Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia is on track to reach Step Three of the plan for a COVID safe society by July.
This morning’s National Cabinet meeting saw the three step process reconfirmed, with the national strategy focussed on suppression rather than eradication.
Given Australia’s success throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minster stated changes have been made to Step Three, specifically around gatherings.
Step Three initially stated indoor gatherings would be capped at 100 people.
This 100 person cap will be removed and replaced with the one person per four square metre rule by premises, applicable to each room.
The Prime Minister confirmed this will provide greater scope for larger venues, but will not happen immediately, rather as part of Step Three.
Step Three will also see venues with a capacity of 40,000 or less able to hold ticketed, seated events for up to 25% of the venue’s capacity.
This will be extended to sporting and cultural events, as well as outdoor, ticketed, seated festivals.
The Prime Minister also announced that nightclubs are “not on the agenda” given the failures seen overseas in this area, and the lack of commercial practicality in maintaining the 1.5m social distancing rule.
More to come.