Federal and state governments issue further COVID-19 restrictions, warn stage three is coming

More measures have been introduced in Victoria and around the country this week to help combat the spread of coronavirus and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned stage three restrictions are coming.

Mr Andrews announced on Wednesday that as of midnight that night, new stage two restrictions would come into effect as announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Beauty, nail and tanning salons, galleries, museums, tattoo and massage parlours, zoos, wildlife parks, aquariums, concert venues, amusement parks and arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres have been ordered to close and real estate auctions and open house

inspections can no longer go ahead. Community and recreation centres such as fitness centres, swimming pools and saunas must close.

This includes the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre which already announced on Monday that it would be closed for an indefinite period, with all memberships suspended until it reopens.

Caravan and camping parks must close, with the exception of where the accommodation is for the purposes of respite for victims of family violence, other vulnerable groups or for care purposes or where people live permanently.

Hairdressers and barbers can remain open and while initially could not have customers in store for more than 30 minutes, that restriction has now been lifted, although social distancing rules still apply.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, March 27

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