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When each state will move to step one

States around Australia will begin lifting restrictions as early as Monday as part of the first in a three-step process to resume activities in Australia by July.

It follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Friday of the three-step plan for the country to reopen and coronavirus restrictions to be lifted.

Mr Morrison said the states and territories would outline their own timetables for the three-step plan, and each stage would be assessed on its success, which would determine when to proceed to the next stage.

After the PM’s press conference, some state premiers began announcing the timing for the implementation of step-one. This is where each state stands:


Premier Peter Gutwein says Tasmania will ease some restrictions on Monday and will go to stage one the following Monday, May 18. He has also announced the return to school for students from May 25.

From May 11:

• The number of people allowed at funerals will increase from 10 to 20 attendees;

• Aged care residents will be allowed one visit per week of no more than two people;

• National parks and reserves will be open for exercise but people will only be able to visit those within 30km of their home; and

• TasTAFE and other training institutions will be open to small groups of students for practical learning and assessment sessions.

From May 18, stage one measures will begin, subject to public health advice. This includes:

• Gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed for both indoor and outdoor activities, including for weddings, real estate sales and religious gatherings;

• Funerals of up to 30 people if they are held outdoors;

• Visitors allowed in the home will to increase to five people (from two people);

• Up to 10 people allowed in restaurants and cafes, including venues located in pubs, RSLs and clubs for seated table service;

• Tasmanians returning to the state will be allowed to quarantine in their principal residence if it is suitable, others will still need to quarantine in hotels;

• Libraries and other government facilities will be open for up to 10 people; and

• Parks with exercise equipment and playgrounds, pools and boot camps outdoors will be opened for up to 10 people;

From May 25, subject to public health advice:

• Students in kindergarten to year 6, as well as those in year 11 and 12 can return to school;

• Aged care residents will be allowed two visitors at least once a day;

From June 9, subject to health advice:

• High school students in year 7 to 10 to return to schools; and

• Racing will resume;

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From June 15, the state will move to stage two, subject to health advice:

• Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather in both indoor and outdoor areas including restaurants, cinemas and museums;

• Funerals of up to 50 people will be allowed;

• Restrictions on people staying in hotels and caravan parks will be lifted so people will be able to move around the state and stay overnight;

• Camping and use of shacks will be allowed;

• Open homes and auctions with up to 20 people allowed;

• Gyms and bootcamps will be allowed for up to 20 people;

• Beauty services including tattoo, nails, waxing, facials and tanning will be able to open;

• Up to 20 people allowed to use parks and exercise equipment

• Outdoor community sports will be able to resume with 20 athletes or personnel involved;

• Indoor sports, including pools, will be allowed for up to 20 people but with no spectators.

From July 13, stage three will begin, subject to health advice:

• Gatherings of between 50 and 100 people allowed;

• Aged care residents will be allowed up to five visitors and multiple visits per week;

• Bars, nightclubs, casinos and gaming to return;

• Markets and food courts to re-open; and

• Border controls to remain.


Premier Steven Marshall announced step-one would begin on Monday, May 11.

Activities allowed from Monday include:

• The ban on caravanning and camping will be lifted, SA is the only jurisdiction to do this;

• Universities and TAFE and private RTOs will be able to start face-to-face education for up to 10 people;

• Outdoor dining for restaurants and cafes up to a maximum of 10 people;

• Community and youth centres will be open for up to 10 people indoors;

• RSLs open but not for meals and bar service;

• Auctions and open inspections for up to 10 people;

• Local government libraries open for up to 10 visitors, plus the staff at work in those libraries.

• Non-contact sport training in groups of up to 10 people;

• Funerals of up to 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors will be allowed, plus those who are officiating;

• Churches to reopen for small ceremonies including weddings or private worship for up to 10 people, plus those who are officiating; and

• Re-opening of public pools for up to 10 people, especially for lap swimming.

Currently, gatherings of more than two people in South Australia are strongly discouraged but are allowed if social distancing measures are followed. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Playgrounds and skate parks have already re-opened.


Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday that step one would begin in Queensland at 12am next Saturday, May 16.

This will allow:

• Gatherings in homes with a maximum of five people;

• Up to 10 people to gather in public spaces;

• Some beauty therapies including nail salons to re-open catering to a maximum of 10 people by appointment;

• Recreational travel up to 150km from your home for day trips;

• Reopening of libraries, playground equipment, skate parks, outdoor gyms with a maximum of 10 people at a time;

• Wedding guests to increase to 10 people;

• Funerals to increase to 20 people indoors, 30 people outdoors

• Up to 10 people at open homes and auctions;

• Reopening of public pools and lagoons (must have an approved plan for numbers greater than 10); and

• Non-contact community sport for a maximum of 10 people.

