Restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs and clubs are facing a difficult future with Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing new bans on non-essential gatherings.
Each state will determine how the measures will be legally enforced.
Mr Morrison said all measures the government is ushering in are “scalable” and “sustainable” and that Australia is looking at six months or more of changes to daily life.
The Prime Minister confirmed there would be no two-week shutdown despite calls from the public, and said the government is focused on keeping Australians in jobs.
“Wherever possible, we need to keep Australians working,” said Mr Morrison. “This is a critical issue in ensuring Australia can keep functioning and keep delivering the important services necessary.”
States are currently working on new measures relating to indoor gatherings of less than 100 people, with details yet to be revealed.
The Prime Minister also said the government will announce additional support for individuals and small businesses beyond the initial stimulus package.
More details to come.
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