COVID-19: New Public Health Measures and Financial Rescue Package

It’s nearing midnight as I write this, having just wrapped my head around the latest measures announced from tonight’s National Cabinet meeting of the Prime Minister and Premiers/Chief Ministers of the States and Territories.

That was after spending much of the afternoon combing through press releases and bulletins detailing the additional $66 billion economic rescue package announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg earlier today, adding to the $17.6 billion stimulus package announced on 12 March.

Events are unfolding so rapidly that the measures just announced may be superseded in short order, but as at the time of writing (11.31pm Sunday 22 March 2020 AEDT), these are the things that you should be aware of in order to play your part in helping see Australia through this COVID-19 crisis.

I’ll tackle the public health measures first and then loop back to provide some detail on the economic rescue package and things to keep in mind should you be impacted by the economic effects that will result from the required public health response.

As the situation will remain fluid for the foreseeable future, please also check in with the Commonwealth Department of Health’s COVID-19 page on a regular basis for the latest information and guidance.

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