Australia’s Covid-19 restrictions and coronavirus lockdown rules explained: how far can I travel, and can I have people over?

Australians have been slowly emerging from Covid-19 lockdowns since the federal government announced a three-stage plan in May to ease restrictions across the country.

It is up to each state and territory to decide when and how far they will relax restrictions.

Here we try to answer some of the most common questions people have about the laws, based on the information current as of 15 June.

The federal government has said that by July all states and territories will remove attendance caps for indoor venues and instead abide by the four square metres per person rule. For venues with 40,000 seats or less, attendance must not exceed 25% of capacity.

These answers should not be treated as legal advice. This article will be updated as new restrictions are announced, implemented, or repealed.

Here, you can find the official state and territory restriction guides for NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

How many people can I have over at my house?

New South Wales – Currently 20 people from different households can visit. There is no limit to the number of guests you can have over per day, as long as there are no more than five at a time and guests can stay overnight.

Victoria – You can have up to 20 people at your home at any one time, including members of your household, children and babies. The Victorian Department of Health and Safety says you can have more than one set of visitors over per day, but that you should “be considered and use common sense”. You are allowed to have people stay over at your home.

Queensland – Up to 20 adults from different households are allowed to visit another home. The state government has tentatively announced that, from 10 July, up to 100 people may be allowed to gather in your home (for those of you who have homes big enough to accommodate 100 guests).

Tasmania – You can have up to five visitors over. From 17 June, you can have 20 people to your home.

Western Australia – Up to 100 people are allowed to gather publicly and privately per single undivided space. Up to 300 people can gather together in total over multiple spaces.

South Australia – Gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed indoors, as long as the four square metres per person rule is met. From 19 June, private gatherings of up to 75 people will be allowed.

Northern Territory – There is no limit on how many people can gather indoors or outdoors, but you must keep 1.5 metres between you and anyone with whom you don’t live.

ACT – Up to 20 people are allowed to gather at home in the ACT, including children and those living in the hosting household. It’s OK if two households coming together results in a gathering larger than 20. Indoor spaces must be large enough to allow on person for every four square metres. From noon on 19 June, there will be no limit on household visitors.

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How many people can gather outside?

New South Wales – Currently public gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed. From 1 July community sport for children and adults will return in full, including contact sports. Further details, including how many spectators will be allowed, will be released in the coming days.

Victoria – Up to 20 people can gather outside for recreational purposes, or to engage in activities like hiking, jogging and other non-contact sport.

Queensland – Up to 20 people can gather outside. The plan is that from 10 July, up to 100 people will be allowed to gather inside and outside.

Tasmania – Gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed outside. From 17 June, up to 80 people will be allowed to gather outdoors. On 26 June, caps on public gatherings will no longer apply, though everyone must still maintain physical distancing.

Western Australia – Up to 100 people are allowed to gather outside at the moment.

South Australia – Up to 20 people can gather outside for non-work reasons. You must continue to practice physical distancing with anyone you don’t live with.

Northern Territory – There are no limits on gathering in the NT, but you should maintain physical distancing.

ACT – A maximum of 20 people from different households (including children) can gather together outdoors. A gathering of more than 20 people is allowed if they are all from only one or two households. From noon on 19 June, up to 100 people will be allowed to gather in public.

Can I visit someone in an aged care facility?

Please note that in every state, all visitors must have received this year’s flu vaccination, unless they have a documented medical contraindication to receiving the vaccine. Visitors cannot enter an aged care facility if they have recently been overseas, been in recent contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, or are feeling unwell.

New South Wales – NSW Health provides guidelines for residential aged care facilities. Residents should only have one daily visit with a maximum of two visitors (immediately family or close friends), no large group visits or gatherings, and all visits should be short and take place in the resident’s room, outdoors or a specified area (instead of a communal area).

Victoria – Residents of care facilities, including aged care, can have up to two support visits each day, for up to two hours. The two visitors can go together, or in separate visits that total two hours. Those under the age of 16 can only visit if the resident is receiving end-of-life care or if they are in the company of an adult.

Queensland – Residential aged care residents can have one visit per day, for up to two hours. A maximum of two people can visit for the purpose of providing care and support.

Tasmania – Residents in aged care facilities can have one visit per day, of up to two visitors, for no longer than two hours. The visits cannot take place in common areas. Additional visitors are allowed for the purpose of end of life support, or if needed to reduce distress and confusion given a residents’ medical condition.

