Here’s the latest information we know about what the government are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19, relevant to our audience:
- Childcare will be free, under a new childcare system announced in a move to to support parents who work in essential jobs. Childcare facilities will be assisted by the government in paying wages of their staff.
- JobKeeper initiative announced, $1500 fortnightly payments for employers to pass on to their employees. A business must have recorded a 30% decrease in turnover due to the coronavirus to be eligible to apply.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further restrictions for public gatherings with the previous limit of 10 reduced to now just two people. The NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has made the two person limit enforceable, with on the spot fines for anyone gathering in groups of more than two. (People living within the same household gathering outside is the only exemption)
Public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks will now be closed until further notice.
PLEASE ONLY LEAVE HOME FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
- Shopping for essential supplies
- Medical Care or compassionate needs
- Work and Education, where this cannot be done at home.
Persons over the age of 70 have also been strongly encouraged to stay at home for their own protection.
- The 30 minute appointment restrictions on Hairdressers/barbers has been relaxed but four-square-metre distancing per person is still required.
- Food courts to only serve via takeaway.
- Auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections will no longer take place.
- Outdoor and indoor markets (excluding food markets) will be addressed by NSW Government.
- Beauty therapists and massage parlours will close.
- Tanning, waxing and nail salons will close.
- Tattoo parlours will close
- Amusement parks and arcades will close.
- Play centres will close.
- Community and recreational centres, health clubs and fitness centres will close.
- Yoga, barre and spin classes will close.
- Saunas and wellness centres will close.
- Boot camps and personal training will be limited to 10 people maximum.
- Weddings will be limited to no more than five people (including celebrant and witnesses).
- Funerals will be limited to no more than 10 people.
- Family gatherings such as barbecues, birthdays and house parties will not be allowed.
- Hairdressers/barbers will be allowed to remain open with four-square-metre distancing requirement and 30-minute appointments only.
- Cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gambling venues, adult entertainment venues, concert venues, stadiums all closed.
- Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres all closed.
- Non-essential facilities, community facilities such as halls, PCYCs and places of worship closed.
- Schools will remain open until end of term for parents who want or need to send their children.
- Indoor, non essential gatherings have been further limited. Venues will now be limited to four square metres provided per person in an enclosed space in a room. (eg. In a room that is 100 square metres, 25 people would be the limit).
- The Government has announced an ADDITIONAL $444.6 Million in funding to support aged care facilities, $92.2 of this will be for Home Care Services including businesses like Meals on Wheels.
- Only Australian Citizens & Residents will be able to enter the country after 9:00pm on 20/03/2020
- The RBA have cut interest rates by 0.25%, leaving the current interest rate at 0.25% in a bid to cushion the economic impact of COVID-19.
- In indoor areas, all non-essential organised gatherings of 100 people or more are banned.
- Outdoors, the ban of all non-essential organised gatherings of 500 people or more is still in place.
- Travel Advice has been upgraded to Level 4 – do not travel overseas.
- The Prime Minister has asked people to stop panic buying.
- Western Sydney Health has advised that only one visitor per patient may enter their hospitals and children under 12 years of age are not permitted, except in special circumstances. Anyone who is unwell, or has travelled overseas in the past 14 days will not be permitted.z
- Similarly, visits to aged care facilities will be limited to two visitors, Children under 16 are only allowed to visit by exception and those in palliative care will be considered differently. Anyone in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, anyone with a fever or flu-like symptoms and those who haven’t been vaccinated against influenza after May 1 will not be permitted to visit either.
- All ANZAC day services have been cancelled, including the service in Gallipoli.