Australia holiday hotspots reopen as lockdown restrictions eased today
Western Australia has today announced that they will be relaxing coronavirus lockdown rules by changing certain rules that were put in place.
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Western Australians can now enjoy picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking and camping after the state relaxed coronavirus restrictions today.
Variations on these rules range from state to state. The two biggest states New South Wales and Victoria have the strictest lockdown and don’t plan on lifting these measures until mid-May according to the BBC.
However in some states like Queensland from Saturday, people can go shopping again for fashion, have a picnic in the park or go for a swim at the beach.
Residents can do all of these activities as long as it is within a 40 minute drive from home.
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Beaches were never closed but people can now lie on the sand in groups of 10 as long as they observe social distancing.
Western Australia is also joining South Australia in expanding the national two person limit on gatherings to 10 people, but meet-ups still have to be for essential reasons.
This includes weddings which were previously limited to five people.
Premier Mark McGowan said: “The changes are sensible and reasonable, and are designed to provide a high value social impact.
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“Western Australians have done such a great job so far, although these changes are small, I hope it will be of benefit to many Western Australians – they deserve it.”
The state has confirmed a total of 549 coronavirus cases, but only 55 remain alive.
There are currently 16 people in Perth hospitals, including four in intensive care.
Also on Monday, several elective surgeries resumed across the nation.
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For the most part, Australians are still required to stay at home unless they have crucial work, shopping or exercise reasons.
States and territory leaders say there is no fast and easy way to return to a “pre-coronavirus” norm.
Peter Collignon, Australian National University microbiologist told the Daily Mail that the implementation of a staggered return to work would reduce the risk of the transmission on buses and that pubs and hotels may not return to normal until September.
New Zealand will also list some of its nationwide lockdown measures, moving down one level on its alert scale.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden says there are no undetected transmissions anymore and that the country has “won the battle”.
The deaths of 19 people have been linked to the virus.
Also restrictions on movement in Spain have been eased to allow children outside for the first time in six weeks.
Spain has had one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns but the governments hopes to ease measures further to let everyone exercise outside.
Italy holds one of the highest numbers of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Europe, it reaches nearly 27,000 deaths.
However with the death rate slowly decreasing, the country has now laid out plans on how it will come out of lockdown.
From May 3, people will be allowed to visit their relatives, only in small numbers, and only wearing masks.
People will also be allowed to move around their local area with parks reopening.
Funerals will also be allowed to be held again with a maximum of 15 people.
Services like hairdressers and beauty salons are not due to be open until 1 June.
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