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As summer approaches, Australia eases COVID-19 restrictions in all states and territories

A woman roller skates in front of a closed Bondi Beach in Sydney Source: AAP

The coronavirus restrictions across Australia are changing. They vary depending on where you live as States and Territories make changes based on their needs and concerns. Here are the current measures for states and territories.

SBS COVID-19 National information, CLICK HERE

This information is continuously updated but we also recommend checking the links to each state authority for full detail and exceptions.


 

Victoria - easing restrictions

 

Following the National Cabinet meeting on 23 October, Victoria has agreed in-principle to the new ‘Framework for National Reopening Australia by Christmas’

 

Victoria’s restrictions are easing at a different pace in Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

  • Metro Melbourne: From 27 October Third Step restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne.

 New roadmap: https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmap-metro-melbourne

  • Regional Victoria: From 27 October Third Step restrictions are easing throughout regional Victoria.

 New roadmap: https://www.vic.gov.au/restrictions-roadmap-regional-victoria

 


Steps towards COVID Normal
(subject to public health advice)

 

First Step-Ceased.

Second Step- Ceased 

Third Step

Metro Melbourne 

From 27 October 2020 Melbourne will move from “stay home” to “stay safe”, with no more restrictions on the reasons to leave home.

·       Cafes, restaurants and pubs can reopen. Outdoors with a limit of up to 50, indoors up to 20. Density limits, record keeping and COVIDSafe Plans also apply.

·       Remaining retail will also open

·       Beauty and personal care services can resume

·       Outdoor entertainment venues can also begin hosting visitors.

·       The 25 km limit remains in place in metropolitan Melbourne.

·       Travel to regional Victoria is still only allowed for permitted purposes even if this is within 25 kms.

·       PT, fitness and dance classes can also be held outdoors with up to 10 people

·       Libraries and community venues will be able to open for outdoor events.

·       Maximum 50 people can use outdoor swimming pools for exercise.

·       Faith groups can hold outdoor religious ceremonies with up to 20 people plus those required for the service. Indoor services can be held with up to 10.

·       Weddings will increase to 10 people.

·       Funerals up to 20.

·       Workplaces no longer need to be on the permitted work list to open and the ability to work changes to “if you can work from home you must work from home”.

·       You must still use a mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

More info here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/summary-of-the-changes-to-restrictions-for-metropolitan-melbourne-and-regional-victoria

 

Regional Victoria

From 27 October 2020 restrictions in regional Victoria are easing further. 

·       Indoor exercise, including gyms, can reopen with limits on the number of people in spaces. 

·       Exercise and classes can resume with up to 10 people per indoor space and a limit of 20 people per facility. 

·       Outdoor religious gatherings can be held near a place of worship with up to 50 peopleplus one faith leader

·       While attending religious gathering you need to keep yourself and others safe by not sharing food, drink or items. Everyone must wear a mask, unless exempted. 

·       Indoor religious gatherings can be held with up to 10 people per group (plus one faith leader), and 20 people per facility

·       Indoor swimming now open for all ages up to 20 people.

-One parent/guardian/carer per child is permitted for supervision purposes and not included in the limit. Swimming classes can resume.

  • All retail open
  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • Live music are allowed in outdoor bars, restaurants and cafes.
  • Food courts can open for indoor and outdoor dining with limits on the number of customers.
  • Transport and tours may resume with limits on booking size.

More info here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/summary-of-the-changes-to-restrictions-for-metropolitan-melbourne-and-regional-victoria

Last Step 

State-wide (As soon as trigger points/thresholds are met, and public health advice allows)

Increased numbers for gatherings and hospitality.

COVID Normal

No restrictions for gatherings, visitors, hospitality or sport.

