Everything you need to know about the covid restrictions for this year's ...

There's a reason the Melbourne Cup is known as the race that stops a nation.

Millions of Australians will be watching race seven at Flemington Racecourse at 3pm on Tuesday for the 160th running of Australia's most famous horse race.  

From unpredictable weather and marquee malfunctions to stylish ensembles, revealing outfits, wild antics and celebrities making headlines for the wrong reasons, the Cup carnival has seen it all in recent years.

But celebrations will be much different this year due to COVID-19 as Victoria recovers from a second wave which claimed more than 800 lives across the state. 

The race will go ahead as planned but there will be no crowds to cheer the horses down the Flemington home straight for the first time in the race's history.

In the rest of the country punters are still determined to enjoy themselves, even if COVID-19 restrictions mean the festivities will look a little different this year. 

Daily Mail Australia has compiled a state-by-state guide on how you can celebrate - and looked back at some of the most famous moments that have made headlines over the years - from fairy floss girl and the woman who famously rode a wheelie bin, to Paris Jackson's memorable appearance.

Karly Tsivoglou (pictured) won plenty of hearts at Melbourne Cup's Oaks Day in 2016

Karly Tsivoglou (pictured) won plenty of hearts at Melbourne Cup's Oaks Day in 2016

There will be no wild shenanigans at this year's Melbourne Cup at Flemington. Pictured is Jade Jillings riding a wheelie bin as her flatmate watches on in delight in 2016

There will be no wild shenanigans at this year's Melbourne Cup at Flemington. Pictured is Jade Jillings riding a wheelie bin as her flatmate watches on in delight in 2016 

Who will ever forget Paris Jackson's infamous appearance at the  2017 Melbourne Cup. She's pictured sticking her tongue at photographers from the exclusive Birdscage marquee

Who will ever forget Paris Jackson's infamous appearance at the  2017 Melbourne Cup. She's pictured sticking her tongue at photographers from the exclusive Birdscage marquee

Victoria

The Melbourne Cup has drawn massive crowds to Flemington for almost 160 years.

But social distancing rules mean 2020's event is destined to be a subdued affair with only essential staff, jockeys and officials at the track.

For those wanting to celebrate at home, they can have one other household as guests to enjoy the Cup, or can meet in groups of up to ten in parks.

Melburnians are expected to make the most of Tuesday's sunshine and gather outside, as households can only host one visit per day.

There will be no crowds at Flemington on Tuesday for the first time in the history of the Melbourne Cup. Pictured are punters settling their differences post-race in 2017

There will be no crowds at Flemington on Tuesday for the first time in the history of the Melbourne Cup. Pictured are punters settling their differences post-race in 2017

Pubs and bars are also hoping to cash in on Tuesday's traditionally bumper trading day after finally reopening to customers last week.

Dozens of businesses are hosting Cup day-themed events across the city, with outdoor and indoor dining limits of 50 and 20 respectively.

For those wanting to enjoy the day at a pub or restaurant, many are already completely booked out.

Tables at hospitality venues were snapped up when restrictions eased last week, with stacks of venues left without room.  

Those at pubs and restaurants need to remember to remain seated while drinking and to not share any food. 

Melbourne punters who missed out on a table at a venue will be able to head to Federation Square to watch the race on the big screen.

This year's Melbourne Cup won't the same without the usual wild celebrations. Pictured are some high-spirited racegoers after taking a tumble in 2016

This year's Melbourne Cup won't the same without the usual wild celebrations. Pictured are some high-spirited racegoers after taking a tumble in 2016

The champagne won't be flowing at Flemington Racecourse this year. Pictured are two women at the 2019 Melbourne Cup

The champagne won't be flowing at Flemington Racecourse this year. Pictured are two women at the 2019 Melbourne Cup 

People will either need to secure a table at one of the hospitality venues in the square or sit the socially distanced 'comfort zone' marked by white circles. 

The famous Fashions on the Field will be rebranded to Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn, with people urged to showcase their style online.

-forward individuals will be asked to pose outside their homes and enter the images online.

People out and about will also need to match their fascinators to their face-masks, or they risk a $200 fine 

The Melbourne Cup with look very different this year with people not allowed at Flemington Racecourse. Pictured are a loved up couple at the 2019 event

The Melbourne Cup with look very different this year with people not allowed at Flemington Racecourse. Pictured are a loved up couple at the 2019 event

New South Wales

For those wanting to celebrate at home in NSW, the law currently allows 20 people from different households to visit.

There is no limit to the number of guests you can have over per day as long as there are no more than 20 at a time.

From October 23, NSW allowed all hospitality venues to accept bookings of up to 30 customers per booking or per table.

