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Australias First Weekend With Eased Restrictions


Australians across a number of states and territories have enjoyed a taste of normality during the first weekend of eased COVID-19 restrictions.

Prompted by declining COVID-19 figures, some state governments decided to ease restrictions ahead of schedule. Additional state police will be deployed to ensure residents are following social distancing rules that remain.

Northern Territory

Restrictions will be lifted at Recreational grounds and national parks. Northern Territory Police have applauded the behavior of Territorians following the ease of virus restrictions. A total of 115 compliance checks were conducted by police across NT. Despite eased restrictions, police increased visibility in public spaces.

“Were happy to say those attending these areas have been well behaved and following physical distancing,” said Incident Controller Acting Commander Shaun Gill.

Northern Territory (NT) was the first to lift major restrictions after recording zero deaths. The NT went 25 consecutive days without new virus cases until May 3 when two people tested positive for the CCP virus.

Popular sites such as Howard Springs Nature Park and Litchfield National Park reopened attracting high numbers of people.

Its all fun and games at Litchfield National Park, until the car park is full and social distancing gets difficult…

Swimming spots were pretty packed this morning, but police on the ground said people have been well behaved and well separated. @abcdarwin pic.twitter.com/La5wPPSP2N

— Melissa Mackay (@_melissamackay) May 2, 2020


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk eased travel restrictions allowing residents to travel up to 50 kilometers from their homes for recreational purposes. A considerable amount of Queenslanders were present in parks and beaches, and along hiking tracks.

The Gold Coast was one of the busiest areas, where police were called out to intervene at a number of house parties. Seven men were handed police infringement notices (PIN) of $1,334 (US$853) at one party, and a further 18 at another.

Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said he was frustrated at the disregard for restrictions.

“Its especially disappointing considering the vast majority of Gold Coast residents [were] doing the right thing and following the rules in line with the easing of restrictions across the weekend,” he said.

Queensland Police issued more than 140 fines over the weekend, with police commissioner Katarina Carroll labeling some beachgoers behavior “disappointing.”

New South Wales

Despite New South Wales experiencing the highest amount of CCP virus cases, the state lifted restrictions on May 1, allowing families (consisting of two adults and their children) to visit other households for the first time in weeks. Bondi beach extended its opening period from Monday to Friday, to include weekends.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was soRead More – Source