Our last post advised that the Australian Government had closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents on March 20 2020.

On the 22 March 2020 our Prime Minister – Scott Morrison – made an important update on measures his government is taking to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Corona Virus in Australia.

Australia has now moved to ‘Stage 1 restrictions on non-essential services’ which restricts many public spaces that people visit from operating as normal. The additional advice is that non-essential travel is to be avoided and we are advised that these measures are expected to be in place for at least six months – even our famous Bondi Beach (which we normally visit each day during Panoramic Sydney touring) closed recently due to the volume of people breaking restrictions on social gathering.

While at this stage we are awaiting to confirm whether we are defined as essential or non-essential service, we have taken the decision to avoid the spread of the virus to and from our guests and go in to maintenance mode, not operating our standard small group and private tours. Here’s information from the state and federal governments that regulate our operations:

New South Wales Government

Australian Government

So now that we are in maintenance mode it allows time to spruce up our vehicles and touring equipment and fine tune our back office operations. Focussing on hygiene and the health of our guests, our team and vehicles is paramount at AEA Luxury Tours & Mount ‘N Beach Safaris and we look forward to touring with happy, healthy travellers when it is safe to do so.

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