Australia to close all pubs, restaurants, place of worship

Monday, 23 Mar, 2020

From Monday at midday, Australia will become a vastly different place to live as pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and indoor sporting venues across the country shut down indefinitely.

The prime minister said the cabinet of national and state leaders would meet later Sunday to consider tougher social-distancing measures after the New South Wales State government was forced to close Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach. The financial measures now equal about 10% of the country's GDP.

"Children should go to school tomorrow, there is no change to the medical expert advice", Mr Morrison said.

"What we saw was a disregard of those social distancing practices". He envisaged this would last six months.

Supermarkets and shops will continue to operate as normal.

Restaurants & cafes will only be able to offer takeaway.

Home deliveries and takeaway food businesses will continue. There will not be congregating up at the trampoline venue or whatever it happens to be.

For funerals, enclosed places must follow the 4 metre square rule.

The Prime Minister's office maintained the decisions made were by consensus with state leaders, however a report in The Australian claims the PM "walked the states back" from pushing for a further shutdowns.

Entertainment venues such as theatres will shut down.

By the end of Sunday, Morrison's $66 billion stimulus package had been considerably overshadowed by a new stage of restrictions, driven by public flouting of social distancing guidelines and the determination of NSW and Victoria to see more drastic action. "These are very significant measures".

"There is a need to move to widespread restrictions, Mr Morrison told a media conference".

"I am deeply regretful that those workers and those business owners who will be impacted by this decision will suffer the economic hardship that undoubtably they will now have to face".

He said premiers and chief ministers agreed that schools should reopen on the other side of the term break, subject to the health advice at that time.

Classes will also remain open until the end of term for parents who still wish to send their students to school.

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy noted that the lives of residents must change dramatically if Australia is going to get through the pandemic. "After very careful consideration we have chose to postpone the Australian theatrical release of 'The Secret Garden.' We have made this decision in the interest of everybody's health and safety in this potentially high-risk period".

It will temporarily double the Jobseeker payment - known as Newstart until last Friday - and make it easier for casuals and sole traders to access it; give a second round of $750 cash payments to pensioners; and significantly expand the already announced cash flow injection into small businesses, which will now get at least $20,000 and up to $100,000 each.

Yes. While older people are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, young people are not immune.