Weddings, funerals, tatts and tans feel COVID-19 pinch

Well we knew it was coming, even though we hoped it was not, stage 2 restrictions. Get set for more activities to be banned due to the Government wanting the spread of Coronavirus to stop.

So here's the list:
• Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours
• Amusement parks and arcades
• Indoor and outdoor play centres
• When it comes to Hairdressers, they are only allowed 30 minute appointments, so that's basically a trim, wouldn't be much more time for anything else
• Community and recreation centres, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas, wellness centres, boot camps • Libraries
• Brothels, massage parlours and sex on premises services
• Personal training can only have 10 or less people
• Social, sporting-based activities, swimming pools
• Birthday parties and even house parties, which makes sense, outsiders coming in to your house, that's a bigger chance of catching the virus
• International travel is banned for everyone • Weddings can only have 5 people and when it comes to funerals, there can only be 10, but you must obey the social distancing rules (apparently it's 1 person per 4 square metre rule)
• Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, non-essential facilities, community facilities like halls and PCYCs
• Food courts in shopping centres will close, but you can still support local and buy takeaway
• Auction houses and open inspections • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses (will is up to each state and territory to decide on)
• Outdoor and indoor markets (once again, this decision is being left up to each state and territory)
• You already heard about Cafes, they are limited to takeaway only, so if you can, please support local businesses
• Cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gambling venues, adult entertainment venues, concert venues, and stadiums

You are being urged to stay at home unless you really have to leave the house, whether you need the basics/essentials/medical, and exercise, now you can do this with family members, but keep your group small and continue to practice keeping a distance from each other.

Please note that these changes come into effect tonight. So from midnight tonight, as we head into Thursday March 26, make sure you are following the rules please.

Cruise ship passenger dies

Lawyers are considering a compensation claim on behalf of passengers from the coronvirus-hit cruise liner Ruby Princess.

2700 people were allowed to leave the ship when it docked in Sydney even though hundreds of sick people were on board.

More than 300 of those passengers have now tested positive to the virus, including an elderly woman who has since become the eighth Australian to die from the illness.

Help for renters

A decision on how best to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on home and office renters could be made today.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was due to raise the issue with state and territory leaders last night but it was pushed back until this evening.

The PM said a lot of work still needed to be done.

"You have a tenant, a landlord, you have creditors and all of those issues and you need to solve for the entire chain," Mr Morrison said.

"The states have the legislative authority when it comes to tenancies, both commercial and residential, and the Commonwealth has other incentives and levers it can pull."

Mental health

Help could soon be on the way for Australians experiencing higher levels of anxiety and lonliness as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures.

The federal health minister is in discussions with the mental health sector to prepare a major mental health care package.

National Parks close

Some of Australia's most iconic national parks, including Kakadu and Uluru, will close as the country goes into lockdown due to the coronavirus.

It comes just a week after Parks Australia said it would waive fees to get visitors through the gates following the country's bushfire crisis.

On Tuesday, Parks Australia said the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay as well as Uluru and Kakadu would shut.

It's official: Olympics off

Major sponsors are promising to stand by the Olympics after the Tokyo Games were formally postponed until July 2021.

The International Olympic Committee has been resisting pressure to delay the event, which was due to start on July 24.

But it finally caved after a direct request from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Fourteen global companies including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Intel spent $A848 million this year and have committed close to $4 billion on multi-year contracts that designate them as top-tier sponsors, according to research firm Global Data.

Car makers change gear to help coronavirus fight

Car makers around the world are switching to the production of more ventilators and face masks.

Fiat is converting one of its car plants in China to start making about one million masks a month.

General Motors, Ford and Nissan have all pledged their support to offer resources to make more ventilators.

US could become virus-central

Accelerating infection numbers in the United States could see the country become the global epicentre for coronavius.

85 per cent of new cases in the last 24 hours were from Europe or the US, and of those, 40 per cent were from the United States.

World Health Organisation pokesperson Margaret Harris said the US has a large outbreak that is increasing in its intencity.

"(The United States) have a very large outbreak and an outbreak that is increasing in intensity," Harris said.

Restrictions lifted in China

China's Hubei province, where the coronavirus pandemic originated, will lift travel restrictions on people leaving the region as the epidemic there eases.

The Hubei Health Commission announced it would lift curbs on outgoing travellers starting March 25, provided they had a health clearance code.

The provincial capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared and which has been in total lockdown since since January 23, will see its travel restrictions lifted on April 8.