Restrictions Tightened on Gatherings, Travel

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Australians face further restrictions, as the country moves closer to a total lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

From midnight Thursday, shopping centre food courts must be limited to takeaway only.

Auctions and open-house inspections are banned, while personal grooming services such as beauty, nail, and tanning salons will need to close.

Weddings will be limited to five people, and no more than 10 people will be allowed at funerals.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the tough changes had to be made, because events such as weddings have been found to be among some of the key transmitting events.

Social gatherings at home, such as barbecues and birthdays, will also need to be drastically scaled back.

States and Territories will give police the authority to enforce the new rules.

Meanwhile, it will soon be illegal to leave the country, with all overseas travel to be banned in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Up until now, the federal government was recommending that people cancelled “non essential” travel.

The Prime Minister says while international travel has collapsed, there were still several people prepared to take their chances.

Mr Morrison says this will now stop, except in very limited circumstances.

“There are people defying that advice and still looking to go overseas on leisure travel. They can’t do it, because when they come home, that’s when they put Australians at risk,” he says. “I had hoped that that would have been fully complied with, and I’ve got to say, Australians have been pretty good about it – but we need to put that arrangement in place.”

Details on the travel ban are still being worked through, but it’s likely to come into effect over the coming days.


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