When you can get some winter sun: Scott Morrison reveals when Australians can expect to fly interstate
Australians could be flying interstate by July as the government moves to relax its coronavirus restrictions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a three-step plan to ease the lockdown on Friday.
The current national baseline rules will be relaxed in three stages, with less risky activities such as sport and dining out starting before more dangerous ones such as clubbing and going to the cinema.
Mr Morrison said interstate travel will likely resume once the country moves to the third and final stage.
He said his hope is to have the restrictions eased in July.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a three-step plan to ease the lockdown on Friday
But the newly-developed ‘roadmap’ will only guide state and territory leaders, who will then decide when to implement each stage in their own jurisdictions.
Mr Morrison estimates the plan can restore 850,000 jobs – after one million were lost due to the lockdowns.
Under the first step, gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed and cafes and restaurants can re-open with a maximum of ten people at one time.
‘It will see children back in classrooms and in play grounds 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,’ Mr Morrison said.
Working from home will still be encouraged where possible.
The second stage will allow gatherings of up to 20 people. Gyms, cinemas, and beauty therapies can restart as well as some inter-state travel.
Step three involves opening up most of the economy with gatherings of up to 100 people.
‘Pubs and clubs with some restrictions will be open. And also possibly gaming venues,’ Mr Morrison said.