Many others on the grass nearby expressed a similar urge. “It’s so exciting,” said Maud Rowe, 35, who was sitting with a friend she had not seen in months. 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. Adrian Esterman - August 2, 2020 5 MIN READ . 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. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Associated Press. The Lockdown That Felt Like It Might Last Forever Has Finally Ended 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. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. MELBOURNE: Champagne corks popped in Australia's second-biggest city as a months-long coronavirus lockdown ended on Wednesday, contrasting with deepening gloom in … 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 … 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. Watch SBS World News live daily at 6:30pm on TV and on our app. Metropolitan Melbourne residents are subject to Stage 4 restrictions and must comply with a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 5am. 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. Victoria's restriction levels. The State of Emergency has been extended to the same time, and regional Victoria's stage three lockdown will also end then. As residents left their homes for the first time in months, many wore masks. The State of Emergency has been extended to the same time, and regional Victoria's stage three lockdown will also end then. “Hopefully in two weeks’ time we will not lose money when restrictions start to ease.”. 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. “It feels surreal,” said Ryan Gribble, 37, who was a regular patron before the pandemic. Sign up now for the latest news from Australia and around the world direct to your inbox. People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. 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. Those not eating wore masks. Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Melbourne, as authorities scramble to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections spreading across the country. 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". Please select the editions you would like to sign up to. 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 … “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. On Sunday, the Premier was asked by reporters if this was still the plan. “Both extremes are wrong.”. In most of the parks, people gathered in clusters, sharing picnics with friends they had not seen in person for months. 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. She used to see them at lunch all the time. However from next Sunday, when the lockdown was initially scheduled to end, the curfew will start an hour later from 9pm, limits on exercise will be doubled to two hours per day, people who live alone will be able to create a "social bubble" with another person, and public outdoor gatherings of two people or a household will be allowed for up to two hours. Melbourne to stay under Stage 4 lockdown until end of September as coronavirus roadmap revealed Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the state's roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown. 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. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne and Stage 3 restriction for the rest of Victoria on August 2. The new restrictions will last until at least September 13. Melbourne inches towards the end of lockdown. 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. Only a handful of small protests disrupted the lengthy lockdown. As of 4 September, Victoria had a fortnightly average of 115 new cases. When does stage 4 lockdown end in Melbourne? By 9News Staff. 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. “The people have to be convinced,” he said. 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. Stage four lockdown is due to end at 11.59pm on Sunday, September 13. A customer visiting the luxury department store Harrolds. The greater Melbourne area entered a second lockdown on 9 July after a rise in cases. "You've got dozens and dozens of [regional] areas that have had no coronavirus cases whatsoever, why are they still in Stage 3 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.". 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. Schools, businesses and houses of worship closed. Three people have worked together to bring it to life – Lorette Broekstra (Associate Editor), Sally Coggle (Designer and Photographer) and Katrina Watson (Editor). “The time for discretion, the time for accepting some of this bad behaviour is over,” Andrews said. 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. When does stage 4 lockdown end in Melbourne? All Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. 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. A pilot is investigated in China after attending wedding with hundreds, and other news from around the world. These stay-at-home orders will come into effect at 11:59pm on July 8 and are set to last for six weeks. "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 recorded 279 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths on Sunday. Bourke Street, a shopping district, saw the most pedestrians it had in months. It is a drop from the 310 new cases announced on Saturday and lower than the record daily rise of 725 from last week. By comparison, during the peak of the virus in New South Wales, the state recorded a 14-day average of 13 locally-acquired cases. Find out about the current restrictions in place. Sign up to get it by email.. Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, emerged from its 111-day hibernation with a mix of euphoria and caution. Asked how he felt, he said: “Tired.” It had been a while since he’d stayed up so late. “It’s like this tiny little flower that’s just sticking out one petal at a time,” he added. At Cherry Bar, a hole-in-the-wall rock venue, 20 people (the legal limit for now) ordered drinks and swapped lockdown stories. The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Mr Andrews announced the plan after a week of speculation, and as the state recorded 63 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths. Melbourne's grinding second coronavirus lockdown began in the chill of winter. The Australian city of Melbourne will exit lockdown from Wednesday after recording no new Covid-19 cases for the first time since June. Nick Coatsworth says Melbourne's stage four restrictions unlikely to end in two weeks . They could go outside for only an hour (then two), and for weeks, they faced a nightly curfew. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits. “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. Melbourne residents will see the city's Stage 4 lockdown extended by at least another two weeks under the government's roadmap to reopening the state. The final stage, planned for introduction on 23 November if there are no new cases recorded in the state for 14 days, will see outdoor gatherings of 50 people and most restrictions dropped. Wednesday was the first time they had all been back together since the lockdown began. Metropolitan Melbourne put into six-week lockdown after surge of 191 new coronavirus infections Residents in metropolitan Melbourne will go back into 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. 