Comprehensive shutdown for non-essential businesses in NSW and Victoria

Comprehensive shutdown for non-essential businesses in NSW and Victoria

As the tally of cases rises to 296 in Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews has moved to implement a shutdown of all non-essential activity on Tuesday, as well as bringing forward the start of school holidays.

"This is not something I do lightly but it's clear that if we don't take this step, more Victorians will contract coronavirus, our hospitals will be overwhelmed and more Victorians will die", Andrews said in a separate statement.

Victoria will be shut down over the next 48 hours with only essential services to remain open.

"So the measures we'll be considering tonight is that State Premiers and Chief Ministers may have to take far more draconian measures to enforce social distancing, particularly in areas of outbreak than might otherwise be needed", Scott Morrison said earlier on Sunday.

A decision whether to re-open schools after the term one holidays will be determined following advice from the Chief Health Officer.

"Schools will be open tomorrow, though I will have more to say on this issue in the morning", Ms Berejiklian said.

All non-essential services will be shut down within the next 48 hours in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory to slow the spread of coronavirus after a spike in confirmed cases.

Supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacies, convenience stores, freight and logistics, and home delivery will stay open, Berejiklian said.

"I'm encouraging people to look elsewhere...but this is very much for those who are isolated and very much need our support", Disability, Ageing and Carers Ministers Luke Donnellan told reporters on Sunday.

The ABC will also continue broadcasts.

The program is being run by the Red Cross, in partnership with Foodbank Victoria, under the direction of the State Relief Coordinator.

The latest cases include a cluster in Bondi.

In Western Australia, there were 30 new cases diagnosed overnight, including seven people who required hospitalisation and two in a critical condition. "People can not be cavalier about these things and must take them extremely seriously because lives and livelihoods are at stake".

As some states stepped up to announce their own lockdowns on Sunday, the Federal Government announced a second economic stimulus package worth $66 billion, containing support for businesses, pensioners, and the unemployed.

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