Australians are banned from holding social gatherings of more than TWO people

Australians are banned from holding social gatherings of more than TWO people

Australian media reported on Sunday a number of fines were given to people for breaching quarantines after states moved last week to implement ad hoc fines and even jail terms for individuals and businesses not complying with the rules. "This is radical and the vast majority of Australian have done the right thing, we've seen huge evidence of that".

The Prime Minister also flagged Australian workers who have recently been stood down due to the coronavirus will still be eligible for the federal government's new income support measures when the package is finalised.

"So anyone who doesn't need to be out of their home should be in the home".

Mr Morrison said that outside gyms and skate parks would be closed from Monday, and that boot camps would be reduced to two people.

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy backed up the PM's advice.

"Stay-at-home except for the following reasons shopping for what you need, food and other essential (items). for medical care or compassionate reasons, to exercise with compliance of public gathering roles which have already outlined and for work and education", he said.

It comes as officials again urge people to stay at home while also offering a glimmer of hope that Australia is starting to get the upper hand.

'This is for their own protection to limit their interaction with others in the community, ' he said.

A moratorium for six months has been placed on rental evictions for people who have been directly affected by losing their jobs.

"Sadly, this health crisis and economic crisis is a battle on two fronts and it is going to be waged in an unimaginable and unprecedented way over the next at least six months and potentially beyond that".

"Yesterday I had numerous discussions, and the day before, with the Western Australian premier and the health minister had numerous discussions with his counterpart to put in place a very sensible facility program for those who are going off the ship at home, for those who will require hospitalisation treatment".

Mr Morrison made it clear the advice about gatherings of more than two people was for all circumstances, not just for social occasions in homes.

'There is a lot of work to be done here and my message to tenants, particularly commercial tenants, it's a very straightforward one.

"These services are demand driven, but we anticipate the funding boost, which is more than four times annual funding, will help hundreds of thousands of Australians in most urgent need".

"As the Prime Minister has said, we have had a somewhat slowing of the growth in the epidemiology curve, but it is not enough. That is what we have to stop doing".

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