Coronavirus: PM 'will lift restrictions allowing 10 people to gather at home'

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The prime minister is reportedly set to greenlight gatherings of up to 10 people in a house in a move to ease coronavirus restrictions.

Scott Morrison met with National Cabinet on Tuesday ahead of a second meeting on Friday.

Following that second meeting, Mr Morrison will outline a number of changes to restrictions and among those are allowing groups of up to 10 people to gather in a home, 7News reported.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) arrives at a press conference with Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter (C) and Head of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Nev Power (L) at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.
Scott Morrison following Tuesday's National Cabinet meeting. Source: Getty Images

Each state and territory is in charge of their own approach to this, but the PM wants restrictions eased in a bid to bolster Australia’s economy and he will want rules lifted sooner rather than later.

He told reporters on Tuesday the restrictions were costing $4 billion a week.

“That cost will continue so long as we have Australians in a position where they are unable to open their businesses and go back to the offices, children unable to go back to school, and the many restrictions in place,” he said.

Adults sit on the back porch of a house enjoying drinks. Scott Morrison is reportedly set to allow up to 10 people to gather at a house.
The prime minister is reportedly going to allow up to 10 people to gather at a house. Source: Getty Images, file

“That is why the national cabinet has been working very effectively today (Tuesday) as we move towards the decisions we need to take on Friday that will impact on these restrictions in weeks and months that are ahead.”

Friday’s announcement might also provide insight into how Australia’s pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants will look in the coming weeks.

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