Coronavirus: More lockdowns as public gatherings are limited to two people

Marco Green
March 30, 2020

All others have been advised to stay home for all reasons other than exercise, grocery shopping, medical care, compassionate needs, exercise, and work or employment if it absolutely can not be done remotely.

It also includes private properties, so people should not have more than one person over to their home at a time.

For work or education that you can not do remotely at home.

The limit on wedding functions remains at five people. And funerals remain at a limit of 10 people.

Morrison said this limit could be enforced by "very significant on-the-spot fines", and said people "must stay at home" unless shopping for essentials, for medical care, to exercise outdoors with adherence to the two-person limit, or for work and education reasons if they can't do so from home.

Mr Morrison also announced there would be a moratorium on landlords evicting renters who are affected by the coronavirus.

"Anyone who doesn't need to be out of their home, should be in the home".

"It is of concern, particularly in Sydney and to a lesser extent in Melbourne and southeast Queensland", Professor Murphy said.

What happens if I break the new rules?

"States and territories will determine whether they proceed to make this an enforceable limit in the same way that the 10-person limit is already been enforced, but agreed that in all cases this is the strong advice", Mr Morrison said.

US President Trump has said the country's restrictions will be extended until at least 30 April.

Earlier, young Australians were warned they are putting other lives at risk after a number of house parties and social outings were caught in the act.

The most vulnerable demographics have been advised to self-isolate as much as practical, including those aged over 70 years, those with chronic conditions over 60, and Indigenous Australians 50 years and older.

He said the measure was for the protection of the individuals - who could face more severe effects from the virus - rather than the general public.

"This does not mean they can not go outside... but they should limit contact with others as much as possible".

Households - no matter how large - can still go outside together, but individual people can only meet with one other person.

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (don't visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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