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COVID-19 Understanding Business Restrictions

Understanding business restrictions

The national cabinet of state, territory, and federal leaders have determined the following restrictions on business must be imposed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. 

From midnight 30 March 2020, the following changes will come into effect.

National Cabinet has agreed to a moratorium on evictions for the next six months for residential and commercial tenants who are experiencing financial distress due to the impact of coronavirus.

From midnight 25 March 2020, the following changes will come into effect.

Businesses/services to close:

  • Food courts in shopping centres must close (Food vendors will still be able to provide takeaway and retail stores in shopping centres can remain open)
  • Auction houses and places where people gather to buy and sell must close
  • Real Estate auctions, open houses, and inspections must cease
  • Play centres both indoor and outside must close
  • Personal Services such as beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, tattoos, massage and services of that nature must close (health-related therapies such as physiotherapy can remain open)
  • Hairdressers and barbershops can remain (restrictions on appointments to stay below 30mins in duration have been lifted)
  • Cinemas, night clubs, casinos, adult entertainment, concerts, stadiums, arcades and amusement parks must close
  • Gyms, libraries, rec centres, barre, saunas, wellness centres, group fitness classes must close
  • Boot camps and personal training is to be limited to a maximum of 10 people and social distancing measures must be enforced
  • Social sport in large groups, community sporting groups and leagues must cease. 
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools must close. 
  • Galleries, museums, significant and historical points of interest, community and youth centres, entertainment centres, Local Government centres/halls must close.
  • Weddings can continue where it is just the couple, the celebrant, and witnesses with no more than 5 people.
  • Funerals can go ahead with no more than 10 people. States and territories can also provide exemptions to the 10-person limit for funerals in cases of hardship.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds are now closed to visitors. 
    The only people permitted to remain will be:
    - People who already have the caravan park registered as their primary place of residence; and
    - People staying in caravan parks as interim accommodation where their primary residence is not available.

The following directions are from the Deputy Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared state of emergency.

Businesses/services to remain closed until 11 May 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and nightclubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to take away and/or home delivery. Cafes, restaurants, and take away food outlets are able to provide seating outside their venues if it complies with the four-square-metre social distancing rules. People can still purchase their takeaway meals/items etc and consume them at an outdoor table and chairs, but they still need to ensure that the social distancing requirements are complied with
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).

Click here for the complete directive from the Deputy Chief Health Officer

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