On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that all non-essential services across the country would be forced to close their doors from midday on Monday, March 23, as the federal and state governments work to reduce the risk of coronavirus and ‘flatten the curve’ when it comes to confirmed cases in Australia.
This was stage one of the government’s plan to tackle the Covid-19 crisis. Just two days later on Tuesday night Morrison updated this to level two restrictions with even further businesses forced to shut from midnight Wednesday, March 25.
These new measures mean that many businesses across the country are now facing an uncertain future and limit the activities that Aussies can engage in, with Morrison warning the public to expect these heightened measures to remain in place for the next six months.
“We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs,” the PM said. “If we want to slow the spread, everyone must implement appropriate social distancing in accordance with state and territory laws.”
He added: “We need every Australian to do their bit to save the lives of other Australians.”
So, as you begin to adapt to a more isolated style of life, here’s what you need to know about what is classed as essential and non-essential.
Essential services are classified as those which help to keep Australia running, they include: