Social Distancing in Australia - The Impact of Coronavirus COVID-19
The Australian government Department of Health urges everyone to practice Social Distancing or Physical Distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing means avoiding close contact and avoid crowded places whenever you can and aiming to keep approximately 1.5 metres distance from those around you in the community and in the workplace.
While social distancing is challenging to practice in homes, schools and work places, doing things a bit differently for now will help to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Some simple things that you can do to practice social distancing include:
If it is essential for you to get outside of your home to get food, medicine, go to work or other essentials, do the following:
- Avoid hugging and kissing
- Swap handshakes for a wave
- Turn face to face interactions into phone or video conference calls
- Consider working from home
Do not shake hands or exchange physical greetings if you have to go to a public place.
Stay 1.5 Mitres away from others
The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.
Do your bit, when it comes to Social Distancing, to keeping that healthy distance, to respecting and following these rules.
Enforcing the social distancing, keeping a healthy physical distance from one another,
People in Australia have been advised to take social distancing measures, including refraining from shaking hands.
The Australian Prime Minister warned there will be tougher measures to contain localised virus outbreaks.
The new rules for shopping at the supermarkets
Supermarkets in Australia have announced new customer safety rules to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The businesses are also implemented measures to protect both staff and customers from COVID-19.
When shopping In-store, customers are urged to:
- Observe social distancing using trolleys
- Unload their trolley at the end of the belt, but only after the customer in front has finished their transaction
- Pack their own bags and to bring their own bags where possible
- Make contactless payments where possible, to minimise contact between customers and staff.
Who is going to make me practice Social Distancing?
Both state and federal governments have emergency powers to fine and even jail people who breach lockdown orders.
The Australian government is forming police task forces to enforce lockdown rules
State governments have already been using police to check on people in isolation and an expanded police presence has been flagged in affected areas.
The Australian Prime Minister said further restrictions would be considered if lockdown rules are not followed.
Services Australia has different criteria for evaluating relationships and welfare payments, this will depend on your joint income. If your partner earns over a certain threshold fortnightly, this will reduce the payments you receive, potentially down to nothing if their income is high enough.
Can I apply for Jobseeker payment if I have savings?
- Coronavirus is most likely to spread from person to person, when we come into close contact with one another. We can all help stop the spread by keeping our distance.
- Stay at home unless is absolutely necessary
- Keep 1.5 metres away from others
- Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
- Use tap and pay instead of cash
- Avoid public gatherings and at risk groups
- Practise good hygiene
- Australia is experiencing widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself contact the Australian Government Department of Health
- Australian Department of Health
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
For more information and updates contact the health authorities in your current country