The Prime Minister’s three-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions over coming months is leaving many confused around the country.
Scott Morrison yesterday announced the plan to re-open the country and slowly return life to normal.
Step one will allow up to 10 people to attend cafés and restaurants, outdoor gyms, playgrounds and weddings, as well as visit friends and families.
Step two looks similar, but with double the number of people allowed to gather. Twenty patrons will also be allowed at gyms, beauty salons, indoor movie theatres and concert venues.
Australians will see the most change by the time step three comes around, including a return to the workplace, with non-work gatherings allowing up to 100 people to attend. We may also see bars and gaming rooms open.
The problem is, it is up to the states to decide when each step takes place.
While all states and territories are aiming to reach step three by July, Victoria and NSW are already lagging behind.
According Health Minister Greg Hunt seven of the eight states have already indicated their dates and commenced with particular steps to begin the three phases of recovery.
Victoria remains the only states yet to announce their plan to implement the recovery stages.
Both Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory have provided the government with a clear plan to ease restrictions.
“All states and territories are heading in the same direction but at different paces,” Mr Hunt said.
“But we are working as a single national cabinet.”
“One country, one direction, different speeds.”
The Federal Government is expecting Victoria to provide details on their strategy for reopening the state on Monday.
Meanwhile in NSW the Premier has only said there will be no further changes this week.
It has been suggested it could be as far away as June before restrictions ease in NSW, although the Premier will be under significant pressure this week to follow other states and get the state economy back up and running.
Hospitality workers are particularly frustrated by the state’s stance and are demanding more clarity around when their businesses will be allowed to open again.
Queensland will allow gatherings of up to 10 people by next Friday, including in restaurants, pubs and clubs and beauty salons.
Some changes will come to people in South Australia and Tasmania from Monday.
Ten people are allowed to gather in the ACT today and more restrictions will ease on May 15 in the Northern Territory which is expected to become the first place in the country to reopen pubs.
Café and restaurant owners said a more specific timeline is needed for them to know when to stock up kitchens and get their staff ready for reopening.
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