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The government tries to limit interactions between groups, especially any event or gathering of 10 or more people.

The new restrictions, from March 25 at 11:59 pm, mean:


* Food courts in shopping centers are only available for takeaway. Do not sit.

* Auction houses close. Auctions and open house inspections are prohibited.

* Outdoor and indoor markets are prohibited, while rules around large food markets are addressed by states and territories.

* Personal services such as beauty therapy, tanning bed, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors (but not physiotherapy) are prohibited.

* Hairdressers and hairdressers can continue, but must strictly manage the social distance

* Amusement parks and arcades and indoor and outdoor play centers must close.

* Boot camps and personal training must be limited to 10 people and enforce social distances.

* Social sports such as large groups of people who play football in a park are prohibited.

* Galleries, museums, libraries, youth centers, community halls, clubs, RSLs and swimming pools must close.


* Weddings can be held where it is just the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses, no more than five people.

* Funerals are limited to no more than 10 people – but with some exceptions allowed by states and territories.


* It is safe to send children to school until the end of the term.

* Some days without a student are required to plan distance learning.

* Schools will reopen after the hiatus with a mix of distance learning and school learning for all “essential workers”.

* PM to meet teachers and other sector representatives about keeping schools open and protecting staff.


* Anyone who still has a job is an essential worker.


* The official “no travel” warning is now an absolute ban on travel abroad, with some exceptions such as rescuers and compassionate travel.


* New for-profit crime and attempting to export goods abroad, covering things like medical supplies and masks.