Your Complete Guide To July Lockdown Restrictions Across Australia 'Coz This Sh*t Is Confusing
It’s been three long months of COVID-19 restrictions and the rules have changed a lot in that time. Couple that with the fact restrictions were different in every state even to begin with, and it’s no wonder if you’re now very, very confused.
So, to help you (read: ourselves) out, and considering ahem, recent developments (hey, VIC spikes), we’ve made a comprehensive rule-dump of what you can and can’t do in each state as of right now.
The general gist is that most states – apart from Victoria, for obvious reasons – are now in phase two of ScoMo’s three-step plan to ease the country out of lockdown.
As of July 1, the COVID-19 restrictions in NSW (new and existing) are as follows:
- Up to 20 visitors are allowed in homes
- Up to 20 people are allowed at outdoor gatherings
- Pubs, cafes and restaurants can hold any number of people as long they remained seated and stick to one person per four square metres
- Ice skating rinks, museums, libraries, galleries and some cinemas are reopened, provided they follow the four-square-metre rule
- Stadiums are allowed 10,000 fans
- Travel is allowed anywhere within NSW
- Travel to QLD, VIC and ACT is allowed, though NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has asked that people don't travel to Melbourne
For more info on NSW's rules, head here.
On Tuesday, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced the Melbourne hotspot suburbs would be going into lockdown until July 20. The only four reasons residents in these areas are allowed to leave home are: for work/school, for care/care giving, for daily exercise, and for food/other essentials.
For the rest of the state, the rules are:
- Up to 10 people allowed at public gatherings
- Up to 5 visitors allowed in homes
- Pubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 20 people, provided everyone’s sitting and groups are max 10 people
- Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and outdoor arcades can have up to 20 people per indoor space
- Cinemas, concert venues and theatres can have up to 20 seated patrons per space
- Indoor sports centres and venues are reopened, with up to 20 people per space, with a limit of up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time for those over 18
For more info on VIC's current restrictions, head here.
On Tuesday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the state’s borders would reopen to all states apart from Victoria from July 10. Anyone coming from Victoria would need to fund their own 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.
As for the rules in the state, from June 1:
- Up to 20 people are allowed in homes and at outdoor gatherings
- Pubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 20 seated people
- Weddings can have up to 20; funerals can have 100 people
- Travel anywhere interstate is allowed
But, good news! Restrictions are easing in Queensland from tomorrow. So, from midday Friday July 3, Queenslanders will be allowed…
- Up to 100 guests can attend weddings, funerals, house parties and fitness classes.
- Contact community sports will be allowed to start up again, with no limits on outside spectators, given social distancing measures are still undertaken.
- The 20-person limit per space will be lifted at pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes. Larger venues will need to allow for four square metres of floor space per patron. Smaller venues will be allowed one person per two square metres up to a maximum of 50 for venues between 100 and 200 square metres.
- Stadiums will be allowed to fill up to 50 per cent capacity or a max of 25,000 spectators tops.
- Gaming lounges (pokies etc) will reopen.
For more info on QLD's current restrictions, head here.
Of the states and territories, WA is the most relaxed. As of June 27, the state decided:
- All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule would be removed
- Gathering limits would now only be determined by WA's reduced 2 square metre rule
- 2 square metre rule would only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
- Food businesses / licensed premises wouldn't have any seated service requirements
More info on WA's lockdown rules here.
NT / SA / Tasmania
Rules in these states and territory are similar to what’s allowed in NSW – the main difference is that their borders are still shut. SA is still not allowing in people from NSW or VIC.
The NT is opening their borders from July 17, but people who live in Melbourne hotspots and wanna travel there would need to self-isolate for 14 days at their own expense. Tasmania’s borders, however, are still completely shut to all other states.
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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