PM reveals new plan to ease restrictions on exercise

·News Reporter
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Scott Morrison has announced national principles for sport and recreation have been developed as the government eyes a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

“Those set of principles states and territories can draw on in terms of getting some consistency across the country as we move into this next phase,” he said.

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The principles are split into three categories, Mr Morrison said, and includes elite and professional sport, community competitive sport and individual passive sport and recreation such as surfing or walking in a national park.

Scott Morrison is seen addressing the media.
Scott Morrison has addressed the media on Friday following a national cabinet meeting. Source: ABC

“I think people would welcome seeing these things happening again, and not just at the elite and professional level,” he said.

“Everything around from going for a surf to, you know, having a game of football or whatever it happens to be, netball [for example].

“So, we want to get back to a place where that can happen and we can have the confidence to do it safely and we want to do that as soon as we can.”

The prime minister addressed media on Friday afternoon following a meeting of the National Cabinet.

He also said workplace principles had been agreed upon, giving an insight into which restrictions the government is looking to potentially ease first.

“Today we were able to note the good progress that has been made,” he said, one week after initially announcing Australia could be in a position to lift restrictions in what is now three weeks time.

Mr Morrison praised the ramped up testing across all states and territories, one of the three criteria he said Australia must meet to allow the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

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