BREAKING: ScoMo Announces That Restaurants & Cafes Allowed To Reopen When States Deem Fit As Part Of Stage One Of Easing Restrictions
The much-anticipated National Cabinet meeting, where ScoMo and key leaders across every state and territory in Aus plan for easing lockdown restrictions has happened, and as we suspected, it's resulted in major news.
One of the biggest developments that ScoMo has just announced is a reopening of the economy, which will be delivered in three stages. Stage one, which we'll be going into right now, is designed to help reconnect family and friends - but it'll be up to each state and territory to enact these restriction easings.
Here's what ScoMo said about stage one:
"Step one is cautious. It's gentle. It's not doing too much at once. Because we're in uncharted territory. There's not many countries in the world like Australia that's in a position to start gently relaxing measures with such low case numbers."
— Fiona Willan (@Fi_Willan) May 8, 2020
"We don't want to lose the control we've got. We want to make sure that outbreaks that occur are managed and controlled. We also want to make sure that before we do anything, every Australian follows these measures.
"Everyone continues to practise that physical distancing all the time. Everyone maintains good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, everyone stays home when they're unwell."
Step one of easing restrictions, designed to "enable greater connection with friends and family" will include:
- Gatherings up to 10 people, and five guests in your own home.
- Children back in classrooms and in playgrounds in their communities.
- Recreational activities such as golf, lap swimming and boot camps.
- Retail and small cafes and restaurants reopening.
- Interstate recreational travel starting again.
- An easing of restrictions for funerals with up to 30 attendees, outdoors, and 10 at weddings.
Keep in mind that state premiers will adjust this roadmap to suit their needs and reflect the current situation in their state, so we'll need to wait and hear from state leaders around when this stuff listed by ScoMo will be enacted, and there have already been a few discrepancies (see below).
ScoMo says the goal for Australia is to move through steps one through three to achieve a “Covid-safe economy in July of this year”. The National Cabinet will also review the progress of the plan every three weeks and "make any changes as we need to.
UPDATE: Several state premiers have announced their plans to enact the stages of the federal govts plan. Here's what we know:
- Queensland to lift key lockdown restrictions from next week - including allowing locals to visit bars, cafes and beauty salons.
- NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said no major changes to restrictions will happen "this week," so the current restriction rules apply this weekend.
We'll bring you more as it happens.
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