The Australian Government have released a statement restricting social gatherings through the closure of non-essential services.
Premiers and Chief Ministers have agreed to implement new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, which are set to be reviewed on a monthly basis.
Australians should expect these measures to be in place for at least 6 months.
All essential services will remain open. This includes supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, bottle shops, accommodation sections of hotels, petrol stations, pharmacies and all freight and delivery services.
Below is a full list of venue and facility closures as per the Prime Minister of Australia.
- Pubs, registered and licenced 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).
- Isolated remote community hubs are not included in these restrictions.
- Other facilities are not impacted, but will be considered under stage 2 restrictions, if necessary.
- These measures also apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above venues.
Leaders noted that these enhanced measures build on existing measures to slow the virus and save lives:
- No non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people outside or more than 100 people inside.
- All non-essential indoor gatherings of less than 100 people must have no more than one person per 4sqm. All Australians should expect their local businesses to be following this rule.
- Where possible, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Restrictions on entering aged care homes to protect older Australians
- Leaders acknowledged that these new restrictions will change the way we live and expressed deep regret for those business owners and employees who will be impacted. The goal is to reduce the spread of the virus, to flatten the curve and to save the lives of fellow Australians.
- State Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed they would give effect to these restrictions through their own legislative processes and make announcements accordingly.
- Premiers and Chief Ministers will consider further Stage 2 restrictions if social distancing measures are not adhered to.
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