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Coronavirus update 26th March 2020

COVID-19 News, relating to Australia

As quoted from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly

If you're in quarantine, you stay at home. If you're in self-isolation, you stay at home. If you are a contact with someone with COVID-19, you stay at home. If you have just come back from overseas in the last 14 days, you stay at home.

What Is an essential service/who is an essential worker

There seems to be two definitions here that is leading to some confusion, especially after Scott Morison's quote: "Everyone who has a job is an essential worker".

OPINION: This makes some sense if you read this as the government giving as many people a chance to keep earning as much as possible. Jobs in general are essential to Australians and the Australian economy, and it is essential that the Australian community continue to work while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19. As cases increase, some less essential services would have to close to ensure we can flatten the curve.

Further Restrictions from Wednesday

  • No house parties
  • Overseas travel completely banned

  • Take-away only from cafes and restaurants

  • Food courts closed
  • Personal services closed including: beauty, tanning, waxing, nails, tattoos, spa and massages
  • Hairdressers and barbers limited to 30 minute consultations, preferably less
  • Closure of all indoor entertainment and sporting venues
  • Outdoor concert, auditorium and stadiums closed
  • Personal trainers and group coaching limited to 10 persons ensuring social distancing of 1.5m and 1 person per 4msq
  • Social sports banned, including soccer and football
  • Galleries, Museums libraries, PCYC and similar closed.
  • Churches, mosques and other places of worship closed
  • Auctions cancelled until further notice
  • No open house inspections
  • Weddings limited to 5 persons [the couple, celebrant and witnesses]
  • Funerals limited to 10 attendees
  • Farmers markets and other external markets are to be advised by state governments directives

In addition:

  • All elective surgeries are put on hold.

These measures are on top of previous measures put in place.

What might level 3 Restrictions look like and when would they be implemented

Level 3 will likely mean a complete closure of hairdressers, markets, department stores, bookshops and similar. The closure of schools will likely be announced, and social distancing measures would likely be increased. Level 3 restrictions may be announced as early as next week depending on case numbers, else over the mid-semester school break where they would cause the least disruption.

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