Renters being protected from being kicked out of their homes if coronavirus takes their job

By Alisha Rouse for Daily Mail Australia 

Bars, cafes and restaurants will endure strict customer limits in drastic new social distancing rules to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the government has announced.

The number of people allowed in an indoor venue will be dictated by its size, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed.

Announcing the new crowd restrictions, Mr Morrison said there will be a maximum limit of ‘four square metres provided per person in an enclosed space’.

When in a venue, patrons should try and sit a minimum of 1.5 metres away from one another.

He also warned a unprecedented ban may be brought in on domestic travel next week ahead of the school holidays – and pleaded with holidaymakers not to fly.

In drastic restrictions unseen since the Second World War, families everyday lives will be impacted for the next six months, as the country continues its COVID-19 fightback.

Addressing the nation on Friday, Mr Morrison said he needed people ‘to keep going’ and ‘do their bit for their fellow Australians’.

‘Life is continuing to change,’ he said. ‘And together we are going to have to continue to adapt to those changes.’ 

‘The rise in the number of cases means we need to continue to take action to flatten the curve.’

He also announced relief for vulnerable tenants who may be unable to pay their rent.

The government also pledged an additional $444.6 million in additional funding from the Commonwealth for age care facilities, helping the most vulnerable.

This includes $90 million for home care facilities, including Meals on Wheels.

It also includes $234.9 million for a retention bonus to all staff who continue working in both residential and home care.

It comes as health officials announced the country’s seventh coronavirus death.