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Tired of takeaway, Ocean Grove’s cafes prepare to plate up again

Under the new rules, the Driftwood Cafe will accommodate 20 people inside and 12 outdoors.

Mr Simons said the numbers would need to increase to about 50 per cent of normal capacity – which is about 100 patrons – for the venue to be financially viable without the support of JobKeeper.

But he is still excited to serve food on plates again.

“We’ve gone through an extraordinary amount of takeaway containers,” he said. “We want to use our plates again. We want people to sit down and enjoy themselves.”

Mr Simons, who is also president of the Ocean Grove Business Association, said he was working with traders and the council on a compromise arrangement to use some car parking and more footpath space for hospitality businesses in The Terrace shopping strip.


But Ocean Grove Cellars manager Isaac Fryar took issue with the prospect of losing parking spots, fearing it may deter customers.

“We don’t want to lose access to our businesses,” he said.

Mr Fryar said parking on The Terrace was particularly important during the summer influx of visitors.

The Premier said on Wednesday that hospitality businesses would receive support to expand their outdoor capacity.

But concerns about parking access for retailers loom as a challenge that may need to be managed.

In the White Hart cafe, nestled in an arcade off The Terrace, owner Alisha Cogan was trying to determine whether her walkway tables were considered outdoors. She hoped restrictions would be eased further so she could open her tiny cafe at full capacity in coming months.

“Summer’s coming. We definitely hope to be at full capacity by then,” she said.

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Coronavirus restrictions are slowly easing, so when will your gym, cinemas, cafes and campgrounds reopen?

Parts of Australia are slowly beginning to wake up after a coronavirus-induced hibernation, with businesses and activities gradually returning to normal.

But that doesn’t mean flipping a switch and things going back to the way they were before.

The Prime Minister recently announced a three-step framework, detailing how certain industries can start reopening to the public.

But it’s up to each state and territory to decide how and when they roll back their restrictions, and which businesses will be allowed to do what.

It’s also up to each state and territory government whether restrictions return if COVID-19 cases start to rise again.

Here’s what we know so far about some common activities.

When will gyms reopen?

Step one of the national three-step frame work doesn’t permit any indoor physical activity, including at gyms.

But it does allow up to 10 people to participate in outdoor sport, and some gyms and boot camps have taken advantage of that by offering limited outdoor classes if their location allows.

Three women in a gym, squatting while holding dumbbells. In between each woman is electrical tape marking physical distancing.
Some Aussies have been feeling a little lost without their regular gym routines.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

Some states are keener than others to start working off all that extra Uber Eats.

Gyms are open in the Northern Territory, but you shouldn’t be there for more than two hours (props to you if you’re working out longer than that).

In Western Australia, up to 20 people can now participate in indoor and outdoor fitness classes as long as there’s no shared equipment.

Indoor gyms are still closed in New South Wales and Victoria — NSW says outdoor exercise equipment can be used “with caution“, while Victoria says don’t touch it.

Up to 10 people are allowed to join outdoor gyms or bootcamps in Tasmania, the ACT and Queensland.

South Australia has a 10-person limit for outdoor non-contact sports at the moment, and gyms are flagged to reopen on June 8.

Step three of the national framework says venues can welcome up to 100 people at a time, so lots of owners are in the process of working out how they’re going to implement those limits.

Closed sign on gym equipment at Brisbane's South Bank parklands.
Some states are allowing outdoor fitness equipment to be used again.(ABC News: Christopher Gillette)

One condition of gyms reopening to up to 20 people at a time is that they must adhere to the four square metre rule (so some smaller gyms may have to limit their attendees to even less than 20).

Every gym has their own COVID-19 plan, so contact your facility to see how they’re implementing it and the conditions of their reopening before you go.

What about cinemas?

No cinemas yet — but in some places, they’re not far off.

The national framework says indoor movie theatres can open for up to 20 people in step two and up to 100 people in step three.

Queensland is adopting this part of the plan for stage two of their roadmap, which is expected to begin on June 12, as has South Australia, where cinemas and theatres are to reopen on June 8.

