Bottle shops and food delivery services could be forced to close under the next phase of restrictions in Australia to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced tough new social distance measures on Sunday, including a ban on gatherings of more than two people.
Mr Morrison has not officially said that Australia is in ‘phase three’ of his response to COVID-19, and has left it to the governments of the states to enforce the restrictions with fines.
However, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews used that phrase to describe the state’s strategy and imposed $ 1,600 on the spot for violating the two-person provision.
Depicted: a delivery man wearing a protective mask. Food delivery services such as Uber Eats may be forced to stop trading under strict ‘phase four’ restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Australia
A police officer overseeing a hotel quarantine at the Duxton Hotel in Perth on Monday. Militant oversight of travel outside the home could be the norm under ‘stage four’ restrictions
Victorians are also fined for leaving the house for nonessential reasons and can only go out for food and supplies, medical care, exercise, work and education.
A former Australian government adviser has warned that militant police acts outside the home could become commonplace under the “phase four” restrictions.
“People will be monitored and fined for being out when they shouldn’t be, if there are too many people in a group,” said ex-Howard government advisor Terry Barnes news.com.au.
He said the list of services that can remain open will further decrease as phase four is imposed, but key companies such as pharmacies and supermarkets will remain open.
“Places like Officeworks may be considered essential, but Harvey Norman’s furniture department may not be,” said Barnes.
“The list of essential companies or jobs is getting very tight. In fact, it is martial law without martial law. ‘
Despite the fact that bars, cafes and restaurants are closed and limits have been placed on the number of people at weddings and funerals, shopping centers and many shops remain open.
Mr Barnes said that Australia could move towards the level four restrictions in New Zealand in the coming weeks.
THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS OF AUSTRALIA
STAGE ONE (March 23)
Registered and licensed clubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, night clubs, indoor sports venues, including gyms and places of worship, were ordered to close as part of the stage one restrictions introduced Monday.
PHASE TWO (March 25)
Australians are not allowed to eat in shopping mall food courts, and the number of people at weddings, funerals and social gatherings is limited to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
PHASE THREE (March 30)
Outdoor playgrounds, skate parks, and gyms are also closed, and boot camps are reduced to personal private training.
The federal government effectively forbids gatherings of more than two people across Australia to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but leaves enforcement to the national governments.
Victoria announces ‘phase three’ in the state and introduces fines of $ 1,600 for non-compliance with the two-person rule.
The New Zealand government has banned Uber Eats and Deliver Easy, and only allows food that has not been pre-cooked.
So meal packs like HelloFresh can still operate.
However, bottle shops have had to close their doors unless they are in licensed areas of trust and those branches that remain open must take tough social distance measures.
Australia could also follow its neighbor Trans Tasman in drawing up a strict list of companies that are ‘essential’.
The official New Zealand government’s COVID-19 website clearly states which agencies are considered essential – including education, construction, transportation and fuel delivery.
Victoria announced phase three restrictions on Monday, meaning that gatherings of more than two people, except their immediate family, are prohibited.
Important companies such as pharmacies and supermarkets remain open. Pictured: A woman wearing a protective mask at a checkout in Melbourne Woolworths
A woman in a bottle shop in Sydney on March 22. Bottle shops in New Zealand have had to close their doors unless they are in trusted areas
“If you have friends over dinner or friends over drinks that don’t belong to your household, you’re breaking the law,” said Prime Minister Andrews.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4,220
New South Wales: 1,918
South Australia: 305
Western Australia: 328
Australian Capital Territory: 78
Northern Territory: 15
TOTAL CASES: 4,220
“If we overrun our health system, people will die. That’s just a price not worth paying. No gathering with friends is worth someone’s life, ”he warned.
Meanwhile, people who gather in groups of more than two in New South Wales are fined $ 1,000 from midnight.
Recidivists can even be sentenced to six months in prison, according to public health law.
Police Commissioner of NSW Mick Fuller said Monday morning that he was willing to be mild about the new laws.
“We don’t want to enforce these laws. We want to work with you, ”he said.
He also announced that 1,200 Australians arriving from abroad on Monday will be quarantined in hotels for two weeks to slow the spread of the virus.