It seems that Melbourne’s shoppers are not happy that their tea rooms are being closed and dozens are taking to the streets in protest.
Melbourne’s trades have taken to the streets in a bizarre way Friday morning to protest the closure of tea rooms on construction sites.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews revealed that tea rooms in workplaces had to be closed due to the increasing risk of Covid-19 transmission in the construction industry.
On Friday, workers took their smoko and lunch break to the streets to protest the new rule.
Workers set up an outdoor break room at the intersection of A’Beckett and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne’s CBD that blocked cars and kept traffic.
Similar protests were also held outside construction sites in Spencer St and in Richmond.
Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar has warned that tea rooms were one of the “most dangerous” places for the virus to spread, as the number of cases continues to rise among construction workers.
Weimar said a number of cases during the recent outbreak, including at construction sites, were transferred to tea rooms.
“This is probably where we throw on masks to eat and drink, and where we see people,” Weimar said.
The award announced on Thursday that tea rooms would be closed on construction sites and food or drink could not be consumed indoors at work.
Andrews said work shift bubbles need to be practiced and that everywhere will require a CovidSafe marshal.
Construction workers can now not cross the metropolitan border for work and must have their first dose of Covid-19 vaccination no later than 1 p.m. 23.59 on 23 September to be able to continue the work during the lockdown.
“Construction workers have a week to get, if they haven’t already received a first dose, to get a first dose of any of the vaccines,” Andrews said.
“We’ve seen too many cases in construction.”