Some states and territories are further relaxing coronavirus restrictions from July. Here's what's changed.

Restaurants will be able to reopen for seating. Image: Getty.
  • Australian states and territories are continuing to lift their coronavirus-related restrictions, in line with new guidance from the federal government.
  • It comes after Prime Minister announced a three-step plan for easing restrictions in the country.
  • Each state and territory has their own rules – which are listed below.
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Aussie states and territories are continuing to ease their coronavirus-related restrictions.

On May 8, Prime Minister Scott Morrison released a three step plan for how coronavirus restrictions will be eased in the coming months.

In the first stage, restaurants and cafes will open – allowing up to 10 guests – and non-essential travel will be permitted. The second phase allows gatherings of up to 20 people in places like gyms, beauty shops, cinemas and amusement parks – with some interstate travel allowed.

The third phase involves gatherings of up to 100 people, with the opening of nightclubs, food courts and saunas. Plus, all interstate travel would be allowed.

We made a list of the rules which apply in each state and territory:

New South Wales

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced more restrictions would be lifted after earlier permitting up two adults to go and visit someone’s home.

From June 1 pubs, cafes, small bars and restaurants can have up to 50 guests. “We know this is a big step,” Berejiklian said. “But the rules and regulations will be very strict, to make sure safety is paramount.”

In NSW from July 1, the number of people in indoor venues is determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule. Amusement and entertainment centres will be allowed to reopen under the rule. Cultural and sporting events held at outdoor venues that can hold up to 40,000 people, will only be allowed 25% of their normal capacity.

Here’s what else is allowed:

  • Up to 20 people can visit a household
  • Weddings can have up to 20 guests
  • Funerals can have up to 50 people
  • Religious gatherings or churches can have up to 50 people
  • Outdoor equipment can be used with caution
  • Outdoor pools can open with restrictions.
  • Salons providing nail, waxing, tanning and beauty services can have up to 20 customers (or one customer per 4 square metres)
  • Property inspections
  • Libraries, galleries and museums can open
  • Travel within NSW


Queensland is looking to ease more restrictions from July 10, allowing up to 100 people in homes and public spaces as well as venues including indoor cinemas, restaurants, cafes, pubs, nightclubs, outdoor amusement parks and places of worship.

Here’s what is currently permitted in Queensland:

  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have up to 20 people
  • Some beauty therapies and nail salons open for up to 20 people at a time
  • Libraries, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms open for up to 20 people at a time
  • Up to 20 people allowed at weddings
  • Up to 100 people allowed at funerals
  • Open homes and auctions with up to 20 people
  • Up to 20 people allowed at public pools, non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport, public spaces allowed.
  • Up to 20 people allowed at museums, art galleries, historic sites, parks and on playground equipment
  • Up to 20 people at places of worship
  • Up to 20 people at indoor cinemas, amusement parks, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums
  • Up to 20 people allowed in homes
  • Unlimited travel throughout Queensland


Victoria has had a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, causing it to roll back plans to lift some of its restrictions.

Victoria had initially planned to increase the number of people allowed in restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses to 50 people from June 21. This will remain at a maximum of 20 until July 12.

The number of people allowed to gather at homes has also been reduced from 20 to 5 people.

Other rules that apply in Victoria:

  • 10 people at outdoor gatherings
  • 20 guests at weddings in addition to the celebrant
  • 50 attendees at a funeral
  • 20 people at places of worship
  • 20 people at outdoor gyms, playgrounds and in outdoor group sports
  • 20 people in libraries
  • 20 people at galleries, museums, zoos, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks
  • Beauty services such as tanning, waxing and nail salons can have up to 20 customers
  • You’re allowed to stay at a holiday home, tourist accommodation, caravan parks and camping grounds.

South Australia

South Australia entered step three of lifting restrictions in the state on June 29. This allows social distancing inside venues to drop to one person per two square metres.

So South Australians can go be involved in public activities such as sports, indoor public meetings, ceremonies or auctions so long as they adhere to the one person per two square metre rule.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has been quick with the easing of its restrictions, opening its pubs in May.

It entered its stage three restrictions on June 5 which allowed:

  • Licensed gaming activities
  • Playing team sports like football and basketball
  • Going to the cinema, theatre, nightclub or other similar entertainment venue
  • Going to an amusement park or community centre
  • Beauty therapy, cosmetics services, tattoo parlours and the like to operate
  • Attending an arena, stadium or sporting facility. But if there are more than 500 people, the event requires a COVID-19 safety plan.
  • All businesses that were previously restricted to complete a COVID-19 safety plan.

Western Australia

Western Australia is now into phase 4 of lifting its restrictions with all existing gathering limits removed. Instead, gathering limits are determined by the two square metre rule.

Here’s what else is happening in Western Australia:

  • No seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed venues
  • No need for a patron register
  • All events are allowed, except for large scale music festivals
  • Live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs are allowed to have performances
  • Gyms can operate with regular cleaning
  • Major sporting and entertainment venues have a 50% capacity rule
  • Businesses must ensure they have a COVID safety plan

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT’s restrictions eased further from June 19, with the state removing limits on the number of people allowed to visit a home.

Here’s what else is allowed:

  • All public gatherings – save for the hopsitality industry – have the one person per four square metre rule up to a maximum of 100 people
  • For cafés, restaurants and other hospitality venues it’s a 100 person limit or one person per four square metre rule, depending on which is less.
  • Bars, pubs and clubs can serve alcohol to groups of 10 people without a meal
  • The four square metre rule applies to cinemas, theatres, indoor amusement centres and betting agencies up to 100 staff
  • The four square metre rule (up to 100 people) also applies to other venues including gyms, weddings and funerals, beauty services and community sporting activities.


Tasmania is currently under stage three restrictions, where up to 20 people are allowed in a home, not including those who already live there.

Under stage three restrictions:

  • There is a one person per two square metres rule, with a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors
  • Several businesses and activities are allowed to reopen including indoor amusement parks, saunas, garage sales, zoos, stadiums and markets
  • Nightclubs are allowed for seated alcohol service only. Activities where you don’t sit – like karaoke, dancing, playing pool or darts – aren’t allowed in venues where alcohol is sold.

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