Melburnians have gathered in the CBD under beautiful winter sun to bid their lives farewell for the next six weeks.
Beers flowed through the city as people last gathered as part of a civilized society.
For many restaurants and bars, it is the last time they open completely, and many are already struggling with it.
Along Hardware Lane, towards Melbourne’s court, friends and families lined up for restaurants.
People continue to shop prior to Wednesday’s general closing in Melbourne. The streets of Melbourne were busy with people shopping and socializing last minute
Caitlyn Teresa (right) and Di Pasquale Teresa are dining out on Wednesday at Vons Restaurant and Bar in Hardware Lane in Melbourne’s CBD
Panic purchases grabbed part of Melbourne on Wednesday with people stocking toilet paper and other staples
Many have been seen embracing and openly ignoring the public distance requirements that have doomed them to incarceration.
In Degraves Street, in the heart of the city, cafes served their last lunchtime customers.
Flinders Street Station across the street was bustling with activity, with drinkers enjoying their last drink at the iconic Young & Jacksons.
Along the Yarra, pint met pint while colleagues drank away the afternoon.
From burger joints to Asian restaurants, there were crowds lining the streets to sit among friends and enjoy a simple meal.
Melbourne had come to life on Wednesday.
Thursday would come tomorrow.
When the sun went down, some Melburnians dared to get rid of their waste and pretend it was warmer.
It will be practically spring by the time most return to the streets of Melbourne.
As far as is known, it may be summer.
The joy of simple pleasures underlies the simple fact that the streets of Melbourne will be largely deserted again.
Customers face burgers outside a popular burger joint on Elizabeth St in Melbourne on Wednesday
A drinker will enjoy a last glass of white on Wednesday’s once-blooming Degrave’s Street in Melbourne’s CBD
Friends gathered on Degraves Street for one last lunch before the lockdown kicked off
Hardware Lane was also on the move on Wednesday. Some companies have resigned from never opening again after the last lock
And the companies that have embraced today will be largely closed.
Their employees – many of whom were just starting work – return to the COVID scrap yard.
Vons Restaurant and Bar manager Richard Gardner said the company would be lucky enough to survive the final shutdown.
The previous one had almost destroyed it.
Hardware Lane, where the restaurant competes in a competitive market, is popular with tourists.
Rents along the strip are high, and any business downturn could be deadly.
“This could end us,” said Mr. Gardner. “I think it will be the end for many companies. It is very sad. ‘
At a nearby table, sisters Caitlyn Teresa and Di Pasquale enjoy a birthday drink.
The wine bar along the avenue is bustling with customers.
Tomorrow they will come away like tears in the cold Melbourne rain.
In the suburbs, people overtook each other for coffee and something to eat together in their favorite cafes.
Men and women did their best and people ran into the gym.
Bring coffee and order food will soon be their lives again.
The ugliness of the closure was visible in supermarkets.
Hoarding had started hours after Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced on Wednesday afternoon that he was shutting down the best part of the state.
Cole’s and Woolworths quickly implemented restrictions on regular household items.
Only “panic buyers” … or a coordinated robbery? Shoppers spot buying household items in various supermarkets at Melbourne’s COVID-19 hotspot
A family of shoppers was spotted in supermarkets in the western suburbs of Melbourne
Daily Mail Australia saw shoppers go to one supermarket, load their things and do the same at another
Melbourne returned to closed-zone panic buying on Wednesday.
In Werribee, some shoppers took it to low extremes that have not been seen since March when hoarders caused chaos for ordinary Victorians and indeed Australians.
A team of female shoppers, including a younger one, was noticed by Daily Mail Australia buying products already limited by supermarkets.
The group went from grocery store to grocery store, filling the drawers with toilet paper and other essential items before loading them into the car.
On Wednesday, supermarket chiefs condemned the hoarding of household products.
Matt Swindellstold, Coles’ Chief Operations Officer in Melbourne, said customers had no reason to panic when buying products.
He said if people continue to loot shelves, they may be forced to reenter specific shopping times for the vulnerable.
‘It is actually all the same behavior with toilet paper, pasta, rice, flour. So what I would describe as non-food supplies and pantry staples, “he said.
“And it’s all the products everyone has worked so hard on over the past few months … to rebuild those stocks and get us back to a normal position.”
Melbourne was busy with people in the CBD before it closed on Wednesday
Iain (right) Maggie (center) and Romy (left) enjoy a drink at Young and Jacksons in the Melbourne CBD on the last day before the closing of phase 3
Richard Gardner, manager of Vons Restaurant and Bar at Hardware Lane in Melbourne’s CBD on Wednesday
The supermarkets called for common sense, but the message was largely lost.
Again, the go-to products were toilet paper, ground beef, chicken, and items that supermarkets would normally replenish quickly.
Fresh vegetables flew from the shelves and sticked beer from the refrigerators.
People’s lines stretched outside supermarkets in Melbourne.
Older people scrambled for supplies in hopes of not having to return for some time.
But others were just downright dirty.
Once again there were shameless hoarders scooping stuff from various supermarkets.
At the high-rise towers just outside the city, residents hoped their nightmare would end in sight.
They couldn’t even leave their units since last Saturday.
Collecting food for them has become a cruel game of thought by their caretakers.
Ugly images from within their concrete walls have been overrun by social media.
As the sun went down over the West Gate Bridge, city commuters sat in on what would be their last traffic jam in the near future.
Unlike the last ending, Melburnians don’t go into the unknown.
There is nothing new about it.
This time it is pain.
A city hairdresser sees hair cut before the restrictions of phase 3 are closed
Crowds of people walk through Melbourne’s CBD and Bourke Street Mall on the last day before phase 3 closes
Crowds in the Bourke Street Mall on Wednesdays. Tomorrow it will be a ghost town
Grandparents tonight will hug their grandchildren on their birthdays and maybe kiss them goodbye for the last time.
This time it seems pointless. A blunder most place at the feet of their Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
Former Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles probably summed up best what many people in the city said.
The world-famous detective played a significant part in dealing with the government during his long and decorated career.
“Most started from hotel quarantines,” he wrote on Facebook hours before closing.
“People left without being tested. Who was in charge, the government. Now a judicial investigation into how this happened. Let’s not spend the money, certainly someone can raise their hands and take responsibility. ‘