Guide to restrictions by state and territory
Australia has seen updated restrictions and lockdowns in some states and territories in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the more contagious Delta variant. Alternatively, some regions have their hospitality and entertainment venues operating at full capacity.
The Australian Institute of Food Safety (AIFS) continuously monitors COVID-19 restrictions as they evolve across Australia and provides updates to food businesses as they grow. . Here’s a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about the current restrictions in each state and territory as of September 2, 2021.
Australian Capital Territory
The Australian Capital Territory is closed until September 17, 2021. Persons aged 12 and over must wear a mask when leaving their homes.
Supermarkets, takeout services, retail stores, and small businesses such as restaurants, pubs, and entertainment venues need to collect contact tracing information using the Check In CBR app.
- Cafes, restaurants, pubs and food courts are closed, except for take-out or delivery, with the exception of cafes in a hospital, nursing home, correctional center or services providing food or drink to the homeless.
- Licensed places are closed except for take-out meals.
- Nightclubs are closed but can be traded as an unlicensed venue.
- Entertainment venues such as cinemas, clubs, theaters, casinos and concert halls are closed.
- Core retail is open, but should provide click-and-collect arrangements where possible.
- Up to 10 people (limit excluding officiants) can attend a wedding from 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 2.
- Up to 20 people (limit excluding those leading the service) can attend the funeral from 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 2.
New South Wales
Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, is on lockdown until at least the end of September 2021. Regional NSW is on lockdown until at least 11.59pm on Friday, September 10. Face masks should be worn every time you leave the house, with the exemption of children under 2 years old. Children 2-12 years old are not required to wear masks but are strongly encouraged to do so.
Most businesses, including entertainment facilities, hospitality venues, hospitals, and businesses that provide service to the public, need to collect contact tracing information using the Service registration application. NSW COVID Safe.
- Restaurants, pubs, registered clubs, microbreweries, distilleries and casinos are closed except for take-out meals and drinks.
- The discos are closed.
- Entertainment venues such as cinemas, theaters, music halls and concert halls are closed.
- Retail stores that primarily sell food and drink, including supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers, bakeries, liquor stores, fish markets, and fruit and vegetable stores are open. Only one person per household per day is allowed to leave the house to shop for household needs. Exemptions are allowed for people with dependents who cannot stay at home alone.
- Weddings can be organized with a maximum of 5 guests (limit excluding those leading the service) from 12:01 am on Friday September 3rd. Restrictions apply in Greater Sydney.
- Funerals can take place, with a maximum of 10 people (limit excluding those leading the service) allowed to attend an indoor or outdoor funeral or memorial service or a gathering afterwards. Funerals cannot take place in a private residence.
Hospitality and entertainment venues such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, cinemas, theaters, stadiums and nightclubs are open. For venues that host an event of more than 500 people, a COVID-19 security plan must be approved. There are also no restrictions on retail purchases, weddings and funerals. People should always practice physical distancing and proper hygiene measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Hand washing or use of hand sanitizer if hand washing facilities are not available
- 1.5 meter distance from people they don’t live with
- Avoid crowds at the start or end of events
Businesses should collect contact tracing details from customers as part of the COVID-19 secure registration system, review their COVID-19 security plan every 6 months, and appoint a COVID security supervisor.
People aged 12 and over in South East Queensland are required to wear a face mask until 4:00 p.m. on Friday September 10 in certain environments including indoors, outdoors when you cannot stay outside 1.5 meters from people outside your household and stadiums. In the rest of Queensland, people aged 12 and over are required to wear a face mask in stadiums and airports.
Entertainment venues, supermarkets, hospitals, senior care facilities, and indoor and outdoor events should collect contact tracing information from staff and customers using the Check In Qld app.
- Paid venues such as cinemas, theaters and concerts can operate at 100% capacity with allocated seats.
- Restaurants, cafes and pubs are open with 1 person per 2 square meters, or 100% capacity with seating and assigned seating.
- Self-service food is allowed.
- Retail food services must collect contact information for take-out customers.
- Weddings and funerals are permitted, with a capacity limit of 1 person per rule of 2 square meters or 200 people or 100% of allocated seating and ticketing capacity, whichever is greater.
South Australia is currently subject to Level 1 restrictions. Persons aged 12 and over should wear face masks in all high-risk environments, including indoor public spaces and fitness facilities, services health and care facilities for the elderly.
- Communal meals are not allowed.
- You are allowed to consume food and drink while seated.
- Supermarkets and places where food is served must have a COVID marshal.
- Retail and entertainment venues should have physical distancing and contact tracing measures in place.
- Weddings and funerals can be arranged, with a capacity of 50 people on the premises if there are no more than 3 people per 4 square meters. Events in private residences have a maximum capacity of 20 people.
Persons aged 12 and over in Tasmania may be required to wear a face mask for certain events and gatherings and should check with the event organizers before attending.
Entertainment venues, markets, food courts, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, pubs, licensed venues and other food retail businesses should collect contact information from customers aged 16 and over using the Check in TAS application.
- Restaurants, cafes, food courts, pubs, clubs and bars have a density limit of 1 person per 2 square meters with a capacity limit of up to 250 people per undivided indoor space and up to 1,000 people per undivided outdoor space.
- Restaurant patrons should provide contact tracing details.
- Entertainment venues such as nightclubs, theaters, casinos and stadiums are open.
- Up to 100 people can dance and drink while standing in covered rooms.
- Up to 250 people can dance and drink while standing in outdoor locations.
- Retail stores and markets are open.
- Weddings and funerals can take place as long as the capacity and density limits are respected. Up to 100 people are allowed at a wedding on a residential property.
Victoria is currently on lockdown, with a curfew in place from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily in the Melbourne metropolitan area. People 12 years of age and older should wear face masks when leaving the house.
Retail, food and beverage establishments should collect contact tracing information from staff and customers using the Service Victoria QR Code app.
- Entertainment venues such as clubs and casinos are closed.
- Restaurants and cafes can only offer take-out meals.
- Essential retail services are open, with a capacity limit of no more than 1 person per 4 square meters.
- Weddings are not allowed. Exemptions may be granted for end-of-life or expulsion reasons and are limited to 5 people.
- Funerals are authorized up to a limit of 10 people (limit excluding those providing the service and children under 12 months).
All hospitality and entertainment venues are fully open in Western Australia. However, companies must ensure that:
- A COVID security plan is in place and they keep a contact log.
- A COVID event checklist is completed for events with 500 to 2,500 clients.
- A COVID event plan is completed for events with more than 2,500 customers.
Food and beverage outlets and licensed venues, supermarkets, cinemas, theaters and other entertainment venues should collect contact tracing information using the SafeWA registration application.