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The Government have put in place rules to try to slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.
These rules are to help keep people safe. It has been hard to follow the changes to what we can and can't do over the last little bit as governments introduce new measures. 

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Common questions

To help keep as many people healthy as possible it is important to follow the rules put in place by the Government.
These will help you to keep safe and to help others stay safe too.

There are rules for each state in Australia.
They say what you can do and what you can not do.
The rules do keep changing. It is good to keep checking what they are.
To see the rules for your state go here -  State by State

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

Generally people aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection. 

All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days. Visit Smart Traveller for more information.

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Lots of place are closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Like pubs, clubs, gyms, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and playgrounds, places of worship and other public places.
There are rules on how many people can be at weddings, funerals and outdoor fitness classes.

Supermarkets and chemists are open.

Takeaway coffee and food places are still open in some places. But strict social distancing rules apply.
Indoors, no more than 1 person per 4m2 is permitted and people should stay at least 1.5 metres apart at all times.

1.5 metres is further than you think.
Make sure people are at least two or three big steps away from you.

Schools and Childcare

People who are able to work from home and keep their children home from school, are asked to do so.
Schools and child care centres are open which allows essential services to keep operating.
Schools have been doing online learning where possible.

Child care has been helped by the government in the short term so that child care centres can stay open and keep minding children of essential workers. 

Each state is deciding when schools will welcome students back. It is best to check with your local school about what is best for you.

Read more: School from home - making it work for kids with disability

Read more: Early childhood education and care relief package

We all must work hard on social distancing, hand hygiene and self-isolation where necessary to slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.  

If you do need to cough or sneeze near others, do so into your elbow. But, if you are unwell it is very important that you stay home and self-isolate.
If you are unwell, wearing a mask may protect others.
Everyone needs to wash their hands a lot and should not be sharing utensils, workspaces etc. 

Read more: Scott Morrison tells Australians to stay home unless 'absolutely necessary' to go out

Common questions

Can I go outside?

Yes, you can go outside, but only if it's essential. Going out and doing some physical activity is essential. It is good for you, both mentally and physically.
Going to the shops for groceries is essential. Going to and from work, if you still have a job and can't work from home, is essential. Going to get medical help is essential, unless you can do it using telehealth.

Can I visit friends and family?

Social visits are not deemed as essential. You can't go to and from family and friends homes as you normally would. If you need to visit a family member or close friend for an essential reason, like delivering them groceries or providing care and support, that is another matter.
From May 1 some states have changed the rules about this -  so please check your state info see below.

Can friends and family visit me?

Social visits are not considered essential. We know social contact is essential for your mental health and wellbeing so we have some suggestions for Staying Connected and Looking after your mental health during this crisis. If you need people to come into your home for care and support or supplies that is okay.
For your state info see below.

What if I need help or support?

If you have a disability, chronic health condition or are over a certain age you may have to rely on friends and family to go out and get things for your or provide you with care and support in your home. In this situation, you can have a friend or family member attending your property to assist you or bring you essential things like groceries or medications. For your state info see below.

What if my family or friends need help or support? For your state info see below.

What are the rules?

Different states and territories have slightly different rules, definitions of what is "essential" and fines for those who do not follow the rules. 

Check your State Government's website for the information from your state. 

Or call the Disability Information Helpline and we can tell you over the phone if that is easier for you. 

If you are unsure about anything, call us and we can point you in the right direction!
Free Call: 1800 643 787

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