COVID-19 | Update for commercial landlords

COVID-19 | Update for commercial landlords

25 March 2020 Authored by: Michael Donnelly   |   Topics: Property and planning law, COVID-19 resources

The Australian Government released revised guidance overnight that will impact on commercial landlords and their tenants.

What is the Government’s general message?

People should stay at home unless:

• shopping for essentials

• travelling to and from work (where they cannot work from home)

• going to school

• exercising.

What is already banned?

From midday on Monday, 23 March 2020, the following businesses or places were required to close:

Business / placeExceptions
CafesTakeaway or home delivery
Casinos
Cinemas
Clubs (registered and licenced)Bottle shop attached to these venues
Entertainment venues
Gyms
HotelsAccommodation
Indoor sporting venues
Night clubs
Pubs
RestaurantsTakeaway or home delivery

These closures were mandated in addition to the general social distancing measures.

What additional restrictions start tonight?

From 11:59 pm tonight (Wednesday, 25 March 2020), the following additional businesses or places must close:

Business / placeExceptions
Amusement parks
Arcades
Auction houses
Bathhouses
Barber shopsUp to 30 minute appointments only and with one person per 4 m2
Beauty therapy services
Boot campsIf outside, can have groups up to 10 people if social distance
CafesTakeaway or home delivery
Casinos
Cinemas
Clubs (registered and licenced)Bottle shop (attached)
Community and recreation centresHosting voluntary or public services
Concert venuesLive streaming by small group with social distancing
Entertainment venues
Fitness centres
Food courtsTakeaway or home delivery
Gambling venues
Gaming venues
Group fitness facilities (yoga, barre and spin classes)
Gyms
HairdressersUp to 30 minute appointments only and with one person per 4 m2
Health clubs
HotelsAccommodation
Indoor sporting venues
Libraries
Massage parlours
Nail salons
Night clubs
Personal trainingIf outside, can have groups of up to 10 people if social distance
Play centres
Pubs
Saunas
Social sporting-based activities
Spas
Strip clubs and brothels
Swimming pools
RestaurantsTakeaway or home delivery
Tanning services
Tattoo parlours
TheatresLive streaming by small group with social distancing
Waxing services
Wellness centres

 

How long will this last?

No clear answer has been given by the Government. They are saying to expect some measures will remain in place for at least six months.

This publication provides general commentary of the position as it stands at 8am AEST, 25 March 2020. The federal and state governments are announcing changes rapidly and such announcements could alter the accuracy of this publication. Please contact our team for further information.

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