Coronavirus Indoor & Outdoor Gatherings Limited to Two Persons Only
On Sunday 29 March 2020 the Australian Government announced strict new measures limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to two people only. The government has also launched a new coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel to enhance the delivery of trusted, timely and relevant information to Australians.
Announcement on Indoor and Outdoor Public Gatherings by Australian Government- 29 March 2020
♦ Indoor and outdoor gatherings limited to two persons only.
Exceptions to this limit include:
- People of the same household going out together
- Funerals – a maximum of 10 people
- Weddings – a maximum of 5 people
- Family units
- Individual states and territories may choose to mandate and/or enforce this requirement.
South Australian Government Advice | 1 April 2020
Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed in South Australia provided that social distancing guidelines are adhered to, although limiting the number of people gathering to two is encouraged.
Current South Australian Government Advice about gatherings, family picnics, playgrounds and skate parks.
Gatherings – Although it is strongly discouraged, you are able to meet with more than 2 people at a time, as long as you use social distancing of 1.5 metres and it is not more than 10 people.
Family Picnics – You are allowed to have a family picnic at your local park provided that the number of people gathering does not exceed 10 people and the social distancing principles of 1.5 metres applies. Limiting the number of people gathering to two is strongly encouraged.
Playgrounds – Going to a playground is not banned in South Australia. Provided that the number of people gathering does not exceed 10 people and the social distancing principles of 1.5 metres applies. Some Local Councils have closed playgrounds. Many playgrounds including small local playgrounds have been closed in SA. In SA this has been at the discretion of local councils but generally it is not a good idea to play at playgrounds right now.
Skate Parks – Going to a skate park is strongly discouraged. However, it is not banned in South Australia. The number of people at a skate park cannot exceed 10 people and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to. Some Local Councils have closed skate parks.
This information follows the declaration by the South Australian Police Commissioner on Friday 27 March that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in South Australia. Penalties may apply.
♦ National Cabinet’s strong guidance to all Australians is to stay home unless for:
- shopping for what you need – food and necessary supplies
- medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements
- exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
- work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely
- National Cabinet agreed that playgrounds, skate parks and outside gyms in public places will be closed.
- Bootcamps will be reduced to two persons, including the trainer.
These measures will be in place from midnight 30 March 2020.
♦ Senior Australians should self-isolate at home. This includes those:
- over 70 years of age
- over 60 years of age who have existing health conditions or comorbidities
- indigenous Australians over the age of 50 who have existing health conditions or comorbidities
These groups should limit contact with others as much as possible when they travel outside.
In speaking further about the new measures, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison said:
This is the public health advice. You must stay at home except for the following reasons: A, shopping for what you need, food and other essential supplies that enable you to remain at home and to do that shopping as infrequently as possible. B, for medical care or compassionate needs. C, to exercise in compliance with the public gathering rules that I’ve already outlined. And D, for work and education if you cannot work or learn remotely.
Also, we are going further this evening on the basis of the advice that there is strong advice – this is not a compulsion, this is strong advice – that people aged 70 and over should stay at home and self isolate for their own protection to the maximum extent practicable…for their own protection to limit their interaction with others in the community. This does not mean that they cannot go outside. They can go outside and be accompanied by a support person for the purposes of getting some fresh air, some recreation. But they should limit contact with others as much as possible.
New Government App & WhatsApp Channel
Australians can download the new coronavirus app which is available on Apple & Android devices. Simply search for Coronavirus Australia.
To access the new WhatsApp channel, enter aus.gov.au/whatsapp into your internet browser and follow the instructions in the WhatsApp app.
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