Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told all Australians “do not travel abroad” as the Federal Government updates the travel advisory for the entire world, announces that non-essential indoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people and says schools will remain open.
Scott Morrison’s press conference, summarised:
- An unprecedented, indefinite level-four travel ban is in place for the entire world. The travel advice for all Australians wanting to go overseas is “Do Not Travel“.
- There is a ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more. Australians are still advised to stay away from non-essential outdoor gatherings of 500 or more.
- Modeled on Singapore’s approach, the official advice is that schools will remain open.
- There are new measures in place for visiting elderly relatives in aged care. In end-of-life situations, facilities will have the discretion to put very strict arrangements in place to enable family members to see relatives.
- Scott Morrison has urged hoarders to stop panic-buying, as grocery stores deal with empty shelves.
- The chief medical officer has said a shut down of the country is not recommended by the experts
- Social distancing recommendations remain in place, including advice not to hand shake or hug