Friday 8 May 2020

The National Cabinet met today (8 May) and put forward a three-step plan and a national framework to gradually remove baseline restrictions, with a goal to move through all of these steps to achieve a COVID safe economy in July of this year. 

Progress on the steps will be reviewed every three weeks by the National Cabinet. Still, it should be noted that it is up to the States and Territories about when they will introduce changes and how they move between the steps on the pathway at different times, in line with their current public health situation and conditions.

The National Cabinet has reiterated that each step we take needs to be underpinned by a strong commitment from all of us to:

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people whenever and wherever we can
  • Maintain good hand washing and cough/sneeze hygiene
  • Stay home when we're unwell, and getting tested if we have respiratory symptoms or a fever
  • Download the COVIDSafe app so that we can find the virus quickly, and
  • Develop COVID safe plans for workplaces and plans

 For each of the major areas of restrictions, they have set out three key steps between where we are now and where we want to be:

  • Step 1 will focus on carefully reopening the economy, and giving Australians opportunities to return to work and social activities, including gatherings of up to 10 people, up to 5 visitors in the family home and some local and regional travel
  • Step 2 builds on this with gatherings of up to 20, and more businesses reopening, including gyms, beauty services and entertainment venues like galleries and cinemas.
  • Step 3 will see a transition to COVID safe ways of living and working, with gatherings of up to 100 people permitted. Arrangements under step 3 will be the 'new normal' while the virus remains a threat. International travel and mass gatherings over 100 people will remain restricted.

Three Step Framework

 Roadmap to COVIDSafe Australia