The Prime Minister, Mr Scott Morrison, announced two key decisions reached at today's National Cabinet meeting, November 13, 2020. He said that all states except Western Australia want to open their domestic borders before Christmas. He also foreshadowed a uanimous agreement to the national vaccine policy, the details of which are being ironed out.
The Prime Minister also said he was not planning to open any travel bubbles with other nations before the end of the year.
He commented: 'We have a process where we're investigating other countries that could potentially be considered low-risk... but we have not made that decision at this point.
In the meantime, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is also calling for coronavirus restrictions to ease in time for Christmas. He proposed at State Emergency Operations Centre that from December 24 the cap on people allowed in homes is to be raised to either 40 or 50. Currently, the rule is that no more than 20 people are permitted to visit a home in NSW, though a member of the household is not counted in this limit. NSW has had zero community transmission in the last five days, one from hotel quarantine.
Victoria has also enjoyed double doughnut days ie zero community case and zero death in the last fourteen days!! The Premier, Dan Andrews, said he is hopeful that with the easing of restrictions that Victorians would still be observing COVID safe practices.
Queensland Premier Anastacia Palazcuk announced further easing of Queensland restrictions based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer. The biggest winners are for weddings which can have as many 200 people and 100 per cent capacity for open-air stadium.