In a heartbreaking moment during today’s daily press conference, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews revealed that he hasn’t seen his mum since Christmas because of the unprecedented circumstances of this year.
First the bushfires and now a viral pandemic — it’s as if the universe is keeping Andrews apart from his mother.
The premier revealed this personal setback after a journalist asked him advice on how to cope with not seeing loved ones in the locked-down state.
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The Andrews government announced today the roadmap to ease out of lockdown, including the introduction of “social bubbles” where isolated individuals can visit their loved ones — but nothing will change until September 13.
The “single person bubble” rule will allow for one nominated visitor to go to someone else’s household, if that person is living alone or a single parent with all children under 18.
The “social bubbles” have been permitted to accommodate those who live alone in “direct response to feedback” received by the government.
When asked why it was taking until mid-September for this rule to come into effect, Andrews had the perfect response.
“We all live in households, none of us have had visitors for a very long time and it is tough, it is really, really tough,” he told the public.
“It was my mum’s birthday recently, and you probably shouldn’t do this, but I thought to myself, ‘how long is it since I have seen her?’. Smack. I haven’t seen her since Christmas.
“Like lots of other families, no special pleadings from me, I’m just using an example, between bushfires and this I have not been there since Christmas.”
Andrews’ mother Jan turned 76 this year. His dad, Bob, passed away in 2016.