Australians Defy COVID Boundaries, Invade Victoria Beaches and Parks | Australia

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Premier is calling on the state to “stay the course” after large groups of people stepped outside to celebrate the easing of regulations.

The Prime Minister of the Australian state of Victoria called on citizens to “stay the course” after large groups flooded beaches and parks over the weekend in defiance of lockdown regulations.Victoria, emerging from a major winter peak in coronavirus cases, relaxed lockdown regulations last weekend but still only allowed five people from no more than two households to congregate outside.

Many ignored those regulations on Saturday and the crowded parks and beaches, prompting State Prime Minister Daniel Andrews to remind Victorians not to be selfish and to maintain their physical distance.

Victoria reported just 12 new cases of the coronavirus and one death on Sunday, well down on the peaks of winter.

The death was an elderly man who was residing in an elderly care facility who saw an outbreak.

“We’re so, so close,” Andrews said.

“None of us are doing anything that can undermine the very positive numbers. Once we lower them, we can keep them low and we can open up again if we aren’t doing anything stupid or selfish just yet.

Andrews said the situation in Victoria is “delicately balanced” as the state moves towards further easing of lockdown rules.

“The weather is good, yes, and people love to go to the beach when the weather is good, but there is a global pandemic,” he says.

“There is surely a bigger urge to see this thing, conquer it and have a normal summer and have a COVID-normal Christmas and 2021. “



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