PHOTO: Auctioneer Mark Verocchi

Almost 2600 on-site auctions had been scheduled around the country this weekend.All are now being cancelled. Those with properties listed for sale will either withdraw, or pursue private or online sales methods.

Auctioneer Nigel Harry at a sale in Thornbury, Victoria (Nine)

The measures form part of further sweeping lockdowns aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus.Weddings, funerals, social and family gatherings, and recreational activities of certain sizes were also on the banned list.LIVE

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Real estate auctions and open house inspections – in particular, open house inspections – that cannot continue,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the nation following a cabinet meeting overnight.