In tonight's address - Morrison announced that schools would stay open until the National Cabinet could meet again on Wednesday, March 25. "Lots to discuss", he said to the crowd.
On top of those questions unanswered, many have been urging the PM to help those "non-essential workers" who had been left without employment due to business closures nation-wide.
His response from the address: "Who is an essential worker? Anyone who has a job," adding, "People who are earning money. That is an essential job."
After that statement, it was confirmed more restrictions would be placed on businesses, including beauty services, outdoor and indoor play areas and youth centres.
Some have considered the sentiment confusing, considering a majority of New South Wales workers have been left with no income - including those who work in the hospitality industry and small businesses that rely on constant traffic.
The National Cabinet will meet again on Wednesday, March 25, to which the PM claims "leases will be considered and other matters" will be discussed.
"I hope that's been very clear", he finished.
What We Know:
- COVID-19 is seriously contagious. For any of us, we could catch it and take up to 14 days to show symptoms (or not show any symptoms at all) and in that time, if we are not practising social distancing, could be spreading it to the more vulnerable. In fact, within a month, an extra 400 people could be infected.
- If we continue the way we are, our already struggling health system won't be able to cope. Doctors and nurses who are not trained will have to move to the front lines, while Australian hospitals are not equipped with the appropriate equipment to handle such numbers. In short, they'll have to decide who lives and who dies.
- The absolute BEST way we can combat the COVID-19 pandemic is to stay home. The government has presented complex equations about ensuring there are four-square-metres per person in indoor venues (including a 5 person ban on funerals and weddings). It’s probably easier to keep it simple: limit your contact with others. Greatly. Stay home.