Coronavirus Australia: State-by-state guide on current restrictions and when step one will begin
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States around Australia have begun lifting restrictions as part of the first in a three-step process to resume activities in Australia by July.

It follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on May 8 of a three-step plan for the country to reopen and coronavirus restrictions to be lifted.

Mr Morrison said the states and territories would outline their own timetables for the three-step plan, and each stage would be assessed on its success, which would determine when to proceed to the next stage.

After the PM’s press conference, state premiers began announcing the timing for the implementation of step one. This is where each state stands:

VICTORIA

Premier Daniel Andrews made further announcements on Sunday, May 24, that from June 1:

• Gatherings of up to 20 people will be allowed in the home, including the members of the household;

• Restaurants, cafes and the dining areas of pubs will be allowed to reopen with up to 20 patrons but must abide by physical distancing requirements;

• Skate parks and playgrounds will reopen in line with school returning;

• Overnight stays – including hotels, motels, camping and caravan parks and other accommodation, will be permitted across the state; and

• Indoor and outdoor swimming pools will reopen with a maximum of 20 patrons per space and a limit of three people per lane;

• Outdoor group sport allowed with a maximum of 20 people;

• Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos, arcades, libraries and other community facilities can reopen with up to 20 customers allowed in each separate space, subject to four square metre rule.

• Drive-in cinemas will also reopen;

• Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlours, massage parlours can reopen with up to 20 patrons subject to social distancing;

• Market stalls can re-open, but indoor markets must adhere to four square metre and social distancing rules;

• Place of worship can open for up to 20 people in one space;

• Weddings with up to 20 people allowed, on top of the celebrant and couple;

• Funerals with up to 50 people, in addition to the officiant and funeral staff, subject to four square metre rule;

From June 22:

• Alpine resorts will reopen to skiers;

• Restaurants, cafes and the dining areas of pubs will be allowed to seat up to 50 patrons;

• Indoor sports centres and venues can reopen with up to 20 people allowed per space subject to the four square metre rule and with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity;

• Gyms can reopen with up to 20 people allowed per space, subject to four square metre rule and up to 10 people per group;

• Cinemas, concert venues and theatres to reopen with a maximum of 50 customers allowed per movie. Those not from the same household should be seated at least 1.5 metres from others.

• Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades allowed up to 50 visitors.

From mid July, up to 100 patrons will be allowed per enclosed space.

Patrons will be required to provide contact details so they can be reached if a positive coronavirus case is identified.

Face-to-face teaching at schools will resume by June 9, with a staggered return for students starting with students in Prep and Years 1, 2, 11 and 12 on May 26.

The AFL has also announced it will begin its competition again on June 11.

As of Wednesday, May 13 these activities are allowed:

• Up to five visitors now allowed to a home;

• Outdoor gatherings of up to 10;

• Still work from home if possible, but workplaces should develop a COVID-19 plan;

• While several public gathering rules are relaxed, records must be kept of who attends to help with contact tracing;

• Outdoor sport and exercise is allowed and the 10-person limit applies. Every activity must be conducted with people 1.5m apart;

• Professional sport can resume, giving the green light to the AFL and NRL. But there will be permit use only for restricted facilities such as gyms and pools, and no public access at indoor facilities for now;

• Weddings allowed up to 10 guests in addition to the couple and celebrant;

• Funerals allowed up to 20 mourners indoors and up to 30 outdoors, plus those required to conduct the service;

• Religious private worship of up to 10 people, plus those required to conduct the ceremony;

• Hairdressers and barbers open unless they can’t enforce person density rules;

• No specific restrictions on retail stores;

• Auction houses and real estate auctions can go ahead with up to 10 people;

• Restaurants and cafes still only open for takeaway, baseline restrictions also remain for bars and casinos;

• Community facilities can host essential public support services or support groups, with the 10-person limit applying (plus anyone needed to host the meeting or operate the facility);

• No camping yet;

• Public parks, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks are closed, unless for exercise, sport or recreation of up to 10 people;

• Caravan parks remain closed to tourists; and

On May 12, Mr Andrews announced all students would return face-to-face teaching at school by June 9.

