Coronavirus: Australia to Close Borders for at Least Three Months

Border restrictions would likely be the final measure lifted and would stay in place even if other rules were eased.

Sydney Opera House.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Australia will close its international borders for at least three to four months in order to protect its citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, has explained that border restrictions would likely be the final measure lifted and would stay in place even if other rules were eased.

Speaking to a government inquiry focusing on the Australian virus response, he said the measures still had scope for exceptional circumstances.

“The international situation at the moment is such that any relaxation of border measures would be very risky,” he added.

While Australia’s lockdown measures have led to a “sustained and consolidated” slowdown in new coronavirus cases, the government cautioned there will no easing of restrictions for at least three more weeks.

Under the existing lockdown, Australians are encouraged to stay home except for essential shopping, school, work, exercise, and medical appointments. In most states, gatherings are limited to no more than two people, aside from household members.

Meanwhile, pubs, restaurants, casinos, gyms, and cinemas remain closed.

That said, Sydney’s Bondi Beach will reopen next week for swimming and surfing activities, in one of the first signs of restriction easing.

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