The national cabinet is analysing “a vast range” of plans detailing how restrictions could be lifted, ahead of a crunch declaration on Friday.
Australians have put the country in a “great position” to see many social restrictions eased, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told Today.
“It’s all a matter of timing though. They won’t all open at once and some of them present more risk than others,” Dr Coatsworth said.
Many playgrounds, skateparks and beaches are currently closed across the country, and there are tight restrictions on why people can leave their homes and how they can socialise.
The lifting of measures will be a careful balancing act, underpinned by science and data.
“(Once) you lift one set of restrictions, you’ve got several weeks before you can see the effect on what’s going on with COVID-19.
“We may see small clusters,” he predicted.
Dr Coatsworth said any cluster outbreaks that occur would be acted on by state and federal health authorities.
Fitness Australia this week told nine.com.au it was hoping gyms could open under tight restrictions of 10 people per room.
But perhaps foreshadowing the national cabinet’s thinking, Dr Coatsworth told Today gyms presented “a higher risk of transmission”.
“The Australian Health Protection Principle Committee has considered … a vast range of the restrictions at the moment and how they might be lifted in a progressive fashion,” he said.
Dr Coatsworth said those plans were under consideration of the national cabinet.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is scheduled to make a highly anticipated announcement on Friday.
Victoria today reported 17 new cases, with nine new confirmed infections in New South Wales. Queensland have declared no new cases in the past 24 hours.
Almost 730,000 organisations have signed up for the JobKeeper wage subsidy program, according to Federal Government data.
The Federal Government yesterday stepped up pressure on the states to reopen schools, arguing the ongoing closure is having an unnecessary impact on the economy.
“The expert medical advice is that schools can be fully open and the expert economic advice we have received from the Treasury is that not opening schools fully is costing jobs and the economy,” he said on Tuesday.
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