There will be a two-stage, staggered plan. May 25 will be a pupil-free day in Victoria, and students in Prep and Years 1, 2, 11 and 12 will return on May 26. Special schools will also return as part of this first stage.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews won’t announce any changes until Monday. Picture: James Ross/AAPSource:AAP

NSW

On Sunday, May 24, it was announced that beauty salons would allowed to be open from June 1.

Earlier it was announced up to 50 people will be allowed in restaurants, pubs and cafes,

also from June 1.

Venues will still have to allow at least four square metres of space per person. Additionally, bookings of more than 10 will be banned, and patrons won’t be allowed to stand.

From June 1, NSW residents will be able to take a holiday anywhere in NSW.

While museums, galleries and libraries will also be allowed to reopen, subject to the four square metre rule.

Restrictions that were eased from Friday, May 15 include:

• Pubs and clubs open for dining;

• Bars and gaming facilities remain closed but table service for alcohol with a meal will be allowed so long as businesses adhere to social distancing requirements and stick to a limit of 10 patrons.

• Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people;

• Cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time;

• Up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time;

• Weddings with up to 10 guests;

• Indoor funerals with up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals with up to 30;

• Religious gatherings/places of worship with up to 10 worshippers;

• Use of outdoor equipment including gyms and playgrounds with caution, people encouraged to wipe down equipment;

• Outdoor pools can open with restrictions;

• Travel within the state is still not allowed; and

• Randwick City Council have reopened all of its beaches for recreation, including Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra, as well as some ocean pools.

Property inspections and on-site auctions were allowed to resume on May 9, long as social distancing rules were followed.

NSW students began attending school in stages from May 11.

Outdoor gatherings of 10 people in NSW allowed from May 15. Picture: Adam YipSource:News Corp Australia

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The state has a four-phase road map but has not released details of Phase 3 or Phase 4 yet.

Premier Mark McGowan said on Monday, May 25 he planned to announce details of Phase 3 by the end of the week, or over the weekend.

“It’s my hope that we will then be able to roll out 3 as soon as possible,” he said.

Phase 3 was expected to begin in mid-June and involve increasing the number of people allowed at gatherings, further relaxation of regional travel restrictions, restrictions further relaxed for gyms and to allow contact community sport, beauty therapy and personal care, real estate auctions and the reopening of public playgrounds, galleries, cinemas and outdoor gym equipment.

The government has flagged that the final restriction to be lifted as part of Phase 4 would be controls on Western Australia’s interstate border.

From Friday, May 29, the state’s travel restrictions will be eased with travel around WA permitted everywhere except for Commonwealth bio security areas and remote Aboriginal communities.

“This means people will be free to travel to all regions except the Kimberley and the bio security zones from this Friday,” Mr McGowan said.

Mr McGowan said they were also working with the Federal Government to relax restrictions around bio security areas from June 5.

Phase 2 from May 18:

• Western Australians are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable;

• Indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings allowed of up to 20 people;

• Weddings and funerals up to 20 people inside or 30 outside;

• Cafes and restaurants with meal service, including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and casino allowed to serve up to 20 patrons;

• Non-contact community sports with up to 20 people allowed including outdoor and indoor fitness classes and public pools;

• Places of worship, community facilities and libraries permitted to reopen with up to 20 patrons;

• Businesses that want to reopen, including hospitality, sports and recreation, community and cultural venues, will need to complete an official COVID Safety Plan;

• Travel restrictions relaxed, with travel between South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Perth-Peel regions; Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions (excluding the biosecurity zone); Goldfields-Esperance region (excluding the biosecurity zone); and within Kimberley Local Government areas (the Commonwealth’s biosecurity zone remains in place).

• Restrictions on picnics, boating, hiking, camping and group exercise were lifted earlier, while open homes and display villages are also permitted.

