Festivals are coming soon! Scott Morrison changes national guidelines

Up to 10,000 people will be allowed into stadiums for sports and festivals as Scott Morrison unveils a HUGE relaxation of restrictions including unlimited mourners at funerals

  • Step-three national guidelines capped numbers in a venue at 100 people
  • National cabinet has removed that to allow any number with social distancing 
  • This means that fans will be allowed back at footy and festivals can restart
  • Queensland is opening its border on July 10 and South Australia on July 20 

Scott Morrison has changed national coronavirus guidelines to allow fans to go to the footy and music lovers to attend festivals from next month.

Step-three restrictions, which are due to be implemented by states and territories in in July, originally capped numbers in a venue at 100 people.

The national cabinet today agreed to remove that number and replace it with a four-square-metre social distancing rule.

The national guideline cap on numbers for indoor venues will be removed in step-three. This means seated and ticketed festivals will be allowed at stadiums

The national guideline cap on numbers for indoor venues will be removed in step-three. This means seated and ticketed festivals will be allowed at stadiums

Mr Morrison said stadiums with fewer than 40,000 seats will be able to host 25 per cent of their capacity, paving the way for 10,000 fans to return to sports games.

Festivals where fans are seated and issued with tickets will also be allowed to resume. 

Stadiums with more than 40,000 seats will be get individual guidance on how many people they are allowed, Mr Morrison said.

Funerals and churches will also be allowed an unlimited number of socially distanced people.  

There would also be no cap on numbers for pubs and restaurants but Mr Morrison said nightclubs were unlikely to re-open because it would not be commercially viable for them to do so with social distancing.

Scott Morrison has changed national coronavirus guidelines to eventually allow fans back at footy and music lovers to attend festivals

Scott Morrison has changed national coronavirus guidelines to eventually allow fans back at footy and music lovers to attend festivals

Funerals and churches will also be allowed an unlimited number of socially distanced people under the new guidelines. Pictured: A service in Melbourne

Funerals and churches will also be allowed an unlimited number of socially distanced people under the new guidelines. Pictured: A service in Melbourne 

The Prime Minster also revealed that the Queensland Premier has agreed to open the state’s border on July 10 and South Australia’s borders will open on 20 July.

In a warning to other premiers who have refused to open their borders, he said international students will not be allowed to enter a state until state borders have been removed. 

‘If people can’t come to your state from Sydney, then no-one is coming to your state from Singapore,’ he said.

‘If you want borders open for international students then you need to open borders for Australians.’ 

However, Mr Morrison was hopeful that internal borders would be gone in July and trials to let international students return could begin.

‘On international students we’ll be working closely on states and territories, firstly on a pilot basis, to enable, in a very controlled setting, for international students to be able to come to Australia,’ he said.

stadiums with fewer than 40,000 seats will be able to host 25 per cent of their capacity, paving the way for fans to return to sports games. Pictured: The MCG

stadiums with fewer than 40,000 seats will be able to host 25 per cent of their capacity, paving the way for fans to return to sports games. Pictured: The MCG

This is the roadmap that the Prime Minister released last month to outline how to get back to normal

This is the roadmap that the Prime Minister released last month to outline how to get back to normal 

Mr Morrison also warned protesters not to attend Black Lives Matter rallies because they are not safe.

Two protests are scheduled this weekend in Perth and Sydney after the death of black security guard George Floyd in the US.

‘The medical advice is that this is an unsafe thing to do. It puts not only your own health at risk, but it puts other people’s lives at risk,’ Mr Morrison said.

Chief Medical officer Brendan Murphy agreed, saying protests are dangerous. 

‘Those sort of events where you have a large number of people who don’t know each other and who we can’t contact trace easily or track one of the highest risk events,’ he said.

‘You cannot make them safe, despite all the attempts of organisers.’

A protester at a rally in Melbourne on Saturday had tested positive for coronavirus, sparking fears of a second wave.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Australian cities in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: A protest in Sydney on Tuesday

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Australian cities in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured: A protest in Sydney on Tuesday

Also in his press conference, the Prime Minister apologised for saying on Thursday that there was no slavery in Australia.  

In an interview on Sydney radio 2GB, the he was asked whether statues of Captain James Cook should be removed in response to a movement in the UK to topple monuments to slave traders. 

He rejected the idea and said: ‘It was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia.’

Thousands of activists have pointed out that although slavery was never legal Down Under, convicts, Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders were all victims of forced labour.

‘My comments were not intended to give offence and if they did a deeply regret that and apologise for that,’ he said. 

‘This is not about getting into history wars.’ 

The three-step plan to relaxing lockdown in Australia 

 STAGE 1

* Five visitors allowed at home

* Gatherings of up 10 in business and public places

* Work from home if it works for you and your employer

* Small restaurants, cafes and shopping open with max of 10 customers

* Home sales and in-person auctions resume

* Children back in classrooms

* Libraries, community centres, playgrounds and outdoor boot camps open

* Local and regional travel resume 

 STAGE 2

* Gatherings of 20 people in your home, business and public places

* Work from home if it works for you and your employer

* Gyms, beauty, cinemas, galleries and amusement parks open with COVID-safe plans 

* Organised community sport allowed

* Caravan and camping grounds reopen

* Some interstate travel

* States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances

STAGE 3

* Originally gatherings of up to 100 people, now unlimited with distancing

* Return to workplaces

* Pubs, clubs, nightclubs, food courts, saunas and some gaming venues open

* All interstate travel resumes

* Consider cross-Tasman, Pacific island and international students travel

* States and territories may allow larger numbers in some circumstances 

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