As at 23 March 2020
The Australian Government is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) closely.
Travel restrictions are currently in place for Australia in line with recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee including the following:
- All non-Australian residents will be banned from arriving in Australia, effective 9:00pm AEDT on Friday 20 March. This replaces earlier travel bans on foreigners coming from China, Iran, Italy and Republic of Korea. Australian residents must still self-isolate for 14 days.
- All passengers arriving in Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival (effective from midnight Sunday 15 March 2020).
- As of midday 23 March 2020, clubs, pubs, sporting venues, cinemas, churches, gyms and casinos are to close their doors. Restaurants and cafes will also close, but be allowed to serve takeaway, while essential services – including retail shops, offices, workplaces and schools – will remain open.
- A state of emergency was declared in Tasmania on Thursday 19 March. This resulted in all "non-essential" travellers to Tasmania to be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The new measures will attract a penalty of up to $16,800 or six months in jail.
- Cruise ships from foreign ports are banned from arriving at Australian ports for 30 days (effective Sunday 15 March 2020).
- Travel alerts are also in place for a number of other countries. Visit the Australian Government's Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date information.
Further, non-essential static gatherings of 100 people or more indoors, or 500 people or more outdoors (i.e. where people are in close proximity for extended periods of time) will be banned effective from Wednesday 18 March 2020. These measures do not apply to shopping centres, public transport or domestic air travel which continue to operate. Check with local operators for latest advice.
For information on how to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, please follow Australian Health expert advice: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
For small business owners in Moreton Bay Region follow the following link for a number of resources and links: http://www.businessmoretonbayregion.com.au/covid-19
Good hygiene recommendations include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after using the bathroom
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- If you are sick, avoid contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people
For localised advice: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources