Australians have slowly emerged from the closure of Covid-19 since the federal government announced a three-stage plan in May to reduce restrictions across the country.
It is up to each state and territory to decide when and how far they will relax the restrictions.
Here we try to answer some of the most common questions people have about the law, based on the latest information as of May 25.
These answers should not be treated as legal advice. This article will be updated when new restrictions are announced, applied or lifted.
Here, you can find official state and territory restrictions for NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory and ACT.
How many people can I have?
New South Wales – Five people from different households can visit now. There is no limit to the number of guests you can have more than per day, as long as there are no more than five guests at a time. Guests can stay overnight.
Victoria – You can have up to 20 people in your home at once, including members of your household, children and babies. Victoria’s Department of Health and Safety says you can have more than one set of visitors every day, but you must “be considered and use common sense”. You are allowed to make people stay at your home.
Queensland – From noon, June 12, up to 20 adults from different households are allowed to visit other homes. The state government tentatively announced that, from July 10, up to 100 people might be allowed to gather at your house (for those of you who have a house big enough to hold 100 guests).
Tasmania – You can have up to five visitors. This limit will be reviewed on June 15.
Western Australia – Up to 20 people are allowed to gather in public and private.
South Australia – Meetings of up to 10 people are allowed indoors, as long as the four square meter rule per person is met. Starting June 5, this number will increase to 20 people.
Northern Territory – There is no limit to how many people can gather inside or outside the room, but you must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between you and anyone with whom you do not live.
ACT – Up to 10 people are permitted to gather at the house at ACT, including children and those who live in the host home. It’s okay if the two households that get together produce a meeting greater than 10. The space in the room must be big enough to allow people to every four square meters.
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How many people can gather outside?
New South Wales – Public meetings of up to 10 people are allowed.
Victoria – Starting June 1, up to 20 people can gather outside for recreational purposes, or to do activities such as hiking, jogging, and other non-contact sports.
Queensland – From June 1, up to 20 people can gather outside. The plan is that from July 10, up to 100 people will be allowed to gather inside and outside.
Tasmania – Meetings of up to 10 people are permitted outside. This number will increase to 20 people from 15 June. More than 50 people may be allowed to gather together since July 13.
Western Australia – Up to 20 people are permitted to gather outside at this time. Although exact figures have not yet been provided, the WA government says it expects further increases in the number of people allowed at non-work meetings indoors and outdoors under phase three of the state plan to ease restrictions in the coming weeks.
South Australia – Up to 10 people can gather outside for reasons of not working, the limit will increase to 20 on June 5. You should continue to practice maintaining a physical distance from anyone who does not live with you.
Northern Territory – There is no limit to gathering in the PB, but you must maintain a physical distance.
ACT – Up to 10 people from different households (including children) can gather together outdoors. Meetings of more than 10 people are permitted if they are all from only one or two households.
Can I eat in a restaurant, cafe or pub?
New South Wales – Yes, starting June 1, up to 50 people can eat in cafes, bistros and restaurants, as long as there are four square meters of space allowed per person. Pubs, clubs and casinos are registered, and cellar doors that serve food are also permitted to open their dining rooms. However, alcohol can only be bought with food, or to take home. A maximum of 10 people are allowed per order. However, meetings for or immediately after the wedding are allowed up to 20 guests. Meetings immediately after the funeral or memorial service were allowed to order up to 50 guests as long as the place could accommodate many people. All visitors must provide their name and contact details, including telephone number or email address, to enable contact tracking.
Victoria – Starting June 1, cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses such as RSL and bowling clubs can accommodate up to 20 customers in an enclosed space (find out what is an enclosed space here). There is only one customer per four square meters and the table must be at least 1.5 meters apart. A place is also needed to maintain each customer’s first name and phone number to help contact contacts, if necessary. Alcohol will only be available to buy with food. From June 21, the number of visitors allowed will increase to 50. Food courts will only be able to offer delivery and take home.
Queensland – Yes, restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered clubs, RSL clubs and hotels (with the Covid-Safe Checklist) can accommodate up to 20 customers at a time, as long as they can allow four square meters per person. Places in the interior are allowed up to 50 local residents (who must show proof of residence) at a time. Casinos are permitted to accommodate guests, but bars and games must remain closed. From July 10, up to 100 people will be allowed to eat. The food court will reopen.
Tasmania – Yes, restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, hotels and RSL can accommodate up to 10 visitors per dining room, as long as there is one person per four square meters. You can find out what constitutes the dining room here. Each dining area must also have a separate butler. Any alcohol must be bought with food. Starting June 15, the number of visitors allowed will increase to 20. More than 50 visitors may be permitted starting July 13.
Western Australia – Yes, cafes and restaurants (including in pubs, bars, hotels, casinos, clubs) can accommodate up to 20 visitors. This number is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
South Australia – Yes. Starting June 1, up to 80 visitors are allowed in restaurants, cafes, wineries, pubs, breweries and bars as long as they can accommodate them in groups of 20 in separate rooms or areas. There must be four square meters per person. Pubs, wineries and cellar doors are allowed to serve alcohol without food, but only for seated visitors.
Northern Territory – Yes. Activities that take less than two hours are permitted, including going to cafes, sports clubs, restaurants or RSL. Bars are permitted to be opened, but alcohol can only be served with food and gaming activities are not permitted. Starting June 5, all businesses will be allowed to reopen as long as they have a Covid-19 plan. The two hour limit will be lifted, allowing the night club to reopen. You will be able to buy alcohol from the bar. Licensed game activities, including TAB, will start again.
ACT – Yes, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues offering seating can accommodate up to 20 customers per enclosed space (including children) at a time, while maintaining the four square meter rule. This means that if a place has several closed spaces, they can have several groups of up to 20 customers. You can only buy alcohol if you are eating.
How far can I travel for vacation in my state?
New South Wales – Starting June 1, there are no restrictions on traveling within the state, including holidays. A number of caravan parks and campsites have also been reopened. Up to 10 people can stay in vacation or rental homes. More than 10 people can stay together if they are all members of the same household.
Victoria – There is no limit to how far you can travel within the country. Starting June 1, you are permitted to live in vacation homes or private residences, and tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping sites, where there are no shared facilities.
Queensland – Starting June 1, you will be permitted to travel anywhere in Queensland for recreational purposes. Camping and vacation accommodation, including a caravan park, is permitted to open.
Tasmania – There are no restrictions on where you can go within the state.
Western Australia – Residents are allowed to leave their homes for recreational activities including picnics, fishing, boating or camping. Recreational trips to most nearby areas are now permitted, except for the Kimberley region, biosecurity zones in parts of the Shire of East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatarraku, and remote Aboriginal communities.
South Australia – There are no travel restrictions in South Australia. Some Aboriginal communities throughout the state have chosen to close access to their cities and land to non-critical outside visitors. Non-essential visitors to this community must be quarantined for 14 days and given permission.
Northern Territory – Some remote communities are closed for all non-essential trips until June 5, without exception. Look here for a list of remote communities.
ACT – There are no restrictions on where you can travel.
Can I take a vacation in another state?
Queensland – No, entry to Queensland is prohibited unless you have applied and were given an exception. But the state government said that starting July 10, interstate travel was allowed “subject to further planning and review”.
New South Wales – Residents are allowed to leave NSW, and visitors do not need to be quarantined. Starting June 1, anyone in Australia is permitted to travel to the regional NSW for a vacation.
Victoria – There are no restrictions on leaving or entering Victoria. From June 1, overnight stays in tourist accommodations, caravan parks and campsites without public facilities are permitted.
Tasmania – All non-essential travelers to Tasmania, including returning residents, must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. Non-Tasmanian residents must carry out their quarantine in accommodation provided by the government.
Western Australia – You cannot enter Western Australia unless you are granted an exception on the application.
South Australia – Anyone can enter South Australia but must quarantine for 14 days after arriving.
Northern Territory – Unless you have been granted an exception, anyone entering the Northern Territory must complete the mandatory 14 quarantine days. You are required to pay $ 2,500 per person, or $ 5,000 for a family of two or more people, to cover government quarantine costs.
ACT – There are no border restrictions.
How many people can attend a wedding or a funeral?
New South Wales – On June 1, 20 people were permitted to attend a wedding in NSW. Those present must provide their contact names and details to track contacts, if necessary. Funeral allowed 50 guests as long as the physical distance rules of four square meters can be observed.