Western Australia – Each resident in an aged care facility can have up to two visitors at one time per day, including doctors. Only immediate social supports, like family members and close friends, professional help or advocacy services can attend.

South Australia – Residents can have one visit per day. Up to two people can visit them at the same time for the purpose of providing care and support. Visits cannot take place in communal areas.

Northern Territory – Residents can have up to two visitors at a time, and visits should be kept short. Children aged 16 years and under are not allowed to visit those in aged care facilities, except for special circumstances.

ACT – Residents can have one visit per day, of up to two people, for the purposes of providing care and support. Visits cannot last more than two hours. Those aged 16 years or younger can only visit on compassionate grounds for the purpose of visiting a resident at the end of life.

Can I eat at a restaurant, cafe or pub?

New South Wales – Yes, up to 50 people can dine-in at cafes, bistros, and restaurants, as long as there are four square metres of space allowed per person. Pubs, registered clubs and casinos, and cellar doors that serve food are also allowed to open their dining areas. However, alcohol can only be purchased with food, or to takeaway. A maximum of 10 people are allowed per booking. However, gatherings for or immediately after a wedding are allowed up to 20 guests. Gatherings immediately after a funeral or memorial service are allowed to book for up to 50 guests as long as the venue can accommodate that many people. All diners must provide their name and contact details, including a phone number or email address, to allow for contact tracing. Food courts can also reopen. From 1 July, the number of people allowed inside an indoor venue will be determined by the one person per four square metre rule.

Victoria – Yes, cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses like RSLs and bowling clubs are able to seat up to 20 patrons in an enclosed space (find out what constitutes an enclosed space here). There can only be one customer per four square metres and tables must be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart. Venues are also required to keep the first name and phone number of every customer to help with contact tracing, if necessary. Alcohol will only be available to purchase with meals. From 22 June, the number of diners allowed will increase to 50. Food courts will still only be able to offer delivery and takeaway. Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced in July, a venue’s attendance limit will require four square metres per person.

Queensland – Yes, restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered clubs, RSL clubs and hotels (with a Covid-Safe Checklist) can seat up to 20 patrons at any one time, as long as they can allow four square metres per person. Places in the outback are allowed up to 50 locals (who must show proof of residence) at any one time. Casinos are allowed to seat diners, but bars and gaming will have to stay closed. From 10 July, up to 100 people will be allowed to dine in. Food courts will be allowed to reopen. Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced in July, a venue’s attendance limit will require four square metres per person.

Tasmania – Yes, restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, hotels and RSLs can seat up to 20 diners per dining room, as long as there is one person per four square metres. You can find out what constitutes a dining room here. Each dining area must also have separate waitstaff. Any alcohol must be purchased with a meal. From 17 June, up to 80 people will be allowed to gather indoors and outdoors, as long as there is one person per four square metres. Under stage 3 rules, brought forward to 26 June, there will be no cap on public gatherings. Venues will only be allowed one person per four square metres.

Western Australia – Yes, cafes and restaurants (including in pubs, bars, hotels, casinos, clubs) can open to up to seated diners, with one person per every two square metres. Alcohol may be served without a meal at licensed premises, as long as patrons are seated. Food courts can also reopen to seated patrons.

South Australia – Yes. Up to 80 diners are allowed at restaurants, cafes, wineries, pubs, breweries, and bars as long as they can contain them in groups of 20 in separate rooms or areas. There must be four square metres per person. Pubs, wineries and cellar doors are allowed to serve alcohol without food, but only to seated patrons. From 19 June, up to 300 people will be allowed in venues, with up to 75 people per room/ enclosed area. Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced in July, a venue’s attendance limit will require four square metres per person.

Northern Territory – Yes. All businesses are allowed to reopen as long as they have a Covid-19 plan. The two-hour limit has been lifted, meaning night clubs can reopen. You will be able to purchase alcohol from a bar. Licensed gaming activities, including TAB, will start again. Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced in July, a venue’s attendance limit will require four square metres per person.

ACT – Yes, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues offering seated dining can host up to 20 patrons per enclosed space (including children) at a time, while maintaining the four square metre rule. This means if a venue has multiple enclosed spaces, they can have multiple groups of up to 20 patrons. You can only purchase alcohol if you are having a meal. From noon, 19 June, up to 100 patrons will be allowed in each indoor or outdoor space, as long as there is one person per four square metres. This limit excludes staff. Bars, pubs, and clubs will be allowed to serve alcohol in groups of up to 10 seated patrons, without a meal. From 10 July, food courts will be allowed to open to seated patrons.

