New South Wales, Australia: COVID-19 Restrictions from 15/05/2020
New changes in New South Wales from May 15, 2020
Since the beginning of the year 2020, the way people live in Australia was turned upside down by the ever-changing new laws of social restrictions.
From this Friday, May 15, the rules in New South Wales will be loosened up a bit, as the state government follows a slightly modified version of the Morrison government’s stage one plan.
Here are the answers to the questions many have:
Can I visit my friends or family?
From Friday, May 15, five people (inclusive of children) will be allowed to visit other households for the purposes of socialising. However, people should be cautious.
Can I have a party?
If you are only inviting five people, inclusive of children, you are allowed to have a party. Ten people are allowed to gather in outdoor spaces.
Can I go to a restaurant or café?
Cafés and restaurants will be allowed to seat a maximum of 10 people. Businesses will need to ensure each customer has at least four-square-metres.
Can I start bringing my reusable coffee cup to the café again?
A new contact-free initiative from Responsible Cafés could see many coffee shops allowing personal reusable takeaway cups allowed back in, however, this is up to individual cafés.
Can I work out doors?
Outdoor gym facilities will be reopened and outdoor boot camps will be allowed with a maximum of 10 people to a group.
Can I go for a swim?
Swimming pools will be allowed to reopen, but they could be capped to a maximum of 10 swimmers at any one time. Beaches will remain open for exercise purposes only.
Can I go to the library?
Libraries and community centres will remain closed, as the state government has chosen to ignore the federal government’s recommendation to re-open these facilities, however, thousands of e-books are available to download from City of Sydney libraries.
Can I let the kids loose on the playground?
Public playgrounds will be open again. Physical distancing and hygiene should be practised with the little ones.
Can I go back to the office?
The rules in place still say that if you can work from home, you should do so.
Can I leave Sydney?
Regional travel for recreation purposes remains prohibited, including holidays and avoidable interstate trips. All overseas travel, with very few exceptions, have been banned and is not likely to resume until next year. Fines and legal proceedings for those found breaking travel restrictions remain in effect.
Can I go shopping?
Certain shops have been allowed to open since May 1. This is under the proviso that they’re selling essential supplies. However, it was up to individual retailers to determine whether their goods are essential to their customers. Stores are still only allowed to let in one person to every four square metres.
Can I get a haircut or visit my beauty therapist?
Services like beauty therapy remain closed for treatments until stage two of the federal government’s plan starts. Hairdressers and barbers are still trading.
When am I allowed to leave my house?
You can go out to shop, to work or study (if this cannot be done from home), for fresh air and exercise (with a maximum of 10 people), and for recreational purposes and socialising as long as you are observing social distancing. You could be fined up to $1000 for breaking these rules.
Can I get tested if I haven’t been overseas?
NSW Health has announced that anyone with the slightest flu-like symptoms should get tested. If you work with vulnerable people, for example, in a nursing home, boarding school, or any other kind of residential facility, and you experience any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild, you must be tested.
Can I attend weddings and funerals?
Weddings will be allowed to have up to 10 guests from Friday, while funerals will be allowed 20 mourners indoors or 30 outdoors.
Can I go for a drive?
You can still only go for a drive if it is for a specific reason. Recreational driving is not allowed at the moment.
Are dentists open?
If you are suffering from tooth ache, public dental clinics are permitted to provide urgent dental care. But any non-urgent check-ups or teeth whitening and non-essential dentistry are not allowed for now.
Can I move house?
This time is probably not the best time to move homes, however moving between two places of residence is counted amongst the state government’s reasonable excuses for being outside.
What does the Australian government’s contact tracing app do?
Dubbed CovidSafe, the technology is based on digital contact tracing, modelled on a similar app used in Singapore. Its purpose is to suppress the issue of ‘community transmission’ – where the infection is spread between people in public.
How long will this last?
New South Wales is currently in stage one of a three-stage process on easing social restrictions advised by the federal government, to be rolled out over the next two months. However there is no concrete timeline, and the state governments are not required to follow every recommendation. Certain protocols such as physical distancing may be in place for several more months to come. We shouldn’t expect to be hitting the pub or seeing a live show too soon. The World Health Organisation has warned that relaxing lockdown restrictions too quickly, could lead to a resurgence of the outbreak.
It is important to keep in mind that the uncertainty can be is a big issue in a relationship. Not knowing how long this corona pandemic will last for can cause a lot of the anxiety at the moment during COVID-19 isolation.
To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself contact the Australian Government Department of Health
For more information and updates contact the health authorities in your current country