Metropolitan Melbourne residents have learned today they’ll spend at least another two weeks in lockdown in an attempt to further suppress a coronavirus outbreak that began months ago.
From midnight on Sunday next week, the 8pm curfew will be pushed back an hour to 9pm (it will still cease at 5am) and the allowable outdoor exercise period will be doubled to two hours.
There will also be the introduction of a “single person bubble”, which will allow one nominated visitor if a person is living alone or a single parent with all children under 18.
On social media people have reacted to the news, with some maintaining it’s necessary if unfortunate, while others are furious and want the lockdown lifted immediately (many of them expressing themselves in ways that can’t be reproduced on a news website).
Some welcomed the slight easing of restrictions that will at least allow them to visit a friend.
Others expressed disappointment that the lockdown would be extended but other initiatives are yet to be extended, including payments for people who can’t go to work as their employers are closed.
Today’s extension means Australia’s second most populous city will remain under lockdown restrictions until at least September 28, meaning they’ve been under the restrictions for almost three months.
The Opposition in Victoria has taken aim at Mr Andrews.