Officials in Australia announced a set of plans, Wednesday, to resume public life at a rapid pace in order to push the affected economy in sync with a diplomatic row with China, its main trade partner.
The government is also in talks with universities about allowing some foreign students to return, a sector that contributes more than A $ 30 billion ($ 19.6 billion) to the local public treasury.
New South Wales, the most populous state, will allow citizens to resume leisure travel as of next month and reopen tourist areas on its southern coast that have been badly affected by massive forest fires before the Corona virus pandemic.
"We will play our role as the largest state and the center of economic power in the country, to ensure that we provide the greatest possible degree of economic activity in a safe environment," said Gladys Berggillen, the state's prime minister.
"We want people to enjoy themselves and feel freedom, but at the same time we hope that you know that everything we do is different during the pandemic," she added.
Australia has recorded just over seven thousand cases of the virus, including one hundred deaths, and has conducted about 1.1 million checks for the population of 25 million, and Health Minister Greg Hunt said the country had recorded only 11 new cases during the past 24 hours.
The Australian states and territories are implementing a three-stage federal government plan to ease public isolation measures imposed two months ago. But the irregular pace of implementation means applying various restrictions across the country at the same time.
South Australia said it plans to move faster to the second stage and that it will allow residents to eat and drink at restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, the states of Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania, all of which have recorded a decline in cases of infection, continue to close their borders.
The resumption of business and social life across the country comes amid a row with China over Australia's leadership role in urging an international investigation into the origin of the emerging Corona virus.
China this week supported a comprehensive WHO review of the response to the spread of the virus, but it is angry at what it sees as a more targeted investigation urges Australia.
China describes Australia's efforts to garner support for the investigation as a "political maneuver".
Beijing last week banned some Australian meat exports, citing trademark offenses, and this week imposed large tariffs on barley imports from Australia to fight dumping and influence government support.
The disagreement may affect universities' plans to attract students, as Chinese students make up about 40% of the number of students in the international higher education sector in Australia.