3 Step plan to ease COVID-19 rules. Woman with dark glasses and assistance dog. with three numbered green ticks.

The Government has made a 3 Step Plan to ease the COVID-19 rules.

These details were shared on May 8, 2020.

There are 3 Steps to the plan.

It is up to each state and territory to decide when they will do each step.

To check details for your state see: What you can and can't do under Government restrictions

If it is easier to talk to someone about the rules - you can call the COVID19 Disability Infoline - 1800 643 787.

3 Step Framework for a COVIDSAFE Australia

For all steps:

  • Maintain 1.5 m distancing and good hygiene
  • Stay home if unwell
  • Frequently clean and disinfect communal areas 
  • COVIDSAFE plan for workplaces and premises

All steps are subject to expert health advice – states and territories can implement changes based on their COVID-19 conditions.

STEP 1

The important first small steps – connect with family and friends - allowing groups of people to be together in homes and in the community.
Businesses reopen, and more people return to work.

Gatherings and Work

  • Non-work gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Up to 5 visitors at home in addition to normal residents
  • Work from home if it works for you and your employer
  • Workplaces develop a COVIDSafe plan
  • Avoid public transport in peak hour

Education and Childcare

  • Childcare centres, primary and secondary schools open as per state and territory plans
  • Universities/technical colleges to increase fact-to-face where possible and prioritise hands-on, skills-based learning

Retail and Sales

  • Retail stores open.
  • Retail stores and shopping centre managers must develop COVIDSafe plans
  • Auctions/open homes can have gatherings of up to 10, recording contact details

Cafes and Restaurants

  • May open and seat up to 10 patrons at one time
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person
  • Food courts are to remain closed to seated patrons

Entertainment and Amusement Venues

  • To remain closed: Indoor movie theatres, concert venues, stadiums, galleries, museums, zoos, pubs registered and licenced clubs, nightclubs, gaming venues, strip clubs and brothels
  • Exceptions: Restaurants or cafes in these venues may seat up to 10 patrons at one time

Sport and Recreation

  • No indoor physical activity including gyms
  • Community centres, outdoor gyms, playgrounds and skate parks allow up to 10 people
  • Outdoor sport (up to 10 people) consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Pools open with restrictions

Accommodation

  • Continue current arrangements for caravan parks and camping grounds (closed to tourists in some states and territories)
  • Hostels and hotels are open for accommodation

Weddings, Funerals and Religious Services

  • Weddings may have up to 10 guests in addition to the couple and the celebrant
  • Funerals may have up to 20 mourners indoors and 30 outdoors
  • Religious gatherings may have up to 10 attendees
  • Every gathering must record contact details.

Hair and Beauty Services

  • Hairdressers and barbershops open and record contact details.
  • Beauty therapy and massage therapy venues, saunas and tattoo parlours remain closed

Domestic Travel

  • Allow local and regional travel for recreation
  • Refer to state and territory governments for border restrictions

 

STEP 2

Building on slightly larger gatherings and more businesses re-opening.
Higher risk activities may have tighter restrictions.

Gatherings and Work

  • Non -work gatherings of up to 20 people
  • State and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances
  • Work from home if it works for you and your employer
  • Workplaces develop a COVIDSafe plan
  • Avoid public transport in peak hour

Education and Childcare

  • Childcare centres, primary and secondary schools open as per state and territory plans
  • Universities/technical colleges to increase fact-to-face where possible and prioritise hands-on, skills-based learning

Retail and Sales

  • Retail stores open.
  • Retail stores and shopping centre managers must develop COVIDSafe plans
  • Auctions/open homes can have gatherings of up to 20, recording contact details

Cafes and Restaurants

  • May open and seat up to 20 patrons at one time
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person
  • Food courts are to remain closed to seated patrons

Entertainment and Amusement Venues

  • To remain closed: Indoor movie theatres, concert venues, stadiums, galleries, museums, zoos, may have up to 20 patrons
  • To remain closed pubs, registered and licenced clubs, nightclubs, gaming venues, strip clubs and brothels
  • Exceptions: Restaurants or cafes in these venues may seat up to 20 patrons at one time

Sport and Recreation

  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in outdoor sport consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all outdoor sports
  • Pools open with restrictions

Accommodation

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds fully open
  • All accommodation areas open and allow gatherings of up to 20 people

Weddings, Funerals and Religious Services

  • Weddings may have up to 20 guests in addition to the couple and the celebrant
  • Funerals may have up to 50 mourners
  • Religious gatherings may have up to 20 attendees
  • Every gathering must record contact details

Hair and Beauty Services

  • Hairdressers and barbershops open and record contact details
  • Beauty therapy and massage therapy venues and tattoo parlours can open with up to 20 clients in the premises and record contact details
  • Saunas and bathhouses remain closed

Domestic Travel

  • Allow local and regional travel for recreation
  • Consider allowing interstate recreational travel depending on the situation in each state and territory

STEP 3

A commitment to re-opening of business and the community with minimal restrictions, but underpinned by COVIDSafe ways of living.

Gatherings and Work

  • Non -work gatherings of up to 100 people
  • Larger gatherings to be considered  
  • Return to workplace
  • Workplaces develop a COVIDSafe plan
  • Avoid public transport in peak hour

Education and Childcare

  • Childcare centres, primary and secondary schools open as per state and territory plans
  • Universities/technical colleges to increase fact-to-face where possible and prioritise hands-on, skills-based learning
  • Consider reopening residential colleges and international student travel

Retail and Sales

  • Retail stores open
  • Retail stores and shopping centre managers must develop COVIDSafe plans
  • Auctions/open homes can have gatherings of up to 100 recording contact details

Cafes and Restaurants

  • Cafes, restaurants and food courts can seat up to 100 people
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person

Entertainment and Amusement Venues

  • Venues open in Step 2 may have up to 100 patrons.
  • Consideration will be given to opening bar areas and gaming rooms
  • Exceptions: Restaurants or cafes in these venues may seat up to 100 patrons at one time
  • To remain closed: strip clubs and brothels

Sport and Recreation

  • All venues allowed to operate with gatherings of up to 100 people
  • Community sports expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport

Accommodation

  • All accommodation areas open and allow gatherings of up to 100 people

Weddings, Funerals and Religious Services

  • Allow gatherings of up to 100 people
  • Every gathering must record contact details

Hair and Beauty Services

  • All establishments allowed to open with up to 100 people
  • Record contact details

Domestic Travel

  • Allow interstate travel

 

Correct as per plan on May 8, 2020

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