With an extra long weekend coming up, but COVID-19 hanging over us all, you're probably wondering what you can and can't do. Can I go for a drive? Can I visit my family? Can I go camping? Unfortunately, Easter is going to look a whole lot different for everyone this year, but if you're wondering what is and isn't allowed under lockdown, we've got some answers for you.
Under Stage 3 Lockdown rules, Queensland has been warned that these are the only reasons you can leave your house. Fortunately for us, getting food is still one of them, so you can stock up on the Gold Coast's best hot cross buns and chocolates without a worry. There's also a heap of places dishing up takeaway Easter feasts and Easter seafood, so check with your local restaurants to see if they'll take care of the cooking for you. But if you're thinking about leaving the house, here's what you can and can't do.
Can I Visit My Family?
Under current Queensland COVID-19 rules, you can visit another person’s house, as long as there are no more than 2 people who are not ordinarily members of that household visiting. So, if you're planning to visit your parents, you can do so with your partner or one other member of the family who doesn't ordinarily live there, though you should still maintain physical distancing practices and wash your hands thoroughly. It's also strongly recommended that you do not visit elderly relatives or those most at risk of suffering severe symptoms of COVID-19. Big family gatherings are out, so plan to do those virtually.
Can I Go Away For The Weekend?
Nope. There's no leeway here. Hotels and such are now closed to all but those who need accommodation for work or self-isolation purposes, and 'going camping' is not on the list of reasons to leave your house, even if it's within your own state.
Can I Go For A Drive?
Not unless you have a reason for driving—for example, one of these. People are being encouraged to stay close to their homes for shopping, excercise and other essential needs both to decrease the potential spread of coronavirus and to limit the number of people who may need emergency services in the case of an accident. So no, you can't go for a Sunday drive, but you can go armchair travelling here, or maybe plan your first post-corona escape instead. Personally, we're heading for one of these tiny houses as soon as it's over.
Can I Go Hiking?
Exercise is an essential activity, right? Not quite. While you can head outdoors for fresh air and excercise, you should be doing so close to your home, not driving for hours to find the perfect hiking spot (see above). Live near a great hike? Go for it. But make sure you check that the national park isn't on this list of closed parks around Queensland first, and also consider the fact that a lot of others might have the same idea as you, so it might not be the solitary walk you were hoping for.
Looking for things to do inside over Easter? Head here.