PM announces mandatory two week self-isolation for all arrivals in Australia

Mar 15, 2020
All overseas arrivals in Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Source: Getty.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced all people arriving in Australia from overseas will have to spend a fortnight in self-isolation as of Monday, as the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to rise across Australia and around the world.

“We will have a self-isolation requirement on all international arrivals to Australia effective from midnight tonight,” Morrison said during a press conference in Sydney on Sunday.

“All people coming to Australia will be required, will be required, I stress, to self isolate for 14 days.

“If your mate has been to Bali and they come back and they turn up at work in our city next to you, they will be committing an offence, so I think it is up to all of us to ensure that we are ensuring this is put in place stop Australians will exercise common sense.”

The PM also announced international cruise ships will also be banned from docking in Australia for an initial 30 days. Australians are also being advised to practice more “social distancing”, which would discourage handshakes.

The news comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government was advising that all public gatherings of 500 people or more across the country should be cancelled as of Monday.

The decision was made by the PM, along with senior government ministers and state premiers, in a bid to slow the spread of the virus and continue to contain it, after Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy advised ministers and state premiers to adopt the precautionary measures during Friday’s COAG gathering.

“Australia right now is in a position where we have low rates of this virus, but we have always known that the number of cases will rise,” Morrison said on Friday during a COAG meeting in Sydney. “In relation to that, based on advice we have received today, it has been recommended to us that we move to a position by Monday where we will be advising against organised non-essential gatherings of persons of 500 people or greater.”

Morrison went on to clarify that the measures do not include schools, universities, public transport or areas such as airports and said that people should see this as a common sense precaution. While the PM also acknowledged that there would be more issues to work through and confirm before the advice kicks in on Monday.

Join the community that will get you through the hard times ahead.

Starts at 60 is the community you need when Covid-19 is changing life as we know it. We stick together, help each other, share information and have a whole lot of fun online.

Join for interactive online events, expert advice, timely news, great deals and community conversation.

What are your thoughts on this?

Please sign in to post a comment.
Retrieving conversation…
Stories that matter
Emails delivered daily
Sign up