Thursday, 02 April, 2020

Scott Morrison announces a new round of coronavirus restrictions

Bars like the Opera Bar in Sydney will close from midday on Monday Bars like the Opera Bar in Sydney will close from midday on Monday
Gustavo Carr | 26 March, 2020, 14:09

Funerals will be restricted to no more than 10 people.

'Large gatherings for weddings, sadly, won't be possible under these new arrangements, ' he said.

Big BBQs and parties banned, restrictions on tattoo parlours and waxing, haircuts limited to 30 minutes, and more wedding and funeral rules are just some of the new regulations you'll be living under in Australia. While the government has previously advised that everyone stay home and social distance during the pandemic, there were still many questions that had remained unclear, and while many still remain unclear, a ban on worldwide travel was enforced tonight, among other strict directives.

After that statement, it was confirmed more restrictions would be placed on businesses, including beauty services, outdoor and indoor play areas and youth centres.

Mr Morrison said it was safe for parents to send children to school.

The intensive care specialist warns that if Australia isn't put into lockdown (which would force people to stay indoors), we could have more infections and more presentations to hospitals that might not be ready for large influx.

"If we do all these things then we are going to be able to put greater pressure on slowing the rate of the spread of this virus".

The Prime Minister also reinforced social distancing guidelines, advising Australians should "stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary" to leave the house, which he defined as shopping for basics, exercising and going out for medical reasons.

One of Morrison's main iterations: "Common sense of goal is what we need to keep this nation running".

Hairdressers and barbershops will remain open for business provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and limit the number of people on their premises, with customers spending no more than half-an-hour getting their hair done.

"That will turn into a ban using the biosecurity powers that were afforded to us by the Governor-General through the Minister for Health", he said.

There is now an overseas travel ban for all Australians, and South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, and Tasmania are all closing their borders.

There will be exceptions for essential travel, including for overseas employment, aid work and on compassionate grounds.

People are being advised to avoid non-essential travel and keep 1.5 metres between themselves and others.

Humane society still allowing adoptions, in need of supplies
Those new regulations include: only one person over the age of 18 is allowed to attend the animal meet-and-greet at the facility. Until it opens again, Jackson County Animal Control will only respond to emergency calls for dog bites and injured animals.

While ceremonies are still permitted they are limited to the couple, two witnesses and the celebrant.

Morrison said the commission was "about mobilising a whole-of-society and whole-of-economy effort".

Mr Morrison said he was "deeply sorry" to the hundreds of thousands of Australians who had already, or what shortly lose their jobs. "We have been making the point for some time", Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra.

Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery.

The government will, however, allow parents to keep their children at home until the end of the school term.

Australia's Chief Health Officer, Brendan Murphy, says he is very concerned by the rapid rise in COVID-19 diagnoses. "It is a very steep growth and very concerning".

"You should only go outside your home to go to those essential things I talked about, not to go and congregate in groups", Morrison said.

"These measures are really draconian ..." There's no need. Not is now the time to party.

The secretaries of the Prime Minister's department (Phil Gaetjens) and Home Affairs (Mike Pezzullo) are also on the commission.

The new regulations come after health messaging experts criticised the government's communication around the pandemic urging them to launch a mass communication campaign across television, social media, and news services.

"That (campaign) will continue", he said.

The prime minister ordered more workplaces to shut by Thursday including libraries and beauticians.

"The text messaging, yes, that will be coming very, very soon - very soon". I had hoped that would have been fully complied with and I've got to say, Australians have been pretty good about it.