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Social distancing rules under review in time for Mother’s Day

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Gatherings of up to 10 people at home is one of the measures under review, with small parties possibly back on by this weekend.

The Federal Government is said to be considering easing social distancing restrictions in time for Mother's Day on Sunday.

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned celebrations this year will be vastly different due to the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to similarities between how Anzac Day was commemorated in April.

Gathering of up to 10 people at home is one of the measures under review, with small birthday parties and even dinner parties possibly back on by this weekend.

A family enjoys a picnic at Daisy Hill Forest Park in Brisbane, Saturday, May 2, 2020.

The reopening of children's playgrounds is another issue being looked at by medical officers.

But the final decision on the softening of lockdowns will come down to the leaders of the states and territories.

The issue is expected to be front and centre at Friday's National Cabinet meeting where it is likely the government will announce major changes to the easing of some restrictions.

Leaders warned about lifting restrictions

Australia's leaders have been urged not to release the handbrake on coronavirus restrictions too quickly, to avoid a potentially disastrous second infection wave.

Deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly said restrictions would be gradually eased rather than a wholesale return to life before the pandemic.

"Some things will open - others will not," he told reporters in Canberra.

"It will be scaled so that risk of increasing the number of cases is minimised while giving the maximum benefit to the economy and to normalisation of society."

The World Health Organisation has this morning warned that countries emerging from restrictions to halt the coronavirus must proceed "extremely carefully" or risk a rapid rise in new cases.

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- With AAP

Source: 9News

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