As the curve has flattened and the number of new cases of COVID-19 is decreasing every day in Australia, some stay-at-home restrictions will be more flexible in the next weeks.
Each state is taking its own proper measures according to the statistics and evaluation of the disease growth in the country.
Have a look at the important changes that have been made so far in QLD, NSW & VIC.
Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk announced that Queenslanders will be able to have a picnic, visit national parks, shop for non-essential items, and drive no further than 50km from home. The recreational activities will be allowed starting from Friday midnight.
However, people must be with members of their own households in the activities mentioned. Single people will be able to go with one other person.
“If we do see mass gatherings, I will not hesitate to clamp back down.” Annastacia warned.
Also, state borders will remain closed for undetermined time since most of the confirmed cases came from different states.
The authorities reaffirm that even though some restrictions were relaxed, people should still practice social distancing and maintain good hygiene.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Starting from Friday, May 1st, two adults (and their respective children) will be permitted to visit other households for social gatherings. Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared that they are expecting to reduce isolation measures, and improve people’s mental health.
The iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney will be partially open to swimming and surfing on the weekdays and authorities are considering opening other beaches in the state. People will be monitored on the beach and if rules are broken, beaches will be closed again.
Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches will be open Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm. On the weekends, the beaches will remain closed, and sunbathing is still not permitted.
Social distancing is still applied and authorities urge people to be extra careful.
Even though fewer cases were confirmed in the last days, the restrictions in Victoria are not expected to be eased until at least May 11.
Premier Daniel Andrews says that before they consider to ease the restrictions, people should follow the rules and get tested. If everything goes well, they will review the restrictions and make the proper changes.
Victoria recorded two cases of COVID-19 overnight, leading the state’s total to 1,351 cases.
The affirmation of not intending to relax restrictions is to encourage people to remain cautious and keep doing what they are doing.
Reminders that are still applicable:
People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.
If you are presenting symptoms of cold/flu and believe that may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (don’t visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.