Scott Morrison has been mocked online for mispronouncing the name of a ballet-inspired exercise class.
The Prime Minister was trying to say that barre classes had been banned during his announcement on Tuesday night about the latest measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
‘Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, ”bar-ray”, I hope I pronounced that correctly, I might need help with that,’ he said during the press conference.
‘I’m not sure what that is, but B-A-R-R-E, for those looking for the specific definition.’
A barre class is a fitness class which uses ballet-inspired moves with elements of pilates, dance, yoga and strength training.
Mr Morrison’s fumble left many amused and saw social media flooded with memes mocking the Australian leader.
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Scott Morrison has been roasted online for mispronouncing the name of a ballet-inspired exercise class
The Prime Minister was trying to say that barre classes had been banned during his announcement on Tuesday night about the latest measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus
Restrictions have been placed on other sporting and fitness classes, with bootcamps and outdoor personal training now limited to 10 people and social distancing must be enforced.
Swimming pools must close, along with amusement parks and arcades.
The stricter measures come as the infection rate for Australia soared past 2,000, with eight people now dead after contracting the virus.
Mr Morrison has also limited the number of people at weddings and funerals, closing food courts at shopping centres and shutting beauty salons – but stopped short of a complete shutdown.
Australians have also been banned from travelling overseas under the further crackdown.
Mr Morrison has also vowed to punish profiteers who strip supermarket shelves of in-demand products for overseas export to cash in on the crisis.
Mr Morrison’s fumble left many amused and saw social media flooded with memes mocking the Australian leader
A barre class is a fitness class which uses ballet-inspired moves with elements of pilates, dance, yoga and strength training
There was speculation Mr Morrison could announce Italy-style home lockdowns on Tuesday night, but health officials advising him said the ‘trigger point’ for when those drastic measures should be considered had not been reached.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,317
New South Wales: 1029
Western Australia: 175
South Australia: 170
Australian Capital Territory: 39
Northern Territory: 5
TOTAL CASES: 2,317
The Australia Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) told the Federal Government to reserve home lockdowns and school closures for when there is ‘substantial growth’ in locally transmitted cases, rather than those imported from overseas.
The AHPPC said it had previously considered European-style lockdowns necessary when more than half of national cases were locally transmitted.
‘But recent international evidence suggests that action needs to be taken earlier than that point, given the lag in epidemiology,’ the AHPPC said in a statement.
The AHPPC said any potential lockdowns would be considered for specific areas where local transitions significantly spiked, rather than nationwide.
Beginning on Wednesday night, Australians will be banned from eating at shopping centre food courts, and the number of people at weddings, funerals and social gatherings will be limited to curb the spread of coronavirus.
‘This will be a significant sacrifice, I know,’ Mr Morrison told reporters following an emergency meeting of state and territory leaders.
The new rules come after registered and licensed clubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor sports venues, including gyms, and places of worship were ordered to close as part of ‘stage one’ restrictions rolled out on Monday.
Takeaway services at restaurants, cafes and food courts will still be allowed to operate.
In a further crackdown, personal service businesses ‘where there is a lot of contact’, such as beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlors, physio therapists, and allied health services, will be forced to shut.
Hairdressers and barbershops will remain open provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and limit the number of people on their premises.
AUSTRALIA’S NEW RESTRICTIONS
The government is looking to limit interactions between groups, particularly any event or gathering with 10 or more people.
The new restrictions, from 11.59pm on March 25, mean:
* Food courts in shopping centres will only be available for takeaway food. No sitting.
* Auction houses will shut. Auctions and open house inspections are banned.
* Outdoor and indoor markets are banned while rules around major food markets will be addressed by states and territories.
* Personal services such as beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours (but not physiotherapy) are banned.
* Hairdressers and barbers can continue but must strictly manage social distancing and restrict the amount of time a patron can be in the premises to no more than 30 minutes.
* Amusement parks and arcades, and indoor and outdoor play centres must close.
* Boot camps and personal training must be limited to 10 people and enforce social distancing.
* Social sports such as large groups of people playing soccer in a park are banned.
* Galleries, museums, libraries, youth centres, community halls, clubs, RSLs and swimming pools must close.
* Weddings can continue to be conducted where it is just the couple the celebrant and two witnesses, no more than five people.
* Funerals are limited to no more than 10 people.
* It is safe to send children to school up to the end of the term.
* But some pupil-free days will be needed to plan distance learning.
* Schools will reopen after the term break with a mix of distance learning and in-school learning for all “essential workers”.
* PM to meet with teachers and other sector representatives about keeping schools open and protecting staff.
* Everyone who still has a job is an essential worker.
* The official “do no travel” warning is now an outright ban on overseas travel, with some exceptions such as aid workers and compassionate travel. Exact time for ban to start yet to be set.
* New offence of profiteering and seeking to export goods overseas, relating to such things as medical supplies and masks.