The Government's Three Step COVIDSafe Plan; Explained

Australians have waited, participated in social distancing and stayed at home for weeks, and now, the Australian Government has a roadmap to bringing us out of the Coronavirus lockdown, and into our new normal. We’re excited for the real estate industry to open up again so that we can go back to doing what we do best!

Due to the nature of the Federal Government’s announcement and because the states and territories have the freedom to implement their own strategies as they see fit, this three step roadmap is more of a framework as to what should actually occur. The individual states and territories will release more information in the coming days, but here’s a bite size explanation as to what this roadmap will look like in practice.


STEP ONE: Beginning to take place as of now.

Gatherings

  • Non work-related gatherings will be permitted of up to 10 people;
  • Groups of up to 5 people will be permitted to visit a home, as long as the total number of people within said home does not exceed 10;
  • It is still encouraged to work from home wherever possible;
  • It is strongly encouraged that we avoid public transport during peak hour;
  • Workplaces are strongly encouraged to begin developing COVIDSafe policies, prior to employees' future return to work.

Retail & Real Estate

  • Open homes and rental inspections permitted with groups of up to 10 people;
  • During open homes and rental inspections, visitor contact details must be recorded for tracking and tracing measures;
  • Retail stores to reopen, provided they have developed and implemented COVIDSafe policies.

Education

  • Primary and secondary schools to reopen for students, in accordance with the state and territory directives;
  • Universities and Technical colleges to increase face-to-face learning where possible, with skill-based and hands-on courses a priority.

Cafes and Restaurants

  • Cafes and restaurants may reopen, with the maximum of 10 patrons allowed at any one time. These patrons may dine in;
  • The premises must maintain the average density of 4sqm per person;
  • Food courts must remain closed and continue to operate on a take-away business model.

Entertainment Venues

  • Cinemas, theatres, stadiums, museums, zoos, galleries, pubs and clubs must remain closed.

Sports & Recreation

  • Indoor gyms remain closed;
  • Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and skate parks may reopen, as long as the maximum capacity does not exceed 10 people;
  • Outdoor pools may reopen, whilst abiding to the necessary restrictions.
  • Groups of 10 people are permitted to exercise together outdoors, including recreational sport.

Travel & Accommodation

  • Local and regional travel for recreation will be allowed;
  • The individual states and territories will dictate border restrictions;
  • Hostels and hotels to open for accommodation;
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds to maintain current state and territory guidelines.

Weddings & Funerals

  • Weddings with up to 10 guests permitted, in addition to the couple and celebrant;
  • Funerals with up to 20 guests are permitted indoors, and 30 guests permitted outdoors;
  • Religious gatherings may resume with up to 10 people in attendance;
  • All guests must record their contact details, for tracking and tracing purposes.

Hair & Beauty

  • Hairdressers and barber shops to reopen and record patron contact details, for tracking and tracing purposes;
  • Beauty therapy, massage therapy, saunas and tattoo studios must remain closed.


STEP TWO: Possibly June.

Gatherings

  • Non work-related gatherings will be permitted of up to 20 people;
  • States and territories may permit larger gatherings, to their own discretion;
  • Work conditions remain the same as Step One.

Retail & Real Estate

  • Open homes and rental inspections permitted with groups of up to 20 people;
  • During open homes and rental inspections, visitor contact details must be recorded for tracking and tracing measures;
  • All other real estate and retail conditions remain the same as Step One.

Education

  • Education conditions remain the same as Step One.

Cafes and Restaurants

  • Cafes and restaurants may continue to operate, with the maximum of 20 patrons allowed at any one time. These patrons may dine in;
  • All other conditions must remain the same as Step One.

Entertainment Venues

  • Indoor movie theatres, concert venues, stadiums, galleries, museums and zoos may reopen, with a maximum capacity of 20 patrons.
  • Pubs, clubs, casinos, night clubs, RSLs and other licensed venues must remain closed.

Sports & Recreation

  • Groups of 20 people are permitted to exercise together outdoors, including recreational sport;
  • All other conditions must remain the same as Step One.

Travel & Accommodation

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds to fully reopen;
  • All accommodation areas to reopen, permitting gatherings of up to 20 people;
  • The individual states and territories will dictate border restrictions and the permittance of interstate travel.

Weddings & Funerals

  • Weddings with up to 20 guests permitted, in addition to the couple and celebrant;
  • Funerals with up to 50 guests are permitted;
  • Religious gatherings may continue with up to 20 people in attendance.
  • All guests must record their contact details, for tracking and tracing purposes.

Hair & Beauty

  • Beauty therapy, massage therapy and tattoo studios are permitted to reopen, with a maximum of 20 patrons on the premises;
  • All guests must record their contact details, for tracking and tracing purposes;
  • Saunas and bathhouses must remain closed.


STEP THREE: Possibly July.

Gatherings

  • Non work-related gatherings will be permitted of up to 100 people;
  • People are still urged to avoid public transport during peak hour;
  • Employees are encouraged to return to the workplace.

Retail & Real Estate

  • Open homes and rental inspections permitted with groups of up to 100 people;
  • During open homes and rental inspections, visitor contact details must be recorded for tracking and tracing measures;
  • All other real estate and retail conditions remain the same as Step One.

Education

  • Education conditions remain the same as Step One;
  • The Government will evaluate and consider reopening residential colleges and allowing travel by international students;

Cafes and Restaurants

  • Cafes, restaurants and food courts may operate with the maximum of 100 patrons allowed at any one time. These patrons may dine in;
  • The premises must maintain the average density of 4sqm per person.

Entertainment Venues

  • Indoor movie theatres, concert venues, stadiums, galleries, museums and zoos may reopen, with a maximum capacity of 100 patrons;
  • Pubs, clubs, bar areas and gaming areas are likely to reopen.

Sports & Recreation

  • Indoor venues will be allowed to reopen with a maximum capacity of 100 people;
  • Community sport will be permitted in accordance with the Australian Institute of Sport framework.

Travel & Accommodation

  • All accommodation areas to continue operating, with a maximum capacity of 100 people.
  • All interstate travel to be permitted.

Weddings & Funerals

  • Weddings, funerals and religious services may continue to operate, with a maximum capacity of 100 attendees.
  • All guests must record their contact details, for tracking and tracing purposes.

Hair & Beauty

  • All businesses may reopen, with a maximum capacity of 100 people;
  • All guests must record their contact details, for tracking and tracing purposes.

This three-step guideline is an exciting and positive look into the way forward for our nation. As previously stated, the individual states and territories will be implementing and following these guidelines in the safest way possible, whilst continuously checking in with the statistics.

We’ll endeavour to keep you updated on our industry as and when information comes to hand as we transition back to a Covid-norm.

The Stockdale & Leggo team is excited to resume business as usual, providing the best quality service to the highest standard. Get in touch with one of your local agents to see how we can help you on your property journey.