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Three-step national plan

Three-step national plan to reduce Coronavirus restrictions

The National Cabinet met last Friday, May 8, to finalize the three-step national plan, this in order to gradually remove the established restrictions and make Australia safe for the inhabitants against COVID-19.

So far, Australia has had a great achievement in "flattening the curve." The number of new cases of COVID-19 is getting lower every day, so some careful measures are being considered to ease certain restrictions that have helped stop the spread of this virus.

The AHPPC has provided strong advice on the conditions that must be met as safe ways of working and living are established during this pandemic, so that parts of the economy can be reopened in the safest way.

This means that many people could start going out to shops, taking some local trips, visiting parks with family and friends with a little more freedom.

But the National Cabinet has been very clear that success depends on continuing to respect the new community norms. Besides, for businesses, this also means taking the time to prepare and develop a plan to operate safely with the goal of protecting their workers and customers.

It is important that there is a strong commitment from everyone to:

  • Stay 1.5 meters from other people.
  • Have a good hand wash and hygiene when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home when you are not feeling well and get tested if you have respiratory symptoms or fever.
  • Download the app application so you can detect where the virus is quickly.

According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP, the three-step plan provides a path for jurisdictions to move towards safe communities in the way that best suits their individual circumstances. States and territories can move between the three steps at different times, in line with their current public health situation and local conditions. They will have to maintain a constant number of cases and be able to quickly contain outbreaks. 

For each of the main areas of restrictions, they have established three key steps:

  • The Step 1 will focus on carefully reopening the economy and giving people the opportunity to return to work, return to study at their educational institutions and social activities, including meetings of up to 10 people, up to 5 visitors in their homes and some travel, local and regional.
  • On the Step 2 meetings of up to 20 people will be allowed. In addition to the reopening of more businesses such as gyms, beauty services and entertainment venues such as galleries and cinemas.
  • On the Step 3 will implement a safe transition to live and work, where meetings will be allowed up to 100 people. The fixes under step 3 will be the 'new normal' as the virus remains a threat. International travel and mass gatherings of more than 100 people will remain restricted.

Under the three-step plan, states and territories continue to make decisions based on their individual circumstances and local conditions.

The National Cabinet also committed, as part of the three-step plan, to periodic reviews and inventory evaluations of progress every three weeks. This, in order to be able to evaluate the impacts and make additional decisions.

Faced with the situation due to COVID-19, the objective of the National Cabinet is to have a sustainable and safe Australia by July 2020. 

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