“COVID Normal” means:
- no new cases for 28 days
- no active cases (state-wide)
- no outbreaks of concern in the rest of the country


Applies to all Victoria


Diagnosed persons and close contacts

Persons diagnosed with coronavirus have to self-isolate and persons who are living with a diagnosed person, or who have been in close contact with a diagnosed person, to self-quarantine as well: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/202008/Diagnosed%20Persons%20and%20Close%20Contacts%20Directions%20%28No%2010%29%20-%2016%20August%202020.pdf

Hospital visitors

Entry into hospitals is restricted. Paid workers and volunteers can enter as usual, but there are restrictions on the age and number of visitors for patients, and limits on the duration of visits: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/202008/Hospital%20Visitor%20Directions%20%28No%2010%29%20-%2016%20August%202020.pdf

Fines

  • $5,000 fine applies for unlawful gathering.

  • Not wearing a mask carries a penalty of $200.

  • Victorians failing to isolate after testing positive or being identified as a close contact will have to pay a $4957 fine.
  • According to the case, a single fine could rise to $20,000.

Masks

Face coverings remain mandatory, but the rules have been tightened to ensure that masks must be fitted to cover nose and mouth.

Face shields, bandanas, and scarves, which until now have been permitted as face covering, are no longer acceptable. 

People can still wear a shield that covers the forehead and the sides of the face but it must be worn with a mask

Masks aren't compulsory for children under 12 years old. 

More info on masks: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-covid-19

 
Financial support 
  • A one-off $300 payment for Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate while they wait for the results is available.

  • A one-off $1,500 Worker Support Payment continues to be available for Victorian workers who test positive or a close contact tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and need to self-isolate but are unable to work during their isolation, have no income during this period, and are not entitled to any paid sick leave, special pandemic leave or other income support.

  • More info: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-worker-support-payment

Employer

  • From 28 September 2020, some work restrictions will be eased across Victoria, subject to 'trigger points' being met and public health advice.

  • Metro Melbourne has specific industry restriction levels, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community.

Schools

Staged return to school is planned from Term 4.

  •  Students in specialist schools and prep to grade 6 returned to onsite learning from the week of October 12.

  •    Those doing VCE and VCAL subjects returned for assessments from October 5, and then for lessons from October 12.

  •  For secondary students, remote and flexible learning continues in the Second Step when term 4 resumes, except for Year 11-12.

Childcare 

  •  Childcare centres will be open to all children, and the 5-kilometre limit will not apply. 

  •  One childminder will be allowed for in-home childcare.

State of Emergency and State of Disaster

Victoria’s State of Emergency and State of Disaster declarations have been extended until 11.59pm on November 8.

State of disaster

• Gives Police greater power and allows authorities to suspend acts of Parliament.
• It was decided to make sure the government had clear power to impose and enforce a curfew.
• Appoints Police as authorised officers, removing the current need for police to have a health department official with them on jobs like compliance checks.

 

New South Wales

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

  • immediately self-isolate until 14 days after you were last in any of the COVID-19 locations 
  • get tested even if you have no symptoms
  • watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retested should any symptoms recur
  • even if you get a negative test, you must stay in isolation for 14 days


Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

New South Wales workers are now eligible for a $1,500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if they cannot work because they need to self-isolate or quarantine.

It is a lump sum payment to help workers during their 14 day self-isolation period.

More info: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment-new-south-wales

Gathering limits

  • 20 guests inside the home and from 23 October up to 30 people can gather outdoors in a public place.
  • Religious services:From 24 October the maximum number of people attending any venue must not exceed 300 people, subject to the 4 square metre rule.
  • Weddings: the maximum number of people cannot be greater than 150 people subject to the 4 square metre rule and registration as a COVID-Safe business.
  • From 1 December 2020, the number of people who can attend weddings will be increased to 300 people subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors. · From 24 October 300 people can attend places of worship subject to COVID safety plan.
  • Funerals and memorial services: The maximum number of people should be the lesser of one person per 4 square metres or 100 people.

Businesses and recreational activities

NSW gyms and fitness centres must register and have a COVID Safety Plan

From Friday 23 October COVID-19 safety marshals will only be required in gyms when there are more than 20 people in the venue at one time.

Cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels in the Sydney CBD can apply for an outdoor dining licence without needing to get a planning approval. This is a 12-month pilot starting on 16 October 2020 in The Rocks, and 1 November 2020 in the Sydney CBD.

Pubs, restaurants, bars, cafes, food and drink premises, micro-breweries, cellar doors, casinos, registered clubs, small bars and casinos:

  •  From 23 October, 30 customers per booking, and 30 customers per table at hospitality venues (previously maximum of 10) · A digital record must be created within 24 hours. 
  • Weddings limited to 150 people (300 from 1 December), subject to the four-square metre rule.
  • From 23 October, corporate functions of up to 300 people can be held at any appropriate premises, including at restaurants, subject to a COVID-Safe plan (previously just function centres).
  • Funerals and places of worship will be limited to 100 people.

Business and events operators must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and keep a record of all people entering the premises: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses

Based on updated health advice, major sporting events at selected Sydney stadiums can increase crowds from 25% to 50% capacity (up to a maximum of 40,000 spectators) from 1 October 2020. 

Children community sport and adult sports have resumed and restrictions have eased in NSW for community sport. From Saturday 26 September more than one parent/ carer can watch their child play sport.   

Spectators need to stay 1.5 meters apart from other households or wear a mask if that's not possible.  

Find out more: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/CHO-advice-sports-and-education.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0K9F1oV_ek6HQFwRtGvwsnofHyW5nXpOGMq2PVxjH3vuaGoUAai6d8gBM  

 

Travel

NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria. People returning to New South Wales from Victoria are forced into two weeks of hotel quarantine.

The hotel quarantine costs, which were waived for a month, are back in place from September 11.

Border zone residents can apply for a NSW border entry permit (https://disasterassistance.service.nsw.gov.au/bcpermit/borderCheck) to cross the border into NSW, with certain conditions for a border zone Victorian resident:

  • is authorised to enter and remain in NSW only for work, education, medical or health care, or providing or receiving care to a vulnerable person, and
  • must not travel to any part of NSW that is outside of the border zone and
  • must not enter NSW if they have travelled in Victoria outside the border zone within the previous 14 days.

Check if you live in a border zone here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/border-zone-address-check

Trans-Tasman travel bubble:

  • From 16 October people from New Zealand can travel to NSW without having to go into quarantine.
  • Travellers must not have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the previous 14 days.

People flying into New South Wales from overseas are also forced into two weeks of hotel quarantine but at their own expense (AUD 3,000) https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/nsw-to-charge-returned-international-travellers-for-hotel-quarantine

Special provisions have been made for:

  • residents of border communities
  • people performing critical services
  • interstate residents transiting through NSW. 
  • Travellers from interstate can visit NSW for a holiday but will need to comply with the rules of their home state when returning.
  • Individuals who fail to comply with the new rules could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $11,000 or both.
  • Many caravan parks and camping grounds are open. Travellers planning to visit national parks should check www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au for further information.
  • Visiting residential aged care facilities or a health service is restricted.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions


Schools

  • Any NSW student with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to school until they test negative.
  • School formals, dances, graduations and other social events are not permitted.
  • Schools will hold a year 12 assembly without parents to recognise the completion of school.
  • Only providers that are essential to the delivery of curriculum can continue to provide services and programs.
  • Interschool activities must remain within the local community or zone.
  • Parents/carers and other non-essential visitors are not allowed on the school site.
  • All group singing (choirs) and/or other chanting activities, as well as the use of wind instruments in group settings, are not permitted.
  • Canteens and uniform shops can open at the principal’s discretion
  • Day field trips to outdoor locations with no physical distancing requirements can take place

More NSW Education: https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families#School2 
More NSW information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

 

Queensland

 

Gathering limits

Stage 5 of QLD roadmap will begins on the November 1, which will allow 40 people at private gatherings and 40 people will be allowed to dance at weddings.

