The Public Activities COVID-19 Direction is still in place.

Restricted businesses

Hospitality venues

The total number of people at a place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.

Food and beverages can be consumed while standing up.

If people are sitting at a bar, there must be no food preparation taking place.

Private functions are also 1 person per 2 square metres.

Personal care activities

People offering personal care services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment while providing personal care services such as:

  • hairdressers and barbershops
  • beauty and nail salons
  • tattoo parlours
  • wellness centres/day spas/massage parlours
  • saunas/bathhouses
  • any other place which beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, piercing, body modification takes place.

Masks are encouraged for clients.

Note the following exceptions:

  • A patient or client and/or a person providing care is not required to wear a mask if, in the provider or carer’s professional opinion, or in the opinion of the service organisation providing the service, the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of the relevant care and/or impact patient or client safety.
  • A person is not required to wear a mask if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition.
  • A mask is not required to be worn in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  • A patient or client under the age of 12 is not required to wear a mask.
  • A resident or live-in staff member of a residential care facility is not required to wear a mask, including in circumstances in which it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle.

Entertainment venues

For cinemas, live theatre or any other live performance venues where patrons are in fixed seating, capacities can increase to 75% if patrons wear masks and for capacity at 50% masks are not required to be worn.

Aged care

A face mask (covering mouth and nose) must be worn by all people including:

  • care providers
  • patients and clients
  • admin and other staff
  • employees
  • visitors
  • students
  • contractors and any other person when they are in the presence of other people.

Note the following exceptions:

  • A patient or client and/or a person providing care is not required to wear a mask if, in the provider or carer’s professional opinion, or in the opinion of the service organisation providing the service, the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of the relevant care and/or impact patient or client safety.
  • A person is not required to wear a mask if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition.
  • A mask is not required to be worn in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  • A patient or client under the age of 12 is not required to wear a mask.
  • A resident or live-in staff member of a residential care facility is not required to wear a mask, including in circumstances in which it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle.

More information

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COVID Marshals

Page last updated: 14 December 2020