PM Scott Morrison has announced that non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned by the Federal Government as the country responds to the coronavirus pandemic. The ban on all non-essential gatherings outdoors remains at a maximum of 500 people.
And he had a strong message to Australians refusing to refrain from panic buying.
“Stop hoarding,” Morrison said. “I can’t be more blunt about it. Stop it.”
“We haven’t seen this sort of thing in Australia since the end of the First World War. If we slow the spread, then we do save lives.”
Morrison also announced the government has upgraded the country’s travel ban to level four, which means that Australians are being advised to not travel internationally at all.
“That is the first time that has ever happened in Australian history,” Morrison said of the travel ban upgrade.
The news comes after the Virgin Australia airline suspended all international flights and cut domestic operations by 50%. Virgin will suspend international flights from March 30 until at least June 14.