Australia is shutting down “non-essential” services as coronavirus cases skyrocket around the country.
Pubs, clubs, gyms, cinemas and places of worship will be shut from midday on Monday, while restaurants and cafes will switch to takeaway only.
The partial-lockdown was announced by Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy late on Sunday night following a meeting of the National Cabinet.
Essentially, Australians have been asked to stay at home except for buying supplies, food, medicines, or to go to work.
What will be closed?
From midday on Monday, the following public venues and businesses will be closed until further notice in Australia:
- indoor places of worship
- indoor sporting venues
What will be open?
Under the new measures, “essential services” and their suppliers will remain open.
Cafes and restaurants will be able to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services.
The following businesses are among those that will still be open in Australia:
- shopping centres
- office buildings
- petrol stations
- convenience stores
- freight and logistics
- food delivery
- bottle shops
- hairdressers and beauticians
Will I be stopped from leaving my home?
Both state and federal governments have enacted emergency powers that give them the right to fine and even jail people who breach lockdown orders.
Police may check on people in isolation, particularly those who have recently arrived from overseas.
The Prime Minister and state and territory leaders have recommended against all non-essential domestic travel, following the unprecedented ban on international travel.
South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory are imposing two-week quarantine periods on people seeking to enter these states.
Police checkpoints will be set up to monitor travellers through Australia.
How long will the lockdown last in Australia?
The Prime Minister of Australia has warned it could be at least six months before things go back to normal.
The restrictions are in place until further notice and could be relaxed or tightened at any time.
What about schools in Australia?
Mr Morrison says he would like schools to remain open in Australia, however public schools in Victoria and the ACT will close from Tuesday.
Queensland says schools will remain open until health officials say it’s no longer safe to do so.
New South Wales schools will also stay open, however Premier Gladys Berejiklian is urging parents to consider keeping kids at home.
—- Source – 7news —-