Government Begins Moves To Place Australia In Lockdown, Urges All Overseas Travellers To Get Home ASAP
The Australian government are moving fast to enforce major restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Last night DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) updated their official website urging all Aussies abroad to head home before the situation worsens.
"We now advise all Australians to reconsider your need for overseas travel at this time," read the statement. “If you’re already overseas and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means."
You can read the full announcement here, but basically tl;dr if you don't head back home ASAP you might not be able to return for quite some time.
This comes days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison imposed a strict 14-day isolation for anyone coming into the country.
Whilst the government hasn't explicitly said Australia is going into lockdown, it certainly would appear that way. There have been rumours floating around online that suggests we should all brace for bars, restaurants, schools, and transport to close down.
is it true that tomorrow scomo will announce a lockdown on Australia??? omg
— ava (@VENlCEBITCHES) March 17, 2020
A close friend just told me he's heard Australia bis going into lockdown tomorrow, like we are seeing in parts of Europe. Anyone else know if this is true?
— Anton Posa (@antonposa) March 17, 2020
Reports are that @ScottMorrisonMP is going to put Victoria and possibly Australia into lockdown on 18/03/2020.
I have been informed by a source this is happening but he has not told anyone in the public about this.
— PM for the people (@PMforaustralia) March 17, 2020
So it might seem like a really sh*tty thing to have to cut your holiday short, but don't be a numpty and do the right thing.
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