The federal government has recommended that all non-essential travel in Australia should be cancelled.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison didn’t give specific examples about what non-essential travel is, however he asked the public to use ‘common sense’.
He ‘regrettably’ recommended that travel over school holidays should be cancelled.
Essential travel includes work-related activities, daily life and compassionate supplies.
Morrison described what happened on Bondi Beach was ‘not okay’ and that premiers will be taking the behaviour into account when they meet at a national cabinet meeting, which was moved to tonight.
“[Bondi Beach] served as a message to federal and state leaders that too many Australians are not taking these issues seriously enough,” Morrison said.
Morrison said that premiers could be “considering far more draconian measures” when the national cabinet meets tonight.
The Government has also announced a second stage of measures to keep businesses afloat during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
Unemployed Australians will receive an extra $550 a fortnight if they are on Newstart on top of their current payout. Those who have been financially affected by the coronavirus outbreak can also apply to access superannuation early to up to $10,000.
The government will be giving businesses a payout of up to $100,000 for the period of March 2020 to September 2020. It’ll be worth 100% of the tax the small and medium business are withholding from their employees salary and wages. The payment will be tax-free.
The Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme has also been revealed which has been designed specifically for businesses who turnover less than $50,000.
Morrison also confirmed that the Department of Foreign Affairs is working to bring stranded Australians home from other countries.