Melbourne's Stage-Four Lockdown Has Been Extended - With New Conditions

Victorian coronavirus cases fall to 63

Originally meant to be lifted on September 13, Stage 4 lockdown will continue to operate until September 28 for metropolitan Melbourne with some slight adjustments.

'For many of them, they are not going to be open until the end of November'. "I want a Christmas that is as close to normal as possible and this is the only way", Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday.

The state on Monday reported 41 news cases and nine deaths in the latest 24-hour period. But from September 13, the 8pm curfew will be extended to 9pm, and exercise will be extended from one hour a day to two.

He said the use of theoretical modelling to design the road map also anxious him, and that Mr Andrews should have based his plan on a real-life model from a similar area - New South Wales. "You've got to defeat the second wave and do it properly". Because all you are doing is running into a third wave and we'll all be locked up again. "A third wave will mean we can't do the economic fix that people desperately want us to do", he said.

"It is vital to the national interest to restore Victoria to a COVIDSafe environment, where we can reopen our economy and reasonably restore the liberties of all Australians, whether in Victoria or anywhere else".

CPA Australia has today written to the Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews MP, recommending additional support for Victorian businesses significantly impacted by restrictions on their operations.

In a recent statement the chief executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Tony Weber, echoed this sentiment: "It is particularly hard for our members and their Victorian dealer networks under the current Stage 4 Restrictions, and this is reflected in the reduced sales figures".

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"I think we would always go through a process of review that we wouldn't say different circumstances shouldn't lead to a relook at how we're tracking and the risk of moving to a different stage". Outdoor gatherings of up to five people from a maximum of two households will also now be allowed. Then, if the daily cases are 5 or less by October 26, the curfew, the 5km radius, and restrictions on reasons to leave the house will all be lifted.

After November 23, cafes, bars and restaurants could have more people indoors, schools could reopen more fully, museums and other entertainment venues could reopen, and larger gatherings would be allowed.

Police are seen along Flinders Street on September 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

Sense is growing more broadly within the federal ranks, and state governments have felt free to impose stricter border controls and other drastic health measures because of the backup provided by the federal government's primary economic support programs.

Demonstrators moved to a nearby park before being surrounded by police and eventually dispersing.

"Those numbers continue to fall and that is good news", Premier Daniel Andrews said.

Rallies were also held around the country, with 14 people arrested at protests in Sydney and Byron Bay.

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