Australia More Melburnians defying lockdown rules this time around, data suggests
Melbourne marks 200 days of COVID-19 lockdowns since the pandemic began
Thursday night marked an unpleasant milestone for Melburnians — the 200th day lived under lockdown restrictions. Here's how our six (and counting) lockdowns have played out.For many of us, the sequence of those days is just a fuzzy memory, smudged into the 17-month pandemic rollercoaster we've endured.
The number of Melburnians defyingis much higher than it was during lockdown last year, exclusive mobility data obtained by 9News has revealed.
Tracking data from Google has indicated non-essential shopping and recreation in Melton is only 21 per cent less than what it was pre-pandemic.
During the state's second wave of the virus last year that figure was down 40 per cent.
On the other side of Melbourne in Casey, non-essential shopping and recreation is just 27 per cent below normal levels.
Cardinia, where the rate is down 28 per cent, Hume, where it's down 29 per cent, and Whittlesea, where it's down 29 per cent, make up the rest of the top five LGAs where compliance with the CHO's stay-at-home orders is lowest.
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However, compliance is still similar to last year in the City of Melbourne, where non-essential shopping and recreation is 79 per cent lower than normal.
Similarly, Stonnington is down 61 per cent and Yarra has dropped 59 per cent.
The data also shows far more people from Melbourne's outer suburbs are heading into work than they were during lockdown in 2020.
Workplace attendance in Cardinia is only down 17 per cent on normal times, compared to last year it dipped by more than double that - minus 38 percent.
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Casey is down 23 percent, whereas it was minus 40 per cent last year.
Simon Kuestenmacher, co-founder of The Demographics Group, said while the rates of compliance varied across Melbourne, they were still down right across the city.
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Plans are already underway to plunge long-suffering Melburnians into a third week of lockdown, just hours after stay at home orders were extended. Victoria's renewed outbreak, which prompted a sixth lockdown last week, added another 21 cases on Thursday including four mystery infections.By next Thursday, Melburnians will have spent 200 days holed up at home, after a disastrous 116-day lockdown last year.Health officials are already in discussions about yet another extension, just hours after Mr Andrews announced on Wednesday the city would remain lockdown for another week.
"Every corner of the city saw lower compliance rates in '21 compared to '20," he said.
"In those local government areas people tend to live in big family clusters. It's quite likely they're willing to forget a rule or two in order to see family."
The demographer said he believed the heavy restrictions imposed during the state's sixth lockdown may have actually contributed to the plunge in compliance.
"I do think the heavy-handed restrictions actually backfired," he said.
"People just got more afraid of the cure - the lockdowns - than the pandemic itself."
Kim Paynter from Cranbourne told 9News he had noticed fewer people were staying home, but said he understood people's frustration with lockdown.
"It's going too long," he said.
"It's just ridiculous - all the other states are getting open but we're not."
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