From 1am on 25 September 2020 there are no Local Government Areas listed as Queensland COVID-19 restricted areas.

Certain restrictions continue to apply under the following directions:

  • Movement and gathering (until end of October):

- Maximum of 30 people in your home, including the members of your household that live there. The visitors can be from different households

- Have a public gathering with a maximum of 30 people including yourself and members of your household.

·       Aged Care:

- New requirements for residential aged care facility operators.

- Residents can have up to two visitors at any one time. There is no limit on the number of visits allowed in a day or the length of each visit.

·       Hospital visitors:

- Up to two visitors can see a patient in hospital at any one time, for any length of time, within visiting hours. More than two visitors continue to be allowed to provide end-of-life support to a patient.

·       Disability Accommodation services

More info: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/restricted-areas-covid-19


Businesses and recreation

From June to December 2020 casual workers who do not have access to sick leave will be given a $1,500 lump sum payment from the Queensland Government if they test positive for coronavirus. It also covers workers not eligible for the JobKeeper program, which was restricted to long-term casual employees.

One person per 4 square metre rule applies to:

  • Number of customers in a business (for smaller venues below 200 square metres, one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons)
  • Museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites.
  • Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan.
  • Competition and physical contact on the field of play
  • Indoor sports facilities
  • Up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser) at Queensland’s Major Sports Facilities, with a COVID Safe Plan
  • Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums (or up to 50% capacity) with a COVID Safe Plan

Outback

50 people permitted at any one time for dining in: (with COVID Safe Checklist): 

  • restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels for locals only (must show proof of residence) – no bars or gaming.
  • Recreational travel within the outback only if you live in the outback.

Indigenous communities - bio-security areas 

State Government and Indigenous leaders have agreed on a three-stage plan to ease restrictions in Federal Government-designated bio-security areas.  

Designated communities will transition from the current federal emergency bio-security restrictions to state-based arrangements 

STAGE 1: People entering or re-entering a community will have to self-quarantine where safe to do so. However, quarantine exemptions will remain in place for essential workers, those travelling through communities without stopping and those granted an exemption. 

STAGE 2: Chief Health Officer will publish a direction that enables communities to become part of ’safe travel zones’ so residents can easily travel within based on public health advice.  

STAGE 3: Quarantine restrictions for entry into remote Indigenous communities will be removed, with the Burke and Cook Shires to be subject to the same provisions as other areas of Queensland under the Roadmap to Easing Restrictions: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions

Travel restrictions

 

  • From October 1 QLD’s border zone has expanded to include Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes council areas.
  • Border residents can apply for a border pass and travel around QLD for any purpose, and Queenslanders can travel to those places.
  • Queensland is set to reopen its border to all of New South Wales from November 1, if NSW records zero community transmission for 28 days. (QLD government will review this decision at the end of October).
  • Queensland’s borders are now open to Canberrans, without having to undergo 14 days hotel quarantine  
  • Any person that has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days, including Victoria, must not enter Queensland.
  • Returning Queenslanders will be sent to mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
  • Any person travelling from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration and undertaking to present for a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms. This is how to apply to the pass: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/border-closing 
  • The Queensland Government has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in remote communities to implement a three-stage plan to safely ease restrictions in designated areas: https://www.datsip.qld.gov.au/resources/datsima/covid/remote-communities-roadmap.pdf

Schools

  • All students are attending schools.    

More Queensland schools information: https://qed.qld.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media/novel-coronavirus
More information: https://www.qld.gov.au/covid-19/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions


South Australia 

Gathering limits

  • Gatherings at private residences may not have more than 50 per gathering. 
  • Number of people gathering at a private place, other than a private residence (indoor or outdoor) has now increased from a 100 to no more than 150 people.

