Business guide to Coronavirus

Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia

Last updated 1:16pm 8 May 2020

Restaurants, cafes allowed to reopen under the first stage of eased coronavirus restrictions. The 3 part plan will be up to the individual states and territories to roll out.  We will continue to update you as new announcements are released.

The National Cabinet met on Friday 8th May, to further discuss options for easing restrictions over the coming months, helping prepare Australians to go back to work in a COVID-19 safe environment and getting the economy back to a more sustainable level.

The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy provided an update on the measures underway, the latest data and medical advice in relation to COVID-19.

PM, Scott Morrison announced a three-step plan (image below) to put Australia back on the road to recovery from Coronavirus. It will be to the discretion of each state to implement each step and when with the plan to have all steps in action by mid-July.

  • Step 1 will focus on carefully reopening the economy, and giving Australians opportunities to return to work and social activities, including gatherings of up to 10 people, up to 5 visitors in the family home and some local and regional travel
  • Step 2 builds on this with gatherings of up to 20, and more businesses reopening, including gyms, beauty services and entertainment venues like galleries and cinemas.
  • Step 3 will see a transition to COVID safe ways of living and working, with gatherings of up to 100 people permitted. Arrangements under step 3 will be the ‘new normal’ while the virus remains a threat. International travel and mass gatherings over 100 people will remain restricted.


By state:

NSW - Preparing to ease some stage one restrictions Friday 15th May 2020.

QLD - Kindergarten, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 go back to school on Monday 11th May. Dining in at cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs still isn't allowed but discussions are underway

NT - From Friday 15th May, Territorians will be able to dine in at cafes and attend gym classes. 

WA - Western Australia has announced a four-step plan. Restaurants, cafes and pubs will reopen for up to 20 patrons from Monday 18th May 2020.

SA - Stage one is now in play for South Australia. The South Australian Government is hoping to get 55,000 people back into work by July with Stage 2 of the recovery roadmap likely to begin from June 8 if the new rules are successful.

VIC - Premier Daniel Andrews is due to announce a plan on Monday 11th May for how Victoria will gradually come out of strict lockdowns, the toughest in the country, following a meeting of State Cabinet.

TAS - Tasmania will ease restrictions from Monday 11th May, in line with the national three-step plan.

ACT - Gathering rules have eased, allowing up to 10 people to gather together, indoors and outdoors. There are no changes to cafes and restaurants as yet.

Business Australia will continue to update you and provide further comment as and when released.


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