Scott Morrison Says Bars, Clubs, Gyms & Cinemas Could Stay Closed For Six Months
Today Scott Morrison has told parliament Australians should brace for an extended shut down of extra curricular businesses.
The Prime Minister addressed politicians in Canberra giving further updates on the new measures that will come in to effect from midday today. All non essential services including bars, restaurants, theatres and gyms will close their doors in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
"There is no short-term solution to this. We have to steel ourselves for the next six months and work together to slow the spread in order to save lives, to protect the elderly and vulnerable Australians. They are counting on us," said Morrison.
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"It could be longer. There is no three or four-week shutdown that makes it all go away."
These extreme precautionary restrictions come in an unprecedented move from the government and will no doubt have a grave effect on many industries. It is likely that thousands of people will lose their jobs as a result.
This comes as Scott Morrison pushes forward with a $66 billion economic stimulus package that will hopefully provide much needed funds to people most affected in this crisis.
We will bring you more updates as this story develops.
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