Update from the Australian Government

The Australian Government has commenced sending text messages to keep you informed about the national response to COVID-19.

Last night Prime Minister Morrison announced Stage 2 of the social-distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Find below a table that sets out the additional prohibited activities and venues that apply from 11:59pm (local time) 25 March 2020.

Please act on that advice, it will help save lives.

For more information please go to the Prime Minister’s Media Statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020

Along with these measures Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA announced border closures. Anyone entering these States or Territory must self-isolate for 14 days.

Please go here to find out more from the respective State or Territory: https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-government

For school closures (government and non-government) please refer to state and territory education authorities that can be found here: https://www.dese.gov.au/news/coronavirus-covid-19#schools.

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au. Alternatively, you can contact the business.gov.au support line at 13 28 46.

Additional prohibited activities and venues to apply from 11.59pm (local time) 25 March 2020

Business, premises or place Exceptions
Food and drink
Cafes Take away service and home delivery.
Cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless; workplace canteens can provide takeaway.
Food courts Delivery and takeaway can remain.
Auction houses  
Real estate auctions, and display and open house inspections Private appointments for inspection.
Outdoor and indoor markets will be a decision for each state and territory Food markets will continue to operate in all states and territories.
Beauty and personal care services
Hairdressers and barber shops  
Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours  
Spas and massage parlours  
Entertainment venues
Cinemas, nightclubs  
Casinos, gaming or gambling venues  
Strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues  
Concert venues, theatre, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.
Amusement parks and arcades  
Play centres (indoor and outdoor)  
Leisure and recreation
Community and recreation centres Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.
Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres  
Boot camps and personal training (outside and inside) Outside must be limited to groups of no more than 10 people and social distancing must be observed.
Social sporting-based activities  
Swimming pools  
Residential facilities
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses will be a decision for each state and territory Excluding permanent residents and workers.
Outdoor recreation
Caravan and camping parks will be a decision for each state and territory Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks temporarily while their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.
Non-residential institutions
Galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites  
Libraries, community centres, and youth centres  
Local government non-essential facilities and services (such as libraries and pools)  
Community facilities (such as community halls, clubs, RSLs, PCYCs)  
Weddings and Funerals Weddings with a maximum attendance of no more than 5  people, with 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied.
Funerals attended by a maximum of no more than 10 people, with the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied