Melburnians granted minor lockdown reprieve

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has today announced some modest easing of restrictions for Melburnians, namely:

  • Outdoor gatherings will be allowed. But it’ll depend on your vaccine level — those with no vaccine or one dose: limited to groups of two. Fully vaccinated: groups of five (but from two households)
  • An increase of the radius for shopping and exercise from 5 to 10 kilometres
  • An increase of exercise time from two to four hours
  • The reopening of outdoor communal gym equipment and skate parks
  • Personal training with up to two people plus the trainer
  • In-home childcare extended to families where just one parent is an essential worker
  • Real estate inspections for new purchases and ending leases
  • An increase of construction staff from 25 to 50 per cent, where 90 per cent of those staff are vaccinated

The announcement came as Victoria today passed the 70% first vaccination threshold.

Below is the press release:

And here is the summary document outlining the changes:

These are obviously commonsense changes that should have come earlier, in my opinion. I also believe the easing of restrictions should include outdoor sports (e.g. tennis, golf, bootcamps, etc), which are low risk.

Seriously, what’s the difference in risk between the below activities?

But after 228 days of lockdowns, I’ll take what I can get.

Unconventional Economist

Comments

    • I disagree. The relaxations associated with vaccination status is a big shift; it’s the carrot to prompt that compliance.

      • That’s the big shift – lockdowns have stopped being a public health measure to prevent or reduce infection, they’re a motivation tool to coerce vaccination now, same as NSW.

        • TheLambKingMEMBER

          That’s the big shift – lockdowns have stopped being a public health measure to prevent or reduce infection, they’re a motivation tool to coerce vaccination now, same as NSW.

          Nope. The models show that with no lockdowns have outcomes of deaths are in the (many) hundreds per day, rather than in the tens. But yes, they are using ‘carrots’ for getting vaccinated.

          • Models. The same models that were wrong in the beginning.

            Stop with the crappy modelling. Garbage in garbage out.

          • Not arguing that lockdowns don’t reduce cases and deaths as an outcome, but big shift in rhetoric and messaging from gov’ts in both NSW and Vic. They aren’t promoting the lockdowns save lives message any more – now it’s just get jabbed or we won’t open up.

        • There appears to be lots of people who dont like carrots and who could not care about the stick.

          Dan is a moron, he is announcing policies which half the state were already breaching months back. Give up Dan, you failed…now its just loss aversion.

  1. Dan always states that he is “only following health advice”. Surely there needs to be more than just Health advice 18 months (TM) after this entire charlie foxtrot started. There must be a gaggle of bureaucrats in cardigans sitting in a Government Conference room in order to be making up all these ridiculous ‘rules’. AFAIK the entire set of ‘rules’ is worse than a Telstra phone plan. How can anyone even know the ‘rules’, seriously! Not wonder people no longer give a toss and just do whatever. Now remind me again, can I dance while holding a drink or am I only allowed to strut? Can I even hold a drink? Do I need 1 or 2 jabs to hold a drink?

  2. NelsonMuntzMEMBER

    • blah blah some personal freedom
    • blah blah some other family gathering thing
    An increase of construction staff from 25 to 50 per cent, where 90 per cent of those staff are vaccinated
    As we all know, construction greases the wheels of government.

  3. Interpretation: People are already doing much of this against directions, so its easier to make it think he is easing restrictions.

  4. What is Dan going to do when people who have been jabbed twice STILL catch Covid and still end up in hospital?
    Even with the reduced numbers of people ending up in hospital with Covid due to an %80+ vaccination rate, the hospitals are still likely to be inundated due to the size of the population vs ICU beds.
    This farce is going to continue for another couple of years until they run out of excuses for the severity of lockdown.
    By then hopefully Dan and his Party will have been crushed in the next election by a few up and tired population.