Up to 10 people are already allowed to meet up in WA. Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAPSource:AAP

Phase 3 is expected to be implemented about four weeks from the start of Phase 2 and is expected to increase the number of people allowed at gatherings, further relaxation of regional travel restrictions, restrictions further relaxed for gyms and to allow contact community sport, beauty therapy and personal care, real estate auctions and the re-opening of public playgrounds, galleries, cinemas and outdoor gym equipment.

Phase 4 will be announced at a later time, however the government has flagged that Western Australia’s interstate border is expected to be the final restriction lifted.

TASMANIA

From June 15, the state will move to stage two, subject to health advice:

• Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather in both indoor and outdoor areas including restaurants, cinemas and museums;

• Funerals of up to 50 people will be allowed;

• Restrictions on people staying in hotels and caravan parks will be lifted so people will be able to move around the state and stay overnight;

• Camping and use of shacks will be allowed;

• Open homes and auctions with up to 20 people allowed;

• Gyms and bootcamps will be allowed for up to 20 people;

• Beauty services including tattoo, nails, waxing, facials and tanning will be able to open;

• Up to 20 people allowed to use parks and exercise equipment

• Outdoor community sports will be able to resume with 20 athletes or personnel involved;

• Indoor sports, including pools, will be allowed for up to 20 people but with no spectators.

From July 13, stage three will begin, subject to health advice:

• Gatherings of between 50 and 100 people allowed;

• Aged care residents will be allowed up to five visitors and multiple visits per week;

• Bars, nightclubs, casinos and gaming to return;

• Markets and food courts to re-open; and

• Border controls to remain.

Premier Peter Gutwein previously announced some restrictions would ease from May 11 and said the state would go to stage one the following Monday, May 18. He also announced the return to school for students from May 25.

From May 11:

• The number of people allowed at funerals will increase from 10 to 20 attendees;

• Aged care residents will be allowed one visit per week of no more than two people;

• National parks and reserves will be open for exercise but people will only be able to visit those within 30km of their home; and

• TasTAFE and other training institutions will be open to small groups of students for practical learning and assessment sessions.

From May 18:

• Gatherings of up to 10 people allowed for both indoor and outdoor activities, including for weddings, real estate sales and religious gatherings;

• Funerals of up to 30 people if they are held outdoors;

• Visitors allowed in the home will to increase to five people (from two people);

• Up to 10 people allowed in restaurants and cafes, including venues located in pubs, RSLs and clubs for seated table service;

• Tasmanians returning to the state allowed to quarantine in their principal residence if it is suitable, others will still need to quarantine in hotels;

• Libraries and other government facilities open for up to 10 people; and

• Parks with exercise equipment and playgrounds, pools and boot camps outdoors open for up to 10 people;

From May 25:

• Students in kindergarten to year 6, as well as those in year 11 and 12 return to school;

• Aged care residents allowed two visitors at least once a day;

From June 9, subject to health advice:

• High school students in year 7 to 10 to return to schools; and

From June 13, racing will resume.

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Primary school students and those in year 11 and 12 in Tasmania are expected to return to school from May 25.Source:Supplied

From June 15, the state will move to stage two, subject to health advice:

• Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather in both indoor and outdoor areas including restaurants, cinemas and museums;

• Funerals of up to 50 people will be allowed;

• Restrictions on people staying in hotels and caravan parks will be lifted so people will be able to move around the state and stay overnight;

• Camping and use of shacks will be allowed;

• Open homes and auctions with up to 20 people allowed;

• Gyms and bootcamps will be allowed for up to 20 people;

• Beauty services including tattoo, nails, waxing, facials and tanning will be able to open;

• Up to 20 people allowed to use parks and exercise equipment

• Outdoor community sports will be able to resume with 20 athletes or personnel involved;

• Indoor sports, including pools, will be allowed for up to 20 people but with no spectators.

From July 13, stage three will begin, subject to health advice:

• Gatherings of between 50 and 100 people allowed;

• Aged care residents will be allowed up to five visitors and multiple visits per week;

• Bars, nightclubs, casinos and gaming to return;

• Markets and food courts to re-open; and

• Border controls to remain.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Premier Steven Marshall announced Stage 2 restrictions would be brought forward to June 1.

