After announcing restrictions on indoor gatherings greater than 100 people less than a week ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that a number of different types of gathering places will close from midday Monday March 23.
Places which will be closed completely include:
- Entertainment venues
- Places of worship
- Indoor sporting venues
All restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only.
Some indoor gathering places such as funeral homes will have to abide by the “four square metre rule” – that is, the venue size must allow for four square metres per person.
At this stage, other places can stay open. That includes supermarkets, shopping centres and the other shops within them, and bottle shops. Put simply, if it’s not on the above list, it can stay open for now. However, it comes with a clear warning from the government that we should be practising social distancing as much as possible. That basically means not going out unless it’s necessary, and restricting the opportunity for the Coronavirus to spread.
Our thoughts go out to all the South Australians who will be affected by these restrictions.
We’ll update this post as more information comes to light.