Cinemas are set to reopen in the Northern Territory on June 5, and Western Australia has also flagged reopening cinemas with gathering limits as part of their third phase of easing restrictions, which we should hear more about in the next few weeks.

A staff member vacuums the red carpet inside the dimly-lit cinema
Some states have revealed their plans to reopen cinemas soon.(ABC News: Mridula Amin)

There’s not a lot of detail available at the moment about what distances people would have to sit apart when cinemas do reopen.

Cinemas and theatres in New South Wales are still closed for now, as they are in the ACT, Tasmania and Victoria (but Tasmania has flagged reopening cinemas to up to 20 people from June 15).

For now, stick to Netflix (and iView!).

Can I go to brunch?

In most states and territories, you can — but the process might be a little different to what we’re used to.

Up to 20 patrons can sit in cafes and restaurants in Western Australia, but Queensland, Tasmania, the ACT and New South Wales venues are limited to 10 customers at a time for now.

Outdoor dining in small groups has resumed in South Australia, as long as everyone is appropriately distanced.

A sign at the counter of an Adelaide cafe advises customers not to use cash.
Most states are starting to reopen cafes with strict limits on diner numbers.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

Table service is still not allowed in Victoria, but you can get takeaway.

Restaurants, cafes, food courts and sports or RSL clubs are open again in the Northern Territory, but as with gyms, they have a two-hour time limit.

Some restaurants and cafes require people to have downloaded the COVIDSafe app or to provide their contact details before they can dine at the venue for contact tracing purposes, and because of customer limits, pre-bookings are recommended.

Or perhaps a nightclub?

Sorry party animals — nightclubs aren’t at the top of the list to reopen first in most places.

The NT is ready to party though, they’re reopening nightclubs, concert halls, dance halls and bars on June 5.

Queensland has listed nightclubs as one of the venues that can have up to 100 people from July 10, but that’s subject to further planning.

Nightclubs have also been listed as a “future step for consideration” in South Australia, but there’s no date on that for now.

The Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner holds a beer at a pub.
Most nightclubs remain closed for now, but the Northern Territory was the first Australian jurisdiction to reopen their pubs.(ABC News)

The national framework recommends nightclubs don’t open until the third stage of the three-step plan — but when they do, they can have up to 100 people.

It also recommends that places like brothels and strip clubs stay closed until further notice.

I miss camping! Can I go?

Not in Victoria, there’s still a ban on camping in national parks there.

Camping in a state park or campground is still prohibited in Tasmania too, but is flagged in their second stage of easing restrictions that starts on June 15, and campgrounds in the ACT are also closed.

Campgrounds and caravan parks remain closed in NSW, unless you work or permanently live there.

Queenslanders are only allowed to go on day trips at the moment, but from June 12 camping in national and state parks will be back on, and people can travel up to 250km from home to do it.

But in South Australia, regional travel is allowed again and campgrounds and caravan parks are allowed to reopen, again with all the necessary social distancing.

A woman walking along a hiking track, with mountains and a lake nearby.
Some states and territories are allowing camping again, while others say it’s too soon.(Supplied: Ellie Keft/Instagram- ellielouhere)

Camping is also permitted in Western Australia in accordance with travel restrictions — there are still some intrastate borders in place in WA, and campers must observe the 10-person gathering limit.

Similarly in the Northern Territory, you can camp but you can’t enter restricted biosecurity zones, so it’s best to check what parks are open and the activities you can do there before you go.

Can my footy team train and play?

Organised training is allowed for sports teams in the Northern Territory, and playing team sports is expected to be allowed from June 5.

In Western Australia you can play non-contact sport with up to 20 people (some contact sport is expected return in their next phase).

Right now in Queensland up to 10 people can play non-contact sport outdoors, but from June 12, up to 20 people can gather for “non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport”.

Outdoor sports training is allowed in South Australia for up to 10 people, and competitive sport is flagged to resume from June 8, including indoor sport.

