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Melbourne lockout ends from 11.59 pm Thursday 10 June; many restrictions eased

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 9 June 2021: Lockout here ends from 11.59 pm Thursday 10 June, the five reasons to leave home will no longer apply in metro Melbourne and the existing 10-kilometre limit will be increased to 25 kilometers. Schools will open with face-to-face learning from Friday (11 June).

In his live media update today, Acting Premier James Merlino said “We’re also still not in a position to be able to have visitors to our home, but outdoor gatherings will be increased to a maximum of ten people. And mask rules will be eased slightly – required inside, and outdoors when 1.5 meters isn’t possible.

In good news for families, schools will be able to resume face-to-face learning for all students from Friday. Cafes, restaurants, and pubs will open – with strict safety measures like density limits, seated service, and QR codes in place. The remaining retail will also open. Hairdressing, beauty, and personal care can resume, but only for services where masks can be kept on. Visitors still not permitted to aged care facilities.

Weddings will be limited to 10 people, and funerals no more than 50. Fifty will also be the limit on religious gatherings. Swimming pools, entertainment venues, and community facilities will also open subject to density limits. And community sport can happen, but only for training.”

In regional Victoria, restrictions will also ease. Visitors to the home are allowed – limited to two people and their dependants – once per day. Public outdoor gatherings will be limited to 20 people. Gyms will remain closed.

There’ll also be increases to the capacity limits at places like restaurants, entertainment venues, community facilities, and religious gatherings. Indoor sport, including gyms, will also be able to reopen with careful limits on the number of people permitted at any point in time.

PM ScoMo announces lockdown support payments amidst vaccine undersupply in Victoria

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PM ScoMo addressing media conference, Parliament House, Canberra. Photo- Grab from live.

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 3 June: Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced support payments for those in lockouts for more than seven days. These will be in addition to the already announced support payments for businesses by the Victorian government. The Federal payments will be week by week and fall in categories of $ 500 a week (20 hours + working) and $ 375 a week (less than 20 hours working). These payments will apply to declared ‘Commonwealth Hot Spot” areas, for which Greater Melbourne now qualifies.

The announcements were made live on TV and Facebook by the PM countrywide along with Treasurer David Frydenberg and Minister for Emergency Response David Littleproud from Parliament House’s Blue Room in the afternoon today. The announcements made are similar to payments being made in New Zealand.

The payments will be made to people over 17 with liquid assets less than $ 10,000. The National Cabinet, the PM said, will decide how the payments will be divided between the state and the Federal Government.

Earlier, the undersupply of vaccines in Victoria was highlighted as Acting Premier James Merlino said “vaccination was the only way out of the pandemic but the state was waiting on a greater supply of vaccines from the federal government” (ABC report). Meanwhile, Labor MP Julian Hill attacked the PM today saying, ” He failed the hotel quarantine. He is failing on vaccines. And he is now failing Victoria.”