepare a COVID Safety Plan before they reopen, to protect staff and customers.
More information on Western Australian Restrictions
SA will enter Step 2 on the 5th of June and the following will be allowed:
- 20 people gatherings
- Cinemas and theatres
- Galleries and museums
- Beauty, nails, tattoo, massage (non-therapeutic)
- Driving instruction lessons
- Gyms and indoor fitness
- Funerals (50 max)
- Sport transition to competition without spectators, including indoor
More information on South Australian Restrictions
NT will enter Stage 3 on the 5th of June and the following will be allowed:
- Operate all licensed gaming activities including a TAB.
- Resume officiating, participating and supporting the playing of team sports such as football, basketball, soccer and netball.
- Attend any cinema or theatre, concert hall, music hall, dance hall, nightclub or any other similar entertainment venue in approved configuration.
- Attend an amusement venue.
- Attend a bar without food being consumed.
- Operate and access all previously restricted services at a place that provides beauty therapy and/or cosmetic services including facial care.
- Operate and access all previously restricted services at a place that provides tattooing or body art such as branding and piercing.
- Attend an amusement park, community centre, recreation centre or play centre.
- Attend an arena, stadium, sporting facility including community and sporting competitions with spectators in approved seating configuration. However, if above 500 people the event requires a separately approved COVID-19 Safety Plan.
- All businesses, facilities and services previously restricted can now resume ensuring adherence to key principles
More information on Northern Territory Restrictions
As of the 25th of May, in Tasmania the following will apply:
- Kindergarten to Year 6 students return to learning at school.
- Year 11 and 12 students at extension schools and colleges return to learning at school.
- Aged care visits - move to national restrictions of two visitors, once a day.
And as of 9th of June, High school students from years 7 to 10 return to learning at school.
More information on Tasmanian Restrictions