How far can I travel on holiday within my state?

New South Wales – There are no limitations on travelling within the state, including for a holiday. A number of caravan parks and camping grounds have also reopened.

Victoria – There are no restrictions on how far you can travel within the state. You are allowed to stay in a holiday home or private residence, and tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, where there are no shared communal facilities.

Queensland – You are allowed to travel anywhere in Queensland for recreational purposes, other than in certain designated remote communities. Camping and holiday accommodation sites, including caravan parks, are allowed to open.

Tasmania – There is no limit on where you can go within the state.

Western Australia – Residents are allowed to leave their homes for recreational activities including picnics, fishing, boating or camping. Recreational travel to most nearby regions is now allowed, except to some remote Aboriginal communities.

South Australia – There are no restrictions on travel within South Australia. Some Aboriginal communities across the state have chosen to close access to their townships and lands to non-essential outside visitors. Non-essential visitors to these communities have to quarantine for 14 days and be granted permission.

Northern Territory – There are no restrictions on travel within the Northern Territory.

ACT – There is no limit on where you can travel.

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Can I holiday in another state?

New South Wales – Residents are allowed to leave NSW, and visitors don’t need to quarantine. Since 1 June, anyone in Australia has been able to travel to regional NSW for a holiday.

Victoria – There are no restrictions on leaving or entering Victoria. Since 1 June, overnight stays at tourist accommodation, caravan parks and camping grounds without communal facilities, have been permitted.

Queensland – No, entry into Queensland is prohibited unless you have applied for and been granted an exemption. But Queensland is set to open its borders from 10 July, as long as case numbers remain low.

Tasmania – All non-essential travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Non-Tasmanian residents must carry out their quarantine in government-provided accommodation.

Western Australia – You cannot enter Western Australia unless you are granted an exemption on application.

South Australia – Anyone can enter South Australia but must quarantine for 14 days after arriving. From 20 July, the quarantine requirement will be lifted for travellers from other states and territories.

Northern Territory – Unless you have been granted an exemption, anyone entering the Northern Territory must complete 14 days of mandatory self-quarantine. International arrivals still have to undertake a Government-mandated and supervised quarantine, and are required to pay $2,500 per person, or $5,000 for a family of two or more, to cover the cost.

ACT – There are no border restrictions.

How many people can attend a wedding or funeral?

New South Wales – Up to 20 people are allowed at weddings in NSW. Those attending will have to provide their name and contact details for contact tracing, if necessary. There is now no limit on the number of people allowed to attend a funeral, as long as there are four square metres per person if held indoors.

Victoria – How many guests you can have depends on whether you are hosting the ceremony at home or elsewhere. If it is held at a venue, the celebrant, couple being married, and 20 people will be allowed to attend a wedding. Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend a funeral, in addition to the officiant and funeral staff, as long as there are four square metres allowed per person. But if a wedding or funeral is held in a home, only 20 people in total will be allowed to attend (including the celebrant and couple/ officiant and staff). Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced in July, attendance limits will require four square metres per person.

Queensland – Up to 20 people can attend a wedding. Funerals can have up to 100 guests from 16 June. The next of kin at funeral services is required to collect contact information for all attendees and keep the list for at least eight weeks to facilitate contact tracing, if required. A maximum of 100 people should be allowed to attend weddings from 10 July.

Tasmania – Up to 20 guests, excluding the couple getting married and those facilitating, can attend a wedding. Up to 50 guests can attend a funeral. From 17 June, up to 80 people will be able to attend weddings, funerals and religious services.

Western Australia – Weddings and funerals can have up to 100 guests.

South Australia – Weddings can have up to 20 attendees, not including the celebrant, venue staff or any other person required to facilitate the wedding. Up to 50 people can attend a funeral. This excludes those officiating the funeral or any staff required to carry out the funeral. If the ceremony involves food or drinks, no shared utensils can be used. Social distancing must be observed. From 19 June, up to 75 people will be allowed at weddings, funerals and other ceremonies.

Northern Territory – There is no limit on the number of attendees.

