Further easing of COVID-19 restrictions

THE state government will ease certain restrictions from 11.59pm, June 21, and bring forward a number of other changes.

From next Monday, libraries, community centres and halls will be able to open to 50 people.

Religious ceremonies can also increase to 50.

Pubs and clubs will be able to host up to 50 seated patrons, with no requirement to buy a meal with a drink, however people will still need to give their contact details and table service restrictions will still apply.

Restaurants and cafes will also be able to increase the number of patrons to 50.

Cinemas, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open, also with up to 50 people per space.

The same increased limit will apply to galleries, museums and amusement parks.

Standalone TABs will also be able to reopen in line with rules on retail businesses, while TABs in pubs will need to observe density and patron limits that apply to those venues.

Ski season and ski accommodation will also open.

Recognising the lower rate of transmission amongst younger people, all sports training and competition will resume for those 18 and under.

Non-contact sports competition can also begin across every age group.

Indoor sports centres and physical recreation spaces like gyms will be able to open to 20 people per space, with a cap of up to 10 per group for those over the age of 18.

Clubs and community facilities will also be able to reopen their changerooms.

The same will apply to holiday accommodation and camping sites, with communal spaces like showers and kitchens soon to be available to visitors.

Local footy teams, soccer clubs and other contact sports will be able to resume training for over 18s from July 13.

And from July 20, full competition can begin too.

Electronic gaming areas at pubs, clubs and the casino will be reopened with strict distancing, cleaning and hygiene requirements from July 20 also.

Timing on any future changes remains subject to the advice of the Chief Health Officer.