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Melbourne work permit website crashes as millions of workers attempt to apply for an exemption

Melbourne work permit website CRUSHES as millions of workers attempt to log in to apply for an exemption outside of Victoria’s curfew at 8pm

  • Melbourne residents website to get lockout waiver has crashed
  • Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced the licensing scheme on Tuesday
  • But Wednesday morning the site had crashed due to heavy traffic

The Essential Workers website to apply for waivers during Melbourne’s fourth shutdown has crashed.

As of Thursday, all essential workers in metropolitan Melbourne will need to present the two-page permit to prove that they are allowed to work, including during curfew and outside of a 5 km radius from their home.

The Justice Department website with the relevant papers and information crashed due to heavy traffic on Wednesday morning.

A spokeswoman said the permit can be accessed through the websites of the Victorian government and Business Victoria.

The Justice website was up again at 10:00.

The Victorian Government’s Stage Four shutdown in Melbourne includes a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and limits people’s movements within a 3-mile radius of their home unless they are licensed.

Melbourne residents who need a permit during the city's Stage Four lockdown have flooded the government website needed to apply, causing it to crash on Wednesday morning (Victoria Police car pictured during lockdown)

Melbourne residents who need a permit during the city’s Stage Four lockdown have flooded the government website needed to apply, causing it to crash on Wednesday morning (Victoria Police car pictured during lockdown)

Mr Andrews described the plan as “old-fashioned common sense” and said the process would not be too “tough”.

“You carry it with you and then you can demonstrate, so there is no sense of fear or the feeling of having to tell your story 17 times,” he said.

“If you get busted by the police, you can just give that piece of paper and you will be referred to do your business.”

Starting at midnight on Wednesday, a series of non-essential companies will be forced to stop.

Anyone found violating the coronovirus blocker will be fined $ 5,000.

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