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Australia Melbourne restrictions to ease further as city 'ahead of schedule' in second wave fight

11:26  27 september  2020
11:26  27 september  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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(CNN) Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Australia's second largest city , as authorities scramble to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections spreading across the country. Border restrictions will also apply to metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, a regional area of Victoria

Melbourne has now moved into a stage 4 lockdown, with a night-time curfew imposed on the city for the first The Stringency Index compares world governments' lockdowns and restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT

Melbourne's curfew will be lifted from 5am on Monday morning as coronavirus restrictions are eased in Victoria.

Limits on shopping, outdoor gatherings and visiting patients in hospitals are among further changes to come into effect for Melbourne residents from 11.59pm tonight.

However, there remains only four reasons to leave your home and that stays in place until Melbourne moves to Step three.

DOWNLOAD HERE: Melbourne's second step - complete list of changes

Fewer virus cases keep Melbourne on track

  Fewer virus cases keep Melbourne on track Victoria's daily infection rate is on track towards the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions come September 28, with more anti-lockdown protests expected.The state recorded 21 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, its lowest figure since June 24.

The NT is going further with easing restrictions than most other jurisdictions. "We are ahead of other parts of Australia and indeed, the world. He said there were still concerns over the possibility of a second wave of the virus coming in to the NT, if the ongoing restrictions were not followed.

Australia’s second -largest city is now subjected to some of the most extraordinary Covid-19 lockdown measures The reason the police now have these draconian powers is that the situation in Melbourne has Government is not supposed to panic, and public officials should have worried far more about

Premier Daniel Andrews said 127,000 Melburnians will be able to return to work as of tonight, while residents will be permitted to meet outside in groups of up to five people from two households.

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Daniel Andrews wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Daniel Andrews has annouced changes to restrictions in Melbourne. © Nine Daniel Andrews has annouced changes to restrictions in Melbourne.

"That is more than what we had hoped to be able to achieve," Mr Andrews said in announcing the changes.

"It's not as much as people would want, but it is very important that we take those steps safely."

The limit of one person going shopping once per day will also be removed.

"But I would just say go shopping for the things you need when you need them," Mr Andrews said.

"It doesn't need to be just a solo, one person any longer, but that is not an invitation… for an entire family group to go to the supermarket.

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Infectious disease experts say Sydney can avoid a Melbourne -style second lockdown if it stops But they say there are key differences between the community transmission in Melbourne and what is But, he said, a key trigger for further action in Sydney and across NSW would be multiple clusters of

Victoria will reimpose stage three restrictions on 10 postcodes across Melbourne until at least July 29 in a bid to contain an "unacceptably high" number of new cases detected in the past few days. Key points: There will only be four reasons for people in the 10 postcodes under lockdown to leave the

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"That is not consistent with us limiting the spread of this virus."


One person will also be allowed to visit a friend or relative in hospital once each day for a maximum of two hours.

For those under 18 years of age, two parents or carers can visit with no time limit.

"At times of great stress it is really important to be able to be as close to loved ones as is safe," he said.

a group of people walking in a city: Melburnians will be permitted to gather outside in groups of five. © Supplied Melburnians will be permitted to gather outside in groups of five.

Complete list of all Step 2 changes

Here are all the changes taking place.

Metropolitan Melbourne will move to the third step of the roadmap if thresholds are met of less than an average of five daily cases state-wide (over the 14-day period prior) and less than five of unknown transmission during that time (statewide total).


FACE COVERINGS

Must be a fitted face mask that covers nose and mouth - not a face shield.

A week's grace period before the rule is enforced.


CURFEW

Lifts from 5am from September 28.


SHOPPING

No limit on number of people from one household.


EDUCATION

VCE and VCAL students return for assessments from 5 October Prep to Grade 6, specialist school students, and VCE/VCAL students return onsite from the week of 12 October.


CHILDCARE

Open to all children – permit not required. Five kilometre limit does not apply. One childminder allowed for in-home childcare.


PUBLIC GATHERINGS OUTSIDE

A household or limit of five people from two households allowed. Penalty for illegal gatherings outdoors and in the home increases to nearly $5000.


RECREATION AND EXERCISE

Exercise allowed within five kilometres of your workplace for permitted workers, as well as your home.

Outdoor pools open, with conditions.


WEDDINGS

Limit of five including the couple and two witnesses in outdoor spaces.


RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS

Limit of five people plus one faith leader for outdoor gatherings and ceremonies.


CEMETERIES AND RESTING PLACES

Visits allowed on milestone dates subject to conditions.




TERMINALLY ILL GATHERINGS

Limit of 10 people or a household subject to approval by the CHO and other conditions.




CARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS

One visitor per day for maximum of two hours Patient under 18 years – two parents/carers can visit with no time limit.




INDUSTRY

Extra 127,000 workers return to various industries with COVID Safe plans.

Worker reduction will no longer apply to warehousing, postal and distribution centres, supermarket and food distribution.

Wholesale business not previously allowed will open at 67 per cent of normal daily worker level.




MEAT AND SEAFOOD PROCESSING

Workforce capacity increased to 80 per cent for meat and seafood processing. Increased to 90 per cent for poultry. Regional Victorian workforce capacity increases to 90 per cent for meat, seafood and poultry.




CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE

Residential inspections allowed subject to conditions. Baseline for large-scale construction increases from 25 per cent of the total workforce to 85 per cent. Specialist contractors on small-scale sites can visit up to five sites per week, with a maximum of two per day.




GARDENING/LANDSCAPING AND SOLE TRADERS

Gardening, landscaping and garden maintenance businesses who have an ABN added to permitted worker list from September 28.

Conditions require they can safely work alone, outside and have no contact with customers.




VEHICLES

Scheduled and logbook servicing and safety inspections allowed for boats and vehicles.




OUTDOOR PERSONAL TRAINING

Limit of two people plus the personal trainer.




DENTAL & ALLIED HEALTH

Non-urgent services allowed with COVID Safe plan AHPRA-registered professionals and other allied health professionals can resume some face-to-face appointments.




PET GROOMING

Allowed at retail stores for animal welfare.




Reasons to leave home

During the second step, there are still only four reasons that you can leave home, and you need to stay local (within five kilometres from home):

  1. Shop for food and necessary goods or services
  2. Provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. Outdoor exercise or recreation
  4. For permitted work or education

Thousands back to work

Under an accelerated roadmap out of stage four lockdowns, 127,000 Melbourne residents will be able to return to work across various industries.

"Each of those industries will have a COVID safe plan," Mr Andrews said.

This is 27,000 workers more than what was original forecast under the government's second step out of stage four lockdowns.

a group of people walking in a park: People are seen exercising along the Yarra River on September 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. © Getty People are seen exercising along the Yarra River on September 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. a group of people walking down a busy city street: A woman is seen exercising along a quiet Bourke Street on September 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. © Getty A woman is seen exercising along a quiet Bourke Street on September 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

Other changes include opening childcare to all children and the resumption of face-to-face learning for all Melbourne primary school students from October 12.

VCE and VCAL students will be returning to school for assessments from the start of Term Four on October 5.

The return to face-to-face learning will take a staggered approach, with not all students on campus at the same time.

The state recorded 16 cases of COVID-19 overnight and two further deaths today.

The new figures bring Melbourne's rolling 14-day average to 22.1 cases per day.

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is a 24/7 service free of charge to all Australians. Visit the site here or call 1800512348.

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