Australian companies forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic were asked to prepare to reopen soon.
As the infection rate continues to drop, states and territories are beginning to relax the lockdown restrictions, signaling a slow return to normal life.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash called on retailers on Friday to create “safe workplaces for COVIDs” and to be ready to welcome customers safely when the government gives their “green light.”
If they follow proper health and safety protocols, pubs, stores, restaurants and gyms could be open within weeks in some states.
In the Northern Territory, which has had no new cases of COVID-19 in three weeks, pubs reopen on May 15.
It will probably take several months before the same thing happens in New South Wales and Victoria, which have had many more cases, but the stores will soon open.
Many stores in New South Wales are still closed (photo, Sydney QVB April 20) but told to prepare to reopen
“As we know, the virus will always be with us, but if we can control the spread of the virus, we can restart the economy,” Cash told Sunrise.
“Companies have to look – ‘What industry am I in?
“What are the restrictions that will remain in place at my particular workplace, and do I have a ready-to-use principles of good practices action plan, so that when I get the green light, I can open my doors ”. “
This comes at a time when Queensland is starting to allow non-essential purchases.
Cash said that in order for the retail, hospitality and fitness industries to get back on track, they had to make sure that proper safety measures were in place.
Coronavirus lockout has left shopping malls deserted as retailers temporarily close (photo, Westfield in Parramatta April 1), but may reopen soon
This involves limiting the number of people in a place at the same time and encouraging buyers to buy alone.
Scheduled deliveries to avoid overcrowding have also been suggested, with regular cleaning of heavily affected areas also a top priority.
This includes doorknobs, lift knobs, handrails and other items that are frequently touched – and that have been identified as an ordinary COVID-19 transmitter.
Stores and bars should also use floor markings to remind customers to distance themselves socially, leaving 1.5 meters between each person.
Businesses could also encourage customers to download the COVIDSafe contact tracking application.
The famous Sydney Opera House Opera Bar is closed on March 23 (photo) due to the coronavirus pandemic. But companies were asked to prepare to reopen
Manly Wharf’s Bavarian bar closed on March 25 (photo) due to coronavirus lockup, but ministers hinted restrictions could soon be lifted
WHAT SHOULD MY COMPANY DO TO REOPEN SOON?
Companies are encouraged to create a “COVID-free workplace” to reopen.
– Limit the number of people authorized in the store at any time
– Encourage customers to buy alone
– Plan deliveries to avoid congestion
– Clean regularly touched surfaces, such as door handles, lifting knobs and handrails
– Use markings on the ground to remind customers to maintain a distance of 1.5 m
– Encourage customers to download the COVIDSafe contact tracking application
The call to arms comes as some states begin to lift restrictions, which have crippled the economy and left thousands unemployed.
Queenslanders and NSW residents will soon be allowed to purchase non-essential items after millions of Australians have spent weeks locked up in their homes.
On Thursday, the Northern Territory announced that it would begin easing restrictions – including the reopening of bars and pubs – after three consecutive weeks without new cases.
ACT fully eradicated the virus on Thursday with zero active cases, while there are only four in the NT and 14 in South Australia.
South Australia has not had a new case for eight days, nor has Queensland for four days – but the government is still not ready to reopen state borders.
“Each workplace must examine its individual situation in what will be the new normal environment in which we live,” said Minister Cash (photo) on Sunrise
Gyms across Australia have been asked to prepare to reopen in a few weeks, but must provide special clean-up measures (photo, empty Melbourne gymnasium on March 23)
“Every workplace has to look at the individual circumstances in terms of how the restrictions are applied and what new environment we will be living in,” said Cash.
“If you look at the recent announcement of restaurants and cataracts, they are putting in place principles of good practice based on the steps they need to take as a restaurant industry.
“The fitness industry is exploring ways to reopen in a safe environment.
“And for the office environment, accounting firms, law firms, again, it will be different.
“You have to make sure that when the green light has been given and we restart Australia, you are ready to go so that we can all have confidence in our workplaces, wherever we work, wherever we work. “
As of Friday morning, there have been 6,754 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, with a national death toll of 93.
This graph shows how active cases of coronavirus decrease while the number of patients recovered increases
Coronavirus infection rates continue to decline across Australia, with no new cases confirmed on Thursday in six states and territories.