The ACT is allowing up to 10 people to participate in social sport, as long as it’s non-contact and outdoors, and up to 10 people can do non-contact training in Tasmania too.

In Victoria, sport can resume if it’s outside, non-competitive, everyone stays at least 1.5 metres apart and there’s no more than ten people in a group — so if you can’t modify your sport so there’s no contact, it’s not allowed.

New South Wales also says people must stay 1.5 metres apart outdoors, and no more than 10 people can gather.

A ball boy holds an NRL rugby league ball while wearing a pair of gloves.
Training for and playing contact sports is still off-limits in most states and territories.(AAP: Brendon Thorne)

I want all my loved ones at my wedding. Is that allowed?

Depends how long your list of loved ones is.

Restrictions limiting attendance at weddings and funerals have been particularly tough, but these are slowly starting to relax in most states and territories.

The Northern Territory doesn’t specify a limit on outdoor weddings, and in Queensland the current 10-person limit is set to increase to 20 from June 12 and up to 100 from July 10.

Western Australian weddings can have up to 20 people inside or 30 people outside.

Ten guests can also attend a wedding in New South Wales right now, not including the couple, celebrant and photographer.

Victoria has a similar rule — 10 guests plus the couple and celebrant — same in Tasmania.

The ACT also has a 10-person rule for weddings — there, it includes the couple, but doesn’t include the celebrant and photographer.

South Australia also includes the couple in their 10-person limit, but not a celebrant or “necessary staff”.

A woman with a bridal couple on a beach, bride viewed from behind.
There are still restrictions on how many guests can attend weddings around Australia for now.(Supplied: Candice Bydder)

There’s various social distancing and hygiene conditions to holding weddings no matter where you are, so check with your venue first.

If you have guests who are interstate, don’t forget some states and territories still have strict border restrictions in place.

Guests may be forced to quarantine after crossing the border, or if they don’t have the appropriate exemptions they may not be allowed to cross at all.

When can my kids go back to dance class?

Or basketball practice, or swimming lessons, or orchestra… It all depends where they do their extracurricular activities, and how many people are in the group.

In Queensland, for example, from June 12, up to 20 people will be allowed at pools, community sports clubs, theatres, auditoriums, health clubs and yoga studios.

The Northern Territory has already opened studios again for dance classes and organised training for sports teams is back on too.

Outdoor sports training can go ahead in South Australia in small groups, and community halls and clubrooms can open, but they have to keep any indoor sporting facilities closed.

But in New South Wales dance halls are still closed, as are all indoor recreation facilities and indoor public pools.

Two boys, wearing blue and yellow uniforms, from the Natimuk United Football Club in Victoria's west
Slater and Deagan Perkin from the Natimuk United Football Club are looking forward to training.(ABC Wimmera: Sean Wales)

The ACT allows small groups to play and train for social sport and for swimming lessons to take place, but all indoor and outdoor gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people including children.

In Victoria, small group lessons at places like community centres “cannot resume at this time” and contact sport is off the table — but from Monday, new protocols will allow for some gathering-limited, socially distanced AFL and netball training to resume.

Tasmania says any indoor venue used for sport and recreation can’t open or operate, including those used for dance, cheer and gymnastics, but non-contact sports training is allowed in groups of 10.

In Western Australia up to 20 people can partake in fitness and non-contact sports, swim in public pools or gather at community facilities.

Can I go overseas?

Overseas travel still isn’t on the cards to be resuming anytime soon.

We’ve heard estimates about overseas travel not returning before 2021, and even that air travel might not fully go back to normal until 2023.

But for now, all overseas travel is currently banned and exceptions to the rule are few and far between.

Returning overseas traveller wearing face masks talk and hold their bags.
Overseas travel is banned, but some domestic travel is expected to resume soon.(AAP: Dan Peled)

There’s a chance we could be able to visit New Zealand before international borders completely reopen, but there’s no guarantees on that right now.

That dream overseas holiday will have to wait a little while longer.

The main thing to remember…

Every state and territory is rolling back their restrictions differently.

