Every Australian has a part to play in slowing the spread of coronavirus.
On Friday 20 March 2020, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced further measures to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. He has the full support of state and territory leaders and public health officials.
The PM reiterated the importance of Australians strictly adhering to social distancing and self isolation requirements, in particular for those who are unwell and for returned travellers. Not adhering to self isolation requirements when you are unwell puts the lives of your fellow Australians at risk.
COVID-19 means that the way we go about our day to day lives is going to be different. The National Cabinet has encouraged Australians and businesses to adapt to the measures being put in place. It was advised that it is vital that Australians adapt so they can go about their lives, run their businesses and work under these arrangements that could run for six months or more.
National Cabinet agreed to risk mitigation measures for non-essential indoor gatherings of fewer than 100 people including the following:
· In a given occupied space, there must be a density of no more than one person per four square metres of floor space. The 4 square metre arrangements for venues will come into effect from 20 March 2020 and will be mandated through state and territory regulatory arrangements.
· For example, there can be 25 people in a 100 square metre room, who should maintain a physical healthy distance between each other of 1.5 metres.
· Hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles must be made available, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal taking place.
· The Department of Health recommendations for unwell individuals to isolate at home must be promoted.
Please bear these requirements in mind if you are attending to paper settlements.
These measures do not apply to essential activities such as public transportation facilities, medical and health care facilities, pharmacies, emergency service facilities, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, mining sites, freight and logistics terminals, where it is necessary for their normal operation (although social distancing and hygiene practices are required in these settings).
· Arrangements for schools have not changed.
· The Commonwealth Government announced four temporary measures designed to support the aged care workforce with $444.6 million worth of funding.
· Establishment of a Supermarkets Taskforce.
· The Federal Budget has been postponed to 6 October 2020.
We can’t emphasise enough the importance of relying on official information sources.
A copy of the PM’s media statement is available here.
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