Australia retains restrictions on public movement at least for the next four weeks, but plans to ease restrictions as COVID-19 spread slows.


  • 16 April: Baseline restrictions on the public, including social distancing, staying home and closing of schools (except for children of essential workers), are set to continue for at least another four weeks.
  • There are plans to re-open schools. While the re-opening of schools has been a key demand of the federal government (citing medical advice that children carry low risk of transmitting the virus), education is run by state and territory governments. In NSW, students will begin to return to school on 11 May on a staggered basis in preparation for full-time schooling to resume in July.