Coles and Woolworths announce new curfew in Melbourne as city is stranded

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Coles and Woolworths will introduce new trading hours for Melbourne residents to ensure buyers comply with stricter foreclosure rules.

The city entered a Stage 4 lockdown on Sunday night until at least September 13.

For the next six weeks, Melburnians are prohibited from leaving their homes between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for work or care-related reasons.

In response to the curfew, the two large supermarkets will close their stores at 7:45 p.m. every evening, or 15 minutes before the start of the curfew.

Coles and Woolworths to introduce new trading hours for Melbourne residents as the city enters a tighter lockdown

In response to the new rules, the two large supermarkets will close their stores at 7:45 p.m. every evening, or 15 minutes before the start of the curfew.

Melburnians caught outside their home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for no good reason will be fined $ 1,652 starting Sunday night

Melburnians caught outside their home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for no good reason will be fined $ 1,652 starting Sunday night

“To ensure we are following government guidelines, the last customer will be allowed into our stores at 7:30 p.m. nightly and all of our stores will close at 7:45 p.m., unless a store’s existing trading hours already specify. an earlier closing time, ”Coles said.

Coles Express is the only point of sale that will continue to trade as usual for essential services and transport providers.

The supermarket giant has asked residents to shop on their own and only visit stores once a day, in line with government advice.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has introduced the increased level of emergency as the state’s worsening disaster shows no sign of ending.

Only one person in a household can run errands per day and exercise is limited to one hour per day – both must be within 3 miles of the house.

Any recreational activity is prohibited and no more than two people can be together outdoors, even if they are from the same family or household.

“It means it’s fresh air. It’s a jog. It’s a walk. It’s in your neighborhood. It’s staying close to home or home, ”Andrews said.

The impending tougher lockdown has prompted thousands to flock to Melbourne stores in a new wave of panic buying

The impending tougher lockdown has prompted thousands to flock to Melbourne stores in a new wave of panic buying

Victoria recorded 671 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday (pictured). A Stage 4 lockdown will see almost all stores close and high school students return to learning from home

Victoria recorded 671 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday (pictured). A Stage 4 lockdown will see almost all stores close and high school students return to learning from home

He admitted that the one hour limit would not be enforceable, but that the police would be vigilant over the 5 km because “you are or you are not” close enough.

The prime minister said the extremely tight restrictions were needed to prevent the lockdown from going on until Christmas.

What the Melbourne Stage 4 lockdown means to you

State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce lockdown. Warnings will no longer be problems, only fines of $ 1,652 or subpoenas

Curfew: No one is allowed outside of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. except for work, medical care, nursing – no shopping or exercising

Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 3 miles from your home

Exercise: Any recreational activity is prohibited and you may only exercise with another person for one hour per day

The partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5 km away

Purchases: Only one person can do the shopping per household per day

Cafes and restaurants remain open for take-out, as do supermarkets etc.

Schools: All students learn from home from Wednesday, unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare closed on Thursdays (same exceptions apply)

Funeral: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne for an area of ​​Victoria

Weddings: Completely forbidden

Transport public: Cut after 8 p.m. and canceled late at night

“Six weeks against a slower strategy. A much, much slower strategy that takes up to six months, ”he said.

“I am not ready to accept this or accept days and days and days of hundreds of cases and more and more deaths.

“All of these changes aim to limit the number of people we come into contact with.

“Daily exercise is just that. This is the opportunity to exercise. This is not an opportunity to live our lives as if this pandemic is not real and not here.

Partners who do not live together will still be able to visit each other, even if they live more than 5 km from each other.

Weddings are completely prohibited and although funerals can take place, only 10 people can travel from Melbourne to the Victoria area to attend.

“Weddings will not take place in Melbourne unless there is a reason for compassion, and there are often circumstances where someone may not have very long to live, for example,” said Mr. Andrews.

“We will be as generous as possible. These questions must wait.

“There are so many different things that have to wait because they pose an unreasonable risk.

Students in Melbourne’s schools – around one million children – will need to learn from a distance unless their parents are essential workers, or they are vulnerable children who need to learn face to face.

They will go to school on Monday, have a non-student day on Tuesday and learn at home from Wednesday.

The general achievement test for grade 12 students will be moved from the end of the third term to the start of the fourth term.

The dates for the VCE exams will not change, ending December 2 as scheduled and ATAR results handed in at the end of the year.

Kind and pre-primary students will return home from Thursday and daycare centers will be closed for children whose parents are not essential workers.

“We know that this will be a big demand from parents with little ones – and grown-ups too. But I promise that as a parent of three, this is a request I do not make lightly, ”said Andrews.

Mr Andrews was hoping cases could drop enough before September 13 that the restrictions were not extended and could even end prematurely.

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