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Furious Melburnians blow up Dan Andrews over ‘absurd’ picnic rule as Victoria registers 510 Covid cases

Melburnians are still banned from drinking alcohol for picnics despite easing public collection restrictions in the city
Furious Melburnians blow up Dan Andrews over ‘absurd’ picnic rule as Victoria registers 510 Covid cases

Furious Melburnians have hit an ‘absurd’ rule banning them from drinking for picnics as well as restrictions preventing them from playing tennis or golf – as Victoria registered 510 new Covid cases and a new death from the virus.

Only 124 of the cases have so far been linked to known outbreaks.

To mark Victoria’s reaching its 70 per cent first dose of vaccination targets on Thursday, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced a series of ‘modest’ restriction changes for Melbourne from Saturday including small outdoor gatherings.

As many as five fully vaccinated residents from two households plus relatives can gather outside in Melbourne and Ballarat from 23.59 on Friday.

However, an exception to the ban on removing masks for drinking alcohol outside the home is not granted, which actually makes it illegal to have a drinking cock during picnics without using a straw.

Melburnians are still banned from drinking alcohol for picnics despite easing public collection restrictions in the city

Former Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett led the criticism of the new Covid-19 restrictions, which allow five fully vaccinated Melburnians to have a picnic but not play a round of golf

Former Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett led the criticism of the new Covid-19 restrictions, which allow five fully vaccinated Melburnians to have a picnic but not play a round of golf

The rule of drinking outside of Melbourne has been criticized by residents who are desperate to enjoy a drink with their friends.

‘This must be the strangest Covid rule any government in the world has taken,’ one person wrote on Twitter.

Golf and tennis are also still outside Melburnian’s borders, and Andrews said on Thursday that these activities were too risky given the transfer speed in the city.

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett led the criticism, saying it made little sense for fully vaccinated residents to have a picnic, but four double-splattered golfers could not play a round.

‘Two people can meet from different families and have a picnic. Or 5 adults plus relatives, if all are fully vaccinated, ‘he said.

‘Up to five people can visit an entertainment venue. But you can not play golf. Max in a group of four. Often only two, spread out over fairways or in the bushes.

Skate parks will be allowed to reopen from Friday, a decision labeled ‘illogical’ by Melburnians, who argued that golf courses posed a lower risk of transmission.

‘Golf courses and tennis courts have QR codes to get in and out of. You can control who comes and goes and actually tracks. Skate parks gyms people just come and go. It is illogical and deserves huge criticism for inconsistency, ‘said one.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a series of 'modest' restriction changes for Melbourne from Saturday including small outdoor gatherings

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a series of ‘modest’ restriction changes for Melbourne from Saturday including small outdoor gatherings

‘If you go to the CBD, so many construction workers do not even wear a mask and stand so close and talk to each other,’ wrote one social media user.

‘Meanwhile, golf and tennis are not allowed.’

The prime minister said on Thursday that police would not go from park to park to check the vaccination status of those gathered for picnics, but he hoped Victorians would ‘do the right thing’.

‘There is a degree of good faith in this,’ Andrews told reporters.

Other rule changes from 11.59pm on Friday include a doubling of the time allowed outdoors to four hours, the extension of the travel limit from five kilometers to 10 and the reopening of outdoor training equipment and skate parks.

The government’s full roadmap out of the lockdown outlining restrictions for November will be released on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the government has imposed Covid-19 vaccinations on construction workers, banning them from traveling between Melbourne and the regions for work.

As many as five fully vaccinated residents from two households plus relatives can gather outside in Melbourne and Ballarat from 23.59 on Friday.  Pictured are Melbourne residents training at Albert Park Lake on September 13th

As many as five fully vaccinated residents from two households plus relatives can gather outside in Melbourne and Ballarat from 23.59 on Friday. Pictured are Melbourne residents training at Albert Park Lake on September 13th

A healthcare professional is pictured at a Covid-19 test facility in Ballarat in regional Victoria on Thursday

A healthcare professional is pictured at a Covid-19 test facility in Ballarat in regional Victoria on Thursday

This move follows eruptions in several places as well as a construction worker unleashing a cluster in Ballarat, plunging the regional city into a week-long lockdown and bringing it in line with Melbourne’s restrictions.

Of Thursday’s 514 new cases – the highest daily number since August 2020 – 10 were detected in the Victoria region, three of them in Ballarat.

Two were contacts to the infected construction worker, while the third is a mystery case that has been contagious in the community since last Tuesday.

About 10,000 additional Pfizer doses will be sent to Ballarat over the next two to three weeks to combat the outbreak.

MELBOURNE’S NEW RULES FROM FRIDAY

  • Outdoor gatherings with up to five people from a maximum of two households, all of whom are fully vaccinated
  • Travel radius doubles from 5 km to 10 km
  • The training time outside is doubled from two hours to four hours
  • Two people can train outdoors with a personal trainer
  • All construction workers must have their first dose to work on site from next Friday
  • Childcare centers reopen as long as a parent is an authorized worker
  • Property inspections open with people watching from a household and agent having to wait outside

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