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UPDATED with NSW plan | COVID-19 loosening restrictions: Australia’s roadmap out (finished)

(10/5/20) Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that COVID restrictions for NSW will start to be eased from Friday 15th May in NSW.  She reminds us that whilst some restrictions are easing it is important that we continue to practice social distancing and hand hygiene.

So, what do the changes mean to us in Lake Macquarie?

  • 5 people can visit people in their own home.  These 5 people include both adults and children
  • 10 people can meet outside for a gathering
  • Cafes and restaurants can have up to 10 people dining inside but must adhere to 4 metre square policy
  • Weddings can now have up to 10 guests
  • Funerals can have 20 guests indoors and 30 guests outdoors
  • Religious gatherings can now have up to 10 people attending
  • Outdoor playgrounds and gym equipment can again be used but wipe down the equipment first and practice hand hygiene.
  • Outdoor pools can open with restrictions

Get all the details in the NSW place here: NSW Stage 1 easing of restrictions

‘We have a responsibility to move forward in an appropriate and balanced way’ Gladys said. 

(8/5/20) Scott Morrison has just announced the federal government’s plans for a ‘Roadmap to a COVID safe Australia’. Let’s have a look at the 3 step plan that has been put in place. The federal government intends that all three stages will be put into place by July 2020. All state governments will, over the next few days, announce how these changes will be implemented in their states based on their local conditions.

Step One

COVID safe reopening commences with physical distancing and hygiene

  • Up to 5 visitors to your home
  • Gatherings of up to 10 outside of your home
  • Work from home if it works for you and your employer
  • Libraries, community centres, playgrounds and boot camps open
  • Australians can do more
    • Shopping
    • Restaurants and cafes
    • Home sales and auctions
    • Local playgrounds
    • Outdoor boot camps
    • Local and regional travel

Step Two

Most businesses re-open with physical distancing and hygiene

  • Gatherings of up to 20 outside of the home
  • Work from home if it works for you and your employer
  • Australians can do even more in gatherings of up to 20
    • Gyms
    • Beauty therapies
    • Cinemas, theatres or amusement parks
    • Galleries and museums
    • Some interstate travel

States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances

Step Three

All Australians return to work with physical distancing and hygiene

  • Gatherings up to 100
  • Return to workplace
  • Consider cross-Tasman, Pacific Island travel, and international student travel
  • Australians can do even more in gatherings up to 100
    • Food courts
    • Saunas and bathhouses
    • All interstate travel

States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances

To make this a success Australians must continue to practice social distancing, wash their hands, stay home when sick, and download the COVID app. If you are feeling at all unwell, go and get COVID tested.

Scott Morrison stated that ‘Every Australian matters, every job, every future.’ He reminded us that ‘Not everything will go to plan. There will be risks.  There will be challenges. There will be outbreaks, there will be more cases, there will be setbacks.’ He also said ‘We can’t allow our fear of going backward stop us from going forwards.’ Australia is testing, tracing, and tracking and will continue to monitor the situation at all times.  Vulnerable people should continue to stay at home.

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