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The SAS Group will provide daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, including updates on Government and Department of Health announcements, travel and flight bans, and general media.

The Prime Minister last night met with G20 leaders for a Summit to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak, and today announced new quarantine rules for those returning to Australia.

Since yesterday’s update, the Queensland Government today announced long-haul train and coach services within Queensland will be temporarily reduced, and that mining companies are being asked to step up their coronavirus protections.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment announced they are supporting sole traders through the outbreak.

In general news, Coles and Bunnings have rolled out new rules to prioritise tradies and to keep staff safe.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit
The Prime Minister of Australia 

The Prime Minister last night joined G20 leaders for an extraordinary Summit, hosted by His Majesty Kind Salman of Saudi Arabia. The Prime Minister announced the G20 has come together to tackle ‘what will be one of the most difficult and severe crises any of us will face’. The Prime Minister urged G20 leaders to do what it takes to fight COVID-19, to save lives, to overcome the pandemic, and to cushion the economic blow.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: COVID-19 response sees temporary reduction in Queensland long-haul travel
Queensland Government 

Long-haul train and coach services within Queensland will be temporarily reduced as part of wider efforts to contain COVID-19.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said rural and regional communities would continue to have access to transport for essential travel under the changes.

More information here.


Coles and Bunnings roll out rules to prioritise tradies and keep staff safe
The Courier Mail

Coles will ask customers to pack their own groceries into bags to reduce any potential transmission of COVID-19 in supermarkets.

The supermarket is also asking people to sanitise their hands upon entry and use the 1.5m length of a trolley as a guide to know how far shoppers should stay from each other while in store.

More information here.


Coronavirus: Scott Morrison issues new quarantine rules for travellers as Patient Zero man hunt continues
The Courier Mail 

Australians returning from overseas from midnight tomorrow will be quarantined in hotels and other accommodation facilities to enforce the 14-day self-isolation period.

With some travellers still making their way home from other countries, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the measure was crucial to prevent further spread of the virus from overseas.

The National Cabinet agreed this afternoon on the extraordinary measure, which will be policed by state governments.

More information here.


26 March 2020 (NEW)

MEDIA STATEMENT: Supporting sole traders through the effects of coronavirus
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

The Morrison Government has expanded the eligibility criteria for JobSeeker Payment to support sole traders and Australians who are self-employed if their income is negatively affected by the economic impact of the Coronavirus.

Under temporary changes to social security rules, sole traders will be encouraged to keep their business operating but may be able to access income support should their earnings take a significant hit.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Coronavirus protections stepped up for miners, communities
Queensland Government

Mining companies are being asked to step up their coronavirus protections for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers, staff in mining camps and remote and regional resource communities.

Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said all state, territory and national resources Ministers had agreed that the resources sector was essential to maintaining a strong Australian economy.

More information here.


 

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