  • Dancing is now permitted at private events with defined guest list.
  • From Saturday 3rd of October people are now allowed to drink alcohol at pubs, clubs and bars while standing up, but only in outdoor areas. Patrons must be seated when consuming alcohol when indoors at licensed venues.
  • The 40 km travel buffer zone for cross border communities in Victoria and South Australia has been reinstated.

 

Businesses and recreation

Accommodation sector:

Further restrictions announced from accommodation sector from Saturday 3rd October before next month’s schoolies festival.The changes include:

  • Number of people at motels, hotels, and houseboats must not exceed the number of beds advertised, plus six other people.
  • Only six people over the age of 16 are allowed on-site at caravan parks and camp-sites. No restrictions for number of children under the age of 16.

All businesses, activities and gatherings allowed under Step 3 are listed in the Public activities direction no 3: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/public-activities

  • Businesses and defined public activities with an existing COVID-Safe Plan do not need to complete a new plan
  • If you have an existing COVID-Safe Plan but are now opening up more space or areas, you must create a new Plan.
  • Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVID-Safe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence operating: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan


Travel restrictions

  • From Saturday 24 October South Australian and Victorian cross border communities can travel within 70 km of the border without needing a reason to do so.
  • From Saturday 24 October people from Victoria will be able to relocate to South Australia permanently or for work purposes, providing criteria around accommodation and/or employment in SA can be met, and they quarantine for 14 days.
  • Regional travel is allowed within South Australia.
  • Travellers from NT, QLD, TAS and WA are allowed to enter South Australia directly without restriction.
  • Travellers from NSW are now allowed to enter SA , and do not need to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • People can enter South Australia in a vehicle from New South Wales via Victoria, if they travel through Victoria without leaving the vehicle, and only via the Sturt Highway from Mildura to Yamba, or via the Calder Highway and Meridian Road between Abbotsford Bridge and the Sturt Highway, and then via the Sturt Highway to Yamba.
  • South Australia’s borders are open to Canberrans, and travellers don’t need to isolate for 14 days on arrival.
  • Travellers from overseas (except New Zealand) need to self-isolate. Also, if you have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has.
  • During the 14 days of isolation you must stay at home (or hotel room) and not leave unless you need to seek urgent medical care.

Trans-Tasman travel bubble: 

  • From 20 October people from New Zealand can travel to SA without having to go into quarantine.
  • Travellers must not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the previous 14 days.

If you are planning travel to South Australia, complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least 3 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application

Schools

South Australian schools have been open since the beginning of term 2 and students are encouraged to attend, following the term 2 operating guidelines for SA public schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/term-2-operating-guidelines.pdf 

More information: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery 


Western Australia


COVID-19 disaster payment



Phase 4

Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed and it’s now on Phase 4 (out of 6 phases) of the state roadmap.

  • The planned date to enter Phase 5 (15 August) has been pushed back to 24 October, but health advisers might recommend pushing it further.
  • WA roadmap in English and other languages: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/covid-19-roadmap
  • all existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule are removed
  • gathering limits only determined by WA’s reduced 2 square metre rule (only for staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons)
  • removal of seated service requirements at restaurants and pubs
  • no requirement to maintain patron register at restaurants, cafes and bars
  • all events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals
  • unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
  • the casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions.

Travel restrictions

  • From Monday, 5 October:

- People from Victoria will be able to self-isolate, for 14 days at “suitable premises” like a house, which will be assessed by WA Police using G2G exemption app. They will be tested on arrival into and again on day 11 of their 14 day self-quarantine.-People from New South Wales will follow the same rules as other states and territories, they will also need to present for a COVID-19 test on day 11 of their quarantine. More info: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

Schools

  • Western Australian public schools opened at the beginning of Term 2 for all families who choose to send their children to school.
  • For students who learn from home, distance education packages and resources are being provided.
  • Parents/guardians can enter school grounds to drop off or pick up their children. 

