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Melbourne’s lockdown finally eases from this Friday

- October 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

Victoria’s latest lockdown will end at midnight on Thursday as vaccination rates hit key benchmarks. Melburnians, who now have the dubious honour of having endured the longest combined period of lockdowns in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, will begin to return to a more normal life with the state expected to hit 90% first… Read more »

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Victoria returns to lockdown tonight for a sixth time

- August 5, 2021 3 MIN READ

Victoria will go back into lockdown from 8pm tonight, August 5. It is the state’s sixth lockdown, just nine days after emerging from its fifth following the spread of the Delta variant from Sydney. Eight new Covid-19 cases were reported in Victoria today, including six from yesterday. Reported yesterday: 6 new local cases and no… Read more »


Victorians will start heading back to work from January 11 as the state relaxes mask rules and eases more restrictions

- December 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

Victorians will only have a wear masks when using public transport, taking taxis or rideshares, and for indoor shopping from midnight tonight under further relaxations to the state’s Covid-19 restrictions announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday. The “COVIDSafe Summer” will be in place until at least the end of January, and the government is… Read more »


Melbourne has to wait another few days to see if the city’s lockdown laws will be eased sooner than expected

- October 25, 2020 3 MIN READ

Expectations that Victoria would begin to ease lockdown restrictions in Melbourne earlier than planned have been put on hold by Premier Daniel Andrews as the state deals with a minor Covid-19 outbreak in the city’s Northern metro area. Andrews labelled it a “cautious pause”, but offered some hope that an announcement on easing could be… Read more »


Melbourne will ease lockdown restrictions to ‘2nd step’ tonight but lifting the major changes for small business are still a fortnight away

- October 18, 2020 5 MIN READ

Melburnians will be able to roam up to 25km from their home from midnight tonight, with outdoor real estate auctions returning, as well as tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks reopening under a softening of Victoria’s lockdown restrictions announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday. The “third step” to reopen retail, hospitality, gyms, and personal… Read more »


COVID crisis pushing businesses to the brink

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

With stage four restrictions expected to continue in Victoria until at least September 28, CPA Australia has called for urgent additional support for the state’s business owners. The CPA suggests the extended lockdown and ‘roadmap to reopening‘ will have devastating consequences for Victorian businesses. The viability of many businesses is under threat. Many have faced… Read more »


Step-by-step guide to Victoria’s path out of COVID-19 lockdown

- September 7, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday announced steps to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. There are four steps before Victoria totally opens up – a goal Andrews refers to as “COVID-normal”. Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an… Read more »


Victoria has a roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions – NSW should too

- September 7, 2020 4 MIN READ

The COVID-19 roadmap for Victoria announced by Premier Daniel Andrews sets the state on the right path. Something like it should be emulated by New South Wales, which has not yet achieved zero new cases. Victoria’s roadmap towards what Andrews calls “COVID-normal” makes a clear distinction between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Restrictions are marginally… Read more »


Advocates welcome mental health funding for Victoria’s small business community

- August 13, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the Victorian Government’s $26 million wellbeing initiative for small business owners and workers will save lives. “The enormity of this second wave lockdown and the psychological distress it is causing for small business owners cannot be underestimated,” Carnell said. “Given small business loans are… Read more »