PM's call to arms: "A significant sacrifice"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is asking all local residents to take heed of the new rules being implemented across the country with even tougher measures potentially still on the horizon.

On Tuesday evening when the Prime Minister announced further societal shut downs saying it would take a 'significant sacrifice' from all Australians to get through the pandemic, including not being able to have family gatherings, birthday parties or house/dinner parties.

"That means barbecues of lots of friends, or even family, extended family coming together to celebrate one-year-old birthday parties, and those sorts of things, we can't do those things now. These will be a significant sacrifice,'' Mr Morrison said. "Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work - where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising. Keep visitors to your home at a minimum. In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups."

The bans that came into effect included:

  • Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours
  • Amusement parks and arcades
  • Indoor and outdoor play centres
  • Hairdressers will be subject to distancing rules with 30 minute max appointments
  • Community and recreation centres, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, wellness centres, boot camps
  • Libraries
  • Personal training is limited to a maximum of 10 people
  • Social, sporting-based activities, swimming pools
  • Birthday parties and house parties
  • International travel
  • Weddings are limited to five people and funerals can go ahead with no more than 10 people with social distancing observed.
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, non-essential facilities, community facilities such as halls and PCYCs
  • Food courts in shopping centres will close but takeaway can continue
  • Auction houses and open inspections
  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses will be a decision for each state and territory
  • Outdoor and indoor markets will be addressed specifically in individual states and territories
  • Cafes limited to takeaway, as announced on Sunday
  • Cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gambling venues, adult entertainment venues, concert venues, stadiums as previously announced.
The Prime Minister has called on all Australians to make a 'significant sacrifice' during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Prime Minister has called on all Australians to make a 'significant sacrifice' during the COVID-19 crisis.