The Australian Government announced on Friday that it will allow the reopening of small cafes and restaurants in the first of three stages established in the plan for economic resumption paralyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New daily infections have declined markedly. 22 cases were announced on Thursday, so the Government intends to take the step to resume normality.
“The first stage will allow us a greater connection with family and our friends. You will see the return of children to classes and playgrounds in their communities,” said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in announcing the roadmap. from Canberra.
The cafeterias will have in the first stage a limited capacity and physical distance regulations, while meetings of up to ten people or the visit of five guests in a home will also be allowed, in addition to recreational activities such as golf or swimming in pools .
“There will be risks, challenges, outbreaks, more cases and setbacks. Not everything will go as planned,” Morrison said, stressing that “there is no expectation that the first stage will begin immediately” unless it is the decision of each state or Australian territory.
Health authorities have counted in the country almost 6,900 people infected with COVID-19, of which 97 died, with special incidence in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.
Each Australian state and territory has been advancing its fight against the new coronavirus at different speeds, so the restrictive measures have been applied and will be relaxed in different ways.
The first to step forward will be the Australian Capital Territory, which includes Canberra, which will allow up to ten people to meet from midnight, although it has not yet set a date for the reopening of cafes and restaurants.
South Australia will allow these restaurants to serve outdoor meals, as well as recreational trips, among others, as of Monday, while the state of Queensland will allow the reopening of cafes and restaurants, as well as pubs, on the 16th.
The state of Victoria, whose capital is Melbourne and whose Labor government does not want to rush the lack of confidence, will announce the relaxation of its measures starting Monday; while the New South Wales government, which encompasses Sydney, said in a statement that “there will be no further changes” in the restrictions this week.
Progress towards the second and third phase, when meetings of up to 100 people will be allowed and the reopening of other businesses such as beauty salons and gyms, will depend on the progress made.
Australia’s economy, which has had almost 30 years of sustained growth, has also suffered a major blow as a result of the pandemic, for which the Executive has approved several multibillion plans of aid to companies and workers.