WORLD More venues to be closed, public gathering limited to two persons in Australia

WORLD

More venues to be closed, public gathering limited to two persons in Australia

Xinhua

18:03, March 29, 2020

CANBERRA, March 29 (Xinhua) -- More venues in Australia are to be closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country, while more stringent restrictions are put to public gathering, said Australian Prime Minister (PM) Scott Morrison on Sunday evening.

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In addition to the institutions and businesses already closed last week, more public areas are to follow suit, including public playgrounds, outside gyms and skate parks. They are to be closed from Monday.

Public gatherings are limited to two people, although it is up to states and territories to enforce the limit. As a result, group boot camps are no longer allowed, while one-on-one personal training sessions are still permitted, according to Morrison.

People are again strongly advised to stay at home unless shopping for essentials, for medical care or compassionate needs, to exercise following the new rule and to go to work and education "if you cannot work or learn remotely," he said.

Morrison also advised that those aged over 70, with a chronic illness aged over 60, and Indigenous Australians over the age of 50 should stay at home.

"What we are encouraging elderly residents to do is to stay home as much as is practicable," said the PM. "Should they need support then I'm sure they can get support through their community or others and I'm sure they could even ring their local MP."

According to the Health Department of the Australian government, as of 3 p.m. on Sunday, there have been 3,966 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.


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