COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE
As at 1 May 2020
The Australian Government is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) closely.
Travel restrictions are currently in place for Australia in line with recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee including the following:
People should avoid non-essential travel within NSW and remain at their primary place of residence.
From Friday 1 May, up to 2 adults and their dependent children will be allowed to visit another household.
There is no limit to the distance you may travel to visit a person’s place of residence or how many visitors you can have over in a day, provided there are not more than 2 visiting adults at the one time. You must still practice good hygiene and adhere to social distancing practices.
People must stay at home unless they are visiting another household (as above), going to work or school, shopping for food and essentials, getting medical care or supplies, and exercising. You may only leave home with a reasonable excuse – details can be found here.
Penalties are in place for breaching these public health orders.
Gatherings in public places are limited to 2 people, except for gatherings with members of the same household. Some exemptions apply for essential gatherings – details can be found here.
Non-essential domestic travel should be postponed, where possible, or cancelled. A number of Australian states have closed their borders including Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
Only residents and essential personnel will be permitted to travel to Lord Howe Island during the travel ban (effective 22 March 2020 until at least 18 June 2020), and anyone returning to the island will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
All passengers arriving into Australia are required to enter a 14-day isolation period at a state-run quarantine centre, such as a hotel, motel, caravan park or student accommodation (effective from midnight Saturday 28 March 2020). Passengers will be quarantined in whichever state their international flight arrives and will not be allowed to board a domestic flight.
Cruise ships from foreign ports are banned from arriving at Australian ports for 30 days (effective Sunday 15 March 2020).
Temporary measures including border restrictions for travellers from China, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Italy remain in place and will be reviewed based on the best available public health advice.
This excludes Australian residents who must still self-isolate for 14 days.
Travel alerts are also in place for a number of other countries. If you are considering travelling overseas or visiting Australia you should contact your travel agent and visit the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date advice.
If you are travelling please follow NSW Health advice regarding personal hygiene, social distancing and events and gatherings.
All pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas and casinos will be closed from midday Monday 23 March. Restaurants and cafes should now offer takeaway only.
Food courts, auction houses, real estate auctions and open inspections, outdoor and indoor markets (not produce/food markets), beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas and massage parlours, amusement parks and arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres, outdoor playgrounds and skateparks, community and recreation centres, health clubs/fitness centres/yoga/barre/spin facilities, outdoor gyms, saunas and wellness centres, social sporting-based activities, swimming pools, galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, youth centres, local government non-essential facilities and services and community facilities (such as community halls, RSLs, PCYCs) are closed as of midnight Wednesday 25 March.
NB: There are some exemptions and special circumstances for hairdressers, personal training, weddings and funerals. See the Australian Health webpage for specific advice on public gatherings.
These measures do not apply to shopping centres, public transport or domestic air travel which continue to operate. Check with local operators for latest advice.
For information on how to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, please follow Australian Health expert advice: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Good hygiene recommendations include:
Washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
If you are sick, avoid contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people
For localised advice: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx