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The Prime Minister has announced further measures that will take place from midnight (local time) 31 March 2020.

Indoor and outdoor public gatherings

This will be limited to two persons only. 

Exceptions to this limit include:

  • people of the same household going out together
  • funerals - a maximum of 10 people
  • wedding - a maximum of 5 people
  • family units

Individual states and territories may choose to mandate and/or enforce this requirement. 

There is strong guidance for all Australians to stay home unless for:

  • shopping for what you need - food and necessary supplies
  • medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements
  • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
  • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely

Playgrounds, skate parks and outside gyms in public places will be closed. Bootcamps will be reduced to two persons, including the trainer.

There is no registration process to become an essential service.

Current measures 

The table below provides details of the current prohibited activities and venues. It also includes any exceptions that currently apply.

Food and drink

Business, premises or place Exceptions

Takeaway 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 operational
Pubs, registered and licenced clubs Bottle shops attached to these venues



Business, premises or place Exceptions
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

Business, premises or place Exceptions
Hairdressers and barber shops 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies in the premises
Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours  
Spas and massage parlours  


Entertainment venues

Business, premises or place Exceptions
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

Business, premises or place Exceptions
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
Gyms, indoor sporting venues, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, 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 2 people (including the trainer) and social distancing must be exercised
Social sporting-based activities  
Swimming pools  


Residential facilities

Business, premises or place Exceptions
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

Business, premises or place Exceptions
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

Business, premises or place Exceptions
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  - states and territories can provide exemptions in relation to attendance. The 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies

Isolated remote community hubs are not included in these restrictions.

More information from your state or territory

All restrictions and measures will be implemented in accordance with state and territory laws. For specific details from your state or territory read the appropriate page below.