As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across Australia, the government is advising that public outdoor gatherings should be limited to two people, down from the previous recommendation of 10.
In a press conference on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised that restrictions should be tightened in an effort to minimise the spread of the coronavirus as the number of active cases nears 4,000.
As it currently stands, a 10-person limit is enforceable by law, but the PM advised that states and territories may look to tighten this to reflect the new advice on a state-by-state basis.
The new advice means that people (particularly women) will not have to walk alone for transport or exercise purposes, but no more than two people should be gathering in public places if at all possible.
However, Morrison later clarified that the rule excludes members of your own household.
Additionally, public areas such as playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor gyms will be closed from tomorrow. Furthermore, bootcamps (which we previously limited at 10 people) will now be reduced to two, essentially making it a one-on-one personal training session.
Following the National Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Morrison reinforced the public health advice that “you must stay at home except for the following reasons:”
Scott Morrison summed up the public health advice, urging people to only leave the house for what they need.
To put it simply, stay the fuck home.
States and territories are expected to make their own announcements to reflect the updated public health advice in the coming days.