Ms Palaszczuk also said those living in the outback would have more freedom as there were no cases in these areas. Up to 20 people will be allowed in pubs, restaurants and cafes, and residents will also be able to travel up to 500km but they must remain in those outback areas.

She said stage two and three will be aimed at gradually increasing travel distances and the opening of businesses in time for the June school holidays but plans will be reviewed at the end of each month.

It’s hoped travel will be allowed for up to 250km by the June holidays and then for unrestricted travel across the state to be allowed in July.

Queenslanders can already travel 50km from their residence to visit parks, have picnics and jet ski. Shopping for non-essential items is allowed and up to five members of a single household will be allowed to visit other homes from Sunday, May 10.

In terms of schools, Queensland kindergarten, prep, grade 1 and year 11 and 12 students will return to classrooms full time from May 11 with schools expected to be fully operational by May 25.

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Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews was the first to address the PM’s three-step plan, saying Victorians will have to wait until next week to find out when things will start to change.

“Nothing changes today, nothing changes tomorrow, nothing changes Sunday,” Mr Andrews said.

“The rules remain in place. Let’s not give everything back, let’s not throw away all the progress we’ve made by letting our frustration get the better of us,” Mr Andrews said.

The Premier said he will make “a series of announcements” starting Monday outlining Victoria’s first steps out of lockdown, and to provide clarity to people about what the rest of May will look like.

“Even at the end of next week, even at the end of May, there will still be rules in place,” he said.

“I know it’s frustrating … (but) we’re getting very close to making an important step to ease a range of these rules.”

The state is still not allowing any gatherings and most businesses are still closed except for bottle shops and venues providing takeaway food.

People are only allowed to leave their homes to exercise, shop for food and other essential goods and services, to access medical services, or attend work or eduction that they can’t do from home.

Victoria plans to ease some restrictions after May 11.


In a statement released on Friday afternoon, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government had already eased a number of restrictions listed under the first stage of the plan.

“As I stated earlier this week – there will be no further change to restrictions in NSW this week,” she said.

“NSW will continue to keep our citizens updated on our path forward.”

Currently NSW residents are allowed to have two visitors plus children, in their homes. Weddings are limited to five people and funerals to 10 people. Most beaches are open for exercise, swimming and surfing only.

From Saturday, May 9, property inspections and on-site auctions are allowed as long as social distancing rules are followed.

NSW students will start attending school in stages from May 11.


The national capital has eliminated all known cases of coronavirus and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced the lifting of some restrictions.

From midnight on Friday, May 8, two adults and their children will be allowed to visit other households.

The state is also preparing to move back to face-to-face teaching in schools during term two.

ACT students will have a staged return to classrooms over the next four weeks with certain year levels starting earlier than others.

Mr Barr encouraged people travelling to NSW to do so in small groups: “So, (just) your household.”


The Northern Territory has already announced the lifting of many restrictions as part of its own two-stage plan, with more to be eased on May 15.

Northern Territorians are allowed to gather with as many as 10 people, as long as they keep a distance of 1.5m.

Visiting parks and camping, outdoor gatherings, non-contact outdoor sports and exercising and training outdoors are all allowed again.

The state has relaxed restrictions on parks, golf, fishing and swimming.

Restaurants and bars are to reopen with a two-hour limit on May 15 followed later by bans on entertainment venues.


In Western Australia, the two-person limit on non-work activities has already been increased to 10, providing people adhere to social distancing and good hygiene.

Picnics, boating, hiking, camping and group exercise are also now allowed, while open homes and display villages are also permitted.

Travel restrictions within the state will be considered this weekend.

Western Australia hopes all students will return to classes by May 11.


Speaking after today’s national cabinet meeting, Mr Morrison revealed Australia’s road back to normal, which was agreed to by state leaders.

Mr Morrison said the second and third stages “will get greater definition as we move through the success of step one”.

Step one will “enable greater connection with friends and family, allowing gatherings up to 10 people, and five guests in your own home”, Mr Morrison said.

Working from home will be encouraged. Children will be back in classrooms and playgrounds. Golf will be back, pools reopened and fitness bootcamps allowed in parks.

Retail and small cafes and restaurants will be reopened, and interstate recreational travel will be allowed. Funerals can have up to 30 attendees outdoors, and weddings up to 10.

Step two will allow larger gatherings up to 20 people, including for venues such as cinemas and galleries, “more retail openings on sector-based COVID-safe plans, organised community sport, beauty parlours, and you’ll be pleased to know, barre classes open once again”.

Step three will allowing gatherings up to 100 people.

“This will become clearer as we move through the first two steps,” Mr Morrison said.

“But most workers, by then, will be back in the workplace. Interstate travel will likely resume. Pubs and clubs with some restrictions will be open, and also possibly gaming venues.”

States and territory leaders have already been calling their own shots when it comes to easing restrictions, with each part of Australia announcing a different plan on sending students back to schools and allowing visitors.

— With AAP

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