The Prime Minister has announced further social distancing restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 after the National Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 24 March 2020.
Many more non-essential services businesses must now close. Schools will continue to remain open.
Further businesses must now close from midnight Wednesday:
♦ Beauty salons, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo shops and massage (excluding health related) must close.
♦ Hairdressers and barbers may remain open, but must follow social distancing rules, limit number in premises and restrict to no more than 30 minutes per client.
♦ Libraries, galleries, museums, national institutions to close.
♦ Real Estate Auctions, house inspections and other auction houses banned.
♦ Community facilities and swimming centres to close.
♦ Children’s play centres (indoors & outdoors), amusement parks, arcades to close.
♦ Food courts can only offer takeaway – seating areas to close.
♦ Yoga, Pilates and Fitness Centres to close. Personal training and boot camps limited to 10 people (but must adhere to strict social distancing rules).
♦ Indoor and outdoor markets will be addressed by state and territories (excluding food markets)
♦ Funerals to have a maximum of 10 people.
♦ Weddings may only have the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses maximum (no more than 5 people in total).
♦ Do not congregate outside in groups together.
♦ Visits to your home should be minimal and very small numbers of guests. No large bbqs, birthday parties or house parties at home.
♦ Travel overseas – has changed from a ”Do not travel” to a strict ban on overseas trips.
♦ Cafes and restaurants will continue to only be allowed to provide takeaway and deliveries.
♦ Working from home is strongly encouraged where possible.
♦ Schools will remain open.
In speaking about why schools must remain open, the Prime Minister stressed that it is to ensure children get taught and don’t miss out on education. Also it will help parents continue to work:
“Everyone who has a job in this economy is an essential worker.”
“Jobs are essential, and everyone who has one needs to be able to keep doing their job, and that means they will need to continue to be able to send their children to school for an education.”
Scott Morrison said that people should stay at home and only go out if “absolutely necessary”, for exercising, buying food and supplies, seeking medical care, going to work if they cannot work from home, and fulfilling caring responsibilities.
“Gathering together, even around a large family table in the family home, when all the siblings get together and bring the kids, these are not things we can do now. All of these things present risks.”
These further restrictions are in addition to the restrictions announced on the weekend. Click here to read the update on 22 March 2020.
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