Australia is now entering the recovering phase with focuses putting on reopening economy and society.
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced the Roadmap to a COVID-safe Australia in three stages.
  • For step 1 (May), this stage allows certain facilities to operate with physical distancing and hygiene practice where public can do more with shopping, restaurants and cafes, local playgrounds, home sales & auctions, outdoors boot camps, local and regional travel. However, the number of people will be limited for visiting home (up to 5 visitors per home) and gatherings outside of home (up to 10 people per gathering). In addition, people are encouraged to work from home if it works.
  • For step 2 (June), this stage will allow more businesses reopen with physical distancing and hygiene practice. The number of people will be increased for gatherings outside of home (up to 20 people per gathering). Besides, public can visit gyms, beauty therapists, cinemas, theatres or amusement parks, galleries and museums. At this stage, people are encouraged to work from home if it works.
  • For step 3 (July), this stage will allow people to return to workplace with physical distancing and hygiene practice. The number of people will be increased for gatherings (up to 100 people per gathering).
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    Australia begins to ease restrictions on non-essential movement as COVID-19 spread slows.
    State Governments have set up COVID-19 test centres and are encouraging residents to undergo tests regardless of whether they exhibit symptoms.
    Australia has developed a coronavirus contact tracing app modelled after Singapore’s TraceTogether. To further ease up on the nationwide lockdown, there must be a minimum 40% usage rate of the app across the country (current rate: est. 10%).
    Australian states have started to relax some restrictions non-essential movement; NSW has re-opened their beaches to local residents and are permitting conditional home visits, while NT has detailed a roadmap to lifting restrictions. Commencing on 15 May, Stage 2 of this roadmap will allow restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars to re-open.
    Impact on Food Supply Chain
  • The volatility of domestic demand is improving.
  • However, the cost of air and sea freight has increased by 20%. The current air freight assistance programme is focused on agri-business and import of medical supplies, and the Australian Food and Grocery Council continues to work with the Government to explore how this may be expanded to support the F&B sector.
  • Beverage packaging: There is still difficulty in securing recycled PET as packaging material as well as maintaining or upgrading bottling equipments.
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    Australia retains restrictions on public movement at least for the next four weeks, but plans to ease restrictions as COVID-19 spread slows.
    Baseline restrictions on the public, including social distancing, staying home and closing of schools (except for children of essential workers), are set to continue for at least another four weeks.
    There are plans to re-open schools. While the re-opening of schools has been a key demand of the federal government (citing medical advice that children carry low risk of transmitting the virus), education is run by state and territory governments. In NSW, students will begin to return to school on 11 May on a staggered basis in preparation for full-time schooling to resume in July.
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