More Western Australia schools information: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-education-and-family-advice
More information: http://www.wa.gov.au/covid19roadmap


Tasmania

Tasmania’s State of Emergency ended on 26 October.

However, the state's public health emergency declaration remains in place for now.


Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Tasmanian workers are now eligible for a $1,500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if they cannot work because they need to self-isolate or quarantine.

It is a lump sum payment to help workers during their 14 day self-isolation period.

More info: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment-tasmania

Gathering limits

  • Home: up to 20 people at any one time, not including household residents.
  • The maximum number of people includes staff, volunteers, children and babies.

Businesses and recreation

  • Number of people determined by the density of the area: maximum of 250 indoors and 1000 outdoors (from Friday 25th September)
  • The maximum density limit is one person per 2 square metres: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/gatherings-density-and-physical-distancing
  • Where the number of people permitted according to the density limit is less than the gathering limit, the lower number applies.
  • People attending an event in a licensed venue can move around freely, but they must be seated while drinking alcohol.
  • Gyms are now open, with COVID-Safe plans focused on density, physical distancing, contact tracing, cleaning and hygiene.

More business retractions information: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/business-and-employees/business-restrictions

Travel restrictions

  • Tasmania’s border opens to those states and territories considered low-risk, including: Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT.
  • 1 December is the planned date to relax Tasmania’s borders
  • You can travel and stay anywhere within Tasmania, but you must comply with the restrictions on gatherings and household visits.

Trans-Tasman travel bubble: 

  • From 26 October people from New Zealand can travel to Tasmania without having to go into quarantine.
  • Travellers will be subject to health screening at the border (as will those arriving from other places).
  • Travellers must not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the previous 14 days.

Find updated Tasmania travel information: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

Three-step process to ease border restrictions in Tasmania:

Step 1

  • From Sunday 20 September: allow Tasmanian FIFO workers who are away for extended periods of time working in low-risk areas to go home without quarantine -if they return directly from their safe state without spending time in Victoria or other hotspot areas.
  • Allow seasonal workers to enter Tasmania, under COVID-Safe conditions, for the upcoming season.

Step 2
By end of October 2020 - State Controller will consider bringing forward the date for easing of border restrictions with COVID-Safe and low-risk jurisdictions such as SA, WA, NT, Queensland, the ACT, and possibly NSW.

Step 3
Public Health will provide advice if Tasmania is ready for 1st December to finish the border restrictions with Victoria or other hotspot areas.


Online Travel Registration

  • Anyone intending to travel to Tasmania from another part of the country or overseas must register on the new online travel registration system called G2G PASS by going to https://www.g2gpass.com.au, before making their submission to request entry permission.
  • The Good to Go App has to be filled out accurately in terms of where the passenger may have been in the past 14 days and fines can go up to $16,800 or up to 6 months jail for those who provide incorrect information.

Schools

All classes have resumed, and all students are attending schools. 
More information:  https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/ 

 

Northern Territory


Gathering limits

  • There are no gathering limits in the NT, but people are asked to abide by social distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Weddings and funerals are allowed

Businesses and recreation

  • Exercise, outdoor gatherings, swimming, fishing and boating are allowed
  • Skate parks, pools, playgrounds are outdoor gyms allowed to open
  • From May 15 cafes, restaurants, bars, sports training, indoor markets, gyms, libraries, galleries and museums are allowed to open
  • Operate all licensed gaming activities including a TAB.
  • Team sports such as football, basketball, soccer and netball.
  • Cinema or theatre, concert hall, music hall, dance hall, nightclubs
  • Attend a bar without food being consumed.
  • All previously restricted services at beauty therapy and/or cosmetic services
  • All previously restricted services at tattooing or body art and piercing services
  • Attend an amusement park, community centre, recreation centre or play centre.
  • Attend community and sporting competitions with spectators in approved seating configuration. 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.
  • Major events will be approved on a case by case basis.

