Easter Australia during COVID-19

Updated: Jun 12


In Victoria, Good Friday is a restricted trading day, which means only exempt businesses can open. 

Exempt shops are those with 20 or fewer staff members employed in their shop, or 100 or fewer people employed across the entire business. There are certain types of businesses that are also exempt, and can therefore trade, including chemists, petrol shops, restaurants, cafes, takeaway outlets, service providers and hire outlets.


Victoria also observes public holidays on Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, however, there are only trading restrictions in place for Good Friday. 


NSW observes public holidays on Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Trading restrictions are in place on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, which means non-exempt businesses cannot open. 

Under usual circumstances, supermarkets in NSW would need to adhere to restricted trading on Good Friday, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is allowing supermarkets to operate all day, provided their staff have freely elected to work that day. 


Queensland has a complicated set of trading hour laws that mean retailers in one part of the state must observe different rules to others.

Independent retail shops that aren’t food and grocery retailers must close on Good Friday, with the state government advising that owners and operates of businesses that predominantly sell food or groceries are allowed to open their businesses from 7am on permitted trading days this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For an overview of the various trading hour restrictions across the state for non-exempt shops, go here: https://www.oir.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/easter-trading-hours.pdf


South Australia has a set of complex retail trading rules that determine which businesses can trade and when. 

The rules are based on locations, the size of shops and the retail category, and there is a lengthy list of exempt retailers. 

However, the SA government has made a number of changes to the trading rules this year, in response to COVID-19, and these new guidelines are summarised here: https://www.safework.sa.gov.au/law-compliance/laws-regulations/shop-trading-tenancy/shop-trading-arrangements


In Western Australia, small retail shops are exempt from most retail trading restrictions over Easter, and a small retail shop is defined as being “owned by up to six people who operate no more than four retail shops, in which up to 25 people work at any one time”.

Specialty retail shops are also exempt from most trading restrictions, including pharmacies and newsagents, as well as hardware, boating and craft shops.

Non-exempt retailers must close on Good Friday, but the trading restrictions don’t cover restaurants, cafes, takeaway food shops and short-term markets.


Small retailers are able to trade without restrictions in Tasmania over Easter.

Good Friday and Easter Monday are observed as public holidays, as well as the Tuesday after Easter Monday, which this year falls on April 14.

However, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday are not considered public holidays. 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY The Australian Capital Territory observes the four days between Good Friday and Easter Monday as public holidays.

There are currently no trading restrictions in place for the Easter period.


The Northern Territory observes Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday as public holidays, however, Easter Sunday is not considered a public holiday. 

There are currently no trading restrictions in place across the Easter period.

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