Within that, each business is coming up with their own plans to meet requirements based on their particular location, facilities, staff and style of operation.

National Cabinet is reviewing the progress of easing restrictions regularly, as are state and territory governments, so there is a chance that restrictions could remain in place or even be brought back if safety is at risk.

If you’re not sure about something, check your state or territory government’s website or contact the business directly to ask how they’re doing things.

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Pubs, cafes, restaurants to allow patrons to dine in from June 1

Victorians will be allowed to head back to pubs, cafes and restaurants for dine-in meals in two weeks, as Premier Daniel Andrews begins easing restrictions for the hospitality industry.

Venues will be allowed to serve up to 20 customers from June 1, 50 patrons from June 22, and up to 100 in mid-July.

Premier Daniel Andrews has begun easing restrictions for the hospitality industry

Premier Daniel Andrews has begun easing restrictions for the hospitality industryCredit:Eddie Jim

Patrons must give their names, mobile numbers and addresses as a condition of entry, to help contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak at the venue.

Tables will need to be 1.5 metres apart, and businesses must abide by physical distancing requirements of one person per four square metres.

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Victoria to reopen its pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants on June 1

There’s some good news for Victorians sick of staying home.

Premier Daniel Andrews has today confirmed that the state will allow pubs and other eateries to reopen their doors in just a matter of weeks.

From June 1, cafes, restaurants and the dining sections of pubs will each be allowed to host a maximum of 20 patrons at a time.

“Just three weeks later, from 22 June, those patron limits will go up to 50, and in mid-July… we would look to move to 100 patrons per enclosed space,” Premier Andrews explained.

He also stressed that strict social distancing guidelines would remain in place, including 1.5 metre spacing, rigorous cleaning and a screening of staff to prevent symptomatic workers infecting customers.

On Wednesday, restrictions were relaxed to allow Victorians to have five visitors in their homes and for outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.

But restaurants and cafes are currently still only allowed to provide takeaway, with no dining in permitted unlike other states including NSW that are now allowing venues to hope for a maximum of 10 people.

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NSW recorded just three new cases of COVID-19 as pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars reopen amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The three cases were detected from 9000 tests in the 24 hours to Friday night, taking the state’s total to 3074. Six people were in intensive care.

Over the weekend people have ventured back to their local eateries, pubs and bars, with dining venues able to take up to 10 patrons if they maintain social distancing.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar said police would continue to work with venues as patrons return to their local haunts.

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He said rain in Sydney on Friday night impacted the number of people seeking tables, making 10-person limits and distancing requirements easier to implement.

“We’ve got early feedback from our police on the ground there’s an acceptance conditions have been relaxed and there’s been compliance with the new conditions,” Mr Cassar told reporters on Saturday.

“We’re in a very positive situation with low numbers being recorded and just ask members of the community to continue to comply with those conditions.”

Under eased restrictions, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are now permitted and up to five people, including children, can visit another NSW household.

Religious gatherings and places of worship can welcome up to 10 people, and 10 guests are also allowed at weddings, 20 at indoor funerals and 30 at outdoor funerals from Friday.

Outdoor equipment including gyms and playgrounds can be used with caution, with people encouraged to wipe down equipment, while outdoor pools are open with restrictions.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty on Saturday warned the virus was still “bubbling underneath the surface” and urged people to get tested if they had any symptoms at all.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard it was important to remember COVID-19 was still “extremely dangerous”, with vigilance needed.

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Pubs, cafes set to reopen; US may restore one tenth of its funding to WHO

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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Sokyo offers midnight dinner as restaurants, cafes re-open in NSW

People are flocking back to beaches and dining venues after coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased in NSW today.

Award-winning Japanese restaurant Sokyo at The Star Sydney became the first high-end restaurant in Australia to open its doors with an invite-only event starting at 12.01am.

The 10 guests for the ‘opening night’ at Sokyo included Destination NSW CEO Steve Cox, Sydney City Councillor Christine Forster, former rugby league player Craig Wing and former NRL star and media personality, Beau Ryan.

