Wednesday 25 March
"Now, weddings can continue to be conducted where it is just the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses. That's no more than five people and the four square meeting rule has to be observed within the venue in which that is taking place. But, large gatherings for weddings, sadly, won't be possible under these new arrangements. And sadly, also, and I know this will be very difficult, funerals to no more than 10 persons observing the rules around the four square metre rule and the social-distancing practices. Particularly on these types of activities this is not an easy decision. Where we have already found, and Dr Murphy can speak to this, some of the events that have been some of the major transmitting events, it has been exactly these types of events, particularly weddings. And that is why, regretfully, we have to be able to put these arrangements in place. Now, these are the rules and arrangements that are applied when it comes to the strict enforcement of these arrangements and that will come in from midnight tomorrow night and states and territories will be moving tomorrow to put those arrangements in place." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Friday 20 March
Limits on organised gatherings Employers and event organisers need to be aware of the new restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings. These restrictions are to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has recommended limits on organised gatherings. These include limiting non-essential:
- indoor gatherings to fewer than 100 people
- outdoor gatherings to fewer than 500 people
Four square metre rule for inside gatherings. This was flagged this yesterday, but indoor gatherings just got more strict:
Wednesday 18 March
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared a national human biosecurity emergency and announced a ban on all non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people.
Friday 13 March
Upcoming bans on non-essential mass gatherings over 500 people that will be enacted from Monday 16th March.
“It is precautionary. It is getting ahead of this to ensure that we can minimise the impact on your health and [so] we can ensure with confidence the ability for people to be accessing the health services that they and their families will need.” - Prime Minister Scott Morrison