Last night Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a press conference where he introduced tough new social distancing rules for Australians to adhere to as we try to stop the spread of coronavirus.
From midday today, the PM announced that venues such as restaurants, clubs, bars and many entertaining venues would close.
“We need all Australians to be following the health advice when it comes to keeping a healthy distance and observing the limits that relate to gatherings,” Mr Morrison said.
“Whether they be outdoor or whether they be indoor. This is incredibly important.
“The failure of our public to do that will put people at risk and make it extremely difficult for governments to be able to take actions that can control the flow and spread of this virus.”
The restrictions put in place overnight are level one restrictions and they will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
But what exactly will close and what will remain open? It’s a question that many Australians are likely asking following the press conference.
Will shopping centres remain open? Can we still buy takeaway food? What will happen with sports and gyms?
According to the new rules, from midday today licensed premises in hotels and pubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor sporting venues, gyms and places of worship will close around the country. This includes both outdoor and indoor spaces of each venue.
Essential places such as supermarkets, petrol stations, chemists, banks, bottle shops and hairdressers will remain open and restaurants and cafes will be able to provide takeaway options only.
Schools will also remain open for the time being, until further notice.
It’s believed that these closures could stay in place for around six months.
“As I have stressed and the Chief Medical Officer has stressed, and others have also, but once you start putting these sorts of arrangements in place we should have the expectation that they will remain in place for at least six months, if the health situation changes and enables us to reconsider those arrangements, then that can be reconsidered,” Mr Morrison said.
Find below a full list of what will close from midday today:
– Pubs, registered and licensed clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
– Gyms and indoor sporting venues
– Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
– Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
– Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).
Further restrictions could be put in place if we have to enter stage 2 restrictions.