Stage One Self-Isolation Measures announced by Government
The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met on 22 March 2020 as the National Cabinet. They agreed to further actions to support social distancing measures already put in place and protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus. Please click here for the transcript of the Prime Minister’s speech.
Summary of Measures
1. Places of social gathering
Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed to implement, through state and territory laws, new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, to be reviewed on a monthly basis. These measures to be in place for at least 6 months.
The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:
- Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues
- Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
- Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
- Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).
These measures also apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above venues.
Isolated remote community hubs are not included in these restrictions.
Other facilities are not impacted, but will be considered under stage 2 restrictions, if necessary.
2. STATE Update
This morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian held a press conference to provide further clarity on the previously announced shutdown of all but essential services in NSW. Premier Berejiklian announced the Government will begin enforcement of the restrictions announced from 12pm today.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews held a press conference this morning to provide clarity on the previously announced shutdown on all but essential services in Victoria. Premier Andrews warned it is likely the National Cabinet will move to Stage 2 of restrictions soon. The Premier announced 500 members of Victorian Police have been allocated to a special taskforce to enforce the coronavirus restrictions now in place.
The ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr has advised that the ACT will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services over the next 48 hours.
Border closures (NB – all times in local times):
- NT will close its borders effective 4pm Tuesday
- WA will close its borders effective 1:30pm on Tuesday
- SA will close its borders effective 4pm on Tuesday
- Note – Tasmanian border controls are now in effect.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does this apply to all restaurants and bars in accommodation hotels?
Yes. All licensed areas need to shut down.
- Can we still operate Room Service and can our restaurants still provide Take Away?
Yes. Rooms service is still permitted. Takeaway still is permissible from restaurants.
- Can I still hold a conference or meeting?
Yes, provided the following self-isolation measures are adhered to.
- No non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people outside or more than 100 people inside.
- All non-essential indoor gatherings of less than 100 people must have no more than one person per 4sqm. All Australians should expect their local businesses to be following this rule.
- Where possible, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others.