Greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been under stage 3 coronavirus lockdown restrictions for almost a week, though the mainstream and social media are campaigning for Victoria to introduce stage 4 restrictions and mask mandates. On the midweek edition of WilmsFront Sydneysider Joel Jammal joins me to cut through the lockdown hysteria and fake news to go through your lockdown rights, the real rules and realities.
Myself and Joel go through and discuss what are the specific rules of stage three restrictions in Melbourne’s second lockdown. Much more sport and recreation is permitted provided social distancing is adhered to a limited to only one person outside your household. These include fishing, golf, lawn bowls, horse riding and outdoor personal training. You can even read a book or play a musical instrument in a park.
The pair of us have a mask off with a fresh campaign from health officials to encourage Melbournians to wear a mask. I argue that the benefits of masks have been exaggerated, social distancing is still the better defence against coronavirus, while Joel decries the anti-mask mantras of some.
The outbreak at Melbourne’s public housing towers which still sees 1 out of the 9 towers still in a hard lockdown has two positive cases linked to Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter rallies. A judicial inquiry into the breaches at Melbourne’s Hotel Quarantine will commence on July 20.
There has been a lot of media hysteria about Melbourne entering a stage 4 lockdown though no one has any idea about what such a stage would look like which is spreading more fear. The only stage 4 model to look at is that which was implemented in New Zealand. New South Wales despite its pub outbreaks has no plans to reimpose any sort of economically crippling lockdowns
Black Lives Matter rally linked to public housing towers outbreak – Herald Sun
Two more pubs in south-west Sydney hit by COVID-19 cluster – 9News
Twist after Victorian woman ‘fined $1,652 for feeding horse during COVID-19 lockdown’ – 7News
New Zealand’s 4-level Alert System taken against COVID-19
Sport and exercise: Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire restrictions
Advice on face masks in Greater Melbourne
We Must Not Go Back Into Lockdown – TU