ACT – Up to 20 guests can attend a wedding, not including the person/s conducting the ceremony. Indoor and outdoor funerals can have up to 50 attendees. From noon, 19 June, up to 100 people will be allowed at weddings and funerals, as long as there is no more than one person per four square metres. Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced in July, attendance limits will require four square metres per person.

Can I go to church?

New South Wales – Yes, 50 people can attend religious gatherings and places of worship, as long as the four square metres physical distancing rule can be observed. The states chief health officer has urged congregations to reconsider activities that might spread the virus-like group singing and passing round of collection baskets. From 1 July, the number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the one person per four square metres rule.

Victoria – Yes, places of worship can open for private worship or small religious ceremonies of up to 20 people, plus the minimum number of people reasonably required for the service, is allowed in a single, undivided indoor space. There must be four square metres per person. At least one hour should be allowed between services or ceremonies to reduce the risk of crowds.

Queensland – Yes, up to 20 people can visit a place of worship or attend a religious ceremony. This number will increase to 100 people from 10 July.

Tasmania – Yes, but only 20 people can attend a religious ceremony or private worship. From 17 June, up to 80 people will be able to attend weddings, funerals and religious services. Under stage 3 rules, to be introduced on 26 June, attendance will only be limited to four square metres per person.

Western Australia – Yes, up to 300 patrons – 100 per enclosed area – can attend places of worship.

South Australia – Yes, 20 people can attend at a time for private worship or religious gatherings. Social distancing must be observed. From 19 June, up to 75 people will be allowed at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies.

Northern Territory – Yes, but you can only be there for less than two hours. There is no limit on how many people can attend a place of worship at the same time.

ACT – Up to 20 people can attend religious ceremonies and places of worship, not counting those conducting the ceremony. From noon 19 June, up to 100 people will be allowed to attend places of worship and religious ceremonies, the four square metre rule permitting.

Are schools back in session?

New South Wales – Yes, all students went back to school full-time on Monday 25 May.

Victoria – Yes, as of 9 June, all students have returned to the classroom.

Queensland – Yes, all students are back at school as of Monday 25 May.

Tasmania – Yes, as of 9 June, all students have returned to the classroom.

Western Australia – Yes, all students returned on 18 May. Parents and visitors are also now allowed on school grounds. Events and activities such as assemblies, excursions, choirs, exams, sports training and swimming classes can resume, in line with distancing requirements. School libraries can also open for up to 100 people in a shared space at a time.

South Australia – Yes, they reopened for term 2.

Northern Territory – Yes, since 20 April all NT students have been expected to physically attend school.

ACT – Yes, all students have returned to school as of 2 June.

Can I shop for clothes and other ‘non-essential’ items?

New South Wales – Yes.

Victoria – You are only supposed to shop for necessary goods and services. Most businesses are also required to keep a record of names and contact details of customers in case contact tracing is later required.

Queensland – Yes, retail shopping for non-essential items is back on.

Tasmania – Yes, you are allowed to leave your home to use businesses or services that are allowed to operate, which includes retail stores.

Western Australia – Yes.

South Australia – Yes.

Northern Territory – Yes.

ACT – Yes.

Are salons, spas and other beauty services open?

New South Wales – Hairdressers and barbers can open, but must allow four square metres per person within the premises and should minimise personal contact with the customer. Nail, waxing, tanning, and beauty salons can open to 10 customers at a time. There can only one person per four square metres (including staff) on the premises, and providers must have a Covid-19 Safety Plan. Tattoo and massage parlours are allowed to reopen, with restricted numbers.

Victoria – Hairdressers and barbers are allowed to be open, but they are required to take your name and contact details should contact tracing become necessary. Beauty therapy, spray-tanning, waxing and nail salons, spas and massage parlours and tattoo and piercing services are able to reopen. Up to 20 customers are allowed on one premise, subject to the four square metre rule. Providers will still need to log customers’ contact details.

Queensland – Yes, beauty therapy and nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours, spas, and non-therapeutic massage parlours (with a Covid-Safe checklist) can open to up to 100 people on site.

Tasmania – Yes, hairdressers and barbers can open. Beauty services and day spas can reopen for up to 20 people at a time. From 17 June, there will be no cap on the number of people allowed inside, as long as there is one person per four square metres. Saunas and bathhouses will be allowed to open from 13 July.

Western Australia – Yes, all beauty services, including nail, tanning and waxing salons can resume for up to one person per two square metres. Saunas, bath houses, wellness centres, float centres, spas and massage centres may reopen to up to 100 people per room/ enclosed space, and up to 300 people across the entire venue.

