Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Coronavirus: Australia limits funerals to 10 people

Coronavirus: Australia limits funerals to 10 people

Weddings will be limited to only the couple, the celebrant and witnesses.

Exceptions will include aid workers, those who need to travel on compassionate grounds or for people whose travel is essential for work.

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.

"Large gatherings for weddings, sadly, won't be possible", he said.

Large sections of the Australian economy and social life will be shut down from midnight on Wednesday, after the national cabinet agreed to a range of further restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings in addition to a ban on non-essential overseas travel to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.

Social-distancing practices include a 1.5m distance between people, with no hugging or touching allowed.

While the new restrictions will put an end to most beauty services for the foreseeable future, it's a necessary move to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Australia is upgrading its outbound "do not travel" warning to a ban that prevents most Australians from heading overseas.

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"That will turn into a ban using the biosecurity powers that were afforded to us by the Governor-General through the Minister for Health", he said.

Addressing reporters after a meeting of the National Cabinet late Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was experiencing "heart-breaking events" and that the virus could only be defeated through following social distancing guidelines.

The premier stopped short of enforcing a total lockdown similar to those seen in Britain and Italy, but said all Australians "should only go outside to do to those essential things" such as buying groceries or seeking medical attention.

Most Australian states and territories have closed their borders to domestic travel as the country reported 2,136 confirmed cases including eight deaths from the virus.

The Prime Minister defended his position to keep schools open to keep parents in work. Be very careful. Because that would need to be sustained for a very long time.

The Chief Medical Officer says he is "very worried" about the significant growth in COVID-19 cases in Australia in past days, saying the Government will "not tolerate" anyone breaching self-isolation orders.

"These are not things we can do now", the Prime Minister declared on Tuesday night when he told the country the lockdown will apply to weddings, funerals, food courts and much more from Wednesday night.

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"That importantly, keep schools open, that will also protect those teachers and other staff that are working in schools, and to work through those issues so we can put acceptable arrangements in place to ensure children get taught".

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