Public gatherings cut to two, renters protected from eviction

Andrew Cummings
March 30, 2020

Morrison said this limit could be enforced by "very significant on-the-spot fines", and said people "must stay at home" unless shopping for essentials, for medical care, to exercise outdoors with adherence to the two-person limit, or for work and education reasons if they can't do so from home.

The Prime Minister has defended the move to allow passengers on board the Artania into Perth to be treated in private hospitals as following the "moral rules" observed by the whole worldwide community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exercise: People working out should still follow the two-person limit.

As well, there is new advice relating to who should self-isolate.

Morrison stressed that the new advice does not mean older Australians - as well as those with chronic health conditions, indigenous members of the community over 50, and those over 60 - can not go outside, but simply aims to limit their contact with other people as much as possible.

'This does not mean they can not go outside, ' Mr Morrison said on Sunday.

He said the "strong advice" was also that people aged 70 and over "should stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection".

Community transmission is the spread of the virus to a person without known links to a known case.

"It is of concern, particularly in Sydney and to a lesser extent in Melbourne and southeast Queensland", Professor Murphy said.

"This is an incentive to keep people on, doing actual work. they can keep them on the books, on the payrolls".

Sunday night's announcements include a moratorium on evictions of people as a result of financial distress for the next six months under state laws.

The exception will be for people who you live with and your family members.

A man aged in his 80s died of coronavirus in hospital in Victoria, while a 75-year-old woman died in Queensland after travelling on the Ruby Princess cruise ship that docked in Sydney.

Announcing a new $1.1 billion health package to deal with the COVID-19 crisis earlier on Sunday, Mr Morrison said greater cooperation in terms of self-isolation and social distancing was delivering dividends.

"We must have a running economy to get through this", Morrison said in a televised news conference.

The Australian government will on Monday promise to subsidise employee wages for up to six months, two sources familiar with the plan said, as it seeks to shelter the country's economy from the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

In Western Australia state, hundreds of people were due to be taken from the Vasco da Gama cruise ship to Rottnest Island, a tourist destination near Perth, or hotels near the state capital of Perth for quarantine, shipowner Cruise & Maritime Voyages said.

"I know this is a terrrible inconvenience for you but it is necessary to save lives and we thank you for your cooperation", Mr Morrison said.

About 350 defence force personnel are helping enforce the isolation.

"They need to understand that we are trying to protect the community of NSW".

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