South Australia – Yes, hairdressers and barbers, along with beauty salons, nail and tattoo parlours and non-therapeutic massage providers can open, as long as the total number of people on site doesn’t exceed one person per four square metres.

Northern Territory – Yes, hairdressers, and nail, massage and tanning salons, tattoo and piercing parlours and any other beauty services can open.

ACT – Yes, hairdressers and barbers are allowed. Beauty therapy businesses, including nail salons, tanning and waxing services, day spas, including massage parlous and tattoo businesses are allowed to reopen, but cannot exceed one person per four square metres, including staff, and must keep a record of customers to enable contact tracing, if needed.

What about cinemas, entertainment venues, museums and libraries?

New South Wales – Museums, galleries and libraries are allowed to reopen to guests, as long as four square metres is allowed per person and they have a Covid-19 safety plan. Groups and tours aren’t allowed to run, and all library returns will go through a 24-hour quarantine. National Trust and Historic Houses Trust properties can open, as long as they follow the four square metres rule (including staff). Indoor cinemas and theatres must stay closed. From 1 July, the number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the one person per four square metres rule. For venues with 40,000 seats or less, attendance must not exceed 25% of capacity.

Victoria – Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, amusement parks, zoos and arcades are allowed to open up to 20 customers per separate space, with four square metres per person. Drive-in cinemas are also allowed to recommence food and drink operations. From 22 June, the number of people allowed in these venues will increase to 50 per separate space. Up to 50 customers will be allowed to watch a film per cinema at movie theatres. Customers not from the same household will have to sit at least 1.5 metres apart, and the four square metre rule will apply. Concert venues and theatres will be able to reopen to 50 viewers per separate space. From 20 July, electronic gaming at pubs, clubs and casinos will restart, per social distancing requirements.

Queensland – Libraries, along with museums, art galleries, and historic sites, can have 20 visitors at a time. Indoor cinemas, concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, nightclubs, outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades are set to reopen on 10 July. All venues will be allowed to host up to 100 people at a time on site.

Tasmania – Up to 20 people are allowed at cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres, performance venues and historic sites. From 17 June, up to 80 people can attend libraries, amusement parks, arcades, play centres, cinemas, museums, national institutions, historic sites and galleries. Up to 80 people will also be allowed at concert venues, theatres arenas, auditoriums, with an additional number of people specified for performers. Under stage 3 rules, to be introduced on 26 June, there won’t be a cap on the number of people allowed in an indoor venue, as long as there are four square metres per person. Outdoor gathering limits will increase to 500.

Western Australia – Community facilities, libraries, galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas, and concert venues can all reopen, along with Perth Zoo, wildlife and amusement parks, arcades, skate rinks and indoor play centres. All venues can have up to 100 people per enclosed space, and up to 300 people across the entire venue.

South Australia – Libraries, community and youth centres, cinemas, theatres, galleries and museums can have up to 20 people at a time, as long as there is one person per four square metres. Up to 20 people can swim in a public swimming pool. From 19 June, these businesses will be allowed to host up to 300 people inside their venues at a time, with a maximum of 75 people per room/ enclosed space.

Northern Territory – Public libraries, art galleries, museums, zoos, cinemas and theatres, music halls, nightclubs, amusement parks, community centres, stadiums, sporting facility and similar entertainment venues can open.

ACT – Galleries, museums, national institutions and outdoor attractions, like the zoo, are allowed to reopen to groups of up to 20 people per designated session. Cinemas and other entertainment venues, along with night clubs and bars, have to remain closed. From noon, 19 June, up to 100 people will be allowed at cinemas and movie theatres, indoor amusement centres, arcades, outdoor and indoor play centres, betting agencies, outdoor amusements and attractions, community and youth centres, galleries, museums, national institutions, libraries historic sites. There can only be one person per four square metres throughout the venue. Organised tour groups of up to 20 people (excluding staff) will be permitted.

Can I go to the gym? What else can I do for exercise?

New South Wales – Gyms, fitness centres and studios (like dance studios) are allowed to open for up to 10 people per class, and a maximum of 100 people per venue. Indoor pools and saunas will also be allowed to reopen, with restricted numbers. Up to 10 people can gather in public, meaning that outdoor boot camps and non-contact sports are allowed. You can use outdoor gym equipment in public places, with caution, and engage in recreational activities like fishing, hunting and boating. Up to 10 people can swim in outdoor pools at a time. You can contact your local council to see if parks and beaches are open in your area; most historic sites and some beaches in national parks have been closed. From 1 July, children’s community sport competitions will be allowed to restart.

