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Australia Life's a beach for Melbourne during lockdown as people flock to sand

21:01  19 september  2020
21:01  19 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The city may still be in Stage Four lockdown, but plenty of people were still out enjoying the sunshine at beaches in Melbourne on Saturday.

Dozens of residents were seen at Elwood Beach, in Brighton, on Saturday as the mercury jumped to a warm 26C - with most wearing face masks as they soaked up the sun.

Melbourne's first step out of lockdown allows people to visit one friend or family member outside of their home for socialising or exercise.

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“Is this real life ?” Nine News Melbourne Chief of Staff wrote as he shared video of the packed Melbourne locals have been in stage four lockdown since July 8 and only permitted to leave their I want to get past this so people can spend as much time at the beach as they want and can do it safely.

Anti- lockdown protesters organised a protest touted as 'the biggest yet' planned for Melbourne on A sea of police flocked to the city' s Bayside suburbs on Saturday as scores of conspiracy theorists and Protesters marching along Elwood beach about 1pm were dispersed a third time, and several

People are now also allowed to exercise with their entire household.

But while all was calm on the beach, just 10 minutes away police officers were arresting anti-lockdown protesters demonstrating against the city's harsh restrictions.

a group of people sitting at a beach: Dozens were seen pictured Elwood Beach, in Brighton, on Saturday as the weather warmed up to 26C © Provided by Daily Mail Dozens were seen pictured Elwood Beach, in Brighton, on Saturday as the weather warmed up to 26C a group of people on a beach: Melburnians took advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions on Saturday with many heading to the beach to soak up the sun - while anti-lockdown protesters were arrested just ten minutes away © Provided by Daily Mail Melburnians took advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions on Saturday with many heading to the beach to soak up the sun - while anti-lockdown protesters were arrested just ten minutes away

Up to 150 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne's CBD.

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  Anti-lockdown protesters chased by police from Melbourne park Up to 100 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne's CBD.Up to 100 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne's CBD.

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Like many people stuck in Melbourne during stage-four lockdown , Sam has been sporting a very relaxed look in recent weeks. Last Wednesday, the hunk showed off the disastrous results of an at-home haircut by Snezana on Instagram, comparing his new look to that of an 'Oompa Loompa'.

Protests were announced by rally organisers about 10.30am on Saturday - half an hour before kicking off at the State Library, and a second closely following at 12pm.

Law enforcement teams circling Elsternwick Park included officers from Public Order Response, the Mounted Unit and Highway Patrol.

A helicopter also monitored the situation from above.

Protesters marching along Elwood beach about 1pm were dispersed a third time, and several arrests have been made by officers.

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Shouting about Premier Daniel Andrews and coronavirus restrictions was heard throughout the disjointed protests.

The protests were described as 'chaotic', with one photographer saying there was 'a lot of running and not much protesting.'

Some protesters continued to scatter through backstreets, even jumping fences into private property.

One arrested by police was filmed by Nine News telling officers: 'Wake up, I know you already know this is wrong.'

In video captured of the event, protesters can be heard yelling 'disgraceful', 'I've done nothing wrong', 'no violence' and 'peaceful' as officers stand nearby.

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A man can be seen being arrested as he questions: 'Officers, why are you doing this. I've never done anything wrong in my life. Please, this is enough. It's only  going to get worse. Who is going to fight for you.'

Premier Daniel Andrews said the protest was selfish and irresponsible.

He added it was an unlawful act and told protesters: 'Go home and follow the rules. There is no need to protest about anything. It is not safe'.

'It just doesn't make any sense. You are potentially putting the strategy at risk. No-one should be doing anything to contribute to the spread of this virus, 21 cases today, seriously. This is working. We're getting there,' he said, The Age reported.

Saturday's events follow concern anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne are threatening to cause another COVID-19 outbreak as the city teeters on the brink of a third explosion and cases surge in the southeast.

Public health authorities are racing to stop infections growing in the Casey and Dandenong council areas on the Melbourne's southeast rim, which now has 90 active cases.

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Five households in Clyde, Cranbourne North, Hallam and Narre Warren South are linked to 34 active cases.

Daniel Andrews urged covidiots on Saturday not to gather at planned protests across the city or 'do anything to undermine' its progress with tackling COVID-19.

It comes as Victoria recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, the lowest daily increase since June, and a further seven deaths.

Metropolitan Melbourne's 14-day average has plummeted and now sits at 39.3 as the state moves to a COVID normal. In regional Victoria, the 14-day average is at just 1.9.

This is the ninth day in a row Victoria has recorded a daily infections increase below 50.

Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown - limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew.

The premier did not comment on where Saturday demonstrations would be, with protesters taking caution when sharing information online.

