Daniel Andrews has set up a so-called ‘ring of steel’ around Melbourne to prevent residents from moving to regional Victoria, where coronavirus restrictions have finally been relaxed.
While there are no actual fences, police will use checkpoints on major highways, automatic license plate recognition, and additional patrols at bus and train stations to catch city dwellers trying to escape strict lockdown.
Five million Melbourne residents, trapped in one of the world’s longest lockdowns, will be fined $ 4,957 for breaking public health rules if they dare to leave.
The strict rules go into effect as Victoria recorded just 28 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – the lowest daily total since June 24.
Daniel Andrews has effectively set up a ‘ring of steel’ around Melbourne to prevent residents from moving to regional Victoria
Daniel Andrews has set up a ‘ring of steel’ around Melbourne to prevent residents from going to regional Victoria. Pictured: a checkpoint in Geelong
Officers say they will check cars with caravans and fishing rods and also increase patrols at campgrounds and national parks to catch any city residents who have escaped.
There will also be more checks on popular vacation spots, such as the Mornington Peninsula, where many well-off Melburnians have second homes.
On Wednesday there were major checkpoints on the Princes Freeway at Little River towards Geelong and the Calder Freeway near Sunbury on the way to Bendigo.
Prime Minister Andrews is desperate to prevent the coronavirus from spreading from Melbourne to regions, which have had significantly fewer case numbers and were pulled out of lockdown on Wednesday night.
He said, ‘Whether you want to call it a steel ring or a border or whatever the term is, the main purpose is very simple: only those who need to go to regional Victoria and have a legitimate reason to go to regional Victoria can to go. to regional Victoria.
“We have to be rigid about this.”
Police will use checkpoints on major highways, automatic license plate recognition, and additional patrols at bus and train stations to catch city residents trying to escape the strict coronavirus lockdown. Picture: a checkpoint at Kalkallo
Officers say they will check cars with caravans and fishing rods and will also increase patrols at campgrounds and national parks. Pictured: A checkpoint at Albury
Mr Andrews also asked pub landlords to check customers’ identities to make sure they are not from Melbourne.
“If you’re not from regional Victoria, you shouldn’t be in the pub, and that compliance is going to be very, very important,” he said.
Victoria was imprisoned again on July 8 after the coronavirus escaped from the hotel’s quarantine in late May and spread rapidly. In one day on August 5, about 700 cases were registered and more than 700 people died, most in aged care.
According to Mr Andrews roadmap, Melbourne will remain locked until the average weekly number of cases drops below five, which is not expected until October 26.
That would mean the blocking of Melbourne would have lasted 15 weeks, a month longer than the closure of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus was first identified at the end of last year.
Melbourne’s lockdown lasts 15 weeks, a month longer than the lockdown in Wuhan (photo), the Chinese city where the virus was first identified at the end of last year.
The Chinese city of Wuhan was closed on January 23 when nine million inhabitants (photo) were unable to leave the city
For regional Victoria, the four reasons for leaving home no longer apply, most workplaces are reopening and schools are returning with a staggered start.
Collecting limits have been increased to 10 people outside and 5 nominated visitors from another household bubble.
Restaurants work with a cap of 10 seated customers inside and 50 outside.
Collection limits also increased to 10 people at weddings, 20 mourners at funerals, and 10 people plus a faith leader at outdoor religious gatherings.
Children can also return to community sports and adults can participate in contactless sports.
Melburnians (pictured on Elwood Beach) are expected to be stuck in lockdown until October 26
Everyone in Melbourne must wear a mask when leaving the house. Pictured: South Melbourne Beach residents
Andrews on Tuesday announced relaxed restrictions for regional Victorians.
‘I am so, so happy and proud of every regional Victorian that has stayed on track, followed the rules and tested.
“There is no greater evidence to Melbourne residents that this strategy of keeping the numbers down is essential,” Andrews explained.
Melbourne took its first cautious steps out of the lockdown on Monday, allowing single or single parents to have one visitor, outdoor activities were extended to two hours, and the curfew start time was pushed back one hour to 9 p.m.
From Thursday, September 17, what can regional Victorians do under relaxed restrictions?
Outdoor activity collection limits are increased to 10 people. That number does not include infants under 12 months of age.
People in regional Victoria will also be able to leave their homes without restrictions.
The limits for outdoor religious gatherings and weddings will be up to 10 people, while the funeral limits will go up to 20 mourners.
Five visitors are allowed in a home of a nominated household.
Schools will return to normal for the first two weeks of term 4.
A maximum of 10 people may be present at outdoor auctions.
Children can return to community sports and adults can participate in contactless sports.
Regional Victorians can travel and vacation in regional parts of the state – with tourist accommodation in those areas as well