The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recently revealed plans to re-open the Australian economy through progressive lifting of restrictions over the coming months. The three-step plan focuses on the measured and incremental easing of the restrictions that were implemented in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, put in place to mitigate the spread of the destructive virus throughout the country.
The Prime Minister has stated that he expects the country to return to what can optimistically be regarded as normalcy come July, though many commentators have suggested that the globe will not see the economic conditions seen before the pandemic in quite some time, perhaps not ever in our lifetime.
Nevertheless, this announcement of the easing of restrictions points to a nation that is recovering well from the Coronavirus’ reach, indeed Australia has done incredibly well in controlling the spread of Coronavirus in a few short months.
"Today, we have put Australia a position to go forward," Morrison said at a press conference on Friday. "We have strengthened our health system and put the protections in place."
"So with that work being done, today national cabinet agreed a three-step plan and a national framework to achieve a COVID safe economy and society," the Prime Minister continued, "And it is our goal to move through all of these steps to achieve that COVID-safe economy in July of this year."
"Today, we have put Australia a position to go forward,"
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
The states and territories of Australia are allowed to implement the three stages of easing restrictions at their own pace, though it is highly likely that most state and territory governments would be very keen to re-start their economy through the easing of restrictions to their local customer-focussed businesses. Save any severe outbreak, the national economy seems set to be largely operational by July.
The first step of the three-step plan sees restaurants and cafes being allowed to re-open as well as non-essential travel to be once again allowed inside states and territories. Five visitors will be permitted in private homes, and ten visitors in public places and businesses. Playgrounds, community centres, and libraries will also re-open.
The second stage of easing restrictions will allow gatherings of up to twenty people, which encompasses gyms, cinemas, galleries, amusement parks and beauty shops. Interstate travel will be allowed on a limited basis.
The third stage will see an allowance of up to one hundred people gathering, seeing the re-opening of night clubs, saunas and food courts. All interstate travel will be permitted in this stage.
Overseas travel will still not be permitted. As an island nation, our sea border is essential in limiting the chance of a second-wave of exposure.