The Prime Minister is expected to announce new restrictions specifically on indoor gatherings in the next 24 hours.
With over 450 confirmed cases of coronavirus, NSW leading with 210 of the infected.
Scott Morrison had a meeting with the cabinet to discuss procedures, latest medical advice and how to protect the elderly.
This new restriction could affect pubs and restaurants, of whose business is already struggling.
With schools being urged to close and small businesses shutting down, Australia is being urged to follow Italy’s city lock-down before the spread escalates to that level.
As of the 17th of March, Italy has suffered 2,158 recorded deaths nationwide and Australia has lost 5.
With the news of Australian travellers being urged to return home, it would come as no surprise if a lockdown is announced.