How Australian states and territories are easing restrictions on the coronavirus

May 12, 2020

BY SBS / ALC CONTENT

Please note that return to school classes varies between states and territories, as well as the type of schools. To know for sure when your child returns to school, we recommend consulting directly with the school.

How are states and territories relaxing COVID-19 restrictions?

Victory

Limits to meetings

  • Five guests allowed at home
  • 10 people can meet outdoors

Business and recreation

The Victoria government has yet to reopen the business in the hospitality sector and has established five reasons for residents to leave home:

  • Food shopping
  • The care and attention of third parties
  • Exercise and outdoor recreation
  • Work and education
  • Visits to friends and family

Travel restriction

  • There are no travel restrictions in Victoria, but overnight stays are not allowed for traveling away from home, so camping and other related activities are prohibited.

Schools

  • Preparation classes will resume on May 26, grades 1 and 2 and years 11 and 12. All special schools will also return on this date.
  • On Tuesday, June 9, the rest of the students (from 3rd to 10th grade) will return to school.


More information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/gradual-easing-restrictions-covid-19


New South Wales (NSW)

Limits to meetings

Nowadays:

  • Two people can visit your house
  • Outdoor meetings limited to two people

From May 15:

  • Five guests allowed at home
  • 10 people can meet outdoors
  • 10 people at weddings
  • 20 people at funerals indoors, 30 outdoors
  • 10 people for religious gatherings

Business and recreational activity

  • Cafes and restaurants can have up to 10 customers at a time, respecting the rule of one person for every four square meters.
  • Outdoor pools open with restrictions

Schools

The New South Wales Ministry of Education has implemented a controlled return to school:

  • Send your child / children to school one day a week. (Schools can choose the days)
  • You are encouraged to keep your child home for the rest of the week whenever possible.
  • Families who need to send their child to school every day can continue to do so.
  • Classes are divided into different spaces and breaks can be staggered.
  • There are no field trips or interscholastic activities.

More information on New South Wales schools: https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families/managed-return-to-school-guide-for-families#tabs0
More information : https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules

Queensland

Limits to meetings

Nowadays:

  • Five people can visit your home
  • Outdoor meetings limited to five people

From May 15:

  • Five guests currently allowed at home
  • 10 people can meet indoors and outdoors.
  • 10 people at weddings
  • 20 people at funerals indoors, 30 outdoors

Business and recreation

  • Restaurants, libraries, swimming pools and beauty salons will open from May 15, limited to 10 people at a time.
  • Gyms, theaters, stadiums, amusement parks, zoos, and game rooms will open on a limited basis beginning in late June.
  • Restaurants in the interior of the country will be able to accommodate up to 20 customers at a time.

Travel restriction

Recreational trips will be limited to 150 km from home

  • Outback residents may travel up to 500 km from their home
  • Many vulnerable Aboriginal communities will remain closed until at least June 18

Schools

  • Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, students in "Kindy", Prep, Year 1, Year 11, and 12 will return to their state school or community kindergarten.
  • Year 2-10 students will continue to learn at home, returning from Monday, May 25, 2020.

More information about Queensland schools : 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 (SA)

Limits to meetings

  • 10 people can meet inside and outside
  • 10 people at weddings and religious gatherings
  • 20 people at indoor funerals, 30 outdoors

Business and recreation

  • Outdoor food is allowed in restaurants and cafes.
  • Libraries and pools open but limited
  • Playgrounds, retail stores, campgrounds and caravan parks are allowed to open

Travel restriction

Regional travel within South Australia is allowed

Schools

More information: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/195879/FINAL-DPC_RoadMap_FINAL.pdf

Western Australia (WA)

Limits to meetings

Nowadays:

  • Indoor and outdoor meetings limited to 10 people

From May 18:

  • 20 people allowed for all indoor and outdoor meetings, following the rule of one person for every four square meters
  • 20 people at funerals and weddings indoors, 30 outdoors.

Business and recreation

  • The cafes and restaurants allow up to 20 clients.
  • Contactless sports, fitness classes and public pools allowed up to 20 people
  • Travel restriction

Travel within four WAs is allowed, permission is required to travel between zones

Schools

  • Western Australian public schools were opened at the beginning of the second quarter for all families who decided to send their children to school.
  • For students learning from home, distance education packages and resources are offered.
  • Western Australia's TAFE schools have adapted their training offerings and the second quarter started on April 28, 2020.

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

Tasmania

Limits to meetings

Nowadays:

  • Two people can visit your house
  • Outdoor meetings limited to two people

From May 18:

  • Five people are allowed for home meetings
  • 10 people are allowed for all indoor and outdoor meetings, following the rule of one person for every four square meters
  • 30 people are allowed for outdoor funerals

Business and recreation

The cafes and restaurants allow up to 10 clients.
Libraries, playgrounds, swimming pools, training fields, allow up to 10 people.

Travel restriction

14-day border quarantine controls are maintained, but residents can quarantine their homes if appropriate.

Schools

The government has announced staggered back-to-school dates for its state: Elementary school students and 11th and 12th grade students will return on May 25, and the rest will do so in June.
More information: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/tasmanias_roadmap_to_recovery

Northern Territory

Limits to meetings

There are no collection limits in the NT, but people are asked to abide by a 1.5 meter social distance
Weddings and funerals are allowed

Business and recreation

  • Exercise, outdoor gatherings, swimming, fishing, and boating are permitted.
  • Skate parks, pools, playgrounds are open-air gyms that can be opened
  • Starting May 15, the opening of cafes, restaurants, bars, sports training, indoor markets, gyms, libraries, galleries and museums will be allowed.

Travel restriction

  • Controls at internal borders that restrict access to at least 76 vulnerable indigenous communities will continue until at least June 18.

Schools

  • Beginning April 20, 2020, all Northern Territory students are expected to physically attend school.
  • When families decide not to send their child to school, the child must learn at home.

More information about Northern Territory schools: 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
Frequently Asked Questions: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/819106/roadmap-faqs.pdf

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Limits to meetings

  • 10 people in indoor and outdoor meetings
  • 10 people at weddings and religious services, excluding those leading the ceremony
  • 20 people at funerals indoors, 30 outdoors

Business and recreation

  • Outdoor fitness classes, open houses, auctions limited to 10 people, excluding those who run the activity

Schools

  • Public schools will return to on-campus learning in stages over the next four weeks from Monday, May 18 (week three of the second quarter) to Tuesday, June 2 (week six of the second quarter).

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

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