Australia bans public meetings and non-essential travel as part of a series of restrictions in late March. Local transmission has since been prevented, with outbreaks now considered to be widely controlled.
There were only 19 new infections on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University, bringing the total number of cases reported in the country to 6,913, with 97 deaths.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Morrison said it was time to reopen the country.
“The next step after this is to build the trust and momentum that will make our economy bounce back and run and make Australians get back up and move forward confidently,” Morrison said.
According to Morrison, easing of restrictions will be carried out in three stages. The first will enable greater relationships between friends and family, allowing more people to gather at home and visit one another.
Morrison said that students would likely be able to return to school, while restaurants, retail stores, and cafes could be reopened. Thirty people will be allowed to attend the funeral and ten will be able to attend the wedding.
In Step two, larger meetings of up to 20 people will be permitted in places such as theaters and galleries, while organized community sporting events and beauty salons will be allowed to reopen.
Finally, in the third step, meetings of up to 100 people will be permitted and interstate travel will be permitted to continue.
Morrison said there would be no tight deadline for such measures, with states and territories permitted to implement them at their own pace, but the aim was to move through all steps to achieve a “Covid safe economy” in July this year. .
Australia is not the first country to relax restrictions on the number of shrinking corona virus infections. Countries such as Germany, Italy and Spain have slowly returned to normal while China has eased many preventative measures.
Morrison said Friday that more than a month under broad restrictions had done great damage to the Australian economy.
Another million use their retirement savings early to stay afloat, according to Morrison.
“So many Australians are injured now. Life is turned upside down. Painful separation forms the people they love. The livelihoods they have spent on building a lifetime are stripped away,” he said.
But Morrison said that also showed how Australia could unite in times of crisis. “Every Australian is important, every life, every job, every future.”