Travel restrictions

  • Arrivals to the Territory from overseas will be directed into mandatory supervised quarantine at the Howard Springs quarantine facility and charged $2,500
  • Interstate Arrivals to the NT:
  1. If not from a declared hotspot, do not need to self-quarantine. Hotspots list: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19
  2. From Friday 9 October, NT removed Greater Sydney from the hotspots list.
  3. From or through a declared hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine
  4. All interstate arrivals have to complete the border entry form up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

 

Trans-Tasman travel bubble:

  • From 16 October people from New Zealand can travel to NT without having to go into quarantine.
  • Travellers must not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the previous 14 days.

As borders re-opened for the rest of the country on 17 July, there is NT Police presence in all borders and airports indefinitely.

  • Australia's remote Northern Territory (NT) will keep its borders closed to coronavirus-affected states for at least another 18 months (from August 2020) People from those hotspots can still enter the territory but must complete a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine at their own cost.

The designated biosecurity zones have been lifted. Unless closed for seasonal closures, parks and reserves will be open and accessible to Territorians. 

Conditions and access to parks in the Northern Territory (NT) can change at short notice. Check the below websites before visiting: 

Schools

  • From 20 April 2020, all Northern Territory students are expected to physically attend school
  • Where families elect not to send their child to school, the child must be learning from home

More Northern Territory schools information: https://education.nt.gov.au/publications/information-for-term-2-2020?SQ_VARIATION_814972=0
NT Roadmap: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/steps-to-restart/roadmap-new-normal

Australian Capital Territory

Gathering limits

More information on gatherings: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/protecting-yourself-and-others/groups-and-gatherings

Travel 

  • ACT residents going to other states and territories: the ACT government is urging people not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring: currently this includes all of Victoria and Greater Sydney.
  • Travelling to the ACT from NSW or Queensland: People who have been in the Greater Sydney Area are advised not to visit or work in high-risk settings, including aged care facilities, hospitals and correctional facilities, for a period of 14 days after leaving the Greater Sydney Area. There is no requirement for these people to quarantine.
  • Travelling to the ACT from Victoria: Anyone (other than ACT residents) travelling from Victoria will be denied entry to the ACT unless they are granted an exemption by ACT Health. Entry to the ACT from Victoria is now only possible through Canberra Airport, by air.
  • ACT residents from Victoria are required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria, and notify the authorities 72 hours before the intended travel date.

Businesses and recreation

  • Canberra restaurants, cafes and bars can host 25 people regardless of the venue's size.
  • Bars, pubs, and clubs can serve alcohol to seated patrons in groups of up to 10 per booking or table without serving a meal.
  • Full-contact training for sport, dance and martial arts is now allowed.
  • The following can open, observing the one per 4 square metre rule for up to 100 people (including staff):
  • Places of worship and religious ceremonies.
  • Cinemas and movie theatres
  • Indoor and outdoor amusement centres, arcades, and play centres
  • Gyms, health clubs, fitness, dance
  • Swimming pools
  • Community sport and organised sporting activities
  • Choirs, bands and orchestras
  • Personal services (beauty and nail salons, tattoo, massage parlours, etc.)
  • Caravan parks, campgrounds and camp sites


Health Services protection

  • A new digital screening tool is available to determine if it is safe for someone to enter a health facility. It involves answering a series of simple questions. A green tick or red cross will indicate whether or not it is safe to enter: https://screening.covid19.act.gov.au/
  • Tighter visitor restrictions to health centres:
  • One visitor per patient, per day.
  • Admitted babies or children may have one parent/carer


Education 

  • All classes in public schools have returned to on-campus learning. 
  • The ACT will be the first state to reintroduce international students in July 2020, in line with the federal government’s phased return of international students. 

More information: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/updates

 


  • People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.
  • Metropolitan Melbourne residents are subject to Stage 4 restrictions and must comply with a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 5am. The full list of restrictions can be found here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/updated-restrictions-announcement-2-august-covid-19
  • If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus