COVID-19 Restrictions, Cases and Border Situation

Investing Psychology Jul 3, 2020 / Reading Time: 5 mins
By Edward Heng Reading Time: 5 mins

Australia

New South Wales (NSW)

Up to 20 visitors to a household at any time. No more than 20 people allowed to gather outside in a public place. No limitations to travel in NSW. Businesses are allowed to open, as long as people adhere to the 1.5m social distancing rules.

NSW borders remain open to everyone aside from people from Melbourne’s hotspot areas.

Victoria (VIC)

Due to a spike in COVID cases, Victorian restrictions have been tightened or put on hold to July 12th. Up to 5 visitors to a household at any time. No more than 10 people allowed to gather outside in a public place. Businesses are allowed to open, as long as people adhere to the 1.5m and 1 per 4sqm social distancing rules. Cafes, restaurants and pubs can have up to 20 patrons at a time.

A spike in cases sees 10 Melburnian post-codes back under full restrictions. You can only leave home for on of the following reasons: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study and work, if you can’t do it from home.

The rise in cases in Melbourne is linked due to hotels in which people returning from overseas are quarantined in – there are allegations of poorly trained guards who breach safety protocols, occasionally choose to not show up to shifts and even claims that some guards have spread COVID by sleeping with people in quarantine, who turned out to be positive for the disease. Cases linked to Melbourne’s quarantine hotels have also been reported in NSW and the NT.

Victorian borders remain open to everyone (aside from those from one of Melbourne’s hotspots).

Queensland (QLD)

Up to 100 visitors to a household at any time. Major sporting venues are opening again to a maximum capacity of 50% or 25,000 people. Businesses are allowed to open, as long as people adhere to the 1.5m and 1 per 4sqm social distancing rules – if businesses are smaller than 200sqm, the rule changes to 1 person per 2sqm, up to 50 people.

Up to 500 people at commercial events, up to 100 people for weddings and funerals.

Queenslanders can travel anywhere, although there is restricted access to certain remote communities.

QLD borders are closed to everyone but Queenslanders or those who live close to the border. They are set to open up on the 10th of July to everyone but Victorians and those who have been to Victoria in the last two weeks (they can choose to quarantine in QLD, at their own expense – estimated to be $200 per day).

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Unlimited number of visitors to a household, no more than 100 people allowed to gather outside in a public place or 1 person per 4sqm. Businesses are allowed to open, with 100 patron maximum or 1 per 4sqm social distancing rules. Bars, pubs and clubs are allowed to serve groups of up to 10 patrons, who are to be seated.

ACT borders remain open to everyone and people traveling from hotspots are only encouraged rather than forced to quarantine – though they are told to not go to high-risk locations.

South Australia (SA)

1 person per 2sqm allowed in private settings, and people in public settings should attempt to keep a 1.5m distance from each other, though this rule doesn’t apply to family and friends who are out together. The 1 person per 2sqm applies to all business.

South Australians can travel anywhere, although there is restricted access to certain remote communities.

South Australian borders are open to those who have been in QLD, NT, WA or TAS for at least 14 days. People from other states are required to quarantine for 14 days, though restrictions on people travelling from NSW and ACT are being considered (there were plans to fully lift restrictions on July 20, before Victoria’s cases spiked. Victorians close to the SA border are allowed to travel to SA if they have special exemption.

Western Australia (WA)

All private and public restrictions are lifted other than a 1 person per 2sqm rule and a maximum capacity at sporting venues of 50%. These restrictions are expected to be lifted completely on the 18th of July.

West Australians can travel anywhere, although there is restricted access to certain remote communities.

WA borders remain closed to everyone other than those with an approved exemption. This hard border rule was set to be lifted in July or August, though Victoria’s deteriorating situation has caused any tentative date to be put on hold.

Northern Territory (NT)

Public and private gatherings are only restricted by the 1.5m distancing rule between people who don’t live together. All businesses are allowed to open, as long as they have a COVID-19 plan in place.

Northern Territorians are allowed to travel anywhere in the NT.

Anyone arriving in NT must quarantine for 14 days unless they have an exemption but can choose their own arrangements for this. Quarantine restrictions are set to lift on July 17, unless you’ve from one of Melbourne’s hotspots.

Tasmania (TAS)

Up to 20 visitors to a household at any time. Public gatherings of 250 people are allowed indoors and 500 people outdoors, as long as people adhere to a 1 person per 2sqm rule.

Businesses are open but most adhere to 250/500 people rule and the social distancing rule.

Tasmanians are allowed to travel anywhere in Tasmania.

All non-essential travellers coming into Tasmania must quarantine for 14 days – locals can quarantine at home if they wish. These border restrictions will stay in place until at least July 24.

United States

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/states-reopen-map-coronavirus.htmlInteractive map, easiest way to find more information on the states below, or on unmentioned states.

Set a new record of 55,220 new cases on Thursday, breaking the previous days record by almost 2,500 cases.

New York (NY) – Reopening (New York City Paused)

Stay at home order expired on May 28, by June 24 everywhere but NYC had was in the third stage of reopening, with gatherings of up to 25 people allowed. Most businesses open though NYC won’t allow indoor dining when they enter the third stage of reopening on July 6th.

Travellers from hotspot states have to quarantine for two weeks.

California – Reversing (CA)

Stay-at-home order in effect since March 19. Most counties have reopened restaurants and businesses, but California’s Governor ordered bars, indoor dining and certain indoor activities to close in 19 counties.

Florida – Reversing (FL)

Stay at home order expired on May 4th. Florida’s Governor slowly reopened the state in May, starting with the least populous counties. He continued to reopen the state even as cases rose but announced plans to reclose bars on June 26th. Several counties have planned to close beaches over the Independence Day weekend (July 4-5).

Miami-Dade Country has a 10pm-to-sunrise curfew starting on Friday night and continuing until further notice.

Florida has set a state single-day record of 6,563 cases and has experienced 25 consecutive days of record highs in its seven-day rolling average.

Texas – Reversal (TX)

The Texan Governor allowed his stay-at home-order to lapse on April 30, one of the shortest lockdowns in the country. A surge in cases in late June caused him to close bars and reduce the capacity of restaurants, marking one of the first reversals in the country.

Banned large gatherings of more than 100 people unless local officials approve.

Texans to wear masks in public in counties with 20 of more cases of COVID.

Other American News

  • Vice-President Pence has said that the coronavirus surge across the Sun Belt (states at the south of the country, stretching from North Carolina to California) are not from the pandemic that shut down America originally – “It’s not one large pandemic, but rather pandemics that emerge individually”.
  • Former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID, almost 2 weeks after attending Trump’s Tulsa rally.