Victoria – Starting June 1, how many guests you can have depends on whether you host the ceremony at home or elsewhere. If held somewhere, the celebrant, married couple, and 20 people will be allowed to attend the wedding. Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend the funeral, in addition to official staff and funerals, as long as there are four square meters allowed per person. But if a wedding or a funeral is held at home, only 20 people in total will be allowed to attend (including celebrant and spouse / officer and staff).
Queensland – From June 1, up to 20 people can attend the wedding. The cemetery can have up to 50 guests. A maximum of 100 people must be allowed to attend weddings and funerals from July 10.
Tasmania – Up to 10 guests, not including couples who are getting married and those who are facilitating, can attend the wedding. Indoor cemeteries can have up to 20 participants, while outdoor cemeteries can have 30, not including event staff or volunteers. From June 15, the number of wedding guests allowed will increase to 20, while up to 50 guests will be allowed at the funeral. These limits can be more relaxed up to 50-100 guests starting July 13, which will be reviewed.
Western Australia – Weddings and funerals can accommodate up to 20 people if held inside, or 30 if outside.
South Australia – From June 1, marriages can have up to 20 participants, not including celebrants, venue staff or others needed to facilitate the wedding. Up to 50 people can attend the funeral. This does not include those who lead the funeral or any staff needed to carry out the funeral. If the ceremony involves food or drink, there is no shared equipment that can be used. Social distance must be considered.
Northern Territory – There is no limit to the number of participants.
ACT – Up to 10 guests can attend the wedding, not including those who perform the ceremony. Indoor cemeteries can have up to 20 participants, and outdoor cemeteries can have up to 30 people, not including people who perform services.
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Can I go to church?
New South Wales – Yes, as of June 1 50 people can attend religious gatherings and places of worship, as long as the four square meters of physical distance rules can be observed. The chief health officer of the state has urged the hearing to reconsider activities that might spread group virus-like singing and pass the collection baskets.
Victoria – Yes, starting June 1, places of worship can be opened for private worship or small religious ceremonies of up to 20 people, plus a minimum number of people who are reasonably required for this service, permitted in one room in a single room that is not divided. There must be four square meters per person. At least one hour must be allowed between services or ceremonies to reduce the risk of the crowd.
Queensland – Yes, from June 1 to 20 people can visit places of worship or attend religious ceremonies. This number will increase to 100 from July 10.
Tasmania – Yes, but only 10 people can attend religious ceremonies or private worship. This number will increase to 20 on June 15, and maybe 50-100 on July 13.
Western Australia – Yes, up to 20 visitors can attend a place of worship at once.
South Australia – Yes, starting June 1, 20 people can attend at once for private worship or religious gatherings. Social distance must be considered.
Northern Territory – Yes, but you can only be there in less than two hours. There is no limit to how many people can attend a place of worship at the same time.
ACT – Up to 10 people can attend religious ceremonies and places of worship, not including those who perform the ceremony.
Is school back in the session?
New South Wales – Yes, all students return to school full time on Monday 25 May.
Victoria – Mostly. On May 26, students from preparation, first year, second year, years 11 and 12 returned to the classroom. The remaining year level will return to school on June 9.
Queensland – Yes, all students return to school on Monday May 25.
Tasmania – Mostly. Students in kindergarten-year 6, as well as those in Grades 11 and 12, have returned. Students in the years 7 to 10 will return on June 9.
Western Australia – Yes, all students return on May 18.
South Australia – Yes, they are reopened for term 2.
Northern Territory – Yes, since April 20 all NT students are expected to attend school physically.
ACT – Mostly. Students in preschool, kindergarten, years 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 and 12 have returned. Starting June 2, students in Grades 5, 6, 8, and 9 will also return to face-to-face learning.
Can I shop for clothes and other ‘non-essential’ items?
New South Wales – Yes.
Victoria – You should only shop for goods and services needed. Most businesses are also required to keep a record of the customer’s name and contact details if later contact tracking is required.
Queensland – Yes, retail shopping for non-essential items is on again.
Tasmania – Yes, you are permitted to leave home to use a business or service that is permitted to operate, including retail stores.
Western Australia – Yes, but you are not permitted to travel to some remote communities and biosecurity zones, as listed here.
South Australia – Yes.
Northern Territory – Yes.
ACT – Yes, but you must follow physical distance steps at all times and go shopping in large groups is prohibited.
Are salons, spas and other beauty services open?
New South Wales – Hairdressers and barbers can open, but must allow four square meters per person on site and must minimize personal contact with customers. As of June 1, nails, waxing, tanning, and beauty salons can be opened for 10 customers at once. There is only one person per four square meters (including staff) at the site, and the provider must have a Covid-19 Safety Plan. Tattoo salons and massage parlors cannot provide services, but can sell products.
Victoria – Hairdressers and barbers are allowed to open, but they are required to take your name and contact details if contact tracing becomes necessary. On June 1, beauty therapy, spray tanning, waxing and nail salons, spa and massage parlors and tattoo and piercing services can be reopened. Up to 20 customers are allowed on one premise, subject to the four square meter rule. Providers still need to record customer contact details.
Queensland – Yes, beauty therapies and nail salons (with Covid-safe checklists) have been allowed to reopen up to t0 20 people at once. Starting June 1, tanning salons, tattoo halls and spas (with checklists) are permitted to reopen. Starting July 10, this business, together with non-therapeutic massage parlors, will be allowed up to 100 people on site.
Tasmania – Yes, hairdressers and barbers can open. But daytime spas, health centers, saunas and bathrooms, and massage parlors are not permitted to operate. Beauty therapy, skin tanning, waxing, manicure and other nail treatments, ear and body piercing, tattoos, body modification and other similar services are not available. Starting June 15, daytime beauty and spa services can be reopened for up to 20 people at once. Saunas and baths will be allowed to open from July 13.
Western Australia – Yes, hairdressers are permitted to service up to 20 people, with every four square meters. However, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo rooms, spas and massage rooms are prohibited. Beauty therapy salons can be partially opened to sell products, but not for services.
South Australia – Yes, hairdressers and barbers can open, as long as the number of people on the site does not exceed one person per four square meters. On June 1, beauty salons, nail and tattoo salons, and non-therapeutic massage providers were also allowed to open.
Northern Territory – Yes, hairdressers and nail salons, massages and tanning can be opened. The remaining beauty services, along with tattoos and orphanages, will be allowed to open from noon on June 5.
ACT – Yes, hairdressers and barbers are permitted. On May 30, the beauty therapy business, including nail salons, tanning and waxing services, daily spas, including massage and tattoo businesses are allowed to reopen. They cannot exceed one person per four square meters, including staff, and must maintain customer records to enable contact tracing, if necessary.
What about the cinema, entertainment venues, museums and libraries?
New South Wales – As of June 1, museums, galleries and libraries are allowed to reopen for guests, as long as four square meters are allowed per person and they have a Covid-19 safety plan. Groups and tours are not permitted to run, and all library returns will go through 24-hour quarantine. National Trust and Historic Houses Trust properties can be opened, as long as they follow the four square meter rule (including staff). Indoor cinemas and theaters must remain closed.
Victoria – Starting June 1, galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, amusement parks, zoos and games arenas are allowed to open up to 20 customers per separate room, with four square meters per person. Cinema drive-ins are also allowed to restart food and beverage operations. Starting June 22, the number of people allowed in this place will increase to 50 per separate room. Up to 50 customers will be allowed to watch movies per cinema in theaters. Customers who are not from the same household must sit at least 1.5 meters apart, and the four square meter rule will apply. The concert venue and theater will be able to reopen up to 50 viewers per separate room.
Queensland – On June 1, the library, along with museums, art galleries and historic sites, can have 20 visitors at once. Indoor cinemas, concert venues, theaters, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, night clubs, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades will reopen on July 10. All places will be allowed to accommodate up to 100 people at once at the location.
Tasmania – From 15 June, up to 20 people at a time will be allowed in theaters, museums, galleries, theaters, performance venues and historic sites. This will increase to 50-100 people on July 13.
Western Australia – Community facilities and libraries have been allowed to reopen. But public playgrounds, skate parks, zoos, cinemas, galleries, museums and concert venues cannot yet operate.
South Australia – Starting June 1, libraries, community and youth centers, cinemas, theaters, galleries and museums can have up to 20 people at a time, as long as there are one person per four square meters. Up to 20 people can swim in public swimming pools.
