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

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.

By Hope 103.2Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

Updated Friday 17 July

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.

While we are endeavouring to keep this page up-to-date with the latest NSW information, please check official government sites before making decisions on travel, work or other situations where you will be out in public spaces.

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? Easing/Tightening of NSW restrictions from Friday 17 July

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 12.01am Friday 17 July, pubs will be restricted to:
    • a maximum of 10 people per group booking
    • a maximum of 300 patrons or one customer per 4 square metres, whichever is the lesser.
  • From 12.01am Saturday 18 July, the NSW Government will begin to charge international travellers for their hotel quarantine accommodation.
  • Queensland borders are open, but remain closed to non-QLD residents who have been in Victoria in the last 14 days. More info and to apply for a declaration form.
  • The NSW-Victoria border is closed, as of Wednesday 8 July, and NSW Police and the Australian Defence Force are now in place manning these closures. Individuals seeking to return to NSW from Victoria will need to obtain a NSW Border Permit and be required to self-isolate for 14 days even if they are a returning resident of NSW.

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.

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? It’s OK to Leave Home, But Remember

  • TO PRACTICE: 1.5m social distancing

? 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 including periods of lockdown:

  • Emergency services
  • Pharmacies
  • Supermarkets
  • Schools
  • Petrol stations
  • Food markets
  • Vets

? Non-Essential Services

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

  • International travel (excluding essential travellers such as health workers, emergency services and freight of essential goods)
  • The NSW-QLD border is currently closed

⚠️ Restrictions and Limited Services

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — all observing the strict social distancing measures (4 square metre rule):

  • Kids’ sport and community sports competitions for those aged 18 years and under — only one parent per child is allowed on the sidelines
  • Adult community sport
  • The number of people allowed inside indoor venues that can open will be determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule, with no upper limit. This includes function centres. All activity must be seated only.
  • Fitness, gyms, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with the ‘indoor venues’ restrictions
  • Community centres including their recreational facilities can reopen with the ‘indoor venues’ restrictions
  • Indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can reopen with the ‘indoor venues’ restrictions
  • Cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum capacity of 40,000 will be allowed up to 25% of their normal capacity. Events must be ticketed and seated and follow strict guidelines.
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients
  • Food courts are allowed to reopen
  • The number of people allowed to visit homes will increase from 5 to 20
  • The number of people allowed to gather outdoors will increase from 10 to 20
  • Pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants — a maximum of 10 people per group booking, a maximum of 300 patrons or one customer per 4 square metres, whichever is the lesser
  • Worship, weddings, funerals — must not exceed one person per 4 square metres. Places of public worship, funeral homes or crematoriums can have up to 50 attendees (without the 4 square metre rule) provided non-household contacts can maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance. 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
  • Travel to regional NSW for a holiday
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites
  • Libraries
  • Spas, saunas, massage and wellness centres
  • Beauty, nail, tanning, and waxing — up to 10 customers

? 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


ℹ️ Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, Resources and Encouragement central page for more support. This page is not currently being updated but still provides a variety of timeless and helpful resources.

Keep Calm Hopeland and Carry On, with Love from Hope 103.2