The plan to reopen Australia after Coronavirus

Step by step, Australia is coming back to normal life

Life in Australia might come back to normality sooner than many of us have thought.

In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a three-stage plan between May and July that aims to bring back the economy in the country.

The first step will be focused on a 10-person limit on all businesses, activities, and social gatherings. On step two, the limit of people will be 20, and venues such as cinemas and galleries can open. Finally, on step three will be a 100-person limit and interstate travel will be allowed.

“In this plan, we walk before we run. There will be risks. There will be challenges. There will be outbreaks, there will be more cases, there will be setbacks. Not everything will go to plan. But we cannot allow our fear of going backward from stopping us from going forwards.” Mr. Morrison said.

The plan is national but each state and territory will determine the details and conditions of the stages. It will all depend on how each state has been reacting to the restrictions and numbers of new COVID-19 cases.

Below you can find the step-by-step of each stage.

STAGE 1

It is considered the “cautious stage”. The connection between friends and family will be possible, more people return to work, and more business reopen.

New South Wales (NSW) – 15/05

Victoria (VIC) – 12/05

Queensland (QLD) – 15/05

South Australia (SA)- 11/05

Western Australia (WA) – 27/04

Tasmania (TAS) – 11/05

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – 15/05

Northern Territory (NT) – 01/05

The main points on stage one (please consider the rules defined by your state):

  • Up to 5 visitors at home.
  • Non-work gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Work from home (if it works for you and your employer).
  • Avoid public transport during peak hours.
  • Retail stores and shopping centre open.
  • Cafes and restaurants may open and receive 10 people seated while social distancing is observed.
  • Local and regional travel allowed for recreation.

STAGE 2

Larger gatherings will be allowed and more businesses reopening.

New South Wales (NSW) – To be announced

Victoria (VIC) – 09/06 (to be confirmed)

Queensland (QLD) – 12/06

South Australia (SA)- 08/06

Western Australia (WA) – 18/05

Tasmania (TAS) – 15/06

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – To be announced

Northern Territory (NT) – 15/05

The main points on stage two (please consider the rules defined by your state):

  • Non-work gatherings of up to 20 people.
  • Work from home (if it works for you and your employer).
  • Indoor movie theatres, concert venues, stadiums, galleries, museums, zoos may have up to 20 patrons.
  • Cafes and restaurants can seat up to 20 patrons at one time while social distancing is observed.
  • Pubs, clubs, casinos, and nightclubs to remain closed.
  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all outdoor sports.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds fully open.

STAGE 3

The aim at stage three is to live with minimal restrictions until July but taking into consideration all the rules of the COVID Safe Plan.

New South Wales (NSW) – To be announced

Victoria (VIC) – To be announced

Queensland (QLD) – 10/07

South Australia (SA) – To be announced

Western Australia (WA) – Expected to be implemented about 4 weeks from the start of Phase 2.

Tasmania (TAS) – 13/07

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – To be announced

Northern Territory (NT) – 05/06

The main points on stage three (please consider the rules defined by your state):

  • Non-work gatherings of up to 100 people.
  • Allow gatherings of up to 100 people (every gathering must record contact details).
  • Return to workplace.
  • Cafes, restaurants, and food courts can seat up to 100 people.
  • Allow interstate travel.

You can find more details about the COVID Safe Plan here.

Rules that are applicable throughout all the stages: Maintain 1.5 distancing and good hygiene, stay home if you are feeling unwell, frequently clean and disinfect communal areas, and the COVID Safe Plan for workplaces and premises.

 

*All the information on this post is subject to change.

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