This means people can go with up to 29 friends to their favourite pub to watch the race, but they are not allowed to stand while drinking. 

Punters will also flock to Royal Randwick, the only place in Sydney with live racing action with Bentley Cup Day. 

Attendance capacity will be restricted as each ticket includes a designated seat within a specified ticketed area with punters  are urged to wear a face mask when moving around the racecourse.

For people wanting to celebrate the race at home in NSW, the law currently allows 20 people from different households to visit. Pictured are Randwick racegoers at the 2019 Everest in Sydney

For people wanting to celebrate the race at home in NSW, the law currently allows 20 people from different households to visit. Pictured are Randwick racegoers at the 2019 Everest in Sydney

Queensland

Up to 30 people are allowed inside home is Queensland, and there are no special restricted local government areas.

Public gatherings are also limited to a maximum of 30 people, but businesses with a Covid-safe plan are exempt.

Restaurants and pubs with a Covid-Safe Checklist can seat any number of patrons as long as the four square metres per person limit is observed.

Due to Queensland's handling of the pandemic, hotels, pubs, clubs and nightclubs can once again allow patrons to stand while eating or drinking.

They are also allowed to stand up while enjoying a drink at the bar but people are still being urged to practice social distancing.

Punters will also flock to Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane with strict a COVID-safe plan in force.

A Melbourne Cup racegoer shows a bit too much skin while celebrating with friends in 2017

A Melbourne Cup racegoer shows a bit too much skin while celebrating with friends in 2017

South Australia

Gatherings in private homes can have up to 50 people in South Australia, meaning anyone can celebrate together as long as the maximum density does not exceed one person per two square meters.

If more than 50 people want to celebrate they are being urged to gather outside as there is no limit of public outdoor gatherings.

There is no limit on the number of people allowed at hospitality venues in South Australia, as long as there is no more than one person per two square metres.

Communal food, like buffets and salad bars, are not permitted.

The pub standing ban has also been scrapped in outside areas only, meaning anyone having a beer at the pub can stand as long as they are outside. 

Racing fans around Australia are still determined the celebrate the 'race that stops the nation', even if COVID-19 restrictions mean they look a little different this year (Flemington Racecourse over the weekend)

Racing fans around Australia are still determined the celebrate the 'race that stops the nation', even if COVID-19 restrictions mean they look a little different this year (Flemington Racecourse over the weekend)

Tasmania 

For those wanting to celebrate at home they can have groups of 20 people at once to watch the race.

Meanwhile up to 1,000 people are allowed in an undivided outdoor space as long as there is at least two square metres of space per person.

Up to 250 people are allowed in venues as long as there is no more than one person per two square metres, and group bookings have no limit.

Dancing and standing while drinking is still banned in the island state, so people need to make sure they remain seated.

It can also be a moment for romance as this couple (pictured) showed at Flemington in 2019

It can also be a moment for romance as this couple (pictured) showed at Flemington in 2019 

Two revellers are seen during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse last year

Two revellers are seen during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse last year

Northern Territory

There are no limits on gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, in the Northern Territory.

However, people are still told to remain 1.5 metres away from anyone who they do not live with.

All businesses are allowed to open with a Covid-19 plan and the two hour limit no longer exists, meaning people can spend the entire day celebrating the cup at one venue.

Punters can go to bars and buy drinks without buying food but they are still abiding by the 'sitting while drinking' rule.  

These Melbourne Cup punters thought it would a good idea to take off their pants in 2017

These Melbourne Cup punters thought it would a good idea to take off their pants in 2017

Melbourne racegoers will have to find somewhere else to indulge with champagne. Pictured is a thirsty punter at the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Melbourne racegoers will have to find somewhere else to indulge with champagne. Pictured is a thirsty punter at the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Western Australia 

There is no limitation to the number of guests allowed at a home as long as there is no more than one person per two square metres.

Western Australia has no limit on the number of people allowed at public gathering as long as there is at least two square metres of space per person.

Punters wanting to see the race from a hospitality venue don't have to be seated while enjoying food and drinks. 

Melbourne Cup celebrations in recent years

From fairy floss girl and the wheelie bin incident to the infamous photo of Paris Jackson, the Melbourne Cup carnival has had its fair share of wild celebrations in recent years.

The 2017 Cup day celebrations were among the most boisterous yet, where racegoers were pictured going to the toilet in the bushes and being strapped into wheelchairs by ambulance officers.

Scantily-clad female punters flaunted their figures while others opted to skol champagne straight from the bottle as they soaked up the late afternoon sunshine.

It was the same year, Paris Jackson, the daughter of pop star Michael Jackson, sparked controversy with her wild antics as a VIP guest of Myer in the star-studded Birdcage marquee.

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