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. https://t.co/RP2Iep1c5j @Jacquifelgate #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/sHrG3CjL2e — 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 7, 2020 This book is an anathology of prose and poetry composed by Melbourne writers at the end of the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. Delivery workers in South Korea say they’re dying of ‘overwork.’. Though critics plastered Mr. Andrews with the nickname “Dictator Dan,” many others insisted that “Dan’s the man.”. Shifting social norms, he added, matter most. 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… Now, Victoria has subdued the virus while European countries that had similar caseloads a few months ago — and that ended their lockdowns after overcoming initial waves of infections — are struggling with an explosion of new cases. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wears a face mask as he walks in to the daily briefing on July 19, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Nikki Fisher, stepping out of a department store, said that even just the noise of construction filled her with energy. 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 … Delivery rider Rosya feared for her life after an accident. “I wanted to hug her, but we’re not allowed.”. 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. At Nick and Nora’s, a cocktail bar nearby, the scene was more festive. There were energy drinks in the fridge, but he was not yet optimistic. Ask Amazon Alexa for the latest SBS News or listen to SBS Radio. 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. We love feedback: help us improve by rating the app and sharing your suggestions at email@example.com. 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 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. Stage four lockdown is due to end at 11.59pm on Sunday, September 13. “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. William West/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images, had insisted on a very low threshold of cases. “It feels like the bar’s shut and only the regulars are left drinking — but it’s actually open.”. The early adopters appeared at midnight inside the handful of bars across the city that opened at the exact moment they could. 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. READ MORE: Your five-minute guide to Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions easing. It’s great to get back into that socialization again.”, The Lockdown That Felt Like It Might Last Forever Has Finally Ended. 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. Stage four includes curfew from … Posted September 27th, 2020 for Grattan Institute. As the sun rose and Melbourne greeted its first day with the freedom to stretch a little, the city’s mood seemed to improve. Some of the women wore cocktail dresses, and some of the men wore suits. 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. Regional Victoria is currently under Stage 3 restrictions. The situation in Europe, where countries like France and Britain are recording tens of thousands of new cases a day, helped people in Victoria maintain their patience through the lockdown. “The person doing your eyebrows? The collective exit for a city of five million came suddenly and none too soon — Mr. Andrews had insisted on a very low threshold of cases before lifting the lockdown. Mr Andrews said Sunday’s numbers were positive but did not give anyone in Victoria the “luxury of backing off”. 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. In this stage, Melbourne residents will be allowed to leave their home for any reason and there will be no restrictions on distance. Stage-four restrictions in Melbourne, which include a night-time curfew, will be extended for two weeks to 28 September, with Daniel Andrews declaring: “We … To raise a glass.  On 11 July, the NSW Government announced that compulsory hotel quarantine, previously free to international arrivals, would now be charged for from 18 July. 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. August 9, 2020 — 4.04pm, register or subscribe to save articles for later. The comparison, though, highlights very different political calculations, neither of which may be the ideal course. THE UK has been under coronavirus restrictions for six months now - from harsh lockdown to the first summer pints, here are all the key dates in the UK's fight against COVID-19. Download our free app on the App Store or Google Play for the latest headlines and breaking news alerts. It makes no sense.". There is no time limit for leaving your home for exercising or visiting others Catch up on SBS On Demand. 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. Diners along St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday when a 111-day coronavirus lockdown came to an end. 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James Ross/AAP Image Melbourne’s second lockdown – the story so far Melbourne rejoices as lockdown ends . Follow SBS News to join in the conversation and never miss the latest live updates. Strict lockdown in Melbourne extended by two weeks Updated / Sunday, 6 Sep 2020 09:42 A sign inside Melbourne Central Shopping Centre - the city will endure a strict lockdown … Melburnians are celebrating as they prepare to exit one of the world’s longest Covid-19 lockdowns tonight, with city residents allowed to leave their homes for any reason and a broad range of businesses permitted to reopen. 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. People could not travel more than three miles from home without a permit. “Is there enormous relief? On 7 July, after recording 191 new cases, Andrews announced that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire would re-enter lockdown for a minimum of six weeks from 12 a.m. on 9 July. Two weeks into Melbourne's lockdown, COVID-19 cases in Victoria are not yet slowing down. The state recorded another 671 cases and 7 deaths on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT. Melbourne’s strict coronavirus lockdown could be extended by another two weeks, according to bombshell leaked documents. Greg Sanderson, the bar’s co-owner, said tickets sold out in two hours. Shoppers who found open doors rushed to and fro. 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, Australia — As if from hibernation, Australia’s second-largest city emerged from one of the world’s longest and most severe lockdowns on Wednesday, feeling both traumatized and euphoric after weeks of shared sacrifice that brought a deadly second wave of the coronavirus to heel. Melbourne was placed under stage-four lockdown on 2 August while regional Victoria was put under stage three. How to stay safe and well. Save galleries for later coronavirus; 11 new cases, two deaths; Melbourne’s harsh lockdown could end weeks early. Melbourne’s “second lockdown” was mostly uncontroversial going in, with the exception of the order in which it was implemented. Still, if there’s pride, there’s little hubris. 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. 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. As of Sunday, there were 1,872 active coronavirus cases in Victoria. Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Melbourne, as authorities scramble to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections spreading across the country. Premier Daniel Andrews said of 3,810 COVID-19 cases during July 7-21, 89% did not self-isolate before being tested. 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. Retail, hairdressing, and hospitality can also open. This was published 4 months ago. "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. 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