COVID-19 restrictions to ease from today for the long weekend
5 June 2020, Written by David Simmons
Around the country COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from today, with many of these moves to be welcomed by Australians just in time for the long weekend.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk - whose state along with WA won't have a public holiday on Monday - has today celebrated the news that venues will be permitted to open to more than 20 seated patrons from midday today.
The restrictions will see venues be able to accommodate groups of up to 20 seated people per dining area on the condition a COVID-safe plan has been approved.
"We are expecting a bumper weekend," said Palaszczuk.
But Queensland is not the only state reopening businesses today, with the Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Western Australia all easing COVID-19 restrictions.
The NT is moving into Stage 3 of restrictions being eased from midday today.
From today Territorians will be able to:
Sports including football, netball, basketball and soccer will also be able to resume and be officiated, with supporters and up to 500 people in any arena, stadium or community sport competition
Stage 2 easing of restrictions are being brought forward today from 3pm in Tasmania.
Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to provide table service for up to 40 patrons, with delivery and takeaway services able to continue.
In WA Phase 3 COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from Saturday midnight
As part of Phase 3, Western Australia will be the first State in the nation to implement a two square metre per person capacity rule for venues, replacing the previous four square metre rule, which is the current national advice.
Other restrictions will be eased, allowing:
Travel will now be permitted throughout Western Australia, including into the Kimberley region, pending the Commonwealth's approval to remove the Biosecurity Area on June 5. Access into remote Aboriginal communities will remain prohibited.
Updated at 12:26PM AEST on 5 June 2020.
Author: David Simmons