Australia’s tourism sector preparing for a near-complete shutdown

Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Australia’s tourism sector is preparing for a near-complete shutdown in industry activity after the federal government spoke against all non-essential domestic travel.


In a latest move to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australians should cancel all non-essential travel, whether between or within states.


The decision was taken after a meeting between state government premiers and chief ministers over the weekend, following the government’s closure of Australia’s international borders for all non-citizen and non-resident arrivals last week.


“Non-essential travel should be avoided, and particularly when we’re talking about interstate travel over longer distances,” said Morrison.


“You know, the sorts of travel that wouldn’t be normally part of your, your daily life,” he added.


Orders for tourism-related businesses like pubs and other licensed venues to shut down were issued over the weekend, while restaurants and cafes are as of now operating only takeaway and delivery services.


“This is bloody painful for everyone and I don’t think there is anyone in regional tourism/hospitality who isn’t wondering how the heck they are going to make it through this,” Morrison said in an email statement on Sunday.


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