Scott Morrison says coronavirus restrictions will drag on into 2021

Get ready for a COVID Christmas: Scott Morrison says coronavirus restrictions will drag on into 2021 Scott Morrison said coronavirus restrictions will 'likely' drag past Christmas  The prime minister said he would tackle reopening borders 'one step at a time' He said it's unlikely Australians will be able to move to a 'restriction-free society'

By Alana Mazzoni For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 02:13 BST, 11 August 2020 | Updated: 07:22 BST, 11 August 2020

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Scott Morrison has warned Australians that coronavirus restrictions will likely stay in place into next year.

New South Wales and Victoria had agreed to largely reopen their economies, including borders, by late July.

But the killer second wave that has gripped Victoria all but destroyed those plans, and subsequently led to Queensland also closing its borders indefinitely.

The prime minister said his government would tackle reopening borders 'one step at a time'.

'If circumstances change and certainly if they chance in the way we hoped they would, well, I would welcome it by Christmas, if it were possible,' he said.

Scott Morrison said it's 'unlikely' Australia will be able to 'move back to a restriction-free society'

Scott Morrison said it's 'unlikely' Australia will be able to 'move back to a restriction-free society' 

The prime minister said his government would tackle reopening borders 'one step at a time'

The prime minister said his government would tackle reopening borders 'one step at a time'

'It's unlikely that we were able to move back to a restriction-free society. I doubt that is going

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