PQC: The “king” has ordered and his thugs will be out on the streets to enforce it! Next will be door to door forced testing before forced injecting. For readers who are not Australian, those 10 Postcodes contain 38 suburbs which are home of mostly middle eastern and asian migrant working class people.
How Victoria’s coronavirus lockdown across 10 Melbourne postcodes will work
An escalating number of coronavirus infections in some of Victoria’s metropolitan areas has prompted Premier Daniel Andrews to bring back strict regulations on movements.
This is what the new rules will mean for Victorians.
What has the Victorian
Premier King announced?
He’s given roughly 311,000 people a stay-at-home order.
Just like when the statewide lockdown rules were put in place at the end of March to stop the initial spread of the coronavirus, some people won’t be able to move around certain suburbs freely.
This means those residents will only have four reasons to leave their homes: for work or school, for care or caregiving, for daily exercise, or to get food and other essentials.
“This only works if people comply, this only works if people use common sense and I am confident those communities will do that,” Mr Andrews said.
“It is not normal that we can go back to. It is COVID normal that we all have to find and I’m sad to say, embrace, for the foreseeable future.”
What is a stay-at-home order?
Basically, it’s a strict rule from a government authority designed to stop the movement of people.
It is brought in to ensure the safety of a population when they are faced with some kind of danger, such as a biological pandemic.
It is enforceable by law and must be obeyed.
Which postcodes does it affect?
Each and every occupant within the following postcodes will have to stay in their home unless leaving for the essential reasons above, from 11:59pm tomorrow (July 1):
Suburbs under stay-at-home orders from Thursday
- 3012: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
- 3021: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
- 3032: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
- 3038: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
- 3042: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
- 3046: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
- 3047: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
- 3055: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
- 3060: Fawkner
- 3064: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park and Kalkallo
It also applies to everyone considering travelling into the restricted areas.
But, people who must attend work in those postcodes or provide care to someone in person will be allowed to enter.
There will be support to protect the welfare and wellbeing of families in the 10 postcodes, Mr Andrews said.
How will it be enforced?
Mainly through on-the-spot fines and a “booze bus” approach to regulating traffic in and out of the quarantined areas.
The new rules also come with a warning that Victoria Police will “not be mucking about”.
Mr Andrews said he was confident the Government would be able to enforce the new lockdown.
“[Police] will be there in booze bus-type arrangements on major corridors in and out of these postcodes and if people make a judgement that they can ignore the rules and there is a low chance of getting caught — that would be a very unwise judgement to make,” he said.
“I do sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that but this needs to be taken seriously.
“It needs to be dealt with appropriately.”
The Premier also decided not to make tests mandatory in the state because “forced testing almost certainly involves more contact than the system we have now”.
“The best thing is if you are sick, get tested, even if your symptoms are very mild,” he said.
Days since the last reported case of COVID-19
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So, just how many new cases have there been to justify all this?
In less than a week.
A coronavirus testing blitz began last Thursday and Mr Andrews said more than 93,000 tests had been conducted since then.
As well, 37,000 doors have been knocked on, particularly in the hotspot suburbs.
Mr Andrews described the 233 new cases as “an unacceptably high number and one that poses a real threat to all of us”.
He said 928 people in the suburbs of Broadmeadows and Keilor Downs, which recorded the highest number of new cases, had refused to be tested.
Professor Sutton said dozens of cases had been traced back to security breaches at quarantine hotels.
What if you live in one of these postcodes but are not currently there?
Residents in the 10 postcodes who are already on holidays will be allowed to complete their holidays.
“I think it is impractical to ask people to return home but if you have not yet — that is, between now and midnight tomorrow night, if you are not on holiday, you will be prevented from going on holiday,” Mr Andrews said.
“That is not one of the four reasons that you are permitted to leave your home for.”
What about businesses in those postcodes?
They’ll go back to the strict temporary closures and restricted trading we thought was all behind us.
Cafes, restaurants and hotels will only be able to provide takeaway meals and beverages.
Gyms will have to close.
“Because of this order and these restrictions will need to go back to settings that we became all too familiar with some time ago,” the Premier said.
“We know that that’s going to be painful, we know that that’s going to be a really significant challenge.”
There will be urgent grants of $5,000 for eligible businesses.
“We certainly don’t rule out going further in terms of support for businesses as this second lockdown in these ten post codes unfolds,” Mr Andrews said.
Will schools remain open in the locked down suburbs?
Mr Andrews said face-to-face learning at schools in the 10 postcodes would be able to continue, and parents would be notified if that changed.
“On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, we are seeing no real evidence of transmission between kids and adults,” he said.
“We are seeing no real evidence that school attendance is a big driver of the spike in cases.”
Can I visit my partner if we’re on separate sides of a lockdown border?
Professor Sutton did not have an answer when asked whether people could visit spouses or partners in the 10 postcodes going back into lockdown.
But he said authorities would develop advice on the issue before the lockdown took effect on Thursday.
Will the lockdown eventually be extended to other suburbs?
Quite possibly, if people flout the rules again.
Mr Andrews said locking down other post codes if needed had not been ruled out.
“This is the public health advice. This is what we must do now. If we do not do this now then I won’t be locking down 10 postcodes, I will be locking down all postcodes,” he said.
“We need every Victorian family, particularly those in these lockdown postcodes to know and understand that whilst this is deeply inconvenient for you, you are making a massive contribution for the whole state and indeed the whole nation.
“If you are sick, you cannot go out. The only thing you should be doing if you are sick is getting tested.”
He said the criteria to introduce lockdowns was a three-step process.
“The first step is to identify priority local government areas with more than twice the state case rate,” Mr Andrews said.
“Secondly, [there will be] a review [of] all the postcodes within that local government area and thirdly, [the government will] identify priority suburbs with more than five cases and a rate greater than 20 per 100,000.
“That is the epidemiological and public health model that has been used.”