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Curfew in Australia’s Melbourne as Coronavirus Outbreaks Spread

August 3, 2020, 08.20 PM

MELBOURNE, – Australia’s second-biggest city of Melbourne faces an overnight curfew and other social restrictions as it seeks to control the growing coronavirus outbreaks.

Hundreds of Australians have been infected with the Covid-19 virus on a daily basis and as part of the curfew, people are banned from moving more than five kilometers from their home.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews declared a “state of disaster” for Melbourne as the city moves to a Stage 4 restrictions until Sept. 13.

The Stage 4 restrictions were handed given the “unacceptably high” levels of community transmission.

Read also: Sick Workers Driving Up Covid-19 Infections in Australia’s Victoria State

The harshest rules in Australia to date will see city residents face a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am for the next six weeks. Only those carrying out essential work, or seeking or providing care, will be allowed out.

"The time for leniency, the time for warnings and cautions is over," Andrews said.

"If you are not at home and you should be, if you have the virus and are just going about your business, you will be dealt with harshly. Lives are at stake."

Melbourne residents will be limited to an hour of exercise a day, no further than five kilometers (about three miles) from home starting Sunday night.

Only one person per household will be able to shop for essential items each day, also within the same strict radius.

Most school and university students in Melbourne will go back to online learning from midnight Wednesday, just weeks after returning to their classrooms, while weddings will also be banned.

The sweeping new measures follow a city-wide lockdown that began in early July but has failed to curb the spread of the virus, with Andrews blaming the continuing rise in cases on people flouting stay-at-home orders.

Months, and months and months

"These are the decisions made because anything short of this will not keep us safe," Andrews said, adding anything less "will see it drag on for months and months and months".

Additional restrictions affecting workplaces would be announced Monday, Andrews added, suggesting that non-essential businesses will face closures.


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