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Many states have introduced sweeping new laws limiting social gatherings and under what circumstances a person is allowed to leave their home.

Although politicians have said that these rules are simple, it is clear that the public still has a lot of questions about the rules and restrictions for locking coronaviruses.

In most states, the app is left to the discretion of the police, making it difficult to provide accurate information about what is and isn’t allowed.

Here we try to answer some of the most common questions people ask about new laws based on information, although these answers should not be treated as legal advice. An asterisk indicates that Guardian Australia has requested clarification from the state or territory government and will update it upon receipt.

Can I visit my family at Easter?

Nationally, all non-essential travel is discouraged – including during the Easter holidays. Family visiting laws vary from state to state, but there are no special rules or exemptions at Easter.

  • New South Wales – Generally not. You are not allowed to visit your family for social reasons. You can only travel if you provide care (delivery of food and medicine), have shared parental responsibilities and transport children, or if you are caring for children for a family member who must leave the house for an authorized reason . New South Wales public health orders say, “Taking a vacation in an area is not a reasonable excuse“.

  • Victoria – Also no. Social visits are not allowed and the same exemptions as NSW apply. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said people are allowed to go to another property they own, such as a vacation home, but still cannot have people. “The only people who should come together are your own home, your immediate home,” he said.

  • Queensland, Tasmania and ACT – Yes. But a household is only allowed two additional people, and the rule of four square meters per person applies indoors. The police advise to limit unnecessary social gatherings. “Technically, if it’s a non-essential trip, it’s not consistent … you shouldn’t be on the road”, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Thursday. In Tasmania, British Prime Minister Peter Gutwein said helicopters would be deployed over the state to spot people traveling unnecessarily.

  • WA – Yes. Families are exempt from the two person gathering limit. But heavy restrictions and roadblocks between regions of the state apply, which means you may not be allowed to travel long distances.

  • SA and NT – Yes. But gatherings are limited to 10 people. And as always, unnecessary socialization is not recommended.

Can I visit my romantic partner if we don’t live together?

  • New South Wales – Although the law suggests the answer is no, police commissioner Mike Fuller said on Wednesday that yes, you are allowed. This is considered to fall under the “care” exemption.

  • Victoria – Yes, while originally it seemed like you wouldn’t be allowed to see your partner, on Wednesday afternoon, the Victorian Chief Medical Officer of Health tweeted that an exemption from the rule prohibiting social visits would be granted to partners.

  • Queensland – Yes, Thursday, Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said that households were allowed to have two additional guests at a time, but physical distance should always be kept as far as possible. Outdoor gatherings are limited to two or members of the same household.

  • Tasmania – Yes. Tasmania has a broad definition of “social support” which is considered an essential reason for leaving home. This allows romantic partners and family members to always visit each other, but social distance must always be observed and you are not allowed to stay overnight unless you have chosen their house as your main residence from 31 March.

  • Australian Capital Territory – Yes, households are allowed to have two additional guests at a time, however, there must be at least four square meters per person inside. Outdoor gatherings are limited to two or members of the same household.

  • Western Australia – Yes. The way WA applies the law of two people means that households are allowed to have one guest at a time. You will not be allowed to travel between the nine EO regions unless it is for “compassionate reasons”.

  • South Australia and North territoryYes, there is currently no fine for leaving home for non-essential reasons, but unnecessary socialization is discouraged. Gatherings are limited to 10.

All states currently allow you to leave home and meet someone for exercise. This means that you are allowed to meet your partner or friend in public for exercise with them. However, some states have limits on the distance you can travel to exercise.

Can I temporarily move in with my partner during blockages?

  • NSW – Yes, you can move out.

  • Victoria – Yes, * you are allowed to move.

  • Queensland – The moving of residences is not mentioned in the legislation, Guardian Australia requests clarification. *

  • Tasmania, ACT – Yes, you can move out. *

  • WA – Yes, you are allowed to move, but there may be restrictions on crossing regional borders.

  • SA and NT – Yes, there is currently no fine for leaving home for non-essential reasons.

Can I take my dog ​​for a walk?

Yes, in all states, you are allowed to leave your home for exercise, which includes walking dogs. Social distancing measures must be observed outside and Victoria, NSW, Queensland, WA *, Tasmania and ACT, you can only be reached by another person or people in your household.

How far are you allowed to travel for exercise?

No state has specific rules about how far you are allowed to exercise, but many have asked people to use “common sense”.

  • NSW – You are allowed to cross the city by car, but you are not allowed to travel for hours outside the city.

  • Victoria – Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said on Twitter the exercise should be local and not “roll for miles and be outside all day”.

  • ACT – There are no official limits, however, people are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel and, if possible, to avoid areas where they are likely to come into close contact with others.

  • Queensland and Tasmania – Unspecified, however, the government urges residents to use common sense and avoid unnecessary travel.

  • WA – You are not allowed to travel between the nine regions of Western Australia without just cause, such as work or compassionate reasons. Therefore, exercise should be limited to your area and avoid unnecessary travel.

  • SA and NT – There are currently no restrictions on the reasons for leaving your home, however, we urge you not to travel unless necessary.

Can my loved ones babysit for me if we don’t live together?

The federal government recommends that people over the age of 70, people with chronic illnesses over the age of 60, and Aboriginal people over the age of 50 isolate themselves as much as possible. However, no state will currently impose sanctions on those who do not.

It is therefore recommended that elderly parents not take care of children.

  • NSW – Yes, that counts as “care”.