Despite the success, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned that life would not return to normal before the virus for at least 18 months.
The “exit from the road” of isolation on a national scale would likely first involve easing restrictions on whether or not people can socialize outside.
In the Northern Territory, authorities released a comprehensive exit strategy on Thursday detailing how they proposed to cut distancing laws without reintroducing the virus.
Outdoor weddings and funerals with an unlimited number of guests will be allowed from Friday, while restaurants, cafes and bars will reopen from May 15.
A large group is seen enjoying the sun at McKenzies Beach on April 25 (photo), which is still against New South Wales rules as it is neither an exercise nor an essential
Guests can have a drink, but only with a meal.
Beginning on Saturday, playgrounds, swimming pools and parks will reopen, allowing people to use them as long as they follow the social distancing guidelines and stay within 1.5 meters of each other.
Fishing, golf and tennis are also allowed again, and open house tours will start on Saturday.
Galleries, museums, gymnasiums and beauty salons will also open at this time, but facials will not be allowed until June 5.
Certain limitations will continue to apply, as sites are required to complete a security plan to ensure physical distance and good hygiene.
Final drinks at Pyrmont Bridge Hotel in Sydney before bars close on March 23 (photo), but restaurant may reopen in some states soon
Low number of NT coronavirus cases have resulted in restrictions being lifted, but border closures are expected to remain in place indefinitely
Customers can only stay on site for a maximum of two hours.
The national cabinet is preparing a “way out” for the virus and will then discuss relaxing some of the restrictions introduced to slow the spread in mid-May.
Most scholars argue that social and economic restrictions should be lifted slowly and gradually, rather than removed all at once.
The softened NT rules could provide a model for other jurisdictions due to making critical decisions about the revival of economic and social activity in the coming weeks.
But after the last cabinet meeting, Morrison admitted that the Australians still have a “difficult road to travel” despite the apparent success in smoothing the curve at the national level.
The Australian Capital Territory has effectively eradicated the virus together, while South Australia has remained eight consecutive days with no new cases.
“We have been one step ahead, we must be one step ahead,” said Morrison.
A sign telling people to “surf and go” is seen at Bondi Beach in Sydney (photo from April 28), with residents only allowed on the beaches for essential exercise
HOW DID AUSTRALIA BATT COVID-19?
Australia’s infection rates contrast sharply with those of many other G20 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and Spain.
Australian health experts say the infection rate is stable due to several factors:
– Generalized tests
– Tracing carriers
– Self-isolation of people at risk
– Strictly applied social distancing
– Quick travel restrictions
– Advance ban on travel from China
– The isolation of all Australian arrivals
The first case of COVID-19 infection in Australia – a Chinese citizen who arrived from Guangzhou on January 19 – was reported in Melbourne on January 25.
Six days later, Australia banned the entry of foreign nationals from China and ordered citizens returning from that country to isolate themselves for 14 days.
This rule was extended to anyone entering the country on March 15.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison then made the decision to close the country’s borders on Friday, March 20.
“I know it’s a very scary thing for Australians. When they see the very good result they have achieved, can’t we all go back to what it was?
Australian Hotels Association CEO Stephen Ferguson said that when sites are allowed to reopen, hotels “will be ready” to comply with all measures.
“This is an extremely difficult time for members from across Australia,” he said on Friday.
“The hotels were closed more than a month ago, but the sector is not in hibernation, it is important to remember that the bills for insurance, utilities, companies and property taxes continue to become.
“We are not yet aware of any proposed changes to open spaces. However, when the reopening finally arrives, our hotels will be ready and ready to comply with any new measure requested by the government. “
He revealed that hoteliers are considering a range of “enhanced health measures”, including additional staff training, regular cleaning of all heavily affected surfaces – such as new laminates – and new floor layouts.
The AHA represents 5,000 pubs, hotels and resorts across Australia across Australia and employed 270,000 people prior to the arrival of COVID-19.
The Prime Minister cited the experience of other countries that lifted the restrictions too early, such as Singapore and Germany.
They then experienced a second wave of infection.
“But let’s look at the experience of what has happened abroad,” he added on Thursday.
“If you relax too quickly too soon, you end up making the situation worse and I’m not just talking about health.
“If you move too early and the health response gets out of hand, the economic consequences will be even worse.”