Released: 07:03 GMT, 1. November 2020 | Updated: 13:12 GMT, 1. November 2020
Australia has issued an order not to travel to the US for fear of unrest following the upcoming presidential election.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade updated the risk level on Friday, although Australian citizens are not allowed to travel without exception.
Tuesday’s elections, in which Americans will choose between Joe Biden and Donald Trump as president, sparked fears of widespread unrest.
Members of the National Guard patrol Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia City Hall area on October 30, in response to widespread unrest following a police shot
The Australian government has issued a no-travel order for the United States (see illustration), although Australian citizens cannot travel without exception
A statement was posted on the Australian government’s travel advice and safety website urging Australians to avoid traveling to the United States.
‘Protests and demonstrations continue in several US cities. Avoid areas where protests are taking place due to the continuing potential for violence, ”said the SmartTraveller statement.
Monitor the media for information and updates. Follow the instructions of the local authorities. ‚
The statement also reminded all Australians in the US to remain vigilant about coronavirus and to monitor the embassy website for further information.
‘COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. Various public health restrictions and measures exist and vary by location.
“Follow instructions from local authorities, including those related to quarantine, self-isolation, social distancing and wearing of masks,” the statement said.
Australia closed its borders in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Exemptions from leaving the country are for medical, compassionate, or essential reasons.
The ban was enacted on Friday fearing that the US presidential election between Donald Trump (pictured above) and Joe Biden on Tuesday could lead to widespread unrest
The elections have caused discomfort among supporters on both sides, and several states have prepared their national guards for the activation (Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the picture).
Cities in the US have stepped on board in anticipation of widespread violence on and after Election Day.
Boards were lifted over shop windows in major cities like Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles and Denver on Friday.
Experts fear the riots could be widespread, regardless of whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden emerged victorious – and have warned the riot could break out, even if the results are not clear on November 3 .
Security officials prepare for a range of potential threats, from spontaneous acts of mob violence to more organized, planned attacks.
Several states have prepared the National Guard for activation and prepared specialized units of Guardsmen of the Military Police for rapid deployment.
Businesses in major U.S. cities have been boarded up in anticipation of riots (workers pictured at the Hay-Adams Hotel across from the White House)
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