Australia Bans All Overseas Travel

Australia Bans All Overseas Travel

A maximum of 10 people will be allowed to attend funerals and five to attend weddings in Australia under new curbs in the fight against coronavirus.

Mr Morrison admits these measures in particular will be very hard.

Weddings will still be allowed to be conducted but will be restricted to just the couple, the celebrant and witnesses.

"Sadly, also, and I know this will be very hard, funerals to no more than 10 persons observing the rules around the four-square metre rule and the social distancing practices".

"We have been making the point for some time".

Morrison, in a live TV address on Tuesday evening, confirmed schools would remain open despite businesses such as beauty salons, tanning and nail studios being forced to shut in a bid by the government to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

"Gathering together in that way, even around the large family table in the family home when all the siblings get together and bring the kids, these are not things we can do now", he said.

"All of these things present risks and they obviously present them to the elderly members of our families as well who we need to protect".

Instead, the text message to be sent to every Australian mobile phone reads: "To stop the spread, stay 1.5 metres from others, follow rules on social gatherings, wash hands, stay home if sick".

Most overseas travel will be banned and many public spaces will be shut.

Following a meeting with state and territory leaders, Morrison said previous "do-not-travel" warning issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will turn into a ban from Wednesday.

Asked when the ban would come into effect, Morrison said a directive was being worked on overnight and would come into force Wednesday.

"The number leaving Australia now is very very low, but still it strikes me on those numbers that there are people defying [DFAT advice] and still looking to go overseas on leisure travel".

It may involve compassionate travel and essential travel for employment, things of that nature.

Mr Morrison said the government's new security powers would reduce overseas travel "dramatically" during the global coronavirus outbreak.

"Everyone who has a job in this economy is an essential worker", Morrison said.

"Australians who have lost hours, lost work, businesses that have been forced to close businesses, these are heart-breaking events in our nation's history and story".

He said it's vital that essential workers be able to send their children to school if they needed to.

"People shouldn't be doing it right now".

However the Prime Minister will meet with education unions tomorrow to discuss further arrangements including more distance education.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says Australians need to avoid unnecessary interactions.

"It is a very, very steep growth and it is very concerning".

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