State by State response to ban on public gatherings

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Published 9.00am AEST Tuesday, 17th March 2020

Information available so far from states in response to the bans on mass gatherings:

NSW      The New South Wales Public Health (COVID-19 Public Events) Order 2020 directs that a person must not hold a public event at which there are, or are likely to be, 500 or more in attendance at any one time. This is effective midday March 2020 until midnight 13 June 2020. Further details

QLD       Non-essential organised gatherings should not go ahead from March 16, 2020 – it currently stands as a precautionary measure. Further details

SA          A Public Health Emergency has been declared, but no specific directions on mass gatherings have been advised.

VIC         The Victorian Governments declared State of Emergency is effective noon 16 March 2020 until midnight 13 April 2020. The first direction under this state of emergency is to ban non-essential mass gatherings of over 500 people. Further details

WA        The WA Government has announced a Public Health Emergency and a State of Emergency from 15 March 2020 with no end date known. All non-essential organised gatherings of 500 or more people are banned. Further details WA have also introduced their own economic stimulus package to support businesses and individual.  Further details.

TAS        No official announcements have been made with reference to mass gatherings, further to the PM’s directive.

ACT        The government has announced a public health emergency effective 16 March 2020, however specific details about mass gatherings are not yet known.

NT          No official announcements have been made with reference to mass gatherings, further to the PM’s directive.