By now, social distancing and isolation feels like the new normal.
We’re closing in on two months since COVID-19 lockdowns began in some way, and as Australia succeeds in flattening the curve, officials in each state have made decisions to either ease some measures or hold firm on the rules for a while longer.
As different states and territories enforce and lift different rules, it can be confusing to decipher what you can legally do right now – and where.
We’ve broken it down state-by-state to explain what the current social distancing measures mean for you.
Can I visit have my partner, family or a friend or have social guests?
All states allow you to leave home for the purpose of exercise with one other person, which means you can meet your partner or friend in public to exercise together.
The federal government is recommending those over 70, those with chronic illness over 60 and Indigenous people over 50, self-isolate as much as possible.
NSW: As of Friday 1 May up to two adults and the children in their care will be allowed to visit another person’s home in NSW. These visits must be for “care” reasons, however this definition has been broadened, so visiting friends would be considered beneficial for mental health and would fall under “care”.
Victoria: You may visit your partner under an exemption to the no social visits rule, the Victorian health officer confirmed on Twitter. Generally, you cannot visit family unless for care or compassionate reasons.
Queensland: Yes, households may have up to two guests at a time, but distancing between people should be observed.
Tasmania: Visiting partners or family falls under Tasmania’s “social support” essential reason for leaving home and is allowed for up to two guests at a time, but you must continue to social distance. You are unable to stay overnight unless you have elected their home to be your primary residence from March 31.
Western Australia: Yes, if they are in the same region as you. WA has relaxed gathering limits from two to 10 people, but you are not allowed to travel between the state’s nine regions.
South Australia: Yes, there is a 10 person limit on gatherings. However, unnecessary socialising is discouraged.
Northern Territory: Yes, there is a 10 person limit on gatherings. However, unnecessary socialising is discouraged.
ACT: Yes, households are allowed two additional guests at a time as long as there are at least four square metres person indoors.
Can I sit in a park?
NSW: No, sitting in a park for recreational purposes is not allowed and doing so risks being moved along by police, or fined.
Victoria: No, you cannot sit idly in a park.
Queensland: Yes, you can sit in a park alone, with one other person or with the members of your household.
Tasmania: No, Tasmanians can only leave their homes for essential reasons.
Western Australia: Yes, as long as you are not travelling between WA’s regions to do so.