UPDATE: COVID-19 restrictions – what you can and can’t do

We’ve all been eagerly waiting for news to come our way about the lift of lockdown. Last week, Scott Morrison announced that a three-stage plan will be rolled out to help re-open the economy carefully and strategically. This will happen differently across each state, as jurisdictions take control of the pace they’d like to adopt for relieving restrictions.

Below is a list of what you can and can’t do (as of May 12) across each state of Australia.

Working from Home


  • Schools will re-open and face-to-face teaching for one day a week will commence.
  • The number of days kids need to attend school will gradually increase over the coming weeks.
  • Cafes and restaurants can re-open for 10 people at a time only. There must be an average of four square metres per person.
  • Five people (including children) can visit another home.
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed.
  • Weddings can have up to 10 guests; funerals can have 20 if indoors, and 30 if outdoors.
  • Places of worship and religious gatherings can have up to 10 people.
  • Outdoor playgrounds and gym equipment can be used but only with caution.
  • Swimming in outdoor pools will be allowed.



  • As of 11.59 pm May 12, Victorians can have up to 5 guests in their home. They should only be family and friends.
  • Outdoor activities can go forward with up to 10 people.
  • Exercise, professional sport, hiking, fishing and golf can commence, adhering to the 10-people-only rule.
  • If you can work from home, it’s encouraged that you do so.
  • Cafes and restaurants are likely to re-open in June but remain takeaway only for now.


  • Students have already begun returning to school (depending on age).
  • Up to five people are allowed to visit another home.
  • Schools are expected to run normally as of May 25.
  • Queenslanders can gather in groups of 10 and go to restaurants, cafes and pubs that follow the protocol from the state’s roadmap.
  • Bars and gaming facilities are still closed.


  • Regional travel is now allowed.
  • Restaurants and cafes are open to 10 people at a time and must be outside.
  • Home inspections and auctions are allowed to commence.
  • Funerals can have 20 guests indoors and 30 outside.
  • By July, the government wants to have 55,000 people back into ‘normal working conditions’ during stage two recovery.
  • Schools are now open for face-to-face learning and students are encouraged to attend.



Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, but social distancing must be adhered to.

  • 20 people can attend indoor funerals and 30 for outdoor.
  • There is still a 10-person limit on places of worship, religious gatherings and ceremonies.
  • Boot camps and other physical activities can go ahead with the 10-person limit, and all must remain at a safe distance. Fitness equipment cannot be shared.
  • Open home inspections can go ahead with a maximum of 10 people allowed at any one time.
  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants are yet to re-open but will likely get the announcement n the coming weeks.
  • Two adults and any dependent children are allowed to leave ACT to enter NSW, but only for the needs of providing support or care.



  • The first stage to enter stage two of restriction rollbacks.
  • The state has already allowed all stage 1 rollbacks that other states are now initiating, including up to 10 people for gatherings.
  • From May 18, gyms, libraries and indoor weddings will be open for up to 20 people only. Outdoor weddings may have 30 guests.
  • Gatherings of up to 20 people will be allowed in public spaces, as well as for non-contact sports or indoor gyms.
  • Cafes and restaurants can have 20 people at a time but should use al fresco dining where available.
  • Playgrounds and skate parks are still closed.
  • Schools are open, and students are now all able to attend as normal.



  • Public gatherings from 2 to 10 people are now in effect – this includes real estate needs, religions, gatherings and weddings.
  • People can visit aged care facilities but only two people to visit once a week.
  • Funerals can have 20 people in attendance.
  • Students from kindergarten to Years 6 can go back too school. And those from Year 11 and 12 will head back on May 25. Remaining grades will resume in June.
  • National parks and reserves are open to those in a 30km radius from their homes.



  • The state is currently in stage 1 recovery with outdoor gatherings allowed. Non-contact outdoor sports – including fishing – is permitted.
  • Open house inspections and auctions are allowed.
  • Stage two will roll out on Friday, May 15.
  • In stage two, restaurants, bars and clubs can open again.
  • Beauty parlours, masseuses, libraries, museums and outdoor sports training can commence (stage two)
  • Indoor religious gatherings will also be permitted.
  • All of these activities, however, will fall under a two-hour limit.
  • Time limits will be eliminated on June 5 as stage three rolls in.


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