Multiple rallies have taken place in Melbourne the past few weekends.

Victoria Police have responded with a heavy presence - handing out dozens of fines and making arrests.

a group of people walking down the street: The premier did not comment on where Saturday demonstrations would be, with protesters taking caution when sharing information online. Pictured: Protesters rallying against lockdown regulations on Monday on September 13 © Provided by Daily Mail The premier did not comment on where Saturday demonstrations would be, with protesters taking caution when sharing information online. Pictured: Protesters rallying against lockdown regulations on Monday on September 13

'Let's not lose sight of the fact that this week we have seen, day after day, not the 725 cases we had five and a half weeks ago - we have made very significant progress,' Mr Andrews said.

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'We've got regional Victoria opening up. People should be positive and optimistic this strategy is working, and therefore, let's not any of us do anything to undermine that.'

A surge of cases in the Casey and Dandenong area has been linked back to five households in the Afghan community.

As residents in the city are still under strict Stage Four lockdown, it is thought the infected group may have breached the stay-at-home orders.

a close up of a map: There are currently 101 active coronavirus cases in the Casey and Dandenong area with 34 infections linked to five households © Provided by Daily Mail There are currently 101 active coronavirus cases in the Casey and Dandenong area with 34 infections linked to five households a sign on the side of a building: Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown - limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew. Pictured: A person walking through Melbourne's empty city © Provided by Daily Mail Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown - limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew. Pictured: A person walking through Melbourne's empty city

As residents in the city are still under strict Stage Four lockdown, it is thought the infected group may have breached the stay-at-home orders.

Health authorities are scrambling to track and trace the new surge in cases, and the Victorian government has begun a recruitment drive which sees retired officers re-enlisted to bolster the state's frontline virus efforts.

'Members of those households visiting other households,' Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said.

'It is that limited amount of contact, relatively infrequent contact between these five households that has now meant that we have 34 people in five houses experiencing or living with a very real threat of the coronavirus.'

a person in a police car: The Victorian government has even began a new recruitment drive that will see retired officers re-enlisted to bolster the state's frontline virus efforts © Provided by Daily Mail The Victorian government has even began a new recruitment drive that will see retired officers re-enlisted to bolster the state's frontline virus efforts a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: Police conducting checks on motorists at checkpoints - alongside the Australian Defence Force - to ensure Victorians are following state rules © Provided by Daily Mail Police conducting checks on motorists at checkpoints - alongside the Australian Defence Force - to ensure Victorians are following state rules

The cluster - impacting five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North - first emerged on September 4.

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Cases in the southeast have now spread to Dandenong Police Station and a number of industrial work sites.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday said the actions of the family's involved in the cluster was 'disappointing'.

a couple of street signs on a pole: The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4 © Provided by Daily Mail The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4

'Five kilometres is one thing and visiting others is the real issue here,' he said.

'The rules are in place for a reason and anyone who undermines this, undermines the entire strategy and it means the rules will be on for longer.'

The Victorian leader, however, ruled out fines for the group, telling reporters it may discourage others from being completely honest with contact tracers.

'I know many Victorians, when you see examples of people not following the rules, that's disappointing, it makes you angry,' Mr Andrews said.

'You need to look at the bigger picture here.

'We don't want a situation where people don't have a sense of confidence and indeed, you know, the sense they're obliged to tell us the full story as quickly as possible. That's what we need.'

Despite the new cluster, Victoria's overall case numbers are continuing to decline.

With contact tracers 'painstakingly' working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and bringing the city out of lockdown, the Victorian government is set to introduce a controversial new policy seeing retired cops re-enlisted in the force.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Department of Health and Human Services is behind the push which will see former cops given paid training before being assigned specific COVID-19 roles.

These roles include industry enforcement, testing support, door-knocking and the airport patrol.

a group of people standing in a park: A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area © Provided by Daily Mail A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area

However, not everybody is in favour of the move to bring back veteran police.

'Police veterans have a real contribution to make to the ongoing safety of the community but their use to issue infringements, detain people and conduct checks on private property is entirely inappropriate,' Opposition Police and Community Safety spokesman David Southwick told the Herald Sun.

Ivan Ray, who served in the Victorian Police Force for more than three decades, said it was a recipe for disaster for the veterans.

'It's effectively a health department police force, and we know the Health Department is no good at enforcement, we saw that in the hotel quarantine operation,' Mr Ray said.

'Veterans can play a part and they can support policing, but it has to be by the police department.'

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell © Provided by Daily Mail Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell Read more

COVID-19 takes a toll on public transport, speed camera revenue in Qld .
The lockdown in March dragged annual revenue down as people stayed home and avoided public transport.Queensland's public transport network recorded a drop in patronage of almost 20 per cent over the past year, costing more than $71 million in fare revenue.

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