Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australians the self-isolation restrictions were now at a level where you should remain in your home at all times unless you were doing the following;
If you leave your home and it is not for one of these four reasons, you are taking a deadly risk.
That was the message from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who told Australians today the self-isolation restrictions were now at a level where you should remain in your home at all times unless you were doing the following;
- Buying essential supplies
- To work, if unable to work from home
- To exercise
- To attend personal medical appointments, or for compassionate reasons
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"Every single Australian needs to take this seriously or community transmission could get out of control and we could have a situation as terrible as even they are seeing in the US at the moment," Mr Morrison said.
Australia's Chief Medical Officer Dr Brendan Murphy said in order for coronavirus social distancing to be effective, at least 90 per cent of the population needed to adhere to the rules all of the time.https://twitter.com/GladysB/status/1244202263834267651
It comes after previous restrictions were not strictly followed, with images of beaches packed with people drawing worldwide attention.
The ramped up restrictions for Australians mean public gatherings are now limited to two people.
States and territories are now considering, following a national cabinet meeting on Sunday, whether to make the two-person limit enforceable.
The limit will not apply to households, education or employment, while skate parks and public playgrounds will also be closed.
Asked how it would apply to a family, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said parents and children could go for a walk together even if there were more than two.
Mr Morrison also announced all people aged 70 and over should stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection.
"They are not self-isolating for the purpose that people ... but this is for their own protection to limit their interaction with others in the community," he said.
"This does not mean they cannot go outside. They can go outside and be accompanied by a support person for the purposes of getting fresh air and recreation but should limit contact with others as much as possible."
As well, people aged over 60 with chronic illness and indigenous people over the age of 50 should self-isolate as much as possible.
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