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‘Absolute tyranny, we need to revolt like the Germans’: Conspiracists to defy coronavirus curfew

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Anti-mask conspiracy theorists have reacted to Victoria’s declaration of a State of Disaster with fury, immediately vowing to defy Melbourne‘s new coronavirus curfew.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared the State of Disaster on Sunday afternoon after 671 new coronavirus cases brought the state’s total to 11,557, of which 6322 cases are active.

People in Melbourne’s metropolitan area are now subject to a strict night-time curfew from 8pm to 5am.

Coronavirus conspiracists reacted swiftly to Victoria's declaration of a State of Disaster by comparing Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to German dictator Adolph Hitler

Coronavirus conspiracists reacted swiftly to Victoria's declaration of a State of Disaster by comparing Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to German dictator Adolph Hitler

Coronavirus conspiracists reacted swiftly to Victoria’s declaration of a State of Disaster by comparing Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to German dictator Adolph Hitler

They are not allowed to leave their homes other than for work or on care-giving or medical grounds.

Melbourne residents are also prohibited from travelling more than 5km from their homes even for exercise or work under the new Stage Four restrictions.

Anti-mask conspiracy theorists described the new rules as ‘absolute tyranny’.  

‘[Victorian] people need to revolt like the Germans,’ wrote one Facebook user.

A resident is removed from St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne, on Friday

A resident is removed from St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne, on Friday

A resident is removed from St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, Melbourne, on Friday

The post was referring to anti-lockdown protests in Germany on Saturday that saw an estimated 17,000 people march through Berlin, some holding signs such as ‘Corona false alarm’.

In a reference to Nazi Germany, another conspiracy theorist jumped on board saying: ‘Next will be for your own good get on the train and people will believe.’ 

In Nazi Germany, Jewish people were put on a train from the ghetto that led straight to the death camp of Auschwitz. 

The phrase suggests people should not trust governments when they tell people to do things for their own good. 

More Nazi references were made comparing Victoria’s coronavirus crisis response to the Reichstag fire that preceded Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. 

Unlike Nazi Germany, Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions have been imposed to save people’s lives and protect the most vulnerable, not to persecute them.

A Twitter user reposted the Facebook comments by anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists who compared Melbourne's Stage Four lockdowns to Nazi Germany's genocidal dictatorship

A Twitter user reposted the Facebook comments by anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists who compared Melbourne's Stage Four lockdowns to Nazi Germany's genocidal dictatorship

A Twitter user reposted the Facebook comments by anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists who compared Melbourne’s Stage Four lockdowns to Nazi Germany’s genocidal dictatorship

The internet reacted with scorn as screenshots of the messages were posted on Twitter.

”’Revolt like the Germans” has an unfortunate undertone to it,’ wrote one Twitter user. 

‘Can they at least agree on whether Dan’s a Nazi or a communist? He can’t be both,’ wrote another. 

‘They’re all bonkers,’ wrote another.  

False conspiracy theories that the coronavirus is fake or ‘just the flu’ have spread through social media, sparked by opinion sites that present a few facts mixed with wild exaggerations and fallacies.  

Shoppers queue outside a Costco in Melbourne to stock up ahead of Stage Four restrictions and a curfew on Sunday

Shoppers queue outside a Costco in Melbourne to stock up ahead of Stage Four restrictions and a curfew on Sunday

Shoppers queue outside a Costco in Melbourne to stock up ahead of Stage Four restrictions and a curfew on Sunday

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announcing the State of Disaster on Sunday. Premier Andrews made it clear that it is now urgent that the virus be brought under control

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announcing the State of Disaster on Sunday. Premier Andrews made it clear that it is now urgent that the virus be brought under control

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announcing the State of Disaster on Sunday. Premier Andrews made it clear that it is now urgent that the virus be brought under control

Anti-mask activists and coronavirus conspiracy theorists have been condemned as 'silly' and 'selfish' by medical professionals

Anti-mask activists and coronavirus conspiracy theorists have been condemned as 'silly' and 'selfish' by medical professionals

Anti-mask activists and coronavirus conspiracy theorists have been condemned as ‘silly’ and ‘selfish’ by medical professionals

False conspiracy theories about the coronavirus (such as the one pictured above) have been circulating on social media

False conspiracy theories about the coronavirus (such as the one pictured above) have been circulating on social media

False conspiracy theories about the coronavirus (such as the one pictured above) have been circulating on social media

One anti-lockdowner who wished to remain anonymous contacted Daily Mail Australia and said human rights were being removed by governments and a ‘pseudo martial law dictatorship’ was being imposed.

‘We must stand up for the sake of all Australians,’ she said.  

‘There are over 50 videos of people stating masks should not be worn by healthy people and that masks do not stop the spread of Covid19, included in these videos is Daniel Andrews.

