National Cabinet to plan ‘gentle steps’ out of lockdown – but social distancing to stay in place for longer than planned

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and State and Territory leaders have discussed the first major stages of planning “gentle steps” out of social restrictions at a meeting of the National Cabinet yesterday.

Prior to the meeting, Health Minister Greg Hunt told Sky News: “we went in quickly [on social restrictions], we will step out gradually”.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has also indicated the various Governments are “looking to the next stage” of the coronavirus response.

However, the Premier said until a vaccine was developed, social distancing would remain in place.

“Until there is a cure or vaccine, we have to live with this virus,” she said.

“That means social distancing or any other restrictions we have in place at the time. What we thought might be a six-month process could be much longer.”

Confirmation then for aged care operators that visitor restrictions may need to stay in place for six months – or longer.

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