From June 1:

• Cinemas and theatres to reopen with maximum of 20 people;

• Galleries and museums allowed to open with up to 20 people;

• Beauty, nails, tattoo and massage parlours can re-open, subject to four square metre rule;

• Driving instruction lessons allowed, subject to social distancing;

• Gyms and indoor fitness venues to reopen for up to 20 people;

• Funerals allowed to have a maximum of 50 people;

• Venues will be able to have up to a maximum of 80 people provided they can have 20 in discrete rooms or areas within the establishment;

• Pubs allowed to serve drinks without a meal but they must be seated; and

• Non-contact sport allowed to resume.

From June 25, contact sports training and outdoor competition of contact sports will be allowed.

Earlier he announced restrictions on pubs would be relaxed immediately on Friday, May 22.

Pubs across South Australia are free to open after the state government moved to clear up confusion and further ease coronavirus restrictions.

The government said all licensed venues could resume indoor trading immediately after initially limiting the change to selected cafes and restaurants, depending on their liquor licence.

“Effective immediately, any establishment with indoor dining can avail themselves of the reduction in restrictions,” Mr Marshall said.

Some restrictions still apply, with alcohol only allowed to be served with a meal and all patrons must be seated. Numbers are also limited to 10 indoors and 10 outdoors.

Other activities allowed from May 11 include:

• Ban on caravanning and camping lifted;

• Universities and TAFE and private RTOs able to start face-to-face education for up to 10 people;

• Outdoor dining for restaurants and cafes up to a maximum of 10 people;

• Community and youth centres open for up to 10 people indoors;

• RSLs open but not for meals and bar service;

• Auctions and open inspections for up to 10 people;

• Local government libraries open for up to 10 visitors, plus the staff at work in those libraries.

• Non-contact sport training in groups of up to 10 people;

• Funerals of up to 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors will be allowed, plus those who are officiating;

• Churches to reopen for small ceremonies including weddings or private worship for up to 10 people, plus those who are officiating; and

• Re-opening of public pools for up to 10 people, especially for lap swimming.

• Gatherings of more than two people are strongly discouraged but are allowed if social distancing measures are followed. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Playgrounds and skate parks have also re-opened.

Camping will be allowed again in South Australia. Picture: SATCSource:Supplied

QUEENSLAND

From June 12, subject to the four square metre rule and social distancing, up to 20 people will be allowed to gather in:

• Homes;

• Restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, hotels and casinos allowed to offer dining-in (but no bars or gaming allowed to reopen);

• Indoor cinemas;

• Beauty therapy, nail salons, tanning, tattoo parlours and spas;

• Public spaces and lagoons;

• Non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport;

• Personal training;

• Gyms, health clubs and yoga studies;

• Indoor and outdoor pools and community sports clubs;

• Museums, art galleries, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos, arcades, concert venues, theatres, arenas and stadiums;

• Weddings;

• Parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms;

• Libraries;

• Hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and skate parks;

• Places of worship and religious ceremonies;

• Open homes and auctions;

• Funerals will be able to have a maximum of 50 people;

• Travel including stays in camping and caravan parks allowed up to a maximum of 250km within your region.

Those living in the Outback will have restrictions further relaxed, with restaurants and other dining establishments allowed to have up to 50 people. Travel within the Outback is only allowed if you live in the Outback.

From July 10, limits on the number of patrons in public spaces will be lifted to 100.

Previously, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said step one would begin at 12am on Saturday, May 16 to allow:

• Gatherings in homes with a maximum of five people;

• Up to 10 people to gather in public spaces;

• Some beauty therapies including nail salons to re-open catering to a maximum of 10 people by appointment;

• Recreational travel up to 150km from your home for day trips;

• Reopening of libraries, playground equipment, skate parks, outdoor gyms with a maximum of 10 people at a time;

• Wedding guests to increase to 10 people;

• Funerals to increase to 20 people indoors, 30 people outdoors

• Up to 10 people at open homes and auctions;

• Reopening of public pools and lagoons (must have an approved plan for numbers greater than 10); and

• Non-contact community sport for a maximum of 10 people.

