Daniel Andrews’ attempts to empathise with Victorians hasn’t gone down too well:
Honestly, I didn’t miss the traffic.
From the Australian:
As the clock struck midnight on Tuesday night, Melburnians were finally released from 111 days of stay-at-home lockdown, with some bars, restaurants and major retailers opening at 11:59pm to make the most of Victorians’ keenness to embrace the novelty, and household visits finally allowed, subject to strict limits.
Major retailers such as Myer, Kmart and Spotlight threw open their doors in the middle of the night, as did numerous inner-city bars and restaurants, after Victoria marked two consecutive days with no new cases of coronavirus for the first time since March 6, when the state had recorded a total of just 10 cases since the pandemic began.
Should have been done ages ago. We are experiencing a casedemic, not a pandemic.
The coronavirus has barely made a dint on global death figures, while flu cases have mysteriously disappeared.
However, some small businesses in sectors such as hospitality and fitness were holding off on celebrations, saying it was still unviable to open until restrictions eased further.
Toorak French restaurant Bistro Thierry, in Melbourne’s inner southeast, told customers it would have to halt bookings, as a 10 person per space and 20-person maximum until at least November 8 meant they could accommodate only 10 patrons at a time. “This does not make it viable for us to open. Fingers crossed we may receive more positive news in the next few days,” it said.
Fitness industry body Vic Active said 80 per cent of gyms would be operating at an unsustainable loss even after November 8, when they will be permitted to have up to 10 patrons per space and 20 per venue, with a maximum of one person per 8sq m.
So it’s not really an end to lockdown. Now, notice what Daniel Andrews says here:
Under rules Premier Daniel Andrews says will remain in place “for quite some time”, Victorians will from Wednesday be able to visit each other’s homes once a day in family groups of up to two adults and dependent children.
Warning that homes were arguably “the most dangerous place for the spread of this virus”, Mr Andrews refused to set a date for a relaxation of the new rule, indicating it was likely to be in place beyond November 8, when the 25km travel restriction and ban on travel between regional Victoria and Melbourne are set to lapse.
“I know that jars with people, may not sound right, but when you think about it, (homes are) where people let their guard down, where people are not being supervised, not like a cafe, not like going to the pub where it’s a licensed environment, a regulated environment, people are keeping their distance, there’s cleaning to that industrial standard, there’s all of that formality mak(ing) that a safer place in some ways than what normally people would regard as the most safe place, their own personal space, their own home,” he said.
The government is disappointed it cannot supervise us in our homes. This is the most Orwellian statement I have read since Gillian Triggs said:
“Sadly you can say what you like around the kitchen table at home.”
When we note what Daniel Andrews said a couple of days ago, it is clear we have a lot less freedom than we used to.
From the ABC:
Face coverings will remain mandatory and people will still be encouraged to work from home if possible.
It puts the lie to yesterday’s front page of the Herald Sun.
Again from the ABC:
“We have to be vigilant in the weeks and months to come. Until a vaccine comes, there is no normal, there is only COVID-19 normal.”
They’re setting us up for a vaccine. The deal will be, if you want to live your life, you must get the vaccine. Whatever you do, do not take that vaccine.
Don’t expect the overhead flights, or the drones to go away any time soon.
— 9News Australia (@9NewsAUS) October 21, 2020
No wonder they’re doing everything they can to laugh off talk of the death camps.