As outbreaks of Covid-19 continue to occur around the country, each state and territory has adopted its own restrictions around social distancing. You can read about the restrictions in your area via the links below:
From 6pm 2 August 2020, a state of disaster has been declared in Victoria. This state of disaster comes with a new restrictions, including a curfew which will be in operation from 8pm to 5am for a month. The full restrictions can be viewed here.
Across Australia it is important that everyone continues to stay 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible. When in public:
- Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses.
- Use tap and go instead of cash where possible.
- Practise extra care if you are using public transport.
- Avoid crowds – if you see a crowded space, do not enter.
- Avoid large public gatherings.
- Practise good hygiene.
- Stay home if you have any cold or flu symptoms.
Public gatherings and social occasions significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. While rules for public and social gatherings differ between states and territories, where possible avoid non-essential outings and limit essential trips. Many medical facilities have implemented telehealth appointments, grocery stores are offering increased delivery services and Australia Post has launched a free pharmacy delivery service.
The Department of Health has provided additional advice for people at particular risk of COVID-19, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, older people, people with chronic conditions and people with disability.
The recent rise in community transmission of COVID-19 in Australia means some states and territories now recommend or require the use of masks. Wearing a face covering helps keep you and others safe. COVID-19 is spread from close contact with a person who has the virus. Face coverings are helpful to stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, coughs or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 and is contagious, but feels well.
From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August ALL Victorians must wear a face covering when leaving their home, unless an exception applies. A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. Guidelines will be developed about how this applies in different settings in regional Victoria.
The Department of Health and Human Services Victoria have created a dedicated information page to provide updates on mask use in Victoria.
People in New South Wales are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in high-risk public settings. These include:
- Indoor settings where phsyical distancing is hard to maintain, such as on public transport or in supermarkets;
- Indoor settings with a higher risk of transmission, such as for the staff of hospitality and customer-facing venues;
- During attendance at places of worship.
If circumstances change in your state or territory, then the advice on masks may change. It’s important to stay up to date with the advice in your local area. Your state or territory government will provide this.
Although several states and territories have closed their borders to reduce the risk of transmission interstate, compassionate travel to provide care is allowed. Carers Australia advises that you carry a letter from your GP to prevent possible social distancing fines. In some instances, you may be required to undertake a 14-day quarantine period after travelling interstate. For more information check with your state or territory Health Department.