Stage 4 Lockdown
How seriously are Victorians taking the Stage 4 lockdown?
Below is a photo that I shot a couple of weeks ago at the shops. I was there to go into the supermarket to buy some essentials. Clearly many were milling around waiting for coffee despite the Stage 3 lockdown put in place to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
I looked at this scene and didn’t think it boded well.
What worried me was that some people didn’t seem to be getting the message – stay at home unless it’s essential to go out. The four officially sanctioned reasons to leave the house during Stage 3 were:
- To exercise
- To work
- To do essential shopping
- To provide care
Going to the coffee shop wasn’t illegal per se, but was it a good idea?
In light of alarmingly high rates of community transmission of COVID-19 throughout Melbourne, we moved to Stage 4 restrictions on 2 August 2020. Now, the only sanctioned reasons to leave the house are:
- To exercise (for only 1 hour a day with one other person)
- Permitted work
- To shop for food or other essential items
So what did I see when I had to call-in to the supermarket this morning?
Almost the same scene as greeted me under Stage 3! Oh I can hear the howls of protest now – coffee is food – an indeed it is. But is it “essential”? No.
I am alarmed but also saddened. How many people need to die before it is taken seriously? More, it seems.