With COVID-19 hanging over us all, you're probably wondering what you can and can't do on your weekends. Can I go shopping? Can I visit my family? Can I go camping? Unfortunately, our weekends and social activities are going to look different for a while to come yet, but if you're wondering what is and isn't allowed under lockdown right now, we've got some answers for you.
With the latest announcements regarding Queensland starting the gradual process of easing restrictions, we're now well into the proposed three-stage 'roadmap' to coming out of lockdown. The next stage has been brought forward to midday on Monday 1 June, so here's everything you can and can't do in Queensland right now.
Current Restrictions In Queensland
As of 12pm on Monday 1 June, the following is allowed:
- Gatherings of up to 20 people:
- At home, including both residents and visitors
- For dining in, including restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs and bars, with 20 allowed per defined area as of Friday 5 June
- At indoor cinemas
- At amusement parks, zoos, tourism experiences and arcades
- At concert venues, theatres and similar
- At beauty salons and spas
- For non-contact indoor and outdoor sport
- For personal training
- At gyms and yoga studios
- At indoor and outdoor pools and sports clubs
- In museums, galleries, libraries, historic sites and places of worship
- For weddings
- In playgrounds, parks and outdoor gyms
- For hiking, camping and other recreational activities in state parks
- In tourism accommodation
- Recreational travel, camping and accomodation (with no limits on travel within Queensland)
Can I have a picnic with my friends?
If you're outdoors, the number of people who can congregate is also now 20 (from different households), which means you can head to the park for a picnic together, go for a walk or hang out at the beach. Just make sure you keep your distance from other groups who are doing the same.
Can I go away for the weekend?
Yes. As of Monday 1 June, Queenslanders are allowed to travel unlimited distances in their own state, with overnight stays in campsites, hotels and other accomodation providers also back on the cards. Plan a holiday to support our local travel industry, but just remember that limits may still apply to the number of people who can be in one place at a time. Get some ideas here.
Can I go on a day trip?
Absolutely. If you want to stay close to home you can travel to nearby regions for hiking, scenic drives, shopping and to spend some dollars at regional businesses who'd probably love the support right now. We suggest one of these day trips.
Can I go hiking?
Exercise is an essential activity, and though gyms can now re-open, getting outdoors is still a pretty appealing idea right now. Most Queensland parks have re-opened to visitors, so hike away. Here's some of the best hikes on the Sunshine Coast.
Can I go to the gym?
Yes. As of 1 June, gyms can re-open (with a maximum of 20 people), which will be good news for gym junkies. You can also go for a bike ride, kick a football around or use a basketball court—outdoor gyms in parks and recreational areas around the Sunshine Coast will also re-open if you want to recreate your usual gym session outdoors. Public swimming pools are able to re-open, but as the 20 people limit still applies, so some may stay closed for the time being.
Can I dine in at a restaurant or cafe?
Yes, and we can't wait to get back out there to support our local hospitality scene, like these venues that have announced they're re-opening. For now, you have to make a booking in advance, and venues will only be allowed to seat up to 20 people at a time, so don't just rock up to your local and hope you'll get a seat. And it goes without saying, but if you're not feeling well, just stay home. If you don't get a booking, most places are still doing takeaway, so there's other ways to show your support.
Can I go to the pub?
It depends. Pubs are allowed to re-open for dining in, but not as a bar, so you can't just head to your local for a few pints. They also need to stick to the 20 person limit, though as of Friday 5 June, this limit is per defined area, which means some venues can have significantly more.
Can I go to the shops?
Yes, retail shopping for non-essentials is allowed, though retailers need to follow physical distancing rules and have extra hygiene practices in place. This doesn't mean you can pop in for a bit of window shopping, however—as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said "We don't want you spending hours in those shopping areas," so get what you came for and then depart, without adding to the crowds.
Can I get my brows waxed/hair cut/nails done?
Yes, beauty salons are another of the businesses allowed to re-open, with extra hygeine measures in place and limited bookings. Hair salons and brow studios are also still open, as well as remedial massage therapists, though you'll have to wait a few weeks to head for a spa or get a spray tan done.
When will Stage 3 happen?
Stage Three is planned of the easing of Queensland's coronavirus restrictions is set to take place on Friday 10 July. Pending the evaluation of stage two measures, gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed for all of the activities and businesses previously listed, with further businesses such as nightclubs, food courts, tattoo parlours and non-therapeutic massage parlours added. Borders will also re-open, with intrastate travel permitted.
For the Queensland Government's latest information on coronavirus and lockdown rules, head to their website.
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