As social distance restrictions begin to gradually ease across Australia, confusion is growing as to what activities and services are allowed and what will pay you a hefty fine.
From interstate travel, going to a friend’s house, swimming on the beach, and golfing, Daily Mail Australia looks at what you can and cannot do in your state.
Beaches, exercise and activities
In New South Wales, certain beaches have different rules at their discretion.
Residents of NSW are allowed to swim and surf, but are told to continue if they are caught sunbathing or hanging on the sand.
People can swim or surf the Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches in the eastern suburbs of Sydney on weekdays between 7am and 5pm.
The beaches of Coogee, Clovelly and Maroubra are open seven days a week from 7am to 5pm for swimming, surfing and running on the sand.
In Western Australia, residents can take to the beach with as many as nine other people as long as they don’t travel outside their region.
Residents of NSW are allowed to swim and surf, but are told to continue if they are caught sunbathing or hanging on the sand. On the photo: Bondi Beach on Sunday
Queensland residents should only go to the beach with people they live with or with another person. On the photo: Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast
The beaches of Coogee, Clovelly and Maroubra are open seven days a week from 7am to 5pm for swimming, surfing and running on the sand
Beachgoers are advised to check with their municipality whether their beach is open.
From the weekend Queenslanders are allowed to travel up to 50 km for recreation, as long as they adhere to social distance measures.
Queensland residents should only go to the beach with people they live with or with another person.
Tasmanians are allowed to surf as long as they abide by the collecting rules and do not leave their environment.
Victoria has closed some of its beaches, but when a beach is open, locals are allowed to go there for a short workout while adhering to social distances.
Take a ride
Queenslanders can drive within a 50 km radius of their home.
There are no travel restrictions in South Australia, but locals are advised to drive only for one essential reason.
At NSW, people are discouraged from road trips and should not leave the house unless it is for an essential reason – such as exercise, work, or medical care.
The Victorian government deemed non-essential road trips “irresponsible.”
At NSW, people are discouraged from road trips and should not leave the house unless it is for an essential reason – such as exercise, work, or medical care
Travel between NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, WA and the NT is allowed, but only for essential reasons or work
Victorians are only allowed to get in the car for an essential activity and it is strongly discouraged to drive with passengers who are not from their household.
ACT residents are now allowed to travel to NSW to visit family and friends.
Travel between NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, WA and the NT is allowed, but only for essential reasons or work.
Personal services such as nail salons
Hairdressers are still open in NSW, but the four square meter rule still applies within the salon.
Personal contact between employees and customers must be minimized as much as possible.
Beauty, tanning and nail services are allowed to open, but only to sell goods like gift cards, while services are still not available.
State-owned tattoo parlors remain closed.
Beauty salons can open again in the NT from Friday 15 May.
Beauty services are still closed in other states and territories.
Hairdressers are still open in NSW, but the four square meter rule still applies within the salon
Go to a friend’s house
Last Friday, two adults and their children can visit another household in NSW.
The same rules apply in Queensland.
Residents of WA have been given more freedom, with 10 people allowed to come together.
The NT allows indoor and outdoor activities between friends, including guests at home.
South Australians are not recommended to meet more than two other people at the same time, but they can get away with a group of up to 10, as long as they are 1.5 meters away.
Last Friday, two adults and their children can visit another household in NSW
The two-person rule still applies in the ACT, unless people are from the same family or household.
Children no longer count towards the two allowed persons.
Tasmanians may turn to someone else to take care of them, not just a “social visit.”
Boating and fishing
Rules for social distances on boats and boat ramps still apply in NSW.
Residents of NSW are only allowed to sit on a boat with one other person, or with family from the same household.
Canoeing, sailing, paddling for practice, fishing and paddle surfing are allowed.
Fishing in the Northern Territory was allowed from last Friday, while Queenslanders can also cast a line within 50 km of their home and keep to social distances.
WA has allowed fishing and boating for groups of 10 people or less.
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia advises residents of South Africa to avoid fishing, but those who do should stay close to home.
Tasmanians in some areas can fish and go out on a boat to exercise or recreate “in accordance with your mental well-being.”
Boating, fishing and water skiing are still not allowed in Victoria.
Golf and other sports
Tasmanians can go to the golf course if the two-person rule is followed.
Victoria’s rules are much stricter, with an outright ban on sports by the government.
Residents of Northern Territory have much more relaxed rules, allowing for contactless sports like swimming, golf, tennis, shooting, and bocce.
Golf NSW has always been behind the sport since the coronavirus restrictions came into effect in March.
However, individual courses do not need to be opened, so residents of NSW are advised to contact their local club.
The same goes for South Australia, where some golf courses are open, but others are not, depending on management.
Residents of Northern Territory have much more relaxed rules, allowing for contactless sports such as swimming, golf, tennis, shooting and bocce
Visiting the elderly in homes for the elderly
Older people at NSW can have a maximum of two visits per day, but visitors can only stay in the resident’s own room for a short time.
Young children should not visit older relatives in elderly care facilities.
However, anyone visiting or working in a retirement home should avoid the facility if they are sick in any way, even with minor symptoms.
Scott Morrison urged nursing homes across the country last week to allow visitors where possible, but the decision ultimately lies with the management of each individual facility.
Scott Morrison urged nursing homes across the country last week to allow visitors where possible, but the decision ultimately lies with the management of each individual facility
Mr. Morrison wants all public schools to return to personal learning by June.
Students in NSW will return to the classroom in phases from Monday 11 May.
Children of essential workers and vulnerable children who do not have access to online home education can go to school.
Earlier this week, Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a partial resumption of schools from next week.
Kindergarten, prep, year 1, year 11 and 12 students will also return to school in Queensland on May 11.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,856
New South Wales: 3,042
Western Australia: 551
South Australia: 438
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 6,856
Victoria has taken a more no-nonsense approach, with about 97 percent of state school students still learning from home.
The government’s advice is that ‘all students who can learn from home should learn from home’.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he will not rule out third-graders going back to school if it is considered medically safe.
In Western Australia, about 60 percent of students are back in class.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan said that children should be encouraged to return to school, but the final decision lies with the parents.
Students in grades 11 and 12 are urged to attend personal classes.
More than two-thirds of South Australian public school students returned to class last week, with insurance from state health authorities parents it was safe to return.