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Update on coronavirus measures

The National Cabinet last night agreed to adopt new stage 2 restrictions to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

The Morrison government is working closely with state and territory governments to slow the virus from spreading in a bid to save lives.

Please follow the health advice – Covid19 is incredibly infectious – and unless we flatten the curve and slow down the spread of this virus, our hospitals will not be able to cope with the number of people who fall seriously ill and need an ICU bed and the highest level of care.

Additional prohibited activities and venues to apply as listed below.

Some exemptions apply as listed.

Food and drink

Cafes:  Takeaway service and home delivery. Cafés 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 operational.


Auction houses.

Real estate auctions 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: Following the receipt of feedback on the practical implementation of measures announced regarding barbers and hairdressers it was agreed by Premiers and Chief Ministers at National Cabinet that the instruction regarding 30 minutes per patron will be lifted (effective immediately), but that the 4sqm rule per person must be strictly observed within the premises and that personal contact during the patron’s visit should be minimised wherever possible.

Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours.

Spas and massage parlours.

Entertainment venues

Cinemas, nightclubs.

Casinos, gaming or gambling venues.

Strips clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues.

Concert venues, theatre, arenas, and 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, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres.

Boot camps, personal training operating outside and inside: For outside events, limited to groups of no more than 10 people and social distancing must be exercised.

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 as interim abodes where 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).

Places of worship, weddings and funerals: Weddings with a maximum attendance of no more than 5 people and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies.

Funerals attended by a maximum of no more than 10 people and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies. Also it was noted that in hardship cases, States and Territories can provide exemptions in relation to attendance at funerals, but only at the margin.

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