LATEST: Coronavirus restrictions extended


By Melissa Meehan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further coronavirus restrictions across Australia, including the closure of both indoor and outdoor play centres.

From midnight on Wednesday, the following activities will be banned:

  • eating at food courts at shopping centres
  • auction houses
  • real estate auctions and open house inspections
  • outdoor and indoor markets (except for food markets)
  • beauty therapy, nail salons, tanning and tattoo parlours (hairdressers and barber shops will be allowed to continue, but must restrict appointment times to 30 minutes)
  • casinos, cinemas, entertainment venues
  • amusement parks and arcades
  • play centers (both indoor and outdoor)
  • health clubs and fitness centres (yoga and barre included)
  • social and sporting based activities
  • community halls, RSLs and places of worship
  • Weddings, only possible with the celebrant, couple and the two witnesses
  • Funerals, only possible with less than 10 attendees
  • Home gatherings can not exceed 10 people

(This is in addition to measures announced earlier this week)

Australians are also expected to work from home wherever possible.

Mr Morrison said the health advice had not changed on schools, and it was still safe for students to attend school*.

“Schools, we agree across the country, would need to reopen on the other side of the term break,” he said. 

“They will reconvene after the term break and there will be a mixture of distance learning and where parents choose to keep their children at home, the learning that is there for them to undertake stop the parents would need to take under responsibility for ensuring that their children are engaged.”

*Victoria started their school holidays a week early amid the coronavirus pandemic, as teachers work to prepare for virtual learning if health experts say its not safe for students to return.