Full list of all the NEW social restrictions easing in July in Australia

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The social distancing restrictions keep easing, hallelujah. But just what is opening, and where? 

While much of the rest of the world is still grappling with the coronavirus (some countries are yet to meet the peak of the outbreak), most Australian states are seeing a gentle relaxing of restrictions (barring some parts of Victoria).

Here is a full list of all the new restrictions easing in July, but please, keep washing your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, stay home if you feel unwell, download the app, and please get yourself tested if you do have flu-like symptoms.

New South Wales

From today, the 50-person limit on indoor venues, including restaurants, cafes, and bars, will cease so long as patrons can remain in the four-metre-square rule.

Outdoor sporting venues of up to 40,000 will be also allowed to operate at a 25 percent capacity to allow for physical distancing.

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Yesterday, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced some parts of Melbourne would be returning to Level 3 Restrictions after a surge in cases. They will be in lockdown until the 29th of July.

This means you can only leave the house for work, school, for care or caregiving, solo exercise, for supermarket shopping, or other essentials.

These areas, by postcode, are:

  • Postcode 3012: Brooklyn, Kingville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray.
  • Postcode 3021: Alban Vale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans.
  • Postcode 3032: Ascot Vale, High Point City, Maribyrnong, Travancore.
  • Postcode 3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens.
  • Postcode 3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie.
  • Postcode 3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park.
  • Postcode 3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana.
  • Postcode 3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West.
  • Postcode 3060: Fawkner.
  • Postcode 3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park and Kalkallo.

Victorians can still only have five guests in your home, but you can gather outside in groups of up to 10 for recreational purposes.

Cafes and restaurants will remain open to 20 patrons or less until the 12th of July, but like before, groups of up to 10 people will be able to dine or drink together at the same table.


On July 3, Queenslanders will be permitted to have gatherings of up to 100 people in private, non-commercial locations (i.e. at home).

You will also be able to host and attend a wedding or funeral of up to 100 guests.

Museums, galleries, libraries, and other historic sites will have to abide by the one person per four-metre-square rule; this will apply to all businesses.

Office workers will be able to return to work.


Stage Three in the state’s Road to Recovery began on the 26th of June.

Gatherings at home are still limited to up to 20 people, not including residents, and gatherings at businesses or activities are determined by the density of the area to ensure physical distancing is adhered to.

The only change to Tassie this month may be the lifting of border restrictions on the 24th of July, but that is dependent on public health advice given at the time.

Western Australia

WA is predicted to enter Phase 5 of reopening on the 17th of July, which will most notably see the end to the two-metre-square rule.

Expect to also see the removal of all gathering restrictions and the 50 percent capacity rule, but the borders will remain closed to the rest of the nation.

South Australia

Phase 3 of reopening came into effect on the 29th of June in South Australia.

Food courts have been allowed to reopen, as well as pubs, bars, casinos, gyms, nightclubs, and spas so long as patrons adhere to the one-person-per-two-metre-squared rule.

Northern Territory

The third and final stage of the Northern Territory’s reopening was introduced on the 5th of June.

People arriving in the NT will still be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.


From the 10th of July, Stage 3 will commence in Canberra.

All full-contact sports will be allowed to resume, as well as food courts for dine-in, saunas, beauty services, as well as a gradual return to work for office-based employees.

Nightclubs and other mass gatherings, like festivals, are not on the cards yet.

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