After success in ‘flattening the curve’, govt makes plan to ease restrictions

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With the number of new COVID-19 cases in Australia each day reducing, the government as announced it is now possible to ease some of the restrictions.

The department of health has come out with a new 3-step plan provides a pathway to ease restrictions. States and territories will move between steps at different times, in line with their public health situation and local conditions.

The is based on the expert advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee on how to establish COVIDSafe ways of working and living.

In the first step, it is important not to move too quickly and lose ground gained. These first steps will give more opportunities to connect with family and friends face-to-face.

The second steps will build on this with larger gatherings and more businesses reopening. The third steps start to adopt long-term COVIDSafe ways of living and working, which will be the “new normal”, while the virus remains a threat.

Physical distancing, hygiene are a priority

The department of health advisory states that one needs to stay at least 1.5 metres away from others whenever and wherever possible. If shopping centres or public spaces are crowded, making it difficult to keep one’s distance, simply do not enter the space. Come back when it is not as busy, says the directive.

Good hygiene helps stop the spread of the coronavirus. Wash hands regularly with soap and water don’t touch the face, and remember to cough and sneeze into the elbow instead of hand.

More than ever, it is important, says the advisory, to stay home if one has a cold or flu like symptoms. If there is the slightest hint of fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, get tested for coronavirus.

Download the COVIDSafe App

If you haven’t already, download the COVIDSafe app, says the advisory. The app supports public health officials by speeding up the process of notifying people who have been in contact with someone with coronavirus.

Visit Australia.gov.au for the latest advice, and links to each state and territory. You can also call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or the translating and interpreting service on 131 450.


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