Businesses, activities and undertakings | 17 November

Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No.9)

What’s changing from 4pm on 17 November 2020

  • The 1 person per 2 square metre rule applies to indoor restricted businesses and activities, except for accommodation providers who must continue to abide by the 4 square metre rule in sleeping quarters
  • Up to 200 people can attend wedding ceremonies and funerals
  • Dancing is allowed in outdoor dance areas subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule
  • All guests can dance at weddings
  • Stadiums and indoor ticketed and seated venues capacity will increase from 75 per cent to 100 percent
    • When attending these events you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when you are not sitting in your allocated seat and it is not possible to physically distance. This could include entering or exiting the venue,  leaving your seat to go to the bathroom or purchasing food or drinks.
  • Outdoor events will be able to have 1500 attendees under a COVID Safe Event checklist
  • Local government libraries can run events like rhyme time and book club
  • Non-restricted businesses, activities, or undertakings such as a worksite or aged care facility canteen, cannot have a self-service buffet.


Practice social distancing of 1.5 metres and keep to one person per 2 square metres

All restricted businesses can open, in line with the COVID Safe Framework.

All restricted businesses may now have one person per 2 square metres on their premises.

Businesses that have never been required to close (e.g. grocery stores) can continue to operate as they have been.

Note, physical distancing rules still apply. So wherever possible, people should remain 1.5 metres away from others.

For full details, read the official public health direction here

Community responsibilities

We all have a part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe and to support businesses to operate safely, or expand their services.

Individuals can

I can

Businesses can

Businesses can

Keep well

  • Support working from home
  • Send anyone unwell home

Keep your space

  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others
  • Come back later if it’s busy

Keep clean

  • Clean hands often with soap or sanitiser
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Keep in contact

  • Give contact details at venues in case we need to contact you
  • Download the COVIDSafe app
  • Keep a customer contact register
  • Keep customer information safe for 56 days then dispose securely

Keep flu safe

  • Get the flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Require some staff to have the flu shot, depending on the industry

Questions and answers about this direction

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