ACT, Queensland, SA follow national cabinet’s lead on lifting COVID-19 restrictions

By Shannon Jenkins

May 11, 2020


Several jurisdictions have announced their plans to relax coronavirus restrictions, shortly after the prime minister revealed national cabinet’s three-step roadmap for getting Australia back to some kind of normality.

The ACT began to ease some restrictions from midnight on Friday.

Canberrans can gather in groups of 10 both indoors and outdoors — differing slightly from national cabinet’s rule of a maximum of five people in homes.

Boot camps and training groups can be held outside, as well as open homes, auctions, and religious gatherings, but the 10-person rule applies.

Funerals can be attended by 20 people for indoor ceremonies, and 30 people for outdoors. Up to 10 people can also attend weddings.

Over in Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that from May 15, beauty salons can reopen, people can swim in lagoons, and — unlike national cabinet’s plan — pubs and cafes in rural areas, and with no COVID-19 cases, will open to seat a maximum of 20 people.

Like the ACT, open homes can resume, and more people can attend weddings and funerals. A maximum of five people can gather in homes, 10 outdoors.

Palaszczuk revealed the first phase would be implemented from May 15, stage two from June 12, and stage three from July 10.

South Australian premier Steven Marshall has announced that from Monday, up to 10 people at a time can dine outdoors at restaurants and cafes.

Public libraries, pools, churches, community halls, caravan parks, camping grounds, auctions, and RSL clubs will also reopen.

SA will also follow national cabinet’s limits on funerals, weddings, and other gatherings.

Marshall hopes to open cinemas, theatres, museums, gyms, and indoor seated dining for increased numbers of people in June.

On Sunday NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced changes to restrictions, starting May 15.

Up to 10 people can gather outdoors, and cafes and restaurants can seat up to 10 patrons at any one time. Households can have a maximum of five visitors at a time, and weddings, funerals, and religious gatherings can allow an increased number of attendees.

Outdoor pools will open with restrictions, and outdoor equipment can be used with caution.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he would make an announcement regarding his state’s restrictions on Monday.

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