Plenty of people also braved cold conditions to head to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach for a swim or a walk.

During her regular morning update, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Friday there had been eight new cases of the coronavirus, the highest number of cases in more than a week.

However, this was from 12,200 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm Thursday, taking the state’s total to 3071. Seven people are in intensive care.

Ms Berejiklian said five of the eight new cases had been from known sources, with three of the cases involving people in quarantine in NSW.

“The remaining three were community transmission but from existing hot spots,” she said.

“One from Bondi Waverley and one from Penrith so we are asking people in those communities to come forward and get tested.”

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Ms Berejiklian said the fact that 12,200 people had come forward and got tested was outstanding, and this needed to continue.

“As restrictions are eased today, please come forward and get tested, that’s the only way in which we are going to manage easing restrictions and being able to control the virus,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian stressed people needed to continue exercising social distancing when they were out, washing their hands and not touching surfaces.

“I know some may even have already started enjoying the new freedoms that come with easing restrictions today but that also comes with personal responsibility and I can’t stress that enough,” she said.

“Easing restrictions have failed in so many places around the world and I don’t want that to happen in New South Wales.

“I want people to have personal responsibility for the way we respond, let’s do our part in keeping everybody safe so that we can keep moving forward so that we never go backwards, that is really critical.”

NSW residents are allowed to go to pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and places of worship from today.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted from Friday and up to five people, including children, can visit households.

Religious gatherings and places of worship can welcome up to 10 people while restaurants and cafes can have up to 10 patrons as long as they maintain social distancing.

Ten guests are allowed at weddings, up to 20 at indoor funerals and up to 30 at outdoor funerals.

Outdoor equipment including gyms and playgrounds can be used with caution, with people encouraged to wipe down the equipment, and outdoor pools are open with restrictions.

Randwick City Council will reopen all of its beaches for recreation from Friday, including Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra, as well as some ocean pools.

“Really, the way we move forward now is up to us,” Ms Berejiklian said. “(Social distancing) will be part of our lives until there is a vaccine or cure, we just have to accept that. But we can appreciate our time staying at home in the main has made us all appreciate what matters most.”

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Coronavirus QLD: When restaurants and cafes can open after no new cases

QUEENSLAND has again recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past day, with discussions starting on when restaurants and cafes can reopen.

Health Minister Steven Miles said 11 people were being treated in hospital, with four in intensive care units.

As the state prepares for the easing of some restrictions from tonight, Mr Miles urged Queenslanders to “not mess it up” this weekend after just eight cases in the past seven days.

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Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the lack of new cases set he state up beautifully for the weekend.

She said for restrictions to ease further, there would need to be no active cases across the state and two incubation periods would need to pass.

One incubation period is 14 days.

There are currently less than 80 active cases.

The Government will look to update Queenslanders in coming weeks about restrictions.

The Premier said cafes and restaurants were among those businesses being discussed.

“We’re going to be having detailed discussions with organisations during the course of next week and of course were looking at what is COVID safe,” she said.

Asked whether Queensland businesses could expect a roadmap to recovery following those weeks, Ms Palaszczuk said the Government was working on it.

Cafes and restaurants will be able to reopen after no new cases for two complete incubation cycles. Izak Fogarty at Alcove Cafe and Deli, Wilston. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner
media_cameraCafes and restaurants will be able to reopen after no new cases for two complete incubation cycles. Izak Fogarty at Alcove Cafe and Deli, Wilston. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner

With non-essential travel permitted effectively from tomorrow morning, parks and picnic grounds are expected to be among prime destinations for many who have endured weeks of lockdown.

Shopping is also allowed and even sitting on a park bench is permitted.

The only proviso is that residents mingle with members of their own household and for those who are single, they can hang out with one other person.

People are restricted to travelling no further than 50km from their home.

Despite the easing of restrictions, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young wants the public to adhere to the restrictions today.

