Scott Morrison Extends Lockdown To Food Courts, Weddings, Funerals And More
"These are not things we can do now", the Prime Minister declared on Tuesday night when he told the country the lockdown will apply to overseas travel, weddings, funerals, and much more from midnight Wednesday.
Scott Morrison announced the expanded restrictions will now apply to food courts, however, takeaway meals from those venues will still be allowed.
Personal services including beauty therapy, tattoo parlours, massage parlours and waxing services will also be closed under the new restrictions.
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Hairdressers and barbershops will be allowed to continue operating, but appointments will be restricted to a maximum of 30 minutes.
It is very important to strictly manage the social distancing and limitations of the number of people in their premises, Morrison said.
Weddings will be limited to only the couple, the celebrant and witnesses.
"Large gatherings for weddings, sadly, won't be possible," he said.
Funerals will also be limited to no more than 10 people at a service. All weddings and funerals that are able to continue will need to keep with the four square metre distancing measures.
"Tonight, we agreed to extend the restrictions that were announced on Sunday night, but to do so in a manner that was consistent with the types of measures that we announced," he said.
Morrison said it was crucial people stay at home unless it is "absolutely necessary you go out".
He stressed shopping for basics, medical needs or to provide care to others was considered "necessary."
"Going out for the basics, going out for exercise, perhaps with your partner or family members, provided it's a small group, that's fine," the PM added.
He urged people to also work from home where possible and to keep social gatherings at home to a very small number of guests.
"So that means barbecues of lots of friends, or even family, extended family, coming together to celebrate one-year-old birthday parties and those sorts of things, we can't do those things now," he said.
These will be a significant sacrifice, I know.
"All of these things present risks and they obviously present them to the elderly members of our families as well, who we need to protect."
The new measures were announced shortly after Morrison met with the national cabinet of premiers and chief ministers who have been tasked with dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move to tougher restrictions comes days after the government introduced tough rules to impose social distancing following a "blatant disregard" for guidelines displayed by some Aussies on the weekend.
Under the 'stage one' measures which came into place on Monday, registered and licensed clubs, licensed premises in hotels and pubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, gyms, indoor sporting venues and places of worship were closed.
Restaurants and cafes were also restricted to takeaway only.
These restrictions remain in effect.
However, a strong majority of the 10 News First Facebook community have said they would prefer a full lockdown be rolled out nationwide.
Almost 18,000 people had their say in a poll on Tuesday night, with 90 per cent voting for the country to be placed in lockdown to manage the coronavirus outbreak.
Schools To Remain Open
Morrison said Tuesday's meeting also discussed the issue of schools. The PM said the medical advice had not changed and schools would remain open until the holidays.
"But I would anticipate for several days prior to the end of the term there will need to be pupil-free days while the teachers and school staff work on the projects they have already been pursuing on extending distance learning," he said.
Global Travel Ban Now In Place
Earlier travel advice, which was raised to the highest level for all countries to 'do not travel', has now also been escalated to a ban.
"There will be exceptions to these rules which will be set out in the directive that will be provided," the PM said.
"But this would include people involved in aid work in the Pacific and the support we're providing. It may involve compassionate travel and essential travel for employment, things of that nature," he continued.
"But the number of people and the number who are leaving Australia now is very, very low."
New Restrictions will apply to:
- Food Courts
- Auction Houses
- Real Estate Open Homes
- Indoor and Outdoor Markets
- Beauty Services
- Tattoo Parlours
- Massage Parlours
- Waxing Services
- Nail Salons
- Hairdressers limited to 30-minute appointments
- Amusement Parks
- Gambling Venues
- Play Centres Indoor and Outdoor
- Community Centres
- Health Clubs
- Yoga and Barre
- Bootcamps limited to 10 people
- National Institutions
- Historical Sites
- Places of Worship
- Workforce encouraged to work from home
- Limits to house parties and home gatherings