Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced Australia’s roadmap out of the COVID-19 lockdowns that have been in place since March.

The easing of restrictions will take place in a three-staged approach, with the timeline of each stages’ implementation in the hands of the states and territories.

SA Premier Steven Marshall has announced that step-one of the restrictions’ easing will begin on Monday May 11.

Among other changes, step-one will allow for the resumption of outdoor dining at restaurants and cafes.

However, expect to book because patronage will be capped at 10 people in any one venue at a time.

Other changes will see the ban on caravanning and camping lifted, tertiary education institutions allowed to offer face-to-face education for up to 10 people at a time and allowing up 30 people for outdoor funerals.

Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, Premier Steven Marshall congratulated South Australians on their work in slowing the virus’s spread, but refrained from predicting when mass gatherings would be allowed again.

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“I think most people would appreciate is that we can’t make predictions of what the situation’s going to be in 2, 3, 4 or 6 months’ time.

“There is still a lot of caution around gatherings, in particular mass gatherings. And I can’t imagine that there’s going to be a massive game played at the Adelaide Oval, 55,000 spectators any time soon.”

The roadmap out of the coronavirus restrictions will look like this:

Step 1

  • Up to 5 visitors in your home
  • Gatherings of up to 10 outside of home
  • Work from home if it works for you and your employer
  • Libraries, community centres, playgrounds and boot camps open
  • Australians can do more:
    • Shopping
    • Restaurants and cafés
    • Home sales and auctions
    • Local and regional travel

Step 2

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  • Gatherings of up to 20 outside of home
  • Work from home if it works for you and your employer
  • Australians can do even more in gatherings of up to 20:
    • Gyms
    • Beauty therapists
    • Cinemas, theatres or amusement parks
    • Galleries and museums
    • Some interstate travel
  • States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances

Step 3

  • Gatherings up to 100
  • Return to workplace
  • Consider cross-Tasman, Pacific Island travel and International student travel
  • Australians can do even more in gatherings of up to 100:
    • Food courts
    • Saunas and bathhouses
    • All interstate travel
  • States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances