Schools close, businesses shut

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SCHOOL is out early and many businesses will be forced to shut their doors as part of the latest COVID-19 precautions implemented across Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced late last week that school holidays would begin from Tuesday 24 March in an effort to “combat the spread of coronavirus”.

“This is not something that we do lightly, but it’s clear that if we don’t take this step, more Victorians will contract coronavirus, our hospitals will be overwhelmed and more Victorians will die,” Mr Andrews said.

“Victorians will still be able to go to the supermarket, the bank, the pharmacy and other essential stores, like petrol stations and convenience stores. Freight, logisitics and home delivery are also considered essential and will remain open.

“All measures to be implemented by Victoria are consistent with the health advice provided by the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

“The decision whether to re-open schools after the term 1 holidays will likewise be determined following advice from the Chief Health Officer.

Mr Andrews announced that a “shutdown of all non-essential activity” would be implemented across the state from midday, 23 March.

The closures will include pubs, clubs, gyms, cinemas, casinos, and places of worship. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate, but can only prepare food for takeaway or home delivery.

Stores will remain open.

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