  • Victoria – You can leave home to provide care, so probably yes. *

  • Queensland – Yes, this constitutes “care”. Households are allowed to have two additional guests at a time, but physical distance should always be observed when possible.

  • Tasmania – Yes, it counts as “social support”.

  • ACT – Yes, however, households are only allowed to two people at a time and there must be at least four square meters per person inside.

  • WA – Yes, families are generally exempt from the gathering limits for two people, but unnecessary social interactions are discouraged. You will not be allowed to travel between the nine EO regions unless you are caring for family members or for “compassionate reasons”.

  • SA and NT – Yes, as long as a maximum of 10 people are present at the meeting.

Can I visit my immediate family if we don’t live together?

  • NSW – Generally not. * Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said on Wednesday that visits to romantic partners counted as “care” and were therefore allowed, but when Guardian Australia asked NSW police if immediate family visit was also considered of “care”, they said that social visits did not count. . We will seek clarification on this issue. However, you can visit the family if you take care of them, deliver food to them, help with medicine, take them to stores if they need help, etc.

  • Victoria – Generally no, social visits are not allowed. However, you can visit to deliver food, provide medical care and for “compassionate reasons”.

  • Queensland – Yes, households are allowed to have two additional guests at a time, but physical distance should always be observed when possible and unnecessary social gatherings should be limited.

  • Tasmania – Yes, this is “social support”, however, only two visitors are allowed at a time in the houses and must be attentive to social distance and avoid unnecessary travel.

  • ACT – Yes, however, households are only allowed to two people at a time and there must be at least four square meters per person inside.

  • WA – Yes, families are generally exempt from the two person gathering limits, however, unnecessary social interactions are discouraged. Travel restrictions between WA regions also apply.

  • SA and NT – Yes, as long as there are no more than 10 people at the gathering, however, unnecessary social interactions are discouraged.

All states currently allow you to leave home and meet someone for exercise. This means that you are allowed to meet a family member in public for exercise with them. There are limits on the distance you can travel to exercise, however, see above.

My children live part-time with me and my partner. Are they still allowed to travel between homes?

Yes. Currently, all states allow you to comply with current shared parenting agreements. This means that you are allowed to drive your children to the home of their other parent or guardian, and they are allowed to visit your home to pick up the children.

Am I allowed to leave my home in an emergency or if required by law?

Yes. All states allow you to leave your home if you are legally required to do so. You have the right to flee violence and you are allowed to leave if your home becomes uninhabitable.

Can I have social guests if I live alone?

All Australians were asked to avoid unnecessary socialization.

  • NSW and Victoria – No, social visits are not allowed.

  • Queensland – Yes, on Thursday, Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said those who live alone could have a social guest. No more than two people are allowed in a household at a time.

  • Tasmania – Yes, this is “social support”, but only two visitors are allowed at a time and must take account of social distancing and avoid unnecessary travel.

  • ACT – Yes, however, households are only allowed to two people at a time and there must be at least four square meters per person inside.

  • WA – Yes, but only one person or family.

  • SA and NT – Yes, but the collection must be limited to 10.

Can I have coffee with a friend?

  • NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania – Yes, but only if it’s takeout and you’ve met a friend for exercise.

  • ACT – Yes, as long as it’s takeout.

  • WA, SA and NT – Yes, as long as it’s takeout.

Can I help someone to work, even if they don’t live with me?

  • NSW – Yes, you can drive a colleague to work with you, however, it is not clear if you can leave the house to drive someone to work if you are not working there as well. If they cannot drive themselves, this is probably covered by the “care” section. * You can only take one passenger or anyone in your household.

  • Victoria and Queensland – Yes, you can lead a colleague to work with you. Driving someone else to work if they cannot drive themselves is likely to be “providing care and support”. You can only take one passenger or anyone in your household. *

  • Tasmania – Yes, but there must be an essential reason for all passengers to travel in the vehicle.

  • ACT – Yes, however, you can only take one passenger or anyone in your household. We encourage you to create as much distance as possible between you and your passenger, for example by having them sit in the back seat.

  • WA – Yes, but you can only take one passenger, family member or anyone in your household. You will likely need a letter from your job if you want to cross the border into another region of the state.

  • SA and NT – Yes.

Can a tradesman still come to my place to work?

Yes, but only for essential work. If he can wait, he should.

Physical distancing practices must be followed.

Can I still learn to drive?

NSW, Qld – Local authorities have explicitly stated that it is a reasonable excuse to leave the house.

Victoria – Youth was fined for learning to drive in early April, but Victoria police said the fine would be reviewed.

Western Australia – There is no specific advice, but Western Australia has been divided into nine regions, and you cannot travel from one region to another for a non-essential reason.

Tasmania, SA, NT, ACT – No specific advice.

Who decides if I break the new laws?

Generally, the application will be left to the discretion of the police.

States have expressed different approaches, for example, the ACT says it will issue a warning at first, while Victoria has adopted a tougher attitude towards those who break the rules of social distancing.

New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller said Thursday that he would personally review all physical restraint fines imposed in the state.

“If I think this is unreasonable, it will be withdrawn immediately and we will contact the person personally,” he said.

What are my options for contesting a fine?

Not all states have made this clear, however, it appears that these fines can be appealed using the same process as other police fines.

Information on how to appeal should be available on the website of the government of your state or territory.

  • Due to the unprecedented and continuing nature of the coronavirus epidemic, this article is regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation as of the date of publication. All major corrections to this version or to previous versions of the article will continue to be noted in accordance with Guardian editorial policy.

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