Northern Territory – Public libraries, art galleries, museums and zoos can be opened. Starting midday, June 5, you will be permitted to attend theaters and theaters, music halls, nightclubs, amusement parks, community centers, stadiums, sports facilities, and similar entertainment venues.
ACT – Since May 30, galleries, museums, national institutions and outdoor attractions, such as zoos, are permitted to reopen to groups of up to 20 people per specified session. Cinemas and other entertainment venues, along with night clubs and bars, must remain closed
Can I go to the gym? What else can I do to exercise?
New South Wales – Indoor swimming pools and indoor recreational facilities such as fitness centers, health studios and bowling arenas must remain closed. But up to 10 people can gather in public, meaning outdoor training camps and non-contact sports are allowed. You can use outdoor sports equipment in public places, carefully, and carry out recreational activities such as fishing, hunting and boating. Up to 10 people can swim in outdoor swimming pools at once. You can contact your city council to see if parks and beaches are open in your area; most of the historic sites and several beaches in the national park have been closed.
Victoria – No: fitness center, yoga studio and fitness classes, and indoor private training is prohibited. Starting June 1, up to 20 people can gather outside for activities such as hiking, jogging, bicycle riding, canoeing, kayaking, and other non-contact sports. Boot camp is open for up to 20 people plus coaches are also allowed. The outdoor swimming pool can have 20 customers per enclosed space and three swimming pool lanes. Playgrounds, outdoor gums, and skate parks have also been open since May 26. Starting June 22, indoor sports facilities, such as a gymnasium, can open up to 20 clients at a time, per separate enclosed space, as long as the four square meter rule is obeyed. Only 10 people will be allowed per group per activity.
Queensland – Yes, as of June 1, the gym, health club, yoga studio and community sports club can be reopened for 20 people at once. Up to 20 people can gather outside, play non-contact sports, and participate in outdoor group training and bot camps. Parks, playgrounds, playgrounds and swimming pools are open for up to 20 people at once. The state government plans to increase this number to 100 starting July 10.
Tasmania – No: fitness centers, sports centers, health clubs, fitness centers, health centers (including yoga and barres) and places used for socially based indoor sports activities are all prohibited. But up to 10 people at a time can use the gym outside, skate park and play equipment in public playgrounds, or take part in training camps and sports training. Indoor and outdoor pools are allowed to open up to 10 people per pool. Starting June 15, the number of people permitted for this activity will increase to 20 (not including trainers or training staff). Indoor sports and recreation activities will resume up to 20 participants. Sports contacts and activities will still be prohibited. The state government is considering whether to allow all full indoor and outdoor sports starting July 13.
Western Australia – To some extent. Health clubs, fitness centers, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, baths and health centers can be opened for fitness classes or small group training with up to 20 participants, as long as there are at least four square meters per person permitted. But you can’t share equipment with others in the same training session which means you can use the gym machine to exercise. Up to 20 people can take part in non-contact sports, training, bootcamp, and play on tennis courts and golf courses. Swimming pools can have up to 20 customers per pool.
South Australia – Yes, starting June 1, the gym can be opened up to 20 people per closed area. Up to 20 people can play outside, non-contact sports, take part in outdoor bootcamps, and use gold courses, tennis courts, and general sports equipment. Contact training for outdoor sports can be started again, with the competition starting on 27 June.
Northern Territory – Yes. Gyms, fitness studios, and indoor training activities such as Cross Fit are permitted to operate. Starting at noon on June 5, you will be allowed to lead, participate and support team sports, such as soccer, basketball, soccer and netball.
ACT – Yes. Since May 30, the indoor fitness center and fitness center are permitted to reopen for 20 people in any enclosed space, as long as there is only one person per four square meters. Up to 20 people can take part in outdoor bootcamp and other non-contact training or sports.
Who decides if I violate a new law?
In general, enforcement will be left at the discretion of police officers.
Countries have expressed different approaches, for example, ACT said it would issue a warning in the first instance, while Victoria had adopted a hardline attitude towards those who violated social distance rules.
NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said he would personally review all long-distance fines issued in the state.
“If I think that doesn’t make sense, it will be withdrawn immediately and we will have personal contact with the individual,” he said.
What is my choice to challenge fines?
However, not all countries have stipulated this, it seems that these fines can be appealed using the same process as other fines issued by the police.
Information on how to submit an appeal must be available on your state or territory government website.
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