Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Melbourne, as authorities scramble to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections spreading across the country. Gatherings of 10 people will be permitted outdoors, and up to five visitors at homes. Melbourne’s “second lockdown” was mostly uncontroversial going in, with the exception of the order in which it was implemented. “It’s like this tiny little flower that’s just sticking out one petal at a time,” he added. Between 5am and 8pm, people in Melbourne can leave the home for exercise, to shop for necessary goods and services, for work, for health care, or to care for a sick or elderly relative. Regional Victoria is currently under Stage 3 restrictions. ADVERTISEMENT. Source: AAP, Here's everything you need to know about the roadmap out of lockdown for Melbourne and regional Victoria, which differs for Melbourne and regional Victoria, 63 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths, NSW reports 10 new coronavirus cases as Sydney CBD cluster grows, 'Document of despair': Business leaders slam Victoria's roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown. Watch SBS World News live daily at 6:30pm on TV and on our app. As of 4 September, Victoria had a fortnightly average of 115 new cases. “It’s so exciting,” said Maud Rowe, 35, who was sitting with a friend she had not seen in months. "Of course the federal government would like to see restrictions in Victoria lifted as soon as it is safe to do so, but at the end of the day these are decisions solely for the Victorian government to determine," they said. Schools, businesses and houses of worship closed. The lockdown went into place hours before the border between the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, and New South Wales (NSW) was due to close. Under the roadmap, which differs for Melbourne and regional Victoria, further restrictions will be lifted in Melbourne on 28 September if the average daily case rate there drops to between 30 and 50 cases over a 14-day period, Mr Andrews said. Diners along St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday when a 111-day coronavirus lockdown came to an end. There is no time limit for leaving your home for exercising or visiting others By subscribing, you agree to SBS’s terms of service and privacy policy including receiving email updates from SBS. From next Sunday, public outdoor gatherings of five people from two households will be allowed, single parents or people living alone will be able to nominate one designated at-home visitor, childcare can open, and students can return to in-class learning. Premier Daniel Andrews said of 3,810 COVID-19 cases during July 7-21, 89% did not self-isolate before being tested. She used to see them at lunch all the time. The city can move into the third step of the roadmap, which would see the curfew currently in place lifted, from 26 October - but only if the 14-day average daily case number is reduced to five, and fewer than five cases with an unknown source are recorded in the state over a fortnight. The turnaround since July has been dramatic: Infections at the time were threatening to spiral out of control, hitting a peak of more than 700 a day. Two weeks into Melbourne's lockdown, COVID-19 cases in Victoria are not yet slowing down. READ MORE: End to Melbourne lockdown - how the Third Step will roll out in Victoria. Curfew lifted and COVID-19 roadmap is ‘ahead of schedule’ as Melbourne inches towards end of lockdown September 27, 2020 1.19am EDT Stephen Duckett , Grattan Institute People paid 65 Australian dollars ($46) for a celebration complete with Champagne. Sign up to get it by email.. “It feels surreal,” said Ryan Gribble, 37, who was a regular patron before the pandemic. Health authorities will know in three to four weeks if Melbourne's draconian stage-four lockdown is working - and whether Victoria must stay isolated from the rest of Australia.. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the state's roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown. For some, just the act of going into the city felt empowering, and the revived bonds worth appreciating were the loosest ones of all. “How could you not have a chat to your hairdresser?” she said. During the curfew, people in Melbourne can only leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons. The high number of cases have experts believing the lockdown of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will remain following the initially planned … The lockdown went into place hours before the border between the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, and New South Wales (NSW) was due to close. Victoria declares state of disaster as Melbourne goes into stage 4 lockdown with an 8pm curfew. “What gets me is that there seem to be two extremes; we keep everything locked down completely, or we don’t do anything,” said Dr. Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases expert at the Australian National University. Bourke Street, a shopping district, saw the most pedestrians it had in months. Victorian opposition leader Michael O'Brien also criticised the plan on Sunday, calling for greater certainty for business owners, school students, and regional Victoria. Melbourne's grinding second coronavirus lockdown began in the chill of winter. “A lot of us had major milestones in our studies — finishing a thesis, giving a final seminar, and we couldn’t celebrate until today,” she said. “The time for discretion, the time for accepting some of this bad behaviour is over,” Andrews said. "This is unnecessary, it shouldn't have come to this, because we shouldn't have had a second wave," he said. Shoppers who found open doors rushed to and fro. Nikki Fisher, stepping out of a department store, said that even just the noise of construction filled her with energy. A few looked emptied out, hinting at bankruptcy. Melbourne's marathon Coronavirus lockdown ends . Victoria’s state of emergency declaration has been extended three days to Sunday, September 13, in line with the end of the six-week lockdown. For Melburnians, this includes public gatherings being increased to a maximum of five people from two households, a staggered return of some students to in-class learning, reopening of childcare, and a number of industries being able to return to work. Melbourne’s gruelling 15 weeks of lockdown is ending, allowing the city’s shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs to reopen their doors from 11.59pm Tuesday and 5.5 … It makes no sense.". Mr. Andrews, a Labor Party leader running a state that veers left, may have gone further than needed with the curfew, restrictions on time outdoors and the three-mile limit on travel. Only a handful of small protests disrupted the lengthy lockdown. "We will continue to support Victorians and the businesses that employ them as they deal with the impacts of the state's second wave.". Find out about the current restrictions in place. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits. On Wednesday, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton warned the need for mandatory mask-wearing could remain in Melbourne and regional Victoria beyond the scheduled end of the current lockdown on September 13 The state government also got the green light to extended a state of disaster, bringing it into line with the state of emergency. Melbourne has been under harsh Stage 4 restrictions since 2 August, with residents unable to leave the house between 8pm and 5am, only able to exercise for one hour a day, and barred from travelling more than five kilometres from their home. Melbourne lockdown. Published at The Conversation, 27 September 2020 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced an end to the curfew and a COVID-safe return to work for 127,000 Melburnians, as restrictions ease at 11.59pm tonight. Posted September 27th, 2020 for Grattan Institute. “I think it’s hard to think of another community anywhere else — I think internationally as well — that’s been so stoically accepting of the very strict restrictions they faced,” said Paul Strangio, a professor of politics at Monash University in Melbourne. “That is an achievement that every single Victorian should be proud of,” said the state’s top official, Daniel Andrews. Those not eating wore masks. All Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. The Australian city of Melbourne will exit lockdown from Wednesday after recording no new Covid-19 cases for the first time since June. “We’re going to lose money from tonight, 100 percent,” he said. As Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, announced at 3.30pm on Monday that Melbourne’s months-long lockdown would (largely) come to an end, residents rejoiced. A poll published earlier this week showed that 52 percent of Victorians approved of Mr. Andrews’s performance as premier. Melbourne inches towards the end of lockdown. Britain under its Conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, may not have done enough in recent months as the virus gurgled along in the population. The lockdown across metropolitan Melbourne is an escalation of the state’s response, after it recorded more than two weeks of double-digit daily increases in case numbers. "There is no choice for us, there is only one option.". Second Step (the first step applies to metropolitan Melbourne only) From 11.59pm, 13 September 2020 • Public gatherings – up to five people from maximum of … "Pretending it's over because we want it to be, that is not something I will do," he said as he announced the government's five-step roadmap to 'COVID normal'. The State of Emergency has been extended to the same time, and regional Victoria's stage three lockdown will also end then. People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. These rules come into effect for Melbourne from 11:59pm Sunday 19 October. In this stage, Melbourne residents will be allowed to leave their home for any reason and there will be no restrictions on distance. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wears a face mask as he walks in to the daily briefing on July 19, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. “Hopefully in two weeks’ time we will not lose money when restrictions start to ease.”. The full list of restrictions can be found here. “The person doing your eyebrows? Catch up on SBS On Demand. In Princess Park, Stephanie Trezise, 26, an immunology student, was busy sharing beer and cheese with four friends. Follow SBS News to join in the conversation and never miss the latest live updates. The hard-won success has allowed people in Melbourne to re-enter their city, Australia’s capital of coffee and culture, even if they are unsure how tense or loose to be after a bout with the virus that killed more than 800 people. Some of the women wore cocktail dresses, and some of the men wore suits. Find out what you can do to reduce the risk and stop the spread of COVID-19, including resources for mental health and family violence support. This was published 4 months ago. “The people have to be convinced,” he said. To catch up. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus. The comparison, though, highlights very different political calculations, neither of which may be the ideal course. It took 111 days, but Melbourne and the surrounding state of Victoria recorded no new infections on Monday, and on Wednesday thousands of stores, cafes, restaurants and beauty salons opened their doors for the first time in months. We love feedback: help us improve by rating the app and sharing your suggestions at apps@sbs.com.au. In most of the parks, people gathered in clusters, sharing picnics with friends they had not seen in person for months. As the sun rose and Melbourne greeted its first day with the freedom to stretch a little, the city’s mood seemed to improve. To raise a glass. The lockdown across metropolitan Melbourne is a dramatic escalation of the state’s response, after it recorded more than two weeks of double-digit daily increases in case numbers. A top secret draft for the city’s exit road map has revealed the go vernme nt’s plan to e xtend the 8pm-5am curfew an d keep re stri ctio ns o n b usinesses for an ad ditional two w eeks.. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg described the announcement as "crushing" for Victorians in a joint statement on Sunday, warning that it would lead to further job losses and negatively impact many people's mental health. Australia's coronavirus lockdown – the first 50 days Fri 1 May 2020 16.00 EDT 12.33 EDT O n 12 March, two weeks after Australia declared the coronavirus would become a … The State of Emergency has been extended to the same time, and regional Victoria's stage three lockdown will also end then. Greg Sanderson, the bar’s co-owner, said tickets sold out in two hours. It is a drop from the 310 new cases announced on Saturday and lower than the record daily rise of 725 from last week. Victoria's restriction levels. Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown could be extended by another two weeks ... which can be split into two sessions, from September 14 - the official date Stage Four comes to an end… Ask Amazon Alexa for the latest SBS News or listen to SBS Radio. Retail, hairdressing, and hospitality can also open. People could not travel more than three miles from home without a permit. Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday apologised to Victorians for the "difficult" announcement but was adamant that he had no choice but to extend the harsh restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne. MELBOURNE: Champagne corks popped in Australia's second-biggest city as a months-long coronavirus lockdown ended on Wednesday, contrasting with deepening gloom in … By 9News Staff. October 19 likely won’t bring sweeping changes to Melbourne’s strict lockdown restrictions, as the city’s 14-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases slightly increased (by 0.6) to 9.9. Melbourne rejoices as lockdown ends . “It feels like the bar’s shut and only the regulars are left drinking — but it’s actually open.”. They could go outside for only an hour (then two), and for weeks, they faced a nightly curfew. Many others on the grass nearby expressed a similar urge. Greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been forced back into lockdown for at least six weeks, after the state recorded almost 200 new cases of COVID-19 in just 24 hours. “Is there enormous relief? The Premier revealed he has been unable to see his mother since December last year, but shared his hopes the roadmap would mean Victorians could have "something approaching a normal Christmas". He added that Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, along with Japan, Singapore and South Korea, had all maintained low levels of infection through the public’s compliance with common sense measures, such as staying home when sick and minimizing group interactions indoors. Modelling by the Universities of Melbourne and New England, commissioned by the Victorian government, found Melbourne would likely still have a 14-day average of around 60 COVID-19 cases per day by mid-September, which could result in a third wave if lockdowns were lifted too soon. When does stage 4 lockdown end in Melbourne? A customer visiting the luxury department store Harrolds. Stage four includes curfew from … Melbourne’s second lockdown – the story so far After a brief lockdown of specific postcodes beginning on July 1, the whole of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire were put into a … The early adopters appeared at midnight inside the handful of bars across the city that opened at the exact moment they could. August 9, 2020 — 4.04pm, register or subscribe to save articles for later. In the central business district, many of the storefronts were still dark. Still, if there’s pride, there’s little hubris. "What the data tells us, what the scientists tell us, and, frankly, it’s common sense, if we do this too fast, if we run to open up we won't be open for long," he said. There were energy drinks in the fridge, but he was not yet optimistic. Stage four lockdown is due to end at 11.59pm on Sunday, September 13. Outside of metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria will move to the second step of the roadmap from 14 September and likely progress through the stages more quickly, Mr Andrews said. Wednesday was the first time they had all been back together since the lockdown began. Metropolitan Melbourne is on track to leave lockdown one week ahead of the scheduled date of October 26. [132] On 11 July, the NSW Government announced that compulsory hotel quarantine, previously free to international arrivals, would now be charged for from 18 July. It’s great to get back into that socialization again.”, The Lockdown That Felt Like It Might Last Forever Has Finally Ended. "I want to be clear with … Please select the editions you would like to sign up to. James Ross/AAP Image Melbourne’s second lockdown – the story so far Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move to “stage 4” restrictions from 6pm Sunday, as new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. Melbourne’s strict coronavirus lockdown could be extended by another two weeks, according to bombshell leaked documents. Asked how he felt, he said: “Tired.” It had been a while since he’d stayed up so late. Metropolitan Melbourne put into six-week lockdown after surge of 191 new coronavirus infections Residents in metropolitan Melbourne will go back into lockdown … Melbourne's liberation from its COVID-19 lockdown has boosted hopes of crowds attending some of Australia's major sporting events in the … In Victoria, whether convinced or not, they obeyed. The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Shifting social norms, he added, matter most. The new restrictions will last until at least September 13. The state government declared a “State of Disaster”, allowing it to expand restrictions on people’s movements. Melbourne lockdown Issued on: 28/10/2020 - 14:14 Modified: 28/10/2020 - 14:21 Outdoor diners are seen at a popular laneway cafe precinct in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. READ MORE: Your five-minute guide to Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions easing. Mr Andrews said there was not much chance of this latest round of restrictions ending early, even if cases got under control before the end date. All over Melbourne on Wednesday, people crawled out of their homes to seek a version of the lives they had put on hold. Mr Andrews said Sunday’s numbers were positive but did not give anyone in Victoria the “luxury of backing off”. The Mitchell Shire, north of Melbourne, will stay on the same stage three restrictions it has been on for nearly three weeks. “I wanted to hug her, but we’re not allowed.”. MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Melbourne’s liberation from its COVID-19 lockdown has boosted hopes of crowds attending some of Australia’s major sporting events in the country’s second-biggest city. Melbourne, Australia Will Lockdown for Six Weeks Amid Rise of Coronavirus Cases More than two dozen metropolitan Melbourne local governments will reimpose stage 3 restrictions. Stage four lockdown is due to end at 11.59pm on Sunday, September 13. Adrian Esterman - August 2, 2020 5 MIN READ . When does stage 4 lockdown end in Melbourne? Delivery workers in South Korea say they’re dying of ‘overwork.’. Melbourne's grinding second coronavirus lockdown began in the chill of winter. Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, emerged from its 111-day hibernation with a mix of euphoria and caution. On Sunday, the Premier was asked by reporters if this was still the plan. Read more: end to Melbourne lockdown - how the Third Step will roll out in two ’. 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