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Three stages of easing restrictions announced, economy to be opened by July

Dominic Giannini 8 May 2020
Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has outlined a three-step process for easing restriction measures. Photo: Facebook.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a timeline for easing lockdown restrictions across Australia but flagged that it was up to the states and territories about how fast they move forward.

Mr Morrison outlined three stages of lifting restrictions. Gatherings of up to 10 people and five people in the home will be allowed in Stage One, while children will be back in classrooms and playgrounds.

He noted “easing of restrictions for funerals with up to 30 attendees, outdoors, and 10 at weddings.

“Golfers back on the green. Lap swimmers back in the pool. Boot camps back in the parks. Retail and small cafes and restaurants reopening. Interstate recreational travel starting again.”

Larger gatherings of 20 people will be allowed in Stage Two, including at cinemas, galleries and more retail shops.

Organised community sport will also be back on the agenda.

Gatherings up to 100 people will then be allowed for Stage Three, Mr Morrison said, but the measures for the second and third steps will become clearer as we continue to weather the pandemic.

“So there will be more work to do on Stage Three. But most workers, by then, will be back in the workplace. Interstate travel will likely resume. Pubs and clubs with some restrictions will be open, and also possibly gaming venues,” the Prime Minister said.

By Stage Three, most of the economy will be reopened and the majority of people will be back at work. Treasury is expecting 850,000 jobs to be restored in the coming months.

Measures will be reviewed every three weeks.

“There will be challenges, there will be outbreaks, there will be more cases, there will be setbacks,” Mr Morrison said.

“Not everything will go to plan. There will be inconsistencies. States will and must move at their own pace, and will cut and paste out of this plan to suit their local circumstances.

“There will undoubtedly be some human error. No-one is perfect, [but] everyone is doing their best.”

More to come.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

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