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, Western Australia 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 Perth's best hot cross buns and Easter treats 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 West Australian COVID-19 rules, you are under "strong guidance" to stay home unless you need to leave the house for shopping, medical or health care needs, exercise (in compliance with guidelines) and for work and study if they can't be done remotely. You won't be fined for visiting family, but unnecessary social interactions are discouraged and if you really do have to see them, you'll need to adhere to the four-square-metres per person rule. That means no hugs and no big family get-togethers; save them for when all of this is over.
Can I Go Away For The Weekend?
Nope. There's no leeway here. WA put a ban on intrastate travel in place on 1 April so you can't travel outside of your region unless you have an exemption, such as working in another region. There are checkpoints in place and fines can be up to $50,000, so just stay home.
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 to Denmark 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 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.
Image credit: Louise Coghill