Over the next 48 hours, NSW and Victoria will shut down all non-essential services.

In the next 48 hours, NSW and Victoria will both implement a shutdown of all non-essential services in their states.

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced their respective plans to enforce state-wide shutdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, with Victoria and NSW being the worst-hit states by the pandemic in Australia.

It is understood Berejiklian and Andrews will be pushing for a nation-wide shutdown at the National Cabinet meeting on Sunday evening, which will include Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders.

Here is exactly what we know about the respective shutdowns.

VIC shutdown

On Sunday, Premier Andrews announced, “school holidays will be brought forward in Victoria, starting on Tuesday 24 March”.

This means children in Victoria will attend school on Monday, March 3, before all schools are shut down in Victoria.

As for what will be considered an essential service, Andrews says: “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, logistics and home delivery are also considered essential and will remain open.”

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

“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.

“I will have more to say on these measures tomorrow morning.”

NSW shutdown

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Sunday: “Tonight I will be informing the National Cabinet that NSW will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services.

“This will take place over the next 48 hours.”

For now, schools in NSW will be open on Monday, although Premier Berejiklian is expected to make further announcements on this tomorrow morning.


Premier Gladys Berejiklian says supermarkets, petrol stations, convenience stores and pharmacies are among the businesses that will stay open in NSW. This will also include home delivery services.

“I will update NSW tomorrow morning about the impacts and our plans following the National Cabinet.”

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Number of cases in NSW has risen.

NSW now has over 500 cases of COVID-19.

NSW Health says the majority of infections in NSW were acquired overseas or from having contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

There are 46 cases that have an unknown source of infections, with investigations underway to establish links.

NSW Health further reported that several diagnoses of COVID-19 are backpackers who have been in the Bondi area.

Bondi Beach has been subject to scrutiny over the weekend, after thousands of beach-goers ignored the strict social distancing instructions on Friday and Saturday, drawing worldwide condemnation online. It has since been shut down.

Number of cases in VIC.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria stands at 296.

This comes as 67 new coronavirus cases were confirmed overnight. At least three of these new cases were obtained via community transmission, raising concern that Australians are ignoring social distancing rules.

This is the largest 24-hour increase Victoria has seen yet.

Read more about COVID-19:

The Australian Government Department of Health advises that the only people who will be tested for COVID-19 are those with symptoms who have either returned from overseas in the past 14 days or been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.

If you are sick and believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your GP ahead of time to book an appointment. Or call the national Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

To keep up to date with the latest information, please visit the Department of Health website.

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