THE Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a ‘Three-step Plan to Reopen Australia” setting out a return to work and play over the next three months.
But nothing changes yet, according to the Victorian Premier.
It is a plan which relies on the Daniel Andrews’ timetable and continued success of high social distancing and hygiene standards and with “testing, tracing, trapping” to keep COVID-19 numbers to manageable levels.
Here is the three step plan announced by the PM, broadly welcomed by Daniel Andrews but not yet put into action:
Step one will enable greater connection with friends and family, allowing gatherings up to 10 people, and five guests in your own home. Working from home, if it works for you, and your employer. It will see children back in classrooms and in playgrounds in their communities. Golfers back on the green. Lap swimmers back in the pool. Boot camps back in the parks. Retail and small cafes and restaurants reopening (4m rules). Interstate recreational travel, starting again. It will see easing of restrictions for funerals with up to 30 attendees, outdoors, and 10 at weddings.
Step two will allow larger size gatherings up to 20 people, including for venues such as cinemas and galleries, more retail openings on sector-based COVID safe plans, organised community sport, and beauty parlours, and you’ll be pleased to know, barre classes open once again.
Step three, allowing gatherings up to 100 people. This will become clearer as we move through the first two steps. So there will be more work to do on step 3. But most workers, by then, will be back in the workplace. Interstate travel will likely resume. Pubs and clubs with some restrictions will be open. And also possibly gaming venues. As I said, steps three, step three, but also step two, will get greater definition as we move through the success of step one