08/05/2020 - 15:33

COVID-19 daily wrap: Three-step plan to lift restrictions

08/05/2020 - 15:33


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The National Cabinet has introduced a three-step framework on easing coronavirus restrictions, with states and territories to decide on their own pace. Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday will announce which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in Western Australia

COVID-19 daily wrap: Three-step plan to lift restrictions
Mark McGowan on Sunday will announce which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in WA. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira
  • The National Cabinet has announced a three-step process for lifting most national coronavirus restrictions by July, with Premier Mark McGowan planning to announce on Sunday details of which restrictions will be eased in Western Australia.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison released details of the three-step framework at a press conference today, but said individual states and territories would be responsible for setting their own timetable.
  • “States will and must move at their own pace and will cut and paste out of this plan to suit their local circumstances,” Mr Morrison said after a National Cabinet meeting. “This is a complex and very uncertain environment but we cannot allow our fear of going backwards from stopping us from going forwards.”
  • The prime minister said the process, according to Treasury, would see around 850,000 jobs restored in the months ahead.
  • Step one of the process will allow gatherings of up to 10 people and five guests in homes, children back in classrooms and playgrounds, retail and small cafes and restaurants to reopen and intrastate recreational travel to start again. Funerals can have up to 30 attendees outdoors while wedding attendances remains at 10.
  • WA is ahead of the nation in many of these areas, as it already allows gatherings of up to 10 people and most students are back at achool, with attendance at about 75 per cent. 
  • “Step two will allow larger-sized gatherings of up to 20 people, including for venues such as cinemas and galleries, and more retail openings on sector-based COVID-safe plans,” the prime minister said. Community sports will recommence and beauty parlours will open during step two.
  • Step three will see gatherings of up to 100 people, most workers back in the workplace, resumption of interstate travel as well as pubs and clubs to open, but with some restrictions. The prime minister said details of steps three and two would become clearer as Australia moves through step one.
  • “It is our aspiration, as agreed amongst premiers and chief ministers and myself, that in July we will have moved through these three steps across the country,” Mr Morrison said. “The pace though will be totally up to the states and territories. They will be responsible for setting their own timetable and communicating that to their citizens and residents in their own states and territories.”
  • The prime minister said there should be no expectation of “step one starting on day one”.
  • Mr McGowan announced this morning that he would release details on Sunday as to what coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in WA. The premier said the state would need to be confident there were “very low or virtually zero” coronavirus infections on the east coast before reopening the WA border. He added that WA would move cautiously toward lifting regional travel restrictions inside WA.
  • WA reported one new COVID-19 case overnight, breaking the state’s eight-day streak of zero cases. WA’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 552.
  • The new case is a 29-year-old woman who had recently returned from overseas and tested positive to the virus while in hotel quarantine.
  • Two more people recovered from the virus overnight, reducing the state’s active cases to nine. Four COVID-19 patients remain in Perth hospitals, including one patient in intensive care.


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