Top secret road map claims Melbourne’s lockdown ‘will be extended for ANOTHER two weeks’ as bombshell document reveals new guidelines for parties, schools and dating – but Dan Andrews STILL won’t tell businesses when to re-open
- Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown could be extended by another two weeks
- A top secret draft for the city’s exit road map revealed the government’s plan
- But government officials have claimed the leaked road map is ‘out of date’
- Under the plan the curfew is extended and restrictions on businesses remain
- More restrictions would be eased on September 28, including lifting the curfew
- Victoria recorded 113 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and 15 deaths
Melbourne’s strict coronavirus lockdown could be extended by another two weeks, according to bombshell leaked documents.
A top secret draft for the city’s exit road map has revealed the government’s plan to extend the 8pm-5am curfew and keep restrictions on businesses for an additional two weeks.
While the Victorian government has claimed the leaked map is ‘out of date’, premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday refused to rule out continuing Stage Four restrictions.
According to the road map, residents will be given the luxury of two hours of exercise a day, which can be split into two sessions, from September 14 – the official date Stage Four comes to an end.
Single people and single parents would also be given the right to have a nominated visitor at their home.
Victoria announced 113 new cases and 15 additional deaths on Thursday, marking a second day of an increase in cases.
Top secret draft documents for the city’s exit road map have revealed the government’s plan to extend the 8pm-5am curfew (pictured, police roam Melbourne on Thursday)
There were 90 new cases and six deaths on Wednesday and 70 new cases and five deaths on Tuesday. The state’s death toll now sits at 591.
According to the report, which was obtained by the Herald Sun, there are bigger changes coming from September 28, which includes the curfew being lifted and increased social gatherings.
But the Victorian Chamber of Commerce has denied there is a plan to extend Stage Four lockdown by two weeks – claiming it is out of date.
A government spokesman said the leaked information was from an out-of-date draft document.
He said the exit plan would be unveiled on Sunday.
‘We know every Victorian wants certainty about the future for them for their family and for their work,’ the spokesman said.
‘By the end of the week we will layout a plan to reopen the state. That, of course, is the Victorian Premier’s plan to lift his official roadmap on Sunday.’
Queen Victoria Market is seen through the closed gift section in Melbourne on Thursday
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, KEY MELBOURNE CHANGES FROM 11.59pm SEPTEMBER 13 WILL BE:
· Two people or a household can meet outdoors for social interaction
· Single person or single parent households can have one nominated person visit their home (with dependants under 18 also allowed). The nominated person does not need to be from a single-person household
· Exercise and social interaction allowed for up to two hours per day. This can be split into up to two sessions.
· Libraries open for contactless collection and delivery
Permits will no longer be required for childcare and in-home childminding, according to the document.
Outdoor personal training would be allowed for up to two people per trainer and outdoor pools will open for exercise for up to 20 people at a time.
The documents claim that to move to Stage Two, the state must record a daily average of fewer than five new cases over a two week period.
It must also record fewer than three cases from an unknown source during that time, however, this has not happened since June.
Victoria would move to Stage One ‘stay aware’ when it records zero cases for two weeks straight, the report said.
Premier Daniel Andrews is preparing to announce the government’s plan for a pathway out of the current lockdown on Sunday, when he releases separate roadmaps for Melbourne and regional Victoria which are under stage four and stage three restrictions, respectively.
He’s also expected to include detail on what will happen to the retail and hospitality sectors in Melbourne, which have been shut down for weeks.
Federal Treasurer and Victorian MP Josh Frydenberg on Thursday played down the contents of the leaked document.
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, KEY MELBOURNE CHANGES FROM 11.59pm SEPTEMBER 27 WILL BE:
· 8pm-5am curfew lifted
· Up to five people, including children, from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors for social interaction
· Phased return of primary and secondary students to school
· Permit no longer required for childcare and in-home child minding also allowed
· Outdoor personal training allowed with up to two people per trainer
· Outdoor pools open for exercise — up to 20 per pool, up to two people per group although subject to density quotients
‘I will wait for the final plan from the premier on Sunday,’ he said.
State Opposition front bench MP Ryan Smith said business owners would be ‘devastated’ by the plan.
‘People have a right to be upset by what they’re reading this morning,’ he told 3AW radio.
‘For business owners it’s been a crushing blow.
‘Victorians would rightly feel let down by a government who dangled the carrot of eased restrictions, yet have been planning for these restrictions to continue for months to come.’
On Wednesday, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton warned the need for mandatory mask-wearing could remain in Melbourne and regional Victoria beyond the scheduled end of the current lockdown on September 13.
‘I think we’ll see masks for the next month in one form or another,’ he said. ‘It may not be all settings at all times.’
The draft document obtained by the Herald Sun did not mention masks.
Professor Sutton also said the Melbourne curfew could also be continued.
‘It’ll be a consideration to continue (curfew),’ he said.
Victoria on Wednesday announced six more deaths from COVID-19 and 90 new infections.
Mr Andrews said daily case numbers were still too high despite Victoria’s seven-day new case average falling below 100 for the first time since early July.
Victoria’s lower house will rubber-stamp a six-month extension to state of emergency powers on Thursday after the bill narrowly passed through the upper house in a marathon sitting.
The state government also got the green light to extended a state of disaster, bringing it into line with the state of emergency.
The disaster declaration allows the government to enforce the nightly curfew and a ban on residents travelling more than 5km from their homes.
Mr Andrews warned people not to read too much into the extension.
‘That doesn’t necessarily mean that either the state of emergency or the state of disaster will automatically come off on the 13th,’ he said.
WHAT MELBOURNE’S STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU
State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown.
Cautions will no longer be issued, only $1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 5am except for work, medical, caregiving – no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home
Exercise: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5km away
Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day
Cafes and restaurants stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc
Schools: All students learning from home unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare closed
Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one
Weddings: Completely banned
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and cancelled late at night
Community sport: All community sport across Victoria is now banned. Only exercise is allowed within the permitted public gathering limits of two people.