Australians Told to Stop Travelling Within Country Due to Coronavirus Spread

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a second round of stimulus to help the

"The number of people who are leaving Australia now is very, very low", Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday. The real estate industry will also be affected as open houses and auctions have been banned.

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

"At Qatar Airways we continue to operate more than 150 flights per day so that as many people as possible can get home safely to their loved ones".

Mr Morrison described a unified decision-making process despite acknowledging that not all states and territories are at the same stage of contagion.

Australia's new fiscal stimulus, the second in a week, will go to individuals in need and small and medium-sized businesses which account for about a third of output and employ more than 40% of the workforce, according to government statistics.

Further restrictions on indoor gatherings will also be introduced, including food courts and some markets.

Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, tattoos, spa and massages, with the exception of health-related services like physiotherapy, must cease.

All salons are required to enforce four-square-metre distancing and appointments are limited to 30 minutes only.

In addition to restrictions on cinemas, concerts and stadiums, amusement parks and arcades are now banned from operation as are play centres, health clubs, fitness centres, barre and yoga classes, saunas and bathhouses.

The potential measures come after large crowds gathered on Sydney's beaches including Bondi on Saturday, flouting social distancing advice.

"Australians that have lost their jobs lost hours of work, businesses that have been forced to close their businesses, these are heartbreaking events in our nation's history and story".

"Stay at home unless it's absolutely necessary that you go out. Go out for the basics or medical need only", Mr Morrison said.

"In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups".

Schools will continue to remain open despite increasing pressure for a nationwide shutdown.

"This will turn into a ban", he said. "It is safe to send your children to school".

"So it does mean that those holidays that you may have been planning to take interstate over the school holidays, cancel them".

Dr Brendan Murphy said the "very, very steep growth" in cases was concerning and more needed to be done to prevent the coronavirus spread.

Morrison said political leaders would meet Sunday evening to consider stricter isolation rules. "But if we're going to control community transmission, we have to stop the capacity of this virus from spreading from person to person", Murphy said.



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