Australia “Now is the time”: Relief for Melbourne hospo and retail, as Andrews announces Wednesday reopening
Dan Andrews tears into ABF officials for trans-Tasman blunder
Dan Andrews has blasted Australian Border Force officials for a massive trans-Tasman blunder that allowed 17 New Zealand nationals to fly into Melbourne. The Victorian capital is currently not accepting any international visitors as it works to contain a deadly second wave of COVID-19 cases which has killed more than 800 people. © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Andrews was highly critical of Greg Hunt (pictured) after he criticised Victoria's lockdown But the group were able to sidestep the restriction by travelling into Sydney and then transferring on a domestic flight.
Hospitality and retail businesses in Melbourne will be able to reopen from Wednesday, as Victoria records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since early-June.
“Now is the time to open up,” Andrews said in his afternoon press conference today.
As of 11.59pm on Tuesday, 27 October, 2020, metropolitan Melbourne is finally moving to the next step of reopening.
As of Wednesday morning, all retail businesses will be able to reopen.
Hospitality businesses will be able to reopen to up to 20 people indoors — with 10 people per space — and up to 50 people outdoors.
Victoria recorded two new COVID-19 cases overnight
Another day of single-figure COVID-19 diagnoses, and no deaths, has Victorians keenly awaiting news of easing lifestyle restrictions. The state reported two new cases on Sunday and a rolling daily case count of 7.5 in metropolitan Melbourne for the fortnight up to Saturday. Regional Victoria's two-week average is 0.5.The statistics mean Victoria's coronavirus death count remains at 816 and the national toll is 904.Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to reveal significant changes to Melbourne's restrictions on movement and gatherings on Sunday.
Density requirements of one person for every 2 square metres will apply for outdoor diners.
Beauty, personal and tattooist businesses will also be able to reopen, for services that can be done while both customer and provider can wear a mask.
In order to allow businesses to get COVIDSafe measures in place in time for reopening on Wednesday, employees are able to attend the workplace immediately.
Outdoor community sport for under 18-year olds, and outdoor non-contact sports for adults, will also be able to go ahead.
Weddings will increase to allow for a maximum of 10 people, and funerals will allow up to 20 people.
There are also changes to outdoor gatherings. While the limit is still groups of 10 people, as of Wednesday, the two-household limit will no longer apply.
Up to 55 New Zealanders slipped into COVID-stricken Melbourne
The embattled premier on Sunday confirmed just 23 of those people have been found since he learned of the debacle. On Friday, New South Wales opened its borders to travellers from New Zealand without the need to quarantine.But by Saturday authorities informed Victoria that 17 people caught a connecting flight into Melbourne, where borders are not shut to domestic travellers despite the state grappling with a second wave of COVID-19.That number has since been inflated to 55.
The 25km travel limit, and the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, is still in place, until November 8.
The next step
As of November 8, the plan is to “align both metro Melbourne and regional Victoria”, Andrews said.
From that date, gyms and fitness studios in Melbourne will be able to reopen, to a maximum of 20 people, with 10 per space, with density limits of one person per 8 square metres.
From November 8, restaurants, bars and cafes will be able to open to 40 people indoors. The 10-people-per-space limit will still apply.
Up to 70 people will be allowed outdoors, with density limits of one person per 2 square metres.
The news comes as Victoria records zero new cases today, and no additional deaths.
The rolling daily average now stands at 3.6 for metropolitan Melbourne, and the city has seven active cases from an unknown source.
Australian companies demand Dan Andrews let Victorians go back to work
Seven leaders of Coca-Cola Amatil, Commonwealth Bank, BHP, Newcrest Mining, Wesfarmers, Orica and Incitec Pivot wrote an open letter to the premier (pictured) on Tuesday.Seven leaders of Coca-Cola Amatil, Commonwealth Bank, BHP, Newcrest Mining, Wesfarmers, Orica and Incitec Pivot wrote an open letter to the premier on Tuesday.
The 14-day average for regional Victoria is 0.2, with no active cases from an unknown source.
Ex-footy blows up after delayed the re-opening of Melbourne
Paul Dimattina, a former Western Bulldogs AFL player, has slammed Mr Andrews as 'a liar' and called for the Victorian Premier to end Melbourne's draconian lockdown.Paul Dimattina, a former Western Bulldogs AFL player, called the Victorian Premier a 'liar' after he delayed ending Melbourne's COVID-19 lockdown.
When asked whether this means Victorians can get on the beers, Andrews said he didn’t know if he would be having a beer tonight.
“I might be going higher up the shelf,” he said.
However, the Premier also warned against complacency.
“This belongs to every single Victorian … but it is not over,” he said.
The virus “is going to be a feature of our lives every day until a vaccine turns up”, he added.
“If this is to mean something we have to take our COVID-19 responsibilities to stay safe, to stay open.”
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Daniel Andrews boasts state's yet to be revealed check-in technology .
The premier has not yet been able to confirm when Victoria's contract tracing software will be introduced - despite NSW and the ACT bringing in their own technology last month. On Friday, Victoria reported four new coronavirus cases and no deaths, leaving the state toll on 819 and the national figure at 907. The Service NSW app allows residents to check into businesses who are using the COVID Safe QR code by scanning with their smartphone. 'Contact tracing is one of the most powerful tools to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community,' the Service NSW website reads.