Tap beers and manicures back on the menu

Katina Curtis and Matt CoughlanAAP
Empty chairs at Australian bars and restaurants are set to be filled as virus measures are eased.
Camera IconEmpty chairs at Australian bars and restaurants are set to be filled as virus measures are eased.

Australians are enjoying draught beers and fresh manicures as coronavirus restrictions ease around the nation.

With the hospitality sector slowly reopening, people are being urged to venture out of their homes to shop locally and holiday a little further afield.

But they shouldn't expect to be shaking hands any time soon.

Pubs, cafes, beauty salons and museums reopened in most states on Monday, albeit with limits of 20 people for the most part.

Leading by example, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall separately marked the occasion with fresh beers from the tap.

Victorian leader Daniel Andrews enjoyed a sit-down meal at Melbourne institution Pellegrini's.

Queensland and Western Australia, which both have closed borders to outsiders, are starting advertising campaigns to encourage residents to holiday within their own state.

Tourism Tropical North head Mark Olsen said even opening travel up to Queenslanders would inject $50 million into the state economy.

The federal government is also stepping up encouraging people to buy Australian-made and help local manufacturers.

Nevertheless, many in the hospitality sector fear a long, slow recovery as patron numbers continue to be limited.

South Australian publican Mark Ricciuto, who welcomed the premier to his Alma Tavern, said having a limit of 80 people spread throughout would not allow the venue to make a profit, "but it's a step closer to making a profit".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the more people stuck to physical distancing and good hand hygiene, the sooner other parts of the economy would reopen.

Handshakes and other forms of physical contact remain off the agenda.

"At this stage, I couldn't see that changing for the rest of this year, to be honest," Mr Morrison told 2GB radio.

"It's those simple things, the social distancing, the bumping elbows, the washing hands, the downloading the COVIDSafe app. They're the simple things you can do that actually protect us probably more than anything."

His government is mulling options for how to help tradies through an expected slump in home construction in the second half of the year.

It's contemplating cash grants for new home construction and major renovation projects, along with a separate stimulus for the ailing entertainment sector.

More than 7200 Australians have tested positive to coronavirus with more than 1.47 million tests conducted.

About 480 cases remain active across the country, while the death toll remains at 103.

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