Victoria – No: gyms, yoga studios, and fitness classes, and indoor personal training are prohibited. Up to 20 people can gather outside for activities like hiking, jogging , bike riding, canoeing, kayaking and other non-contact sports. Outdoor boot camps of up to 20 people plus the trainer are also allowed. Outdoor swimming pools can have 20 patrons per enclosed space and three swimmers per pool lane. Playgrounds, outdoor gums, and skateparks have also been open since 26 May. From 22 June, indoor sports facilities, like gyms, can open up to 20 clients at a time, per separate enclosed space, as long as the four square metre rule is followed. Only 10 people will be allowed per group per activity. Children will be allowed to compete in non-contact sport, but non-contact sport will also be allowed for all ages. Skiing will also be allowed from 22 June. Adults can begin training for contact sport from 13 July and begin playing from 20 July.

Queensland – Yes, gyms, health clubs, yoga studios and community sports clubs can reopen to 20 people at a time. Up to 20 people can gather outside, play non-contact sport, and participate in outdoor group training and bot camps. Parks, playgrounds, skateparks and pools are open to up to 20 people at a time. The state government plans to increase this number to 100 people from 10 July.

Tasmania – Yes, 20 people are allowed at gyms, sporting venues, health clubs, and fitness centres. Contact sports are prohibited. From 17 June, gatherings will increase to 80 people, with physical distancing and density rules applying. Up to 80 people will also be allowed to take part in outdoor sporting activities, such as boot camps, personal training, and swimming. Under Stage 3 rules, to be introduced on 26 June, there won’t be a cap on the number of people allowed in an indoor venue, as long as there are four square metres per person. Outdoor gathering limits will increase to 500.

Western Australia – Gyms, health clubs, and indoor sports centres can reopen for up to one person per two square metres. Gyms must be staffed at all times and undertake regular cleaning. Contact sport and training can also recommence, and playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and skate parks can be used. Outdoor sporting venues may have up to 100 patrons per training zone at any one time, with a least two square metres allowed per person. There can be no more than 300 people across a venue. Large community sporting facilities that can accommodate more than 300 patrons, while allowing for at least two square metres per patron, can apply for an exemption.

South Australia – Yes, gyms can open for up to 20 people per enclosed area. Up to 20 people can play outdoor, non-contact sport, take part in an outdoor bootcamp, and use gold courses, tennis courts and public gym equipment. From 19 June, up to 75 people will be allowed per room in gymnasiums, subject to the one person per four square metres rule, but there remains a cap of 10 people per indoor fitness group class. Contact outdoor sport competitions can commence, along with training for contact indoor sports. Under stage 3 rules, expected to be introduced 29 June, attendance limits for indoor venues will require four square metres per person, with the 20 person per venue cap lifted.

Northern Territory – Yes. Gyms, fitness studios, and indoor training activities like Cross Fit are allowed to operate. You can also officiate, participate and support team sports, like football, basketball, soccer and netball.

ACT – Yes. Indoor gyms and fitness centres are allowed to reopen to 20 people in any enclosed space, as long as there is only one person per four square metres. Up to 20 people can take part in outdoor bootcamps and other non-contact training or sport. From noon, 19 June, observing the one person per four square metre rule, up to 100 people (including staff) will be allowed at gyms, health clubs, fitness or wellness centres, yoga, barre, pilates, and spin facilities, boot camps, personal training, swimming pools, organised sport activities, and dance classes. Full contact training for sport, dance and martial arts, as well as circuit training, will be allowed.

Who decides if I am breaking the new laws?

Generally, enforcement will be left up to the discretion of police officers.

States have expressed different approaches, for example, the ACT says it will be issuing a warning in the first instance, while Victoria has adopted a more hardline attitude to those break social distancing rules.

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said he would personally review all physical-distancing fines issued in the state.

“If I think it’s unreasonable, it will be withdrawn immediately and we’ll make personal contact with the individual,” he said.

What are my options for challenging a fine?

Not all states have specified this, however, it appears these fines can be appealed using the same process as other fines issued by police.

Information on how to lodge an appeal should be available on your state or territory’s government website.

Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

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