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Changes to restrictions: Make sure you're up to date.

Rebecca E   |   Jul 10, 2020 8:15:00 AM
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Across the last few weeks restrictions have begun to lift in some states, and have reverted in others. It can be confusing keeping track of the rules. If you need any help understanding what you can or can't do, reach out to our support team at any time.  We're always here to help - just open your Sonder app to get started.

Melbourne Metropolitan area & Mitchell Shire

From 11:59pm on 8 July if you live in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire you must stay at home. There are four reasons that you can leave home:
  • Shopping for food or other essential items
  • To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  • For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  • Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

You can review the map of the affected areas here.

Rest of VIC
  • Victorians outside the Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are being asked to use common sense when it comes to visiting friends and family, especially those who are more vulnerable. That means seeing only those you need to – if you need to.
  • Those in the Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can only go in and out of these areas for three reasons: shopping for food and supplies, medical care and caregiving, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home. Exercise and recreation will not be a reason to travel into or out of these areas.
  • If you need to travel through the Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you can. You should plan your trip so that you don’t need to stop in an impacted area unless it is for one of the three reasons.
  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, keeping at least 1.5 metres from others and staying home if you feel unwell.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested.


In line with Step 2.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan, as of 12 noon on Friday 19 June, the following changes to COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT were introduced.
  • No limit on household visitation.
  • All public gatherings (except for the hospitality sector) set at one person per 4 square metres for each indoor and outdoor space, up to a maximum of 100 people (including staff, trainers and spectators).
  • For the hospitality sector (cafés, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs) gatherings set at 100 patrons for each indoor or outdoor space, or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser. This limit excludes staff.
  • Bars, pubs, and clubs are able to serve patrons alcohol in groups of up to 10 patrons per booking or table without serving a meal. Patrons are to be seated.
  • Full-contact training for sport, dance and martial arts is now allowed, as is circuit training.
  • Further ease of measures for galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites and libraries.
New South Wales
  • No limitations on people who live in NSW travelling within NSW. Up to 20 people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental. More than 20 people can stay in a holiday home or holiday rental if they are all members of the same household.
  • Indoor venues such as cafes, restaurants and churches to abide by the the rule of "one person per four square metres".
  • Community sporting activities, including training sessions, may recommence.Where the activities involve more than 20 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
 South Australia
As of Monday 29 June, Step 3 of the recovery plan was introduced which was a simplified principle-based approach, except for some high-risk activities.
  • While physical distancing of 1.5 m is still strongly encouraged, density requirements within venues were reduced to one person per two square metres.

Western Australia

Phase 4 of the states recovery plan was introduced on Saturday 27 June.

  • All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed where gathering limits only determined by WA’s reduced 2 square metre rule. 
  • All events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals.

Northern Territory

From Friday 5th June NT entered state 3 of restrictions. 

  • Entertainment venues, beauty salons and other events of less than 500 people to go ahead.
  • All businesses, facilities and services previously restricted to resume ensuring adherence to key principles.


On Tuesday 30 June Queensland announced Stage 3 Easing of Restrictions, including border changes.

  • Private gatherings of up to 100 with friends and family
  • Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan.
  • Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule. For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time.
From  Friday 10 July 2020 any person travelling from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration and undertaking to present for a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms.



Tasmania entered stage 3 of their recovery plan on Friday June 26. 

  • Gatherings at households remains limited to up to 20 people at any one time, not including residents of the household.
  • The number of people permitted at businesses/activities is determined by the density of the area, up to a maximum of 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises; and 500 people in an undivided space outdoors. Maximum density limit is one person per 2 square metres.
  • Reopening of businesses including indoor amusement parks, play centres, second-hand goods sales, stadiums and markets.

Restrictions are always changing, so please visit the below state websites for the most up to date information.