Planning a party this weekend? Think again — if you’re in a state that has restrictions easing on June 1, don’t get too excited too early.
June 1 isn’t until Monday, so people still run the risk of fines or other penalties if they start working to eased restrictions early.
Some states don’t have any changes at all flagged for June 1 though — they’ll have to wait a little longer for their next stage of coronavirus recovery.
So who has rule changes coming up, and what will they be?
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Canberra does have a series of restrictions easing this weekend — starting from 11:59pm on Friday May 29, the ACT will move to Step 2.1 of their recovery plan.
From that time, up to 20 people will be allowed at:
Restaurants, cafes and licensed venuesBeauty, tanning, waxing and nail salonsSpa, massage, tattoo and body-modification parloursMuseums, galleries, national institutions and outdoor attractionsCaravan parks and campgroundsWeddings, religious ceremonies and places of worshipWellness centres, indoor sporting centres, yoga, pilates, barre and spin facilities, community centres, pools
The four-square-metre rule still applies, and any businesses that are reopening need a COVID Safety plan.
Gyms and health clubs can reopen to up to 20 people at a time, but unsupervised free weight training and use of other gym equipment isn’t allowed, and low-contact indoor and outdoor sport is back on as well.
That includes dance, where one parent per minor is allowed to accompany.
Gallery staff at The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra preparing for their Saturday reopening.(AAP: Lukas Coch)
The attendance limit on funerals will also increase to 50 indoors and outdoors.
Orchestras, bands and choirs will be able to have up to 20 people and universities and vocational training providers are allowed to increase face-to-face learning where they can.
Canberra’s Step 2.1 still encourages working from home if it works for employees and employers, with a gradual return to work flagged for consideration around mid-July.
Step 2.2 is scheduled to kick off from June 19, and looks to increase the limit for some businesses to up to 50 people, as well as reopening cinemas, amusement parks and play centres.
Victoria is easing multiple restrictions from 11.59pm on Sunday May 31 — so Victorians will be waking up to a new week and a new month with some new-found freedoms.
Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather at homes, including members of the household.
The 20-person rule also applies to indoor, outdoor or public space gatherings, but people have been urged to be safe and take precautions if they’re going to gather in groups.
Retail stores have been allowed to reopen in most areas.(AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Up to 20 people will be able to get back to group sport — as long as it’s outdoors, everyone stays at least 1.5 metres apart (so no contact sport) and it’s non-competitive (yes — socially distanced golf is back on).
20 is a special number — that’s how many people can also go to the following, all from that date:
Various distancing rules apply though.
Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses can resume dine-in service for up to 20 patrons, subject to physical-distancing rules.
Like the ACT, up to 20 Victorians will be able to gather at a place of worship subject to the four-square-metre rule, 20 people can attend a wedding and up to 50 can attend a funeral (unless it’s at someone’s home — then a maximum of 20 people are allowed, including officiants and staff).
Bigger gatherings will be allowed as each state eases coronavirus restrictions — but it depends where you are as to when.(AAP: Darren England)
Victoria is also easing some travel restrictions from that time, including allowing people to stay at holiday homes, private residences or tourist accommodation (as long as there’s no shared communal facilities like kitchens or bathrooms).
People have to continue working from home if they’ve been doing so up until now though.
New South Wales
Residents in New South Wales are also kicking off the new month with some new eased restrictions.
From Monday June 1, up to 20 people will be allowed to attend weddings, 50 can attend funerals and 50 can gather at places of worship, subject to the four-square-metre rule.
Pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers from June 1 too.
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Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced NSW would be open for regional travel from this date.
Beauty and nail salons, museums, galleries and libraries can also reopen under various distancing rules and COVID-safe guidelines, as can museums, galleries and libraries.
South Australia also kicks off step 2 of their roadmap from June 1, and they’re throwing some big numbers around.
Provided the 1.5-metre rule and the four-square-metre rule are in place, up to 80 people will be allowed at:
Restaurants, cafes, wineries, pubs, breweries and barsCinemas, theatres, museums and galleries Gyms
All provided that there’s no more than 20 to a group.
Nail and beauty salons, tattoo and massage parlours will also be allowed to reopen, and if gyms have classes, they must be limited to 10 participants.
Up to 50 people will be allowed at funerals.
