The Australian Government just announced that clubs, pubs, cinemas, casinos, churches, and entertainment venues will be closed effective at noon on Monday. Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to take-away and delivery only.
The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, stated that because of the flouting of the Governments request that Australian’s take social distancing more seriously, the ban was required to protect public health.
“When we all do not do the right thing, then it has real implications for others,” he said.
The National Cabinet met Sunday night, including the Premiers, Prime Minister, and Chief Ministers. At the meeting, they agreed on the new measures.
The Prime Minister warned that further closures could take place if social distancing measures were not taken seriously.
Schools remained open for much of the nation.
Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will stay open.
Other businesses, except those mentioned in the announcement, will stay open as well. These include public businesses like shopping centres and salons. Bottle shops will also remain open.
The Prime Minister warned that the new rules could be in effect as long as 6-months.