Current COVID-19 Restrictions: What You Can and Can't Do – Hope 103.2

Current COVID-19 Restrictions: What You Can and Can’t Do

By Hope 103.2Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

Updated Friday 22 May

Here is the list (to date) the Government has advised Australians of what we can and cannot participate in until further notice, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. We encourage you to not take this list as a reason to panic but to think of it as measures our country, state and territory leaders are putting in place to try and protect Australians and our healthcare system in the long run.

However, we understand this is a very uncertain and anxious time for everyone and we have put together other resources to help you stay connected and supported throughout this difficult season including a faithful team of prayers.


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📢 Easing of NSW restrictions from Monday 1 June

As NSW takes the next step, we need to keep up our high rates of testing, and continue to practise physical distancing and good handwashing hygiene. If you have even the mildest symptoms, you should stay at home.

From Monday 1 June, the following will be allowed in NSW:

  • travel to regional NSW for a holiday
  • visits to museums, galleries and libraries
  • pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers

The NSW Government will closely monitor COVID-19 rates, especially community transmissions, and use this to guide the further easing of restrictions.

NSW Gov: What You Can and Can’t Do Under the Rules

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🇦🇺 Australian Government ‘3 Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia’

Friday 8 May: Prime Minister Scott Morrison Announced Australia’s ‘3 Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia’, however, it will be up to each state and territory to implement their plan regarding easing restrictions.

Australian Government Roadmap to COVIDSafe Australia


🏠 Reasons You Can Leave Your Home

Tuesday 28 April: “Two adults will be able to go and visit anybody else in their home (as of Friday 1 May) on the basis of care, on the basis of reducing social isolation and everybody’s mental health,” Ms Berejiklian said. Read the Premier’s full statement on household visits.

As of Monday 30 March: fines for non-compliance will apply

  • Shopping for what you need — essentials for you and/or your family to get you through this new phase of tough restrictions (Eg. exercise equipment or board games)
  • For medical or compassionate needs
  • To exercise, adhering to the two-person gathering limit
  • For work or education if you cannot work or learn from home
  • Volunteering for a charity

🧓 Older and Vulnerable People Strongly Advised to Stay Home

  • People aged over 70
  • Those with a chronic illness, over 60 years
  • Indigenous Australians, over 50 years

✅ Essential Services

That are allowed to operate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:


🚫 Non-Essential Services

That are NOT allowed to operate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:

  • Beauty, nail, tanning, waxing and tattoo parlours — cannot provide services whether as a retail outlet or in a private home, however they can sell their products
  • Spas, saunas, massage and wellness centres
  • Play centres
  • Entertainment venues
  • Community and recreation centres such as halls and PCYCs
  • Health and fitness clubs including gyms, yoga, barre, spin, pilates
  • Indoor sporting venues and swimming pools
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites
  • Libraries
  • International travel (excluding essential travellers such as health workers, emergency services and freight of essential goods)
  • Stadiums
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Concert halls, music halls and dance halls
  • Amusement centres (for billiards, pool, pinball machines or video games)
  • Betting agencies and gaming lounges

⚠️ Restrictions and Limited Services

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — all observing the strict social distancing measures (1 person per 4m):

  • Indoor gatherings — up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time, excluding your immediate household
  • Outdoor gatherings — up to 10 people
  • Food and drink premises can open, but only to seat a maximum of 10 customers at any one time — this includes cafes and restaurants, a restaurant within a registered club or pub, or a cellar door that serves food
  • 10 people allowed to attend a wedding plus the people conducting or assisting in the conduct of the service, a photographer, a videographer, and the couple
  • Indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners
  • Religious gatherings/places of worship up to 10 worshippers — visit our Church @ Home to join or stay connected with a church community, all are welcome!
  • Hairdressers and barbers
  • Use of outdoor equipment with caution
  • Outdoor pools open with restrictions
  • Auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections

📝 Additional Note — For States & Territories to Decide

    • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, caravan and camping grounds, and boarding houses
    • outdoor and indoor markets (excluding food markets which are considered essential services)
    • A moratorium on rental evictions — temporary bans on evictions for the next six months


We will update this list as more information becomes available.

ℹ️ Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, Resources and Encouragement central page for more support.

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