Melbourne Covid lockdown extended, curfew introduced as Dan Andrews says Victoria at ‘tipping point’

Melbourne Covid lockdown extended, curfew introduced as Dan Andrews says Victoria at ‘tipping point’

we are at a tipping point there’s simply no option today but to further strengthen this lockdown and to on the advice of the chief health officer extend it for a further two weeks until the second of september we are strengthening the lockdown as well from 11 59 pm tonight there will be a curfew on advice from the chief health officer from 9 pm to 5 a.m each and every day that comes into effect from tonight that is on direct advice from the chief health officer there will be no removal of masks to consume alcohol outdoors so you will no longer be able to remove your mask to drink a cocktail at a pop-up beer garden on a footpath as part of a pub crawl playgrounds basketball courts skate parks and exercise equipment despite the fact that it’s outdoors will be closed from 11 59 pm tonight this spreads a month amongst kids and we just can’t have those potential transmission sites open religious broadcasts they’ll be further limited same crew you can’t have a revolving crew every week it’s got to be the same people who produce those broadcasts as important as they are permits for authorized work will come back not from tonight but there’ll be a little bit of leeway so that we can move to that system but that’s from 11 59 pm tomorrow night so if you’re an authorised worker you’ll need a permit just as you did last year because there’s video footage of a particular engagement party i think it’s only fair that i make a couple of comments and explain to you why i’m angry about that event i know many many people across victoria are angry about that event it shouldn’t have happened some of the commentary in the video is just blatant but what makes me really angry about it is that there are 69 people at that event and don’t and no matter what you’re told or what you read the facts of these there has been transmission at that event there has been transmission at that event the only question is whether it will be a super spreader event it’s already a transmission event no matter what you’re told they are the facts but what makes me really angry about that event is that each of those 69 people will have to be interviewed their close contacts will have to be spoken to tested their close contacts will have to be spoken to and tested our contact tracers who are working their guts out for all of us will have to spend literally thousands of hours dealing with hundreds and thousands of people connected to that engagement party that is the work that they must do but it’s all entirely preventable that’s what makes me angry and disappointed that’s what events like that cost all of us because while our dedicated contact tracers are doing that work they’re not chasing down other cases they’re not driving down other cases all of us have to make the best choices to limit the spread of this virus not making selfish choices that add to its spread it’s very simple but above all the thing that makes me angriest is that that event that sort of conducts some of the behavior we’ve seen over the course of the weekend it takes away and it devalues the amazing work that millions and millions of victorians are doing
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Melbourne Covid lockdown extended, curfew introduced as Dan Andrews says Victoria at \'tipping point\'

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