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PM Morrison sets new measures against Covid-19

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By Juliano Oliveira

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has set new measures to combat coronavirus in Australia.

Gathered with his National Cabinet, Mr Morrison affirmed that to slow the spread of the virus, everyone must implement appropriate social distancing in accordance with state and territory laws.

“We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs.”

“Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work – where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising. Keep visitors to your home at a minimum. In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups.”

Additional prohibited activities and venues to apply from 11.59pm (local time) 25 March 2020

Business, premises or placeExceptions
CafesTakeaway service and home deliveryCafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless, workplace canteens can provide takeaway
Food courtsDelivery and takeaway can remain operational
Business, premises or placeExceptions
Auction houses 
Real estate auctions and open house inspectionsPrivate appointments for inspection
Outdoor and indoor markets will be a decision for each state and territoryFood markets will continue to operate in all states and territories
Business, premises or placeExceptions
Hairdressers and barber shopsUp to 30 minute appointments and the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies in the premises
Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours 
Spas and massage parlours 
Business, premises or placeExceptions
Cinemas, nightclubs 
Casinos, gaming or gambling venues 
Strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues 
Concert venues, theatre, arenas, auditoriums, stadiumsLive streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed
Amusement parks and arcades 
Play centres (indoor and outdoor) 
Business, premises or placeExceptions
Community and recreation centresFacilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.
Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres 
Boot camps, personal training operating outside and insideFor outside events, limited to groups of no more than 10 people and social distancing must be exercised.
Social sporting-based activities 
Swimming pools 
Business, premises or placeExceptions
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses will be a decision for each state and territoryExcluding permanent residents and workers.
Business, premises or placeExceptions
Caravan and camping parks will be a decision for each state and territoryWhere people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.
Business, premises or placeExceptions
Galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites 
Libraries, community centres, and youth centres 
Local government non-essential facilities and services (such as libraries and pools) 
Community facilities (such as community halls, clubs, RSLs, PCYCs); 
Places of worship, weddings and funeralsWeddings with a maximum attendance of no more than 5 people and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies.Funerals attended by a maximum of no more than 10 people and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies.

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