There has been much confusion around coronavirus with constant updates and restrictions seeming to change every day. Are you unsure of what is and isn’t allowed? Here are some of the most asked cornoavirus questions answered by 13 DOCTOR experts.
What is non-essential travel?
Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia have closed their borders for all non-essential travel. Tasmania and the Northern Territory have done the same and are requiring visitors to isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
These measures are being enforced. In Queensland for example, police require you to be a resident or hold a Border Pass to be able to cross from New South Wales into Queensland and people are being turned around at the border.
While travelling to school and work are deemed essential, holidays and avoidable interstate trips aren’t and that’s why we’re all being told to stay home this Easter long weekend.
Can I leave my home?
The Prime Minister has requested Australians to stay home unless their travel is essential. Currently Australians are not confined to their homes, but there is strong advice on when you are allowed to leave your home. Essentially, it’s if you’re going to work or school and cannot do so from home, your seeking medical attention, on compassionate grounds or if exercising. If you do leave your home, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and other people.
How is social distancing monitored?
Both State and Federal Governments have the right to fine and even jail people who breach lockdown orders. Police in each State have been checking on people in isolation and expanded their police task forces to patrol popular areas to ensure people aren’t necessarily staying outside.
What businesses are closing or staying open?
The following businesses have been closed:
- Indoor places of worship
- Indoor sporting venues
Cafes and restaurants will be able to operate but will only offer takeaway and home delivery services. Other businesses that will be left open include:
- Petrol stations
- Convenience stores
- Freight and logistics
- Food delivery
- Bottle shops
How long will the lockdown last?
This is the hardest question to answer, however Scott Morrison has warned measures will need to stay in place for at least six months in order to be effective at combating the spread of coronavirus.