‘If we are in lockdown why are there five plane loads of Chinese arriving at Melbourne airport daily with no quarantine? Nothing makes sense. Children don’t have to wear masks, what scientific medical evidence and fact are we being forced to live under?’

Medical research published in prestigious journal The Lancet in June showed wearing a face mask reduces the risk of coronavirus by 77 per cent as it forms a droplet barrier at your mouth and nose.

Australia's coronavirus outbreak is rapidly spiking out of control because of Victoria

Australia's coronavirus outbreak is rapidly spiking out of control because of Victoria

Australia’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly spiking out of control because of Victoria

The scientific review of 216 coronavirus studies commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found the virus can spread through the air.

At the start of the pandemic both the WHO and the Federal Health Department advised people not to wear face masks if they had no symptoms because they were worried about mask shortages.

Daily Mail Australia has previously asked the Federal Health Department about how it would walk back this conflicted messaging, and whether it had made a mistake.

‘The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has provided consistent advice on the wearing of masks throughout the pandemic, what has changed has been the level of community transmission in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire,’ a Health Department spokesman said.

‘That is why Victoria has mandated the wearing of masks, on top of existing restrictions.’ 

Regional Victoria has now been placed under Stage Three restrictions as the state battles to stop the spread of the virus before it clogs up hospital intensive care units and overwhelms the health system. 

‘It’s just silly,’ said ANU College of Health and Medicine Professor Shane Thomas of the conspiracy theories.

What Melbourne’s Stage 4 lockdown means for you

State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issues, only $1,652 fines or court summons

Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 6am 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 from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare close on Thursday (same exceptions apply)

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 

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Professor Thomas also described anti-mask activists as ‘selfish’.

‘In terms of face mask refusers, basically they’re pursuing their own selfish interests at the expense of other people,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘They should stop it and mask up.’ 

Professor Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the UNSW Kirby Institute said anti-mask activists and coronavirus deniers were ‘a threat to public health’.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said anyone from Melbourne’s metropolitan area caught breaking curfew or outside a 5km radius of their principal place of residence will be handed a $1,652 on-the-spot fine, without leniency.

‘Anybody breaking that curfew, you run the risk of being caught and run the risk of being fined and we always reserve the right not just to fine you on the spot but to take you to court – and then it’s not $1,652, it’s actually $10,000,’ he said on Sunday.

‘This will be over sooner if everyone does the right thing and plays the part they have to play.’  

The premier said the State of Disaster came on top of the earlier declared State of Emergency. 

‘This means that police and others have additional powers,’ he said.

‘We can suspend various acts of the Parliament and make sure that we get the job done and there’s no question about the enforceability and the way in which new rules will operate.’  

Premier Andrews warned that from 6pm on Sunday police have additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions.

The move to enforce a rare health-related curfew comes as coronavirus case numbers in the state continue to yo-yo, with the new ‘stage four’ restrictions to run for six weeks until September 13.

‘I’m not prepared to accept that or accept days and days and days of hundreds of cases and more and more death,’ Mr Andrews said on Sunday.

‘These are significant steps and not taken lightly.

Pictured: an estimated 17,000 people march through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday against the coronavirus lockdowns. Australian anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists called on Victorians to 'revolt like Germany' on Sunday

Pictured: an estimated 17,000 people march through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday against the coronavirus lockdowns. Australian anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists called on Victorians to 'revolt like Germany' on Sunday

Pictured: an estimated 17,000 people march through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday against the coronavirus lockdowns. Australian anti-lockdown conspiracy theorists called on Victorians to ‘revolt like Germany’ on Sunday

Berlin, 1938: German Nazi Party members salute genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler

Berlin, 1938: German Nazi Party members salute genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler

Berlin, 1938: German Nazi Party members salute genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler

‘If we don’t make these changes, we’re not going to get through this. We need to do more.’

Under the tighter restrictions, Melbourne residents are only allowed to exercise for an hour a day.

Only one person per household can shop for groceries each day, while recreational sports such as tennis and golf are banned altogether.

From midnight on Wednesday, weddings will not be permitted unless granted an exemption on compassionate grounds.

Rules for funerals remain unchanged.

All school students, including Melbourne-based VCE pupils, will learn from home apart from some ‘special school’ attendees and those whose parents have work commitments.

A cyclist in Melbourne's Docklands on Sunday. The Defence Force is helping Victoria with its coronavirus response efforts

A cyclist in Melbourne's Docklands on Sunday. The Defence Force is helping Victoria with its coronavirus response efforts

A cyclist in Melbourne’s Docklands on Sunday. The Defence Force is helping Victoria with its coronavirus response efforts

A Twitter user has been outing anti-face maskers such as the one above

A Twitter user has been outing anti-face maskers such as the one above

A Twitter user has been outing anti-face maskers such as the one above

The school changes will come into effect from Wednesday, with Tuesday a statewide pupil free day.

