COVID-19 Restrictions Are Easing in Australia — But When Will We Be Able to Travel Interstate?
COVID-19 restrictions across the country are beginning to ease, with students returning to schools and cafes and restaurants reopening. We're even allowed to have five people in our homes, or groups of 10 outdoors!
But, at time of writing, the advice from the Department of Health is still to avoid all non-essential domestic travel. When will we be able to travel domestically again?
On May 15, the ABC wrote that Prime Minister Scott Morrison said domestic travel would "hopefully" resume by July. "Australians can hopefully soon return to domestic holidays and to move around the country more widely, and particularly with school holidays coming up again in July."
Travelling regionally, although not interstate, falls under step one of the Federal Government's guidelines for rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, although it's up to the states to determine when exactly these steps are implemented.
Under step two of the plan, caravan and camping grounds will reopen, and some interstate travel will be possible — although will depend on the border policies in different states and territories. Then, under step three, all interstate travel, including domestic air-travel will be permitted.