In a confronting moment, the girl is stopped by the police on her scooter during the lockdown in Melbourne
A little girl was stopped on her scooter and her family was questioned by police during the severe lockdown in Melbourne.
The confronting images were captured by mother of four Julie Hollis while her family was out on their daily walk through Footscray, west of Melbourne’s CBD.
Her daughter Elsie, five, was detained halfway through the ride when Victoria Police officers checked identification to make sure the family was within 3 miles of their home.
A family of six in Melbourne (Elsie Hollis, Mark Hollis, Wilbur Hollis and Edmund Hollis pictured from left to right) was stopped by Victoria Police officers on their daily walk
Victoria Police officers stopped the Hollis family (Mr Hollis and daughter Elsie pictured) in a park in Footscray, west of Melbourne CBD, to make sure they were following coronavirus rules
“We drove to Footscray Park to take the kids for walks and scooters. It wasn’t scary because we knew the police had been around.
‘We kind of expected to be asked. But knowing we were within our 3 miles, it was fine, ” Ms. Hollis told Daily Mail Australia.
Melburnians are struggling through their tenth week of strict stay-at-home coronavirus measures and are only allowed to exercise for one hour a day.
Mrs. Hollis, her husband Mark Hollis, and children Leo, 13, Wilbur, 9, Edmund, 5, and Elsie often visit the park to get out of their home.
“The police officers we dealt with were very friendly and respectful during the process.
“Our two oldest boys were a little nervous about it and asking questions, but the little ones just wanted to know what they were asking,” Mrs. Hollis explained.
The mother and husband, who provide medical personnel at festivals, have only been asked for identification once.
Victoria Police officers and Australian Defense Forces personnel conduct regular patrols in Melbourne to ensure that restrictions are enforced.
“It’s crazy, we can only leave the house for four reasons,” Mrs. Hollis said.
Melbourne is currently under a strict phase 4 coronavirus lockdown. The Hollis family has been engaged in bike rides, baking (Elsie and Edmund in the photo) and online school
Melburnians are only allowed to leave the house for one of four essential reasons, including exercise, shopping, and care (the Hollis family plays Jenga at home in the photo)
Victoria Police (pictured on Bourke Street on Thursday) conducts regular patrols across Melbourne to ensure residents adhere to coronavirus restrictions
These essential reasons include exercise, providing or receiving care, a household member going shopping and working.
Melburnians also have a strict curfew and must stay indoors between 8pm and 5am every night.
Individuals who fail to isolate themselves or comply with coronavirus laws could be fined $ 1,652 on the spot.
It is also mandatory for all Victorians to wear a face cover in public unless they are playing sports or have a valid medical condition.
Mrs. Hollis said her family was “all over” the strict restrictions.
Especially the children who are unable to attend face-to-face school with their teachers.
“The young people all go to a Catholic school and every morning in prayer, at least one small preparatory child says,” I pray that the coronavirus goes away so we can go back to school. ”
Melburnians who fail to follow coronavirus laws could be fined $ 1,652 on the spot (Elsie Hollis pictured with homemade cookies in her Footscray home)
Elsie and Edmund dressed up as seniors to celebrate 100 days in kindergarten
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is expected to release a roadmap from Victoria’s current COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday (Leo and Elsie suggested they make pasta at home)
“They all miss their friends and the playgrounds,” said the mother of four.
Mrs. Hollis said the family spent a lot of time together to spend the long hours at home.
‘We mainly play games, go for a walk with the dog, cycle, scoot, play iPads, playstation and watch movies,’ she explains.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Thursday declined to rule out continuation of Melbourne’s Stage Four restrictions.
“Everything is on the table,” he admitted. ‘It is driven by data and science, how many cases there are, the kinds of cases there are.’
He is preparing to announce the government’s plan for a way out of the current lockdown on Sunday and will release separate roadmaps for Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Victoria announced 113 new cases and 15 additional deaths on Thursday, a second day of an increase in the number of cases.
WHAT THE FOUR STAGE LOCKDOWN OF MELBOURNE MEANS TO YOU
State of disaster: More police powers to enforce the lockdown. Warnings will no longer be issued, only $ 1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one is allowed outside of 8 PM to 5 AM, except for work, medical care, health care – no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and sports are only possible at 5 km from home
Practice: All leisure activities are prohibited and you can only exercise with one other person for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a friend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 3 miles away
Shopping: Only one person per day can shop for groceries
Cafes and restaurants will remain open for take-out, as will supermarkets, etc.
Schools: All students learn from home unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and daycare closed
Funerals: No change in burial limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne for one to regional Victoria
Weddings: Completely prohibited
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and canceled late at night
Common sport: All sport in the community in Victoria is now banned. Only sports are allowed within the permitted public gatherings of two people.