Just after the UK government placed all citizens into a total lockdown, Australia has cracked the whip, introducing strict new measures to decrease the international health risk of COVID-19

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the nation at 5PM UTC+8, saying Australians will get through the crisis “by following common sense rules and doing the right thing.” Mr. Morrison went forward, discussed and reiterated the following restrictions.

  1. Schools will remain open until it poses a significant health risk to the community
  2. All restaurants and café’s will move to takeaway alternatives.
  3. Funeral attendance will be capped at 10 people, whist weddings will be capped at 5 people.
  4. Auctions, open houses, beauticians, arcades, galleries and tanning services will close as of Wednesday midnight.
  5. International travel, from the time of broadcast is banned.
  6. Interstate and territory borders are shut.
  7. Australians are encouraged to stay and work from home.

(Source: https://www.australia.gov.au/)

The carry-on effects of these restrictions created an influx of travelers, due to QANTAS Airways reducing their services by 90%. Tourists and UK visa holders were left to make a rush decision whether to stay or come home to Australia.

Business student at Imperial College London, Geoff Sang, says he was given hardly any notice before his face to face studies were canceled, and gave him no option but to come home. (Audio below)

Stella Kelly, studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, arrived home 1 week before the new restrictions were announced. Similar to Geoff, Stella left the country due to fears of COVID-19, but hasn’t exactly felt welcome back to Australia. She says the reception wasn’t what she expected.

Both Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison are set to make their daily briefings tomorrow.

For UK COVID-19 information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For AUS COVID-19 information, visit: https://www.australia.gov.au/