Gyms still can’t open at full capacity in most states, but some public exercise equipment is reopening.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)
From June 1, competitive non-contact outdoor sport, training and competitive non-contact indoor sport and indoor recreation activities will all be allowed.
Allowing competitive contact outdoor sport and training for contact indoor sport is flagged for June 25.
The top end doesn’t have to wait too much longer for their next phase to come into effect.
From noon on June 5, the Northern Territory will sail into stage 3 of their roadmap to ease restrictions — some of the most relaxed rules in the country.
From that date, all businesses, facilities and services previously restricted can resume, as long as they adhere to key principles.
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Territorians will be able to:
Go to a bar without consuming foodGo to nightclubs, cinemas, theatres, concert or music halls and other approved entertainment venuesTake part in licenced gaming activitiesGo to amusement venues, community centres and play centres
All previously restricted services at places that provide beauty therapy, cosmetic services, tattooing or body art can be accessed again from that time too.
There’s good news for sport lovers too — sports including football, netball, basketball and soccer can be played and officiated again, with supporters, and up to 500 people can go to an arena, stadium or community sport competition if spectators are in an approved seating configuration.
Sporting events with more than 500 people attending need an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan, and major events will be approved on a state-by-state basis.
Western Australia’s next phase of easing restrictions begins on June 6 — they’re already up to phase 3 of their plan.
The limit on non-work gatherings will be raised to 100 people — or 300 people for venues with divided spaces.
They’re ditching the four-square-metre rule in favour of a two-square-metre rule from that date, and based on that, all of these will be able to reopen or restart:
Gyms and fitness classesFull contact sports and trainingPlaygrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipmentBeauty, nail, tanning and waxing salons, personal-care services, spas and saunasGalleries, museums, theatres, cinemas and concert venuesZoos, amusement parks and arcades
In addition to that exciting news, pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars will be allowed to serve alcohol without food and food courts will reopen for seated service.
It’s up to each state and territory how they ease their limits on gatherings.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)
The 100-person rule also applies to weddings and funerals.
Rottnest Island will reopen to the public on that date as well, and regional travel will be permitted throughout Western Australia, including into the Kimberley region (pending Commonwealth approval to remove the Biosecurity Area).
Access into remote Aboriginal communities will remain prohibited though.
Queensland has a little longer to wait — stage 2 of their roadmap is down for June 12.
That takes their gathering limit up to 20 at:
HomesPublic spaces including lagoons, playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gymsRestaurants, cafes, pubs, RSL and other clubs, hotels and casinosCinemas, theatres, auditoriums, arenas, concert venues and stadiums Gyms, health clubs and yoga studios Museums, galleries, libraries and places of worshipOutdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcadesOpen homes and auctions Beauty, nail and tanning salons, tattoo parlours and spas Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreak
Up to 20 people can also participate in non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport, with pools and community sports clubs also under the 20-person rule.
The attendance limit on weddings also goes up to 20 from that date, and funerals will be permitted 50 people maximum.
People can travel up to 250km for recreational purposes, with campgrounds, caravan parks and tourism accommodation set to reopen.
The 20-person rule also applies to camping, hiking and recreation in state and national parks.
There are slightly different rules for outback Queensland from that June 12 date.
Recreational travel is allowed within the outback if you live there, and hospitality venues can serve up to 50 people at a time — they might ask you to show proof of residence though, and that doesn’t permit for gaming and bars.
Although restrictions are easing, social distancing and hygiene recommendations are still strong around the country.(AAP/Darren England)Tasmania
Stage 2 of Tasmania’s roadmap to recovery doesn’t come into effect until June 15.
Much like many of the other states, up to 20 people at a time will be able to gather indoors and outdoors, including at:
Restaurants and cafesCinemas, museums, galleries, theatres and performance venuesReligious gatherings and weddingsOpen homes and auctions Gyms and boot campsBeauty service providers and day spasPlaygrounds and park exercise equipment including outdoor community sport Indoor sport, including pools
Up to 50 people will be permitted at funerals.
The 20-person rule also applies to camping, overnight boating and shacks, but border controls are expected to remain in place as part of this stage.
At the moment, the Tasmanian Government’s website says visitors to households will be reviewed as part of stage two — it’s not clear yet what changes could be implemented there, but at the moment, only five visitors are permitted at homes.
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