Australia’s closure has been further tightened by banning property auctions while the country is struggling with ‘very worrying’ growth in coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced more restrictions after a National Cabinet meeting on Tuesday evening, with an emphasis on stopping large rallies to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
Under the new restrictions that apply from midnight on Wednesdays, open house inspections and auctions are prohibited, as are personal services such as beauty therapy, resins and tattoos, and massage parlors.
“In the retail space, auction houses, that come together in auction rooms, that can’t go on,” said Morrison.
Auctions and open house inspections have been canceled to stop the spread of the coronavirus (stock image)
‘Real estate auctions and open house inspections, in particular open house inspections, cannot continue.
“We are trying to limit the collection of people in large numbers that may be related to the transmission of that virus.”
It was not clear to Mr. Morrison how long the property ban would remain in effect, with the changes likely to affect the housing market.
The auction clearance already fell last weekend, with real estate analysts thinking that house prices could fall by 20 percent as a result of the virus.
Weddings are limited to the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses, while funerals can have up to 10 mourners.
Food courts in shopping centers join cafes and restaurants as they can only offer takeaway.
Companies commissioned to join pubs, gyms and cinemas when closing their doors include nail salons, all kinds of fitness and wellness centers, yoga studios, barre and spin classes, indoor and outdoor play centers, swimming pools, amusement parks and arcades.
Hairdressers and hairdressers can stay open, but must adhere to the social distance rules and ensure that every customer is out the door within 30 minutes.
Health-related personal services, such as physiotherapy, may also continue to run.
Outdoor boot camps and personal training are limited to a maximum of 10 people per session.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced further restrictions on corona virus gatherings
The real estate services are prohibited to prevent unnecessary mass gatherings of people to spread the deadly disease (stock image)
Most community facilities will also close, including libraries, galleries, halls, community centers and RSL clubs.
Outdoor and indoor markets are banned, while rules around large food markets are addressed by states and territories.
State governments will also monitor large social gatherings in public areas and in people’s homes.
“Going out for the basics, exercising, maybe with your partner or family members, provided it’s a small group, that’s fine,” said Mr. Morrison.
“Barbecues with lots of friends or even … family get together to celebrate one year old birthday parties and all that sort of thing – we can’t do those things now.
“If you get together in a group, say 10 people, outside together in a group, that’s not okay.”
A patient has his temperature tested by a doctor in a coronavirus testing facility
Schools remain open for people to keep working, and the prime minister said everyone who had a job was an “essential worker.”
Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said Australians should avoid unnecessary interactions.
“We are deeply concerned about the rate of increase in coronavirus cases in Australia, particularly in recent days,” said Prof. Murphy Tuesday evening.
“It is very, very steep growth and very worrying.”
“We have to change the way we interact with each other in our society for a long time. This virus will be with us for a while, “he said.
Mr. Murphy was particularly concerned about travelers returning from abroad with the virus. And also stressed the importance of social distance to prevent community transfer.
“These measures are really draconian,” said Prof. Murphy.
“But if we want to control the transmission of communities, we must prevent the capacity of this virus from spreading from person to person. And I’ve said it many times, it’s been a long time. ‘
Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said Australians should avoid unnecessary interactions to stop the spread of the disease