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COVID legislation - changes in six states or territories

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

The COVID-19 legislation is changing frequently and it is difficult to keep abreast of it. There is for instance excessive talk about the 1.5 metres and yet in NSW that is not in the legislation. You can read more about that here.

There are quite a few changes happening around the country from 1 June (today) or this weekend, here are some links for the states (or territories) that have changed. Six of our states or territories brought in changes over the weekend or today.

New South Wales

NSW has changes starting from today including the ability for clubs to have 500 patrons which has attracted a lot of attention, though actually the number 500 is not in the legislation itself, just a restriction to 50 people per restaurant. You can read the actual legislation here. You can read the additional restrictions here.


Queensland also has new changes starting today which you can read about here and here. People can have 20 visitors in their home or in a public place, Clubs also can have 20 people and don't seem to have achieved the overall maximums that ClubsNSW achieved.

While not as new the border crossing restrictions are relevant to a wider audience, and you can read more about them by clicking here.


In Victoria from from 1 June gradual easing of restrictions is planned for social events and ceremonies, fitness, sport and recreation, personal services, cafes and restaurants, travel and leisure, culture and entertainment.

You can read more about that by clicking here.


In the ACT there were changes over the weekend (11:59pm on 29 May), moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2. The biggest change is from a maximum of 10 people to a maximum of 20 people, and also a change to the businesses that can now open. You can read more about that here and here.

South Australia

In South Australia there was also an easing of restrictions for public gatherings and certain businesses from 1 June, and you can read more about that here.

The total number of people per venue will be 80 people, with 20 people per room, and other changes to business and non-contact outdoor sport.

Western Australia

In Western Australia they lifted regional travel restrictions on 29 May, and will lift further restrictions on 6 June including reducing the 4 square metre requirement to two square metres, changes to businesses and incresaing the limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings to 100. You can read more about the regional travel restrictions here and more about Phase 3 of the Covid Road Map and the changes from 6 June here.

Tasmania hasn't changed since 20 May, and the Northern Territory hasn't changed since 18 May.


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