MUSEUMS, galleries and beauty salons will be the next businesses to temporarily close their doors as Australia’s state and federal governments tighten the rules around social interaction in the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
Hairdressers and barbershops will remain open but will have to follow enhanced physical distancing rules including limited appointment times of 30 minutes or less.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the expanded restrictions last night after the latest meeting of the “national cabinet” consisting of himself and the state and territory premiers and chief ministers.
Australians will now be banned from travelling overseas during the pandemic, and businesses such as beauty, tanning and nail salons; spa, tattoo and massage parlors; and galleries and museums; will all be forced to close from midnight tonight (Wednesday). Allied health services remain open.
Auction sales, real estate auctions and open homes will be banned and shopping centre food courts will only be allowed to serve takeaways, in line with existing restrictions on cafes.
Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums must also close tonight, joining cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gaming and gambling venues, and adult entertainment venues. Amusement parks, arcades, and indoor and outdoor play centres must also close, along with community and recreation centres, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres, social sporting-based activities and swimming pools. Personal training and fitness bootcamps will be limited to 10 people.
Also closing are galleries, museums, national institutes, historic sites, libraries, community centres, youth centres, local government non-essential facilities, community halls, clubs, RSLs, PCYCs.
Mr Morrison announcing the restrictions on weddings and funerals last night.
Places of worship were closed in the first round of restrictions and Mr Morrison said very difficult decisions had been made last night about weddings and funerals.
“Weddings continue to be conducted where it is just the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses. That’s no more than five people, and the four square-metre rule has to be observed within the venue in in which that’s taking place,” he said.
“Large gatherings for weddings, sadly, won’t be possible under these new arrangements. And sadly, also – and I know this will be very difficult – funerals [are limited to] no more than 10 persons, observing the rules around four square-metre social distancing practices,” Mr Morrison said.
“Particularly on these types of activities, this is not an easy decision. Where we have already found some of the events that have been major transmitting events, it has been exactly these types of events, particularly weddings, and that is why regretfully we have to be able to put these arrangements in place,” he said.
Schools remain open and will be expected to re-open for Term II after the Easter holidays.
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