The World Health Organisation identified COVID-19 as an international health emergency on 30 January 2020.
In March 2020, nationwide regulations were introduced to encourage physical distancing which impacted the ability of businesses to trade as normal. Movement across state borders were also restricted.
Following May 2020, regulations were implemented on a local state and territory basis in response to increased case numbers. In June 2020, Victoria re-introduced restrictions and lockdown measures which extended until October 2020.
Throughout 2021, a number of wide-ranging COVID-19 safety measures and lockdown restrictions were in place across Australia. Most notably there were extended lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory from June 2021 to October 2021. For a detailed breakdown of restrictions throughout 2021, please refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in December in Survey impacts and changes section of the December 2021 release.
For a detailed breakdown of restrictions throughout 2022, please refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in May in Survey impacts and changes section of the May 2022 release and follow monthly links.
Since May 2022, the only major changes to existing COVID-19 safety measures impacting on Retail Trade was the reduction of mandatory isolation for people who test positive for COVID-19 from seven days to five days from September 9, 2022.
From October 14, 2022, every state and territory ended its public mandate for five days of isolation, except for people who work in high-risk settings such as health and aged care, who are still required to isolate.