COVID-19 restrictions to ease in Australia
The Australian Government has released a 3 step process to easing coronavirus restrictions across our country. However, states and territories will move at different times based on local conditions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the easing of restrictions but the timeline will differ depending on the local situation of each state. However he indicated that it is likely we would move through all these steps and be at Step 3 at some time in July 2020.
In South Australia we have had the best compliance with the least restrictions in all of the country. Therefore we have been able to enjoy a lesser amount of restrictions than the Federal Government guideline. For example playgrounds have now been open in South Australia since last weekend (and were never closed by the State Government, only by local councils).
At the press conference today 8 May 2020, Steven Marshall announced the following restrictions would be lifted as of this Monday 11 May 2020. It is important to distinguish that in South Australia we have already been allowed up to a maximum of 10 people for gatherings.
Step 1 from Monday 11 May 2020
From this Monday 11 May 2020, the following restrictions will be lifted but they are all still based on these rules for social gatherings, therefore they must still adhere to maximum of 10 people:
1 per 4sqm
10 people maximum
- Regional travel is now encouraged to help support our regional communities.
- Universities & TAFE will begin face-to-face tutorials, up to 10 people.
- Outdoor dining for restaurants and cafes, up to 10 people.
- Community, youth and RSL halls to open, up to 10 people.
- Auctions and open house inspections are allowed, up to 10 people.
- Local government libraries to open, up to 10 people at a time.
- Sport training – outdoor only, up to 10 people
- Funerals – 20 people indoors / 30 people outdoors (not including those officiating)
- Worship, weddings and ceremonies – 10 people maximum (not including those officiating). Places of worship/churches can open for these small ceremonies.
- Pools limited to 10 people, including for lap swimming
- Campgrounds and caravan parks to open
Step 2 from Monday 8 June 2020
From Monday 8 June 2020, the following restrictions will be lifted and the number of people allowed in a gathering increases to up to 20 people maximum.
1 per 4sqm
20 people maximum
- Cinemas and theatres
- Seated dining
- Galleries and museums
- Beauty, nails, tattoo, massage (non-therapeutic)
- Driving instruction lessons
- Gyms and indoor fitness
- Funerals up to 50 people maximum
- Sport transition to competition without spectators, including indoor
Future Steps for Consideration
- Larger gatherings
- Licenced pubs and bars (non-food)
- International students returning
- Casino and gaming venues
- Stadiums and larger entertainment venues
- Food courts
- Spas and saunas
- State border restrictions
- Travel into protected communities
Premier Steven Marshall said today that border closures and mass gatherings would be among the last of the restrictions to be lifted.
“There is still a lot of caution around gatherings, in particular mass gatherings, and I can’t imagine there’s going to be a large game with 55,000 spectators played at the Adelaide Oval any time soon,” he said.
Professor Nicola Spurrier urged all South Australians to continue to follow social distancing rules of staying at least 1.5 metres away from others; practising good hygiene by hand washing and keeping within the maximum number for gatherings (10 people). She urged South Australians to not only think of our own individual health but to think of our family and the community. For example, instead of going to work when you have a cold, to reconsider and stay at home to keep others from being sick.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens today also announced that essential travellers entering South Australia will need to keep a journal. They will be required to record places they visit and people they have come into contact with. This will assist in contact tracing if the need arises.
Find out more on the SA Government website here
See the Roadmap for restrictions easing here.
Current Statistics for South Australia as of Friday 8 May 2020:
- Zero new cases reported as of 8 May (after 14 straight days of Zero cases, one case was reported on 7 May 20)
- 439 Total number of cases
- 433 Recovered (99.5%)
- 2 Active cases
- 2 people remain in hospital recovering but are no longer considered ‘active cases’ (none in ICU)
- 66,000 tests have been done since February
- 1,511 tests were done on Thursday 7 May 2020.
Watch the press South Australian press conference on 11 May 2020 here:
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