Today’s Government announcement on the gradual easing of restrictions

Note: The State of Emergency will remain in place until the end of the month.

Following the coronavirus testing blitz, the Premier this morning announced a gradual easing of restrictions.

The new arrangements come into effect at midnight tomorrow, Tuesday 12 May. 

The key difference is that there is now one new reason for people to leave home and that is to visit friends and family – with up to five visitors being allowed into your home.  In addition, some sport and recreation activity is now permitted.

Up until this point, people could leave home for:

  • shopping for food and supplies that you need
  • access medical services or provide caregiving
  • exercise and outdoor recreation
  • work and education – if you can’t do it from home

Now, from 11.59pm Tuesday 12 May, people are able to:

  • visit friends and family. This was explained as having family and friends visit you at home – with up to five visitors being allowed into your home.

Sport and recreation

Small gatherings of up to 10 people at some indoor facilities such as places of worship and community centres – along with those required to run the facilities.  The four-square metre rule applies in these settings.

Gatherings of people for the purposes of non-contact sport and recreation in public settings, such as public parks – with groups of up to ten being allowed to gather.

Sport and exercise

Sport and exercise can resume if:

  • you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart), you are not doing your activities indoors and they are not competitive (team vs team); and
  • you can do them with a maximum of 10 people.
  • you cannot use club facilities, except toilets.
  • If your sport has a team that is more than ten people, the whole team cannot play or train together at one time.
  • you can go fishing or hunting, in groups of no more than 10 people
  • you are able to go for a drive. Practice driving is now permitted, as well as attending driving lessons
  • Under the new directions, you can play golf in groups of no more than 10 people.
  • You can swim at the beach.

As always though, we are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes to our leisure activities. You should only leave home if you really need to.

Religious services and places of worship

Under new arrangements, places of worship can now open for worship or small religious ceremonies of up to 10 people as well as the minimum number of people reasonably required for the service.

The current list of prohibited recreational facilities includes:

  • indoor physical recreation facilities, including gyms, yoga studios, wellness centres, and health studios
  • indoor personal training facilities
  • galleries and museums
  • play centres
  • publicly accessible playgrounds
  • skate parks
  • outdoor communal gym equipment.
  • Martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo remain prohibited.
  • Camping is still prohibited.
  • Public swimming pools are closed. Outdoor pools and ocean baths are also closed.
  • Public libraries remain closed.

All of the following facilities should now be closed:

  • theatres
  • cinemas
  • concert halls and auditoriums
  • arenas, stadiums and convention centres
  • games arcades
  • amusement parks
  • casinos and other gambling and sports-betting businesses
  • brothels, strip clubs, escort agencies, sex-on-premises and other adult entertainment venues.

Read more about the gradual easing of restrictions on the DHHS website.

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