Social Distancing

The Australian Government continues to update its social distancing measures. Australian’s are now required to have four square metres of distance between themselves and other members of the community in public spaces.

Gatherings, excluding the people you live with, can be no more than two people. This does not include people you live with.

It is strongly recommended that people over 70, those over 60 with a chronic illness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders observe social isolation as far as possible. This does not mean that you can’t go for a walk or that you dispense of the services of a needed care worker. But ensure that you and your care worker observe the hygiene and, as far as possible, the personal distance recommendation identified under the heading “Keeping yourself and, the person you care for well” above.

Essential Gatherings:

  • Shopping for essential groceries and returning home without delay
  • attending medical or compassionate visits
  • attending the pharmacy
  • going out for person exercise on your own or with one other person while maintaining social distancing
  • going to work or education if you are unable to do so from home.

Australia Post has also advised it has launched a free pharmacy delivery service.

Australians are asked to reduce their visits to the shops, in order to reduce contact.

Compassionate travel

Compassionate travel to provide care is allowed, however Carers Australia advises that you carry a letter from your GP to prevent possible social distancing fines. In some situations such as crossing the Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tasmanian TAS borders or entering remote communities, you will need permission and a 14 day quarantine period. For more information check with your state or territory Health Department.

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From midnight on Wednesday 25 March 2020, these activities and businesses will no longer be allowed to continue:

  • Amusement parks and arcades
  • Indoor and outdoor play centres
  • Community and recreation centres, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, wellness centres
  • Public swimming pools
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres
  • Auction houses
  • Real estate auctions and open house inspections
  • In-store beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours, spa and massage parlours (excluding allied-health-related services, like physiotherapy)
  • Food courts within shopping centres will only be able to sell takeaway. Shopping centres themselves will remain open
  • Personal training is limited to a maximum of 2 people
  • Weddings can continue, but only with the couple, the celebrant, and witnesses totalling a maximum of five people
  • Funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people
  • Outdoor and indoor food markets will be addressed by individual states and territories

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