“Queenslanders are reminded to continue staying home as much as possible, and stay in their suburb when undertaking essential activities such as going to the supermarket or exercising,” she said.

The state’s COVID-19 tally sits at 1033 and just 84 active cases stand between Queensland and a clean slate after no new confirmed COVID-19 sufferers were announced on Thursday.

“In the last seven days, we have had just eight new cases of COVID-19; that number would have been hard to believe just a few weeks ago,” Health Minister Steven Miles said yesterday.

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Everything that shuts on Monday, from pubs to cafes and cinemas

From Monday at midday, Australia will become a vastly different place to live as pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and indoor sporting venues across the country shut down indefinitely.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new raft of unprecedented restrictions on non-essential gatherings in a bid to slow the rapid spread of coronavirus.

More liberal measures rolled out last week fell on deaf ears, with Australians continuing to cram into venues across the country this weekend.

“We don’t now have any confidence that people would refrain from gathering in those ways, in those pubs, clubs and nightclubs,” Mr Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra.

“We have no confidence that will be followed. So unfortunately, because guidelines can’t be followed, then for public health reasons we now need to take further action which shuts those gatherings down.”

As a result, stage one of tough new restrictions will be implemented on Monday, March 23 at noon, covering a wide range of venues that will see them shut down.

And they could stay shut for up to six months.

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The Prime Minister said that the measures cover anything deemed a “principal place of socialisation”.

All pubs, registered and licensed clubs, and licensed premises inside hotels and pubs will close, Mr Morrison said.

In those venues, accommodation facilities can continue to operate as normal but with good hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

Entertainment venues such as theatres, cinemas, casinos and nightclubs will also shut their doors to patrons.

Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to providing takeaway only, with dining in now forbidden from midday.

“Home deliveries, takeaway, all of these things will continue, as I know many of these catering businesses are already adjusting their business models in anticipation of things that they believed would potentially take place,” Mr Morrison said.

Takeaway alcohol businesses will be able to continue operating.

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Also subject to the closure order are indoor sporting venues and places of worship.

“Enclosed spaces for funerals and things of that nature will have to follow the strict four square metre rule which will be enforced,” Mr Morrison said.

The historic order could be just a taste of things to come, with the Prime Minister saying authorities would consider further restrictions if necessary.

“The premiers and chief ministers together with myself will be considering stage two restrictions in this area, but what we first want to see is we want to see the public respond to these very serious measures,” he said.

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He warned that these tough new restrictions will be in place until the coronavirus crisis is brought under control.

“Once you start putting these sorts of arrangements in place, we should have the expectation that they will remain in place for at least six months,” Mr Morrison said.

“I wouldn’t want to give the impression that these arrangements are things that will be in place for a couple of weeks or a month and then will be discarded and everything will be OK. These are very significant measures.”

Shopping centres and supermarkets are not subject to the new restrictions, he said.

Mr Morrison conceded that this widespread closures will have an economic impact on businesses and could see Australians lose their jobs.

“I am deeply regretful that those workers and those business owners who will be impacted by this decision will suffer the economic hardship that undoubtably they will now have to face.

“That is a very, very regretful decision.

“But it’s a necessary one in the view of the premiers and chief ministers and myself, to ensure that we can control the spread of this virus.”

Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy had a stern message for those Australians ignoring urgent warnings about social distancing.

“If Australia is going to get through the challenge of this pandemic over the coming months, we have to live differently,” Professor Murphy said.

“We’ve been making that point very clear over the last week. But it’s clear that some people haven’t got it. I’m particularly talking to young people who may think they’re immune to the effects of this virus.

“It’s true, most young people don’t get significant disease. But as a young person, you don’t want to be responsible for the severe and possibly fatal disease of an elder, vulnerable Australian.

“We have to stop the rapid spread of this virus.”

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LIVE Coronavirus updates: Cafes, restaurants to shut in Victoria from midday as worldwide cases surpass 300,000

Cafes, restaurants, bars, cinemas, gyms and other meeting spots will close from midday in Victoria on Monday, as death toll in Europe continues to climb.

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