Current COVID-19 Restrictions: The Essential Vs Non-Essential Services List – Hope 103.2

Current COVID-19 Restrictions: The Essential Vs Non-Essential Services List

By Hope 103.2Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

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.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is urging people to stay at home unless it is “absolutely necessary to go out. Going out for the basics, going out for an exercise, perhaps with your partner or family members, provided it’s a small group, that’s fine”.


🏠 Reasons You Can Leave Your Home

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

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:

  • Emergency services
  • Pharmacies
  • Supermarkets
  • Schools — NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is encouraging parents to keep their children at home, however, schools are open for parents who are not able to do this
  • Petrol stations
  • Food markets
  • Vets

🚫 Non-Essential Services

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

  • Places of worship — visit our Church @ Home to join or stay connected with a church community, all are welcome!
  • Beauty, nail, tanning, waxing and tattoo parlours
  • Spas, saunas, massage and wellness centres
  • Pubs, clubs, casinos, adult entertainment venues, hotel bar and restaurant areas
  • Auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections
  • Amusement parks and arcades
  • Play centres
  • Entertainment venues
  • Community and recreation centres such as halls and PCYCs
  • Health and fitness clubs including gyms, yoga, barre, spin, pilates
  • 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)
  • Cinemas
  • Family barbecues, birthday and house parties
  • Stadium and concert venues
  • Outdoor gyms and skate parks

⚠️ Restrictions and Limited Services

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

Hope 103.2 is proudly supported by

  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings — no more than two people, excluding your immediate household
  • Cafes can provide take away only
  • 5 people allowed to attend a wedding — celebrant, the couple and two witnesses
  • 10 mourners will be allowed to attend a funeral
  • Food courts will only be able to serve take away
  • Hairdressers and barbers ***UPDATED March 26: Federal Government scrapped time limits
  • Bootcamps and personal training are limited to two people
  • Hotel accommodation, excluding licensed bars and restaurant areas

📝 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)
    • More than 10 people attending a funeral — one or two additional family members might be able to attend under special circumstances
    • A moratorium on rental evictions — temporary bans on evictions for the next six months

We will update this list as more information becomes available.

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

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

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