PUBS, clubs, gyms, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos and churches throughout Australia will close at noon tomorrow (Monday) and remain closed for at least six months as the state and federal governments ramp up national efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison tonight announced the following increased restrictions to take effect at noon on Monday, March 23:
- TO CLOSE: Registered and licenced clubs; licensed areas in hotels and pubs; gyms; indoor sporting venues; entertainment venues; nightclubs; cinemas; casinos; churches.
- REMAINING OPEN: Bottleshops including those attached to hotels; supermarkets; petrol stations; and the accommodation section of hotels. Schools remain open and funerals must comply with social distancing rules. Home deliveries remain open.
- LIMITED TO TAKEAWAYS: Restaurants and cafes.
- To help stop the spread of coronavirus, stay 1.5 metres away from others where possible, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face and if sick, stay home. Read more.
- Non-essential mass gatherings are banned for groups of more than 500 people outdoors, or more than 100 indoors. Read more.
- There are restrictions on visitors to residential aged care facilities to protect older Australians. Check with individual facilities for further information.