The rules governing social separation in public indoor events in Australia have been tightened once more. On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that venues will only be able to accommodate one person every four square metres. "So that's 2m by 2m," the Prime Minister explained. "Or if you like, one person per 150 square feet."
The new guidelines are part of a series of measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, which include shutting down schools and universities, banning gatherings, and closing all non-essential businesses.
Australia has so far avoided the large-scale coronavirus outbreaks seen in other countries but that could change at any time. The national health agency warns that if Australians do not follow government advice on social distancing measures then there is a chance the country could see a surge in cases at this time of year.
In an effort to prevent overcrowding at festivals and events where social distancing is difficult to achieve, host cities have started to limit attendance. Melbourne announced last week that it was cancelling all major festivals and events until further notice, while Sydney banned big public gatherings beyond 10 people until March 23rd.
Outside of festivals and event cancellations, there are currently no additional restrictions on travel or movement in Australia. However, the government does advise against all non-essential international travel at this time.
A maximum of 250 individuals are permitted to congregate in an undivided indoor space. Indoor and outdoor private parties are limited to 20 individuals, and locations follow a 4 by 4 metre regulation. Group activities such as hiking, biking, and walking are allowed.
Western Australia has more than 700 towns and cities with a population of over 100,000 people. Most have police departments that can provide information on local regulations when planning events.
In addition to city police departments, there are also rural police stations spread across the state. These officers can often provide advice on how to organize your event safely and help you if you run into problems during your party.
Party organizers who plan their events well will have no issues getting permission from government agencies to hold their parties. If you get denied by any department, it's best to find another location or try again later.
South Australian residents can now have up to 20 visitors at their house at the same time, up from a previous restriction of ten on June 5. When visiting individuals in their homes, South Australians are still urged to adhere to the one-person-per-four-square-metre limit. This means that if you have a large home, you should divide up the guests between them.
The government has also increased its emergency services funding by $1 million per year, which it says will allow for more staff to be sent to remote areas during disaster events.
In addition, 1,000 new security cameras will be installed across the state over the next three years. The cost of this program is estimated to be $6 million.
Finally, the government has announced a plan to give discounts to tourists who stay in South Australian hotels and eat at local restaurants. More information on this scheme will be released later this year.
In conclusion, there are many ways in which the South Australian government is preparing for a possible pandemic. The increase in spending on health and safety measures shows that they are taking infection control seriously. It is important for South Australians to follow the guidelines given by health officials if they do want to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19 themselves or during a disaster event.
1 person per square metre above and below (crowds rarely pack into a perfectly even distribution). 1 person per square metre above and below. There are 1.5 individuals per square metre.
The average human being weighs about 60 kg (132 lbs), so for every square meter of space, there are about 8 grams of dust. If the dust is made up of particles an inch or more in diameter, then you're talking about a lot of dust. The density of dry sand is around 2 kilos per cubic meter, so if the air above the square meters were filled with sand it would weigh about 200 kg per square meter.
In terms of population density, a square meter covers about 6 square feet. One square meter equals 10 square feet if you divide by 10, which is the amount of floor space in a standard room. A little less than one square meter is needed to cover one person's needs on earth. Two people could possibly live there if they are very thin or have very small needs.
That's assuming there's no water to share between them, which is unlikely. Also assuming the dust doesn't get in their way - something that would be difficult without air conditioning. And finally assuming that nobody brings anything dangerous or harmful into the room - again, something that might not be possible without some kind of filtration system.
Western Australian residents may have up to 20 visitors at any given time. Beginning June 6, restrictions were further relaxed to allow a bigger number of individuals to meet for non-work events and weddings. Tasmanians may have up to five visitors to their homes. Visitors will need to provide their own transportation as there are no public transport options available between Tasmania and Western Australia.
Travellers from other states and countries should check the regulations for their destination state. For example, New South Wales has a limit of six visitors per household, but these can be increased to 10 if the house is not your main residence.
People visiting from overseas must comply with quarantine regulations set by each state and territory. These vary but usually require travelers to present a valid passport, an affidavit confirming they have been vaccinated against tuberculosis (TB), and a certificate of health issued by a registered medical practitioner.
Visitors who arrive in Tasmania with TB or a chronic respiratory condition are required to stay in quarantine for up to four weeks after the end of their visit.
People are unlikely to come into contact with TB while in Western Australia at normal times of the year, but cases do occur due to long waiting periods for some services such as surgery. The TB incidence rate in Western Australia is low compared with most other states and territories.