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State-by-state: Here is everything re-opening and when around Australia

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All you need to know about how restrictions are being eased in your state.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the National Cabinet's three-stage plan to reopen Australia, economically and recreationally, from the COVID-19 lockdown.

Although all states and territories across the country will share the same path back to some semblance of "normality", each jurisdiction will determine its own pace.

So, who's leading and who's lagging in the push to get Australians back to work and back together?

New South Wales

From today, school children in NSW will go back to face-to-face teaching one day a week, with the number of days children attend school expected to gradually ramp up over the coming weeks.

In a highly anticipated announcement, Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday confirmed several COVID-19 restrictions also will be eased from Friday.

NSW to ease some restrictions from Friday.

Cafes and restaurants will be allowed to re-open for up to 10 patrons with operators still needing to keep to an average density of four square metres per person.

Also from Friday, five people – including children - will be able to visit another person's home.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed, which is the first time since lockdown residents can leave their homes for recreational purposes.

The new relaxing of restrictions also allows 10 guests at weddings, 20 people at indoor funerals, and 30 at outdoor funerals.

Religious gatherings and places of worship can also welcome up to 10 people.

Outdoor equipment including gyms and playgrounds can be used with caution, with people encouraged to sanitise the equipment, and swimming in outdoor pools will be allowed.

Restrictions to ease in NSW from Friday.

Victoria

Victorians are expected to find out later this morning when social distancing rules will begin to ease across the state.

Premier Daniel Andrews is due to announce a plan at 11am (AEST) for how Victoria will gradually come out of strict lockdowns, the toughest in the country, following a meeting of State Cabinet.

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Queensland

As of yesterday, families of up to five people were allowed to visit another home.

From today, some students will begin returning to schools, depending on their age group.

Kindergarten, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 will go back to school from today, with a decision about further returns to be ruled on by May 15.

However, schools are expected to be fully operational from May 25 if the number of new COVID-19 diagnoses remains low, Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk said.

From Saturday, Queenslanders will be allowed to gather in groups of 10, dine in at restaurants, pubs and cafes as the state enacts Step One of the Federal Government's COVID-19 roadmap.

Bars and gaming facilities will remain closed in the first phase of a staged easing of the state's lockdown, but up to 10 people at a time can dine in at restaurants, pubs, licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels will be allowed.

South Australia

In South Australia, life will feel a little more normal from today with many restrictions being lifted.

Regional travel is being encouraged, which is likely to be welcome news for communities hit hard by recent bushfires, with campgrounds and caravan parks now open.

Restaurants and cafes are now able to reopen to 10 patrons if they sit outside.

Auctions and home inspections can restart while 20 mourners are now allowed at an indoor funeral or 30 if the service takes place outside.

The South Australian Government is hoping to get 55,000 people back into work by July with stage two of the recovery roadmap likely to begin from June 8 if the new rules are successful.

Schools are open for face-to-face learning and encouraged to attend.

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ACT

Under changes put in place in time for Mother's Day yesterday, Canberrans are allowed to gather in groups of 10, indoors or outdoors, but social distancing must be maintained.

As with many other states, 20 people can attend indoor funerals or 30 for outdoor funerals.

There will be a 10-person limit at religious gatherings, including ceremonies and places of worship.

Boot camps and outdoor physical training can have 10 people attend at a safe distance but fitness equipment can not be shared.

Open homes and auctions can proceed in the ACT, with a maximum of 10 people in attendance.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said an announcement on pubs, restaurants and cafes will be made in the coming weeks, noting businesses need notice of change.

Two adults and any dependent children can leave the ACT and enter New South Wales for the purposes of providing care and support.

Western Australia

Western Australia will become the first state to enter stage two of rolled-back coronavirus measures from next week, but not all of the Federal Government's framework is being followed.

The state has already implemented most of the stage one measures, including gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors and a "soft start" to getting students back in classrooms in Term 2.

From May 18, libraries, gyms and indoor weddings will be allowed for up to 20 people, while outdoor weddings will be permitted to have up to 30 people.

Gatherings of up to 20 people will be permitted in public spaces, including non-contact sports and indoor gyms with a limit of 20 people at any facility.

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Cafes and restaurants will also be allowed to seat up to 20 people, although Premier Mark McGowan called for more al fresco dining where possible.

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There will also be more opportunities to travel between the state's regions, with regional borders reduced from 13 to four.

Playgrounds and skate parks will remain closed under Western Australia's stage two measures, marking a deviation from the federal framework released Friday.

Schools are open in WA and all students are able to attend.

Tasmania

Tasmania's coronavirus restrictions will start to ease from today.

Public gatherings can then increase from two to 10 people, including for real estate purposes, religious meetings and weddings.

Visits to aged care facilities will be eased, allowing no more than two people to visit once per week.

Funeral limits will also be relaxed, with the cap on mourners rising from 10 to 20.

The funeral industry has been turned on its head by coronavirus restrictions.

Students from kindergarten to years 6, and years 11 and 12 will return to classrooms from May 25, with remaining grades to resume in June.

National parks and reserves will open for residents to exercise within 30 kilometres of their homes, as will TasTAFE campuses and training facilities for small groups to do practical learning or assessments.

Premier Peter Gutwein said the state would then look to move into stage two from June 15.

Northern Territory

The NT has already entered stage one of its recovery, permitting outdoor gatherings, non-contact outdoor sport, fishing, and open house inspections and auctions.

Stage two will begin on Friday.

This will permit restaurants, clubs and bars to open back up, along with beauty parlours, masseuses, indoor religious gatherings, libraries, museums and outdoor sports training.

People undertaking such activities, however, are subject to a two-hour limit.

That time limit is set to disappear on June 5, when the NT hits stage three.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-restrictions-australia-state-by-state-explainer-whats-reopening-what-isnt-scott-morrison-three-stage-plan/b091b5b8-65c8-48ae-a2f1-7cf474e39196

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