What you can and can't do during the coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus live blog: Latest news and updates about the crisis in Australia

business woman lady boss in beauty salon making hairdress and looking to the mirror
At this stage hairdressers are still open for business. Photo: Getty

Confused about what’s open and what’s not during the coronavirus chaos? Here’s an explainer of all the latest COVID-19 measures, as of Tuesday March 24

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced a range of new measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus. In a late night press conference on Tuesday March 24, he listed which businesses can remain open, which have to shut their doors, and which can still trade, but with strict measures in place. It was...confusing, to say the least.

But we’ve got your back – here’s a list of all the services affected by Stage 2 of the Corona shut-down, and what you CAN and CAN’T do.

Coronavirus rules for hairdressers

Want a quick freshen up? Under new rules, hairdressers can continue to trade, but visits were going to be restricted to 30 minutes in duration. However as of Thursday the government lifted those restrictions, and salons will now only have a limit on the number of patrons and be required to enforce the four square metre rule per person.

Social distancing parametres must be maintained. “It is very important to strictly manage the social distancing and limitations of the number of people in their premises, so that’s four square metres per person,” Morrison explained.

Coronavirus rules for beauty therapists

Unfortunately, all beauty therapists will be forced to cease trading. Time for some home maintenance! Tattoo parlours are also shut – don’t try THAT one at home!

Smiling manicurist decorating nails with color on client's hand at beauty spa
Beauty salons are now closed. Photo: Getty

Coronavirus rules for massages

That 45 minute shiatsu massage will have to wait – all massage parlours are closed. That goes for the other kind of “massage” too – yep, “strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues” closed their doors on Midnight Wednesday.

Coronavirus rules for physios

In a measure that’s being questioned by some, the government has announced that physios, and all “health related services,” can still continue to practice.

Coronavirus rules for gyms

Time to start searching the net for free online workouts! Gyms across the country are now closed. There is no word yet on when they will reopen. These rules also extend to “health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses, wellness centres and swimming pools.”

Black dumbbell set. Close up of many metal dumbbells on rack in sport fitness center.
Gyms are officially closed. Photo: Getty

Coronavirus rules for pools

All pools and public bathhouses are now closed.

Coronavirus rules for bootcamps

If getting screamed at by a personal trainer is your thing – good news! Bootcamps are still permitted to go ahead, albeit with some restrictions. “Bootcamps and personal training can be conducted outdoors with no more than 10 people and social distancing observed.”

Outdoor fitness and bootcamp class
You can still exercise outdoors with max 10 people. Photo: Getty

Coronavirus rules for weddings

I...don’t? Weddings can still go ahead, but with very strict conditions.

“Weddings can be conducted with no more than five people, including the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses. The 4 square metre rule and social distancing must be observed,” Morrison said.

Midsection Of Couple Holding Hands While Walking Outdoors
You can have a wedding with only 5 people present. Photo: Getty

Coronavirus rules for funerals

In news that will be extremely distressing for many, funerals will now have restrictions placed upon them. “Funerals must be limited to no more than 10 people. The 4 square metre rule and social distancing must be observed,” said Morrison.

Coronavirus rules for hotels

This is being assessed by each individual state. “Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast, campsites, caravan parks and boarding houses will be a decision for each state and territory,” Morrison announced on Tuesday evening.

Coronavirus rules for markets

Indoor and outdoor markets (excluding food markets) will shut their doors. States and territories will make their own announcements about individual food markets.

Coronavirus rules for gaming and gambling venues

Are now closed.

Coronavirus rules for community spaces

Are closed. This includes “community facilities such as community halls, libraries and youth centres, RSL and PCYC.”

Coronavirus rules for art galleries

Art galleries, museums and cultural spaces will be closed from Midnight Wednesday. These measures will include “community facilities such as community halls, libraries and youth centres, RSL and PCYC.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Nga Tapuwae o Mataoho, an artwork by Emily Karaka is seen at the Art Gallery Of New South Wales during the 22nd Biennale of Sydney NIRIN media preview on March 10, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Galleries and museums has shut their doors. Photo: Getty

Coronavirus rules for play centres

Indoor and outdoor play centres are closed. Amusement parks will also be closed. Zoos have already shut their doors.

Coronavirus rules for auctions

All auctions and open houses will be cancelled. Auction houses will also shut their doors.

Coronavirus rules for supermarkets

Will remain open, but shopping centre food courts will CLOSE except for where they are offering take-away.

For more on these current restrictions, visit www.health.gov.au

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