The Federal Government is expected to announce the closure of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs across Australia from this weekend in its latest response to curb the spread of coronoavirus (Covid-19) across Australia.
GRAM has been informed that the shock moves were discussed in an emergency meeting last night involving the Prime Minister.
This comes after the Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning said that non-essential indoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people. No information was given about how this would be applied. The limit of 500 people in outdoor areas remains in place.
“That is effective now, as of today, and those arrangements, in terms of legal enforcement of those measures, are being put in place by state and territories,” Mr Morrison said.
Earlier this morning, Virgin Australia announced the suspension of all overseas flights and a halving of its domestic routes, a move that will further hamper the country’s struggling hospitality, food and tourism sectors.
Pressure on the Morrison Government to implement more extreme measures, including a total shutdown, have multiplied in the last 24 hours with more than 3500 doctors signing an open letter calling on the Government to do more.
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