COVID-19: The latest you need to know

16 March 2020

Written by: Imogen Howell

All the cancellations, postponements, and closures affecting Victorians

The new plans issued by the Morrison government have come into effect today as a response to the increasing risk of COVID-19.

Each state’s public health acts are enforceable as of today, and those who fail to comply with self-isolation will face the following regulations in their respective states.

Fines introduced for offenders

In New South Wales, if caught, offenders can be fined up to $11 000, be sentenced to six months in jail or receive both, with additional penalties if people continue to not comply.

In Western Australia, those caught will face a fine of $50 000 or imprisoned for 12 months.

In Tasmania, the fine is $8400.

South Australia, the fine is steeper, $25 000.

Victorians will face up to $20 000 in fines and companies who don’t comply will face up to $100 000 in fines.

These new fines come after the government issued a 14-day ban that came into effect 12 a.m on Monday.

Cancellations, Postponements and Closures

For the Victorian Country and Supreme Courts, all new trials have been cancelled with current trials still going ahead.

There has been a subsequent ban on cruise ships coming in from international ports for the next 30 days.

The International Comedy Festival has been cancelled, along with the International Flower and Garden Show.

The Meatstock festival has been postponed until August, The Melbourne Dog Lovers show, and The International Coffee Expo have been postponed until November.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child has cancelled shows until 12 April.

The NGV closed today and won’t reopen until 13 April.

The State Library of Victoria has also closed, and it is unknown when it will reopen.

Luna Park has been closed for two weeks.


Photo: Supreme Court of Victoria by Bidgee available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.