DANIEL ANDREWS CORONAVIRUS PRESSER
A war memorial, private schools and theatres are among venues closing their doors after a state of emergency was declared in Victoria to deal with the spread of coronavirus.
Following the banning of non-essential mass gatherings of more than 500 people, some of Victoria's public spaces will thin out for at least four weeks.
Victoria's Shrine of Remembrance has closed its doors, with RSL Victoria announcing the annual Melbourne Anzac Day march will be cancelled and the public will not be able to attend the dawn service.
"There will be a service, wreaths will be laid, the last post will still be played, a minutes silence in memory of the fallen will be held - but the public will be asked to stay at home," RSL state president Robert Webster said.
Cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria and State Library are also temporarily closed, while the comedy festival and Food and Wine Festival are postponed.
Several stage shows have been suspended, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Prince.
The closures come after Premier Daniel Andrews declared a state of emergency to enforce the national 14-day isolation sanctions on all travellers coming into Australia, earlier announced by the prime minister.
Anyone returning from overseas will have to self-isolate or risk fines of up to $20,000.
Mr Andrews said it would be unwise to disregard the instructions.
"Not only are you putting the health of your loved ones and every family across Victoria at risk, but you're also breaking the law," he said on Monday.
Police officers can detain people, restrict movement and prevent entry to premises in order to protect the public.
"We don't really want Victoria Police to have to be in a position where they're knocking on people's doors ... arresting people," Police Minister Lisa Neville said.
Booze buses will also be off the road during the crisis, replaced by 200 mobile teams.
Ms Neville added that she did not want to see police being called out to supermarkets because of poor behaviour.
Meanwhile, gamblers are still welcome at Crown Casino, which is switching off every second poker machine and electric table game to create social distance between punters.
AAP understands the capacity of Crown restaurants and events spaces will also be reduced to one person per four square metres.
Other events of more than 500 people that were scheduled at Crown have been called off.
Schools, airports, public transport, health services, emergency services, aged care, prisons, parliament, markets and building sites are excluded from the ban.
But private schools across Victoria including Ballarat Grammar, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Loreto Mandeville Hall, St Kevins and Yeshiva-Beth Rivkah College have closed.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton argued the decision not to close schools was based on how the disease presented in children, and to avoid busy health and emergency workers being forced to look after their children.
"For children under nine years of age, it is an extremely mild disease," Mr Sutton said.
"My kids are in primary school and in childcare and I'm very happy for them to be there."
Victoria's coronavirus tally is now 71 after 14 new cases were confirmed. Five people are recovering in hospital.
The new cases include nine men and five women, with ages ranging from teens to 60s.
Seven of the new confirmed cases were acquired overseas or through close contact with positive cases, while seven cases are being investigated.