Australians are one step closer to normality as state governments prepare to ease a number of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday.
Restaurants and cafes in New South Wales will be able to welcome more customers through their doors as the government scraps its 50-person limit on indoor venues.
Instead, venues will have to abide by the one person per four square metres rule.
And it’s not just the hospitality industry that will see a boost after sweeping changes come into force in the state.
Stadiums across NSW with a capacity of more than 40,000 people can host up to 10,000 fans at AFL and NRL games from July 1.
Community sport will also return, meaning thousands of local teams can get back out on the field.
Children’s and adult community sport will be back in action in NSW on July 1 (pictured, people playing volleyball on Bondi Beach on June 6)
Cinemas will also be able to reopen with social distancing measures in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading within the community (pictured, a Geelong cinema on June 22)
Music festivals and nightclubs will remain closed (pictured, clubbers in the Gold Coast, where clubs can reopen but dancing is banned)
Cinemas will also be able to reopen with social distancing measures in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading within the community.
Movie-goers will be seated 1.5 metre apart and screening times will be staggered to give time for staff to disinfect theatres in between showings.
However, music festivals and nightclubs will remain closed in most states as they have been deemed to be risky to reopen during this time.
Nightclubs are already open in the Northern Territory, with Queensland clubs also allowed to reopen – but with strict social distancing in place.
Queenslanders are also in for a treat with amusement parks, zoos and concert venues reopening from July 10.
Venues will be restricted to just 100 guests at one time but the government will consider a proposal to change to a one person per two square metres rule at Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.
Queensland will also reopen its borders on July 10, but Victorians will be forced to quarantine in hotels – paid for out of their own pocket.
Coronavirus restrictions are slowly being eased across Australia (pictured, customers sit in the sun at a cafe in Bondi on June 6)
From Wednesday, restaurants and cafes in NSW will be able to welcome more customers through their doors (pictured, customers rugged up as they waited in line for a cafe in Bondi)
Queensland will stop Victorians entering the state while letting all other Australians in from July 10 (pictured, the border near the Gold Coast)
ALL THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS BEING LIFTED AROUND AUSTRALIA IN JULY
NEW SOUTH WALES:
From July 1:
* Children’s and adult community sport to resume
* A 50-person cap on indoor venues will be scrapped, including at function centres, so long as people are seated.
* Restrictions on indoor and outdoor funerals relaxed to allow one-person per four square metres.
* However, limits on household visitors and outside gatherings will remain capped at 20 people.
* Passenger limits will almost double on public transport:
– Up to 68 people per train carriage
– Up to 23 passengers on an average, two-door bus and
– Ferries will be allowed to seat up to 250 passengers
– Customers must leave an empty seat or space between them. A green dot will continue to be used to identify the safest place to sit or stand. No dot, no spot.
* Large outdoor venues, such as sporting stadiums, with a maximum capacity of 40,000 people will be permitted to host up to 25 per cent of patrons for cultural and sporting events, which must be ticketed and seated only.
* From July 10, will allow up to 100 people at:
– Outdoor and indoor gatherings including home visitors and venues such as pubs and cinemas
– Places of worship and ceremonies including weddings and funerals
– Museums, art galleries, libraries
– Pools and community sports, gyms, health clubs and yoga studios
– Outdoor amusement parks, zoos, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums
– Opens homes and auctions
– Casino and gambling venues, nightclubs
– Beauty and tattoo parlours, nail and tanning salons and non-therapeutic massage parlours.
– Hiking, camping and other activities in national and state parks.
– Borders reopening July 10 – but not to Victorians
Some restrictions to to be lifted from July 12 including:
– Indoor and outdoor venue limits including restaurants, cafes and pubs allowed up to 50
– Limits will also be relaxed to 50 people at auction houses, community halls, libraries, museums and places of worship.
* Border and quarantine restrictions to be lifted July 17
* All gathering and capacity restriction rules to be lifted July 18 with the state’s borders – including travel to remote Aboriginal communities – to be re-opened at a later date.
* To open its borders to NSW, Victoria and the ACT from July 20
* Border restrictions to be lifted July 24
The curve in Victoria has skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks as coronavirus infections continue to grow from within the suburbs of Melbourne
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the long-awaited announcement on Tuesday.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,832
New South Wales: 3,189
Western Australia: 609
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 108
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7,832
However, anyone entering the state will be asked to declare they have not been in Victoria in the past two weeks.
There will be fines of $4,000 for anyone who is caught lying on the online form.
Authorities in Victoria have been scrambling since the state saw a spike in cases over the past week.
Case numbers surged by 75 on Sunday, 71 on Monday and 64 on Tuesday – an extra 210 cases in just three days – in the biggest jump in cases since the state was lockdown in March.
Experts said the spike should be immediately stamped out with politicians on guard to reimpose strict lockdown conditions in the worst suburbs if cases are not immediately controlled.
Most of the new spike in infections came from community-based transmissions rather than from overseas travellers.
Six local government areas in Melbourne have been identified as coronavirus hotspots, with authorities conducting mass testing on around 10,000 residents daily.
The areas include Hume and Brimbank, in Melbourne’s north and west, Casey and Cardinia in the city’s southeast and Moreland and Darebin in the north.
Premier Daniel Andrews said authorities are waiting on the full results of a three-day coronavirus testing blitz in 10 suburban hotspots to come through before deciding on any further measures to contain the virus.
Victoria has been carrying out a testing blitz in ten suburbs across Melbourne (pictured, the ten ‘hotspot’ suburbs)
Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, Victoria will also ease restrictions from July 12.
Indoor and outdoor venue limits, including restaurants, cafes and pubs, will be eased to allow up to 50 people.
Limits at auction houses, community halls, libraries, museums and places of worship will also be relaxed to allow 50 people.
The tourism industry in South Australia and Tasmania will be in for a boost at borders reopen.
South Australia will open its borders to NSW, Victoria and the ACT from July 20.
Border restrictions will also be lifted in Tasmania on July 24.
Nationwide, there has been 7,767 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 104 deaths. Of the total, 7,008 have recovered.
A woman in a face mask is seen walking past St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on June 21 (pictured) as coronavirus cases rise across the city