Government tightens pandemic restrictions | Business News

A series of tighter measures were announced last night by the federal government to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a total ban on overseas travel by Australians, with exemptions to be managed by the Australian Border Force.

“Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work – where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“Keep visitors to your home at a minimum.

“In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups.”

He said visits to homes, even with family, should be kept to a minimum and with very small numbers of guests.

“We don’t want to be overly specific about that; we want Australians to exercise their common sense,” Mr Morrison said.

The Prime Minister’s Office released a schedule of prohibitions on Tuesday evening, taking effect from Wednesday night.

Real estate auctions and open houses are banned, except by private appointment.

Hairdresser appointments are limited to 30 minutes.

Weddings are limited to five people and funerals to 10 people.

Personal services such as beauty therapy, tanning, waxing and nail salons are banned.

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APMCs across India worry about workers, traders health over Covid-19 curfew

Mandis in Maharashtra and Gujarat are grappling to continue business for daily need essentials such as fruits, vegetables and food grains amidst curfew over outbreak, while smaller commodities like spices have decided to remain close till March 31. In north India, vegetable mandis are also complaining in line with western India of lower offtake down the line following curfew.

Maharashtra government has also reassured that all vegetable shops and kiranas will remain exempted. The issue of workers and traders safety and health are being addressed with sanitisation.

Vashi mandis in Navi Mumbai will be closed, including vegetables and grains due to curfew. Spices, dryfruit are closed till 31 while onion potato section there will operate alternatively, said sources.

Most have issues of safety of traders and workers and arhatiyas coming there which causes big gathering. “In a meeting with representatives of all sections here, formation of committee to suggest ways to operate going ahead was decided which will address all above issues, including maintaining supply of essentials,” said Nilesh Veera, director, Vashi APMC.

Grain market is yet not sure whether they will be able to open market

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MEITY advises states to treat e-commerce delivery as essential service

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has told all state governments to treat e-commerce functions such as delivery, warehouse operations, shipping and logistics as part of essential services.

In order to enable delivery executives and other related workers provide the services, the Ministry has advised the state governments to treat “copy of orders, waybills, invoices” as evidence, particularly in respect to essential items. An advisory related to this has been issued by Rajiv Kumar, joint secretary at MEITY, on Tuesday.

“In view of the prevailing situation due to Covid-19, the Government of India has issued several advisories regarding (the) management of pandemic,” said the advisory. “However, in view of the lockdown, certain IT/ITES services are being hampered,” it added.

The Indian e-commerce sector has come to a halt across the country including the supply of essential commodities due to various lockdowns to prevent the spread of Covid-19, according to the executives.

The (CII) has come up with a report about the impact of Covid-19 on the industry and economy and actions needed to sustain continuity. In the report, CII

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Warning to declare foreign income before September deadline

UK taxpayers who receive any foreign income or profits from offshore assets have been urged to contact HMRC and disclose this income before 30th September 2018 to avoid being hit by higher penalties.

David Redfern, tax preparation specialist and director of DSR Tax Claims, warned those affected to contact HMRC as soon as possible to ensure that they stay the right side of HMRC’s new legislation.
HMRC’s new “Requirement to Correct” legislation, which comes into effect on 30th September, requires UK taxpayers to inform HMRC if they are liable to pay any Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax or Inheritance Tax on offshore assets.

Redfern stated that “people might see the word ‘offshore’ and believe that it only applies to wealthy taxpayers with offshore bank accounts or investments, but even if your overseas income is less significant – maybe a holiday home from which you receive rental income – this legislation also applies to you.

If you receive any income from overseas, however small, you need to ensure that your tax affairs are in order before the Requirement to Correct legislation comes into play”.

Redfern added that those who are tempted to ignore HMRC’s warnings do so at

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