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Stage 4 Lockdown

G9th August 2020

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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.

Lots of people gathered in front of a local coffee shop to buy coffee during Stage 3 lockdown in Melbourne. (Faces are pixellated to protect the innocent).

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?

Lots of people (still) gathered in front of a local coffee shop to buy coffee during Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne. (Faces are pixellated to protect the innocent).

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.

   

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