Ms Palaszczuk also said those living in the outback had more freedom as there were no cases in these areas. Up to 20 people were allowed in pubs, restaurants and cafes, and residents were able to travel up to 500km but they had to remain in those outback areas.

Queenslanders were already able to travel 50km from their residence to visit parks, have picnics and jet ski. Shopping for non-essential items was allowed and up to five members of a single household were allowed to visit other homes from Sunday, May 10.

In terms of schools, Queensland kindergarten, prep, grade 1 and year 11 and 12 students will return to classrooms full time from May 11 with schools expected to be fully operational by May 25.

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Queenslanders and those in South Australia will be allowed to use public pools again.Source:News Regional Media

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

The national capital has eliminated all known cases of coronavirus and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced the lifting of some restrictions.

From June 1, Canberrans will be allowed to visit NSW for a holiday.

Further lifting of restrictions has not yet been announced.

From midnight on Friday, May 8, indoor and outdoor gatherings could have a maximum of 10 people, which includes children. However, it’s OK if two households coming together exceeds this number.

Up to 10 people could attend a wedding, plus those conducting the ceremony.

Up to 20 people could attend an indoor funeral, and this increased to 30 if it was held outdoors, not including those conducting the service.

Open houses and auctions with up to 10 people were allowed as was (non-contact) outdoor fitness training and boot camps of up to 10 people.

Students will return to school in stages between May 18 and June 2.

Mr Barr encouraged people travelling to NSW to do so in small groups: “So, (just) your household.”

NORTHERN TERRITORY

From noon on June 5:

• The two-hour limit on indoor activities will be removed;

• Bars and clubs will be allowed to operate without food being compulsory,

• Entertainment venues and cinemas allowed to re-open in approved configuration;

• Team sports such as football and netball permitted;

• All licensed gaming activities allowed including TAB;

• Restricted services at beauty, cosmetic, tattoo parlours can resume;

• Amusements parks, recreation centres, sporting arenas and stadiums can open with seating in an approved configuration;

The internal border controls restricting access to areas that include indigenous communities under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act will remain in place until June 18 and possibly longer. The NT’s border closures with other states will also remain in force.

The Northern Territory announced the lifting of many restrictions as part of its own two-stage plan.

Northern Territorians are allowed to gather with as many as 10 people, as long as they keep a distance of 1.5m.

Visiting parks and camping, outdoor gatherings, non-contact outdoor sports and exercising and training outdoors are all allowed again.

The state has relaxed restrictions on parks, golf, fishing and swimming.

From noon on Friday, May 15, it allowed many businesses to re-open but activities were limited to two hours:

• Restaurants, cafes, bars and RSL club to reopen as long as people purchase food;

• Food can be served in shopping centre food courts;

• Non-contact sports can resume, with indoor activities allowed under a two-hour time limit;

• Beauty salons, gyms, libraries and places of religious worship can open their doors;

• Art galleries, museums, public memorials, public historic sites, zoos and wildlife facilities allowed to reopen.

PM’S THREE-STEP PLAN

As part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s national plan, step one would “enable greater connection with friends and family, allowing gatherings up to 10 people, and five guests in your own home”.

Working from home would be encouraged. Children will be back in classrooms and playgrounds. Golf would be back, pools reopened and fitness bootcamps allowed in parks.

Retail and small cafes and restaurants will be reopened, and interstate recreational travel will be allowed. Funerals would be able to have up to 30 attendees outdoors, and weddings up to 10.

Step two will allow larger gatherings up to 20 people, including for venues such as cinemas and galleries, “more retail openings on sector-based COVID-safe plans, organised community sport, beauty parlours, and you’ll be pleased to know, barre classes open once again”.

Step three will allow gatherings up to 100 people but Mr Morrison said the second and third steps could change depending on what happens as restrictions are eased.

“But most workers, by then, will be back in the workplace. Interstate travel will likely resume. Pubs and clubs with some restrictions will be open, and also possibly gaming venues,” he said.

— With AAP

From: AUNEWS