COVID restrictions are changing again, here’s what you need to know

Our latest state-by-state guide to lockdowns and restrictions.

Following a number of new COVID cases across Australia, states and territories have reintroduced restrictions and announced lockdowns.

Read below for the latest rules and gathering restrictions across the country, plus helpful links for the latest updates in each region.

New South Wales

Stay at home orders currently apply to Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, until 11.59pm on Friday, 9 July 2021.

This means for people living or working in the Greater Sydney region, there are now only limited reason to leave your home.

This includes obtaining food or other goods and services, for work or education if it is not possible to do it at home, exercise, for medical or caring reasons or obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

It is also now a requirement to wear a face mask in all indoor areas of non-residential premises across Greater Sydney.

The rules and restrictions in regional and rural NSW are slightly more relaxed, with up to five visitors able to visit another household at any one time.

Stay up to date with the latest restrictions here.


From 6pm Tuesday, 29 June 2021, southeast Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island will go into a three-day lockdown.

The decision comes as the state recorded another two new locally acquired cases on Tuesday 29 June, one of which travelled between southeast Queensland and Magnetic Island.

It comes after Queensland reintroduced a number of restrictions yesterday, across the 11 local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and the Gold Coast.

Face masks must be carried with people at all times whenever you leave your home, and must be worn in indoor spaces where physical distancing isn’t possible.

The latest updates on restrictions can be found here.


While there is currently no community transmission across the ACT, face masks are now required in certain public settings, adding “another line of defence” for the region.

People in the ACT must wear a fitted face covering at all times when on a public transport service or at a public transport waiting area, in indoor retail or business premises, in indoor entertainment facilities, in public worship or religious services, visiting or working within residential aged care facilities and working at a hospitality venue.

There is currently no limit on household visitors in the ACT, and the 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies at indoor venues.

Some venues, such as the National Convention Centre Canberra, have been approved to operate at 75 per cent capacity within each indoor and outdoor space, provided organisers have a COVID Safety Plan endorsed by ACT Health.

Stay up to date here.


From Thursday 24 June, restrictions eased across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

Up to 15 private visitors are permitted in homes across the state and up to 50 people can gather outside in a public place.

Funerals and weddings are capped at 300 people and hospitality venues can serve up to 300 in Melbourne, but density limits still apply and masks must still be worn inside.

Offices in metropolitan Melbourne can return to 75 per cent capacity or 30 people in a workplace, whichever is greater.

Entertainment venues can have 75 per cent seated capacity and up to 300 people per indoor space, while outdoor seated spaces at entertainment venues can have 75 per cent seated capacity and up to 1,000 people per outdoor space.

Further easing of restrictions is scheduled for 1 July.

All the latest information is available online.


In response to new COVID cases across Australia, Tasmania has imposed a number of travel restrictions for visitors arriving from certain areas, including parts of New South Wales, ACT and Western Australia.

Read the latest of Tasmania’s travel restrictions here.

Meanwhile, the state downgraded the travel risk for visitors from metropolitan Melbourne to low on 22 June, however some premises in Victoria will remain high-risk.

Find the latest details here.

Northern Territory

There are currently lockdown restrictions in place across the Greater Darwin Area, set to be in place until 1pm on Friday, 2 July 2021.

All people in Greater Darwin are required to stay in their home or accommodation during this time and can only leave for five reasons:

  • To receive health care or attend medical appointments, including to get the COVID-19 vaccine
  • To shop for necessary goods and services
  • To exercise for up to one hour a day within 5km of your home
  • To undertake essential work
  • In case of an emergency

Masks must be worn at all times when leaving home.

All businesses, retail outlets, hospitality venues are closed, while cafes and restaurants can offer take-away and delivery services.

Stay up to date here.

Western Australia

As of 12:01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021, the Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia will enter a minimum four-day lockdown from until 12.01am, Saturday 3 July, 2021.

Residents in these areas can only leave home for five reasons, as listed above.

Restrictions are also in place for arrivals from QLD, NT and ACT, who must complete 14 days of self-quarantine and present for COVID-19 testing if they wish to enter the state.

Updates are available here.

South Australia

As of 12:01am Tuesday, 29 June 2021, South Australia has introduced a number of restrictions.

The total number of people at a place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres, while face masks are now mandatory at high risk settings such as indoor venues when between 50 per cent and 75 per cent of the seats are occupied, as well as health care and aged care facilities.

Weddings and funerals are capped at 150 people, unless at a licensed premises where the 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies.

Entry to South Australia is prohibited for travellers from ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, WA and to travellers who have been at a relevant Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure site in Victoria.

Stay up to date with restrictions here.

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