A series of new restrictions have come into effect across the country overnight, with heavy penalties for disobeying. Here’s a list of the rules and fines.
A series of new restrictions have come into effect across the country overnight, with heavy penalties for disobeying. Here’s a list of the rules and fines.

Everything that is closed from today

A series of new restrictions have come into effect across the country overnight.

Indoor and outdoor meetings have been limited to a maximum of two people, with a few exceptions:

- People who live in the same household going out together

- Attending a funeral (maximum of 10 people)

- Attending a wedding (maximum of five people)

The Government has also urged people to stay home, and only leave their home if they:

- are shopping for essentials, such as food and sanitary items

- require medical or healthcare needs

- have compassionate care duties

- are exercising outdoors (while keeping a safe distance from others, and only with one other person or people of the same household)

- are working or studying and unable to do so from home

Public outdoor spaces including outdoor gyms, skate parks and playgrounds will also be closed.

Police have the power to issue on-the-spot fines, which vary in amount by state and territory, to anyone found to be disobeying these rules.

There are now 4,245 confirmed cases across the country.

That includes 1918 in New South Wales, 821 in Victoria, 689 in Queensland, 305 in South Australia, 355 in Western Australia, 66 in Tasmania, 78 in the Australian Capital Territory and 14 in the Northern Territory.

A total of 18 Australians have died from COVID-19, with Tasmania and the ACT announcing their first deaths today.

WHAT ARE THE FINES FOR BREAKING THE RULES?

Each state and territory has laid out varying fines for breaking the coronavirus rules.

There are two sets of fines. The first set applies to those who disobey social distancing measures that have been put in place, and covers things like not gathering in groups of more than two people.

The second set is for people who are meant to be in self-quarantine for two weeks - namely travellers who have recently returned from overseas. If caught breaching quarantine, these fines are more severe.

Here's a quick state-by-state breakdown:

NEW SOUTH WALES

- On-the-spot fines of $1000 for individuals and $5000 for businesses flouting social distancing rules

- Fines of $11,000 and up to six months' jail for breaching quarantine.

VICTORIA

- On-the-spot fines of $1652 for individuals and $9913 for businesses flouting social distancing rules

- Fines of almost $19,826 for individuals and $100,000 for companies for breaching quarantine.

QUEENSLAND

- On-the-spot fines of $1334 for individuals and $6672 for businesses flouting social distancing rules

- Fines of up to $13,345 for individuals breaching quarantine.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

- On-the-spot fines of $1000 for individuals and $5000 for businesses flouting social distancing rules

- Fines of up to $50,000 or one year's jail time for breaching quarantine

NORTHERN TERRITORY

- Fines of up to $62,000 for breaching quarantine.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

- On-the-spot fines of $1000 for individuals and $5000 for businesses flouting social distancing rules

- Fines of up to $25,000 for breaching quarantine.

TASMANIA

- On-the-spot fines of up to $1000 and possible arrest for flouting social distancing rules

- Fines of $16,800 and up to six months' jail for breaching quarantine.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

- On-the-spot fines for individuals flouting social distancing rules

- Fines of $8000 for individuals breaching quarantine and $40,500 for corporations

Originally published as Everything that is closed from today



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