“We will be advising against organised non-essential gatherings of persons of 500 people or greater from Monday,” he told reporters this afternoon.
“That of course does not include schools, it does not include university lectures, it does not mean people getting on public transport or going to airports or things of that nature.
“These events that we are seeking to advise against and restrict are non-essential, organised gatherings of 500 persons or more.”
Mr Morrison is loud and proud about his support for the Cronulla Sharks, who will play their round one games against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium at 5.30pm tomorrow.
“The fact that I would still be going on Saturday speaks not just to my passion for my beloved Sharks, it might be the last game I get to go to for a long time,” the Prime Minister said.
The impassioned reactions to Mr Morrison’s comment came thick and fast on Twitter.
So the PM is going g to the football in the meantime. What an example to set for the nation. Safe now. Dangerous Monday. Bizarre.
— Barrie Cassidy (@barriecassidy) March 13, 2020
Oh wow he really is still going to the football this weekend.
Has he learnt nothing?
He’s going on Sunday, then saying those gatherings shouldn’t be held on Monday…
“My beloved sharks. It may be the last game I get to go to for a long time.” https://t.co/t1hTv3YyPi
— Angela Priestley (@angelapriestley) March 13, 2020
My god, he’s still talking about going to the football on Saturday because this policy kicks in on Monday. This is astonishing.
— Amanda Heffernan (@chalkhands) March 13, 2020
Are you serious Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP just said it’s ok to go to large scale football games this weekend because he wants to see his beloved @Cronulla_Sharks team play (as it may be last time for a while) before crowd restrictions of 500+ start on Monday 🤔#Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/FPDlI6sTY1
— Clayton Oates (@Clayton_Oates) March 13, 2020
Scott Morrison going to the football because it’s the last time he might be able to support his “beloved Sharks” for a long time is patently outrageous. They’re my beloved Sharks too. My tickets will be in the bin. His duty is to the nation, not his #1 ticketholder status.
— Elliott Brennan (@elliott_brennan) March 13, 2020
Very convenient that NON-ESSENTIAL mass gathering bans of 500+ people are starting on Monday, right after @ScottMorrisonMP goes to see his beloved @Cronulla_Sharks… But hey “how good is hypocrisy!”🤔#Covid_19 #covid19 #auspol #ScottyFromMarketting #ScoMo
— ~Ethan~ (@ThePlasmakat) March 13, 2020
Federal chief health officer Professor Brendan Murphy said they expect to see “a few more cases of community transmission” by Monday.
“There’s no immediacy about this but we need to get ahead of the curve so the recommendation was Monday and the premiers and the Prime Minister,” he said today.
“It wouldn’t have mattered if they had made a decision one or two days either side; it was felt that that was a reasonable time to progress.”