Following a review of the below criteria, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-step plan for reopening the Australian economy in a COVID-safe way. Within his announcement he reiterated the need for people to download the COVID-Safe app as this will assist with the detection and reduction in community outbreak and transmissions.
Step One involves a relaxation on rules around indoor gatherings, with five visitors allowed at home and 10 in businesses and public places. People should continue to work from home if it works for them and their employers. Restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, libraries, community centres, playgrounds and boot camps should open under the first step. Local and regional travel should also be allowed, but this will ultimately be determined by the State or Territory Government.
Step Two involves gatherings of up to 20 in homes, businesses and public places. Gyms, beauty salons, cinemas, galleries and amusement parks can open under this step and some interstate travel will be allowed.
Step Three involves gathering restrictions lifted to 100 people. It will also see people return to workplaces, nightclubs and food courts reopened and all interstate travel up and running.
As part of the three-step plan, the Prime Minister is hopeful the whole country will be able to reach step 3 by the July, however the true timeline of the relaxation of restrictions will be dictated by the individual States and Territories. As part of this the WA State Government is due to release its own roadmap out of the pandemic on Sunday 10 May.
UDIA WA will update this page when we have more details regarding this roadmap.
On Wednesday April 16, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the Federal advice regarding social distancing measures will be in place for at least the next four weeks to allow time for the following three key things to be put in place before restrictions can be relaxed.
- The first thing is a more extensive surveillance testing regime to test beyond just those who are symptomatic
- The second part is ensuring we have an even greater tracing capability
- The third area is the need for a local response capability. We need the ability to move very fast to be able to lock down an outbreak where it occurs and to ensure that it does not transmit more broadly within the community
In Western Australia, the State Government has announced a cautious relaxation on restrictions with gatherings of up to 10 people allowed in both indoor and outdoor venues. This move permitted the reopening of display villages, as long as they adhere to the 10 person limit and appropriate hygiene requirements. The banning of intrastate travel within Western Australia will remain in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout WA’s regional areas.
Starting on Wednesday April 29 pupils in Western Australia will also be allowed to return to school however parents will not be obligated to send them. This arrangement will remain in place for the first three weeks during which time a review will take place and any changes implemented for week 4 starting on May 18.
UDIA will be closely monitoring the impact of further restrictions or a softening of current restrictions on our industry and will continue to advocate to the relevant powers for the appropriate stimulus measures to support our industry through this pandemic and beyond.
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