Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that from midnight on Wednesday, the following activities are banned:

  • Weddings are restricted to couples, the celebrant and witnesses (no more than five people)
  • Food courts within shopping centres – however, take-away will be allowed
  • Real estate auctions and open house inspections
  • Outdoor and indoor markets are banned while rules around major food markets will be addressed by states and territories
  • Personal services such as beauty therapy and tattoo parlours (but not physiotherapy) are banned.
  • Hairdressers and barbers can continue but must strictly manage social distancing and restrict the amount of time a patron can be in the premises to no more than 30 minutes.
  • Amusement parks and arcades, and indoor and outdoor play centres must close.
  • Boot camps and personal training must be limited to 10 peoeple.
  • Galleries, museums, libraries and swimming pools must close.
  • Funerals are limited to no more than 10 people.

In regards to schools, Mr Morrison said it’s still safe to send children to school, up to the end of term however, some pupil-free days will be needed to plan distance learning.

Schools will reopen after the term break with a mix of distance learning and in-school learning for all “essential workers”.

He described “essential workers” as anyone who still has a job.

The PM will also meet with teachers and other sector representatives about keeping schools open and protecting staff.

On top of this, the official “do no travel” warning will turn into an outright ban on overseas travel, with some exceptions such as aid workers and compassionate travel.

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There is also a new offence of profiteering and seeking to export goods overseas, relating to such things as medical supplies and masks.

With AAP