While we knew something like this was coming, it was still awful when it did come. To contain the spread of coronavirus, from midday tomorrow (Monday), pubs, bars, clubs, and gyms will be forced to shut, and restaurants and cafes will be restricted to providing takeaway items only (see this Brisbane Times article). Depending on how many people cafes and restaurants keep on to provide takeaway services, this one decision will put hundreds of thousands of people, at least 250,000 across Australia and 50,000 in Queensland I’d guess, out of work, hopefully only temporarily (e.g. consider the employment data from the ABS Census in the figure below). Of course, many of these people will end up out of work for longer than the shutdown period, as many of their employing businesses will no doubt shutdown for good due to the coronavirus shock.
I should note a lot of the affected workers won’t necessarily show up as unemployed in the ABS Labour Force Survey because they won’t actively be seeking work during the shutdown period.