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The measures are intended to limit the level of social interaction. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Government tightens pandemic restrictions

A series of tighter measures were announced last night by the federal government to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a total ban on overseas travel by Australians, with exemptions to be managed by the Australian Border Force.

"Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work - where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

"Keep visitors to your home at a minimum.

"In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups."

He said visits to homes, even with family, should be kept to a minimum and with very small numbers of guests.

"We don't want to be overly specific about that; we want Australians to exercise their common sense," Mr Morrison said.

The Prime Minister's Office released a schedule of prohibitions on Tuesday evening, taking effect from Wednesday night.

Real estate auctions and open houses are banned, except by private appointment.

Hairdresser appointments are limited to 30 minutes.

Weddings are limited to five people and funerals to 10 people.

Personal services such as beauty therapy, tanning, waxing and nail salons are banned.

For the full list: Click through here.

 

 

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