When And How You Can Get Married In Australia: A State-By-State Breakdown


State governments have announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions through a three-phase plan, including the reopening of schools and limited re-entry to pubs, cafes and restaurants. But, what does this mean for weddings?

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Here is the wedding legislation breakdown, by state:

New South Wales

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted that wedding guests should always be seated and there should be “no dancing, no singing, no mingling”.

Source https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Victoria

Source https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/

Queensland

Source https://www.qld.gov.au/

Western Australia

You can have a wedding of up to 100 people.

Gatherings are limited WA’s reduced 2 square metre rule

All events permitted except for music festivals.

Source https://www.wa.gov.au/

South Australia

The total number of people at a place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.

Gatherings at private residences may have up to 50 people per gathering.

All other gatherings including weddings are restricted to a cap of 100 people.

Source https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

Tasmania

The number of guests at a wedding is determined by the size of the venue in line with the current limits that apply to all venues. There is a maximum of one person per two square metres with a cap of 250 for indoor venues and 500 for outdoor venues.

Dancing will be able to occur but must be in a different area to that which food and beverages are served. Only the wedding couple, the parents or guardians of the wedding couple and the other members of the bridal party are permitted to dance at a wedding. 

Only 20 people are permitted to gather at a residential premise

Source https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Northern Territory

Events with less than 100 people do not require completion of a checklist or safety plan, however the physical distancing and hygiene principles should still be considered and implemented.

Events and public gatherings of 100 to 500 people must complete a COVID-19 safety checklist PDF (243.4 KB).

Environmental Health Officers may visit the event to ensure you are meeting the requirements you committed to in the checklist.

More than 500 people

Major events and public gatherings of over 500 people must submit a COVID-19 Event Safety Plan PDF (243.4 KB) and receive formal approval from the Chief Health Officer prior to the event proceeding.

Environmental Health Officers may visit the event to ensure you are meeting your responsibilities as outlined in your COVID-19 Event Safety Plan.

Provide key event details including (but not limited to):

Source

Australian Capital Territory

Indoor and outdoor spaces must be large enough to allow for one person for every 4 square metres of space, up to a maximum of 100 patrons. For example, only up to five people can gather in a 20 square metre room.

Wedding parties and their guests are permitted to dance.

If you choose to use open public spaces, it is your responsibility to maintain physical distancing measures.

Use your judgement and leave a site or event if it is too crowded and the distancing requirements cannot be followed.

Do not attend an event or gathering if you are feeling unwell.

Some people are at more risk of serious illness from COVID-19 than others and should take extra precautions to stay safe.

The Protect yourself page has more information about staying safe if you are at risk.

Source https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

Last updated: 8th September, 2020

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