Regional Victoria will move to ‘stage three’ stay-at-home restrictions, with restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms and other businesses to shut from midnight on Wednesday.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 17,923

Victoria: 11,557

New South Wales: 3,784

Queensland: 1,085

Western Australia: 669

South Australia: 453

Tasmania: 229

Australian Capital Territory: 113

Northern Territory: 33

TOTAL CASES: 17,923

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 6592

DEATHS: 208

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People will only be allowed outdoors to shop for food and essential items, provide care and caregiving, and for exercise, work and study.

Mitchell Shire, in Melbourne’s north, has been reclassified as a regional municipality meaning it will remain under ‘stage three’ rules.

The premier flagged further announcements on workplaces would be made on Monday, including the closure of certain industries.

‘I want to ensure all Victorians supermarkets, the butcher, the baker, food, beverage, groceries, those types of settings, there will be no impact there,’ he said.

Victoria recorded seven new deaths from coronavirus on Sunday, taking the national toll to 208, along with 671 new cases.

Six deaths were connected to the age care sector.

Seventy-three of the new cases are linked to known outbreaks, while 598 remain under investigation.

Some 760 mystery cases are yet to be traced back to an original source.

Worldwide the coronavirus tally passed 18 million on Sunday night with 689,187 deaths so far according to Worldometers statistics.

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Victoria turns on ‘diabolical’ Dan Andrews after he refused to answer questions on hotel quarantine

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Daniel Andrews has been slammed from all angles over his handling of the bungled hotel quarantine program that sparked Victoria’s coronavirus disaster – and for which no one has been held accountable. 

Business leaders, health experts and the premier’s political opponents are among the latest take aim at his ‘diabolical’ leadership in a time of crisis.

His state’s horror second wave of cases – most, if not all of which can be traced to quarantine hotels – has derailed Australia’s economic recovery and plunged more than six million people back into lockdown.  

The renewed criticism of Mr Andrews came after a press conference on Thursday when he promised to ‘own’ the errors of the quarantine fiasco – but couldn’t answer crucial questions about it.   

A grilling from journalists took a heavy toll on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday

A grilling from journalists took a heavy toll on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday

A grilling from journalists took a heavy toll on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday

Mas Azemi of Mas Barber Shop was forced to shut up shop for six weeks on Wednesday afternoon in response to Victoria's ongoing COVID-19 outbreak

Mas Azemi of Mas Barber Shop was forced to shut up shop for six weeks on Wednesday afternoon in response to Victoria's ongoing COVID-19 outbreak

Mas Azemi of Mas Barber Shop was forced to shut up shop for six weeks on Wednesday afternoon in response to Victoria’s ongoing COVID-19 outbreak

State opposition leader Michael O’Brien said the premier was overseeing the ‘biggest public policy failure in Australian history’.

‘Can you name me any other public policy failure that has led to dozens and dozens of deaths, 250,000 Victorians being thrown out of work, the closure of tens and thousand of businesses, five million Victorians subject to a curfew and every Victorian forced to wear a mask,’ Mr O’Brien told Sky News on Thursday night.

‘He needs to answer questions. We shouldn’t have to spend $3million on an [hotel quarantine] inquiry for the premier to tell Victorians the truth. 

‘His own chief adviser says everything that is happening now goes back to hotel quarantine.

‘That’s why he is so keen to avoid scrutiny. He shut down parliament. You can have Dan Murphy’s as an essential service, but you can’t have democracy as an essential service?’

State opposition leader Michael O'Brien (pictured) said Daniel Andrews was at the heart of the 'biggest public policy failure in Australian history'

State opposition leader Michael O'Brien (pictured) said Daniel Andrews was at the heart of the 'biggest public policy failure in Australian history'

State opposition leader Michael O’Brien (pictured) said Daniel Andrews was at the heart of the ‘biggest public policy failure in Australian history’

Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall was deserted on Thursday after retailers were forced to close

Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall was deserted on Thursday after retailers were forced to close

Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall was deserted on Thursday after retailers were forced to close

Premier Andrews was quick to sack two ministers and frontbencher Adem Somyrek after the party’s branch stacking revelations came to light in June.

But no public health official has been stood down over the hotel quarantine saga, with Mr Andrews admitting on Thursday he wouldn’t know who to sack. 

He said he had no idea which government departments or ministers were responsible for the botched operation. 

‘The lines of authority and accountability and exactly what has gone on here, it is not clear,’ he said.

‘I’ll be accountable for mistakes that were made, but I don’t have the answers. That’s why I’ve set up a proper inquiry to get those answers. We’re all entitled to them.’   

The construction industry has been hard hit with building sites restricted to 25 per cent capacity. Pictured are workers building  a new park in Melbourne's CBD on Thursday

The construction industry has been hard hit with building sites restricted to 25 per cent capacity. Pictured are workers building  a new park in Melbourne's CBD on Thursday

The construction industry has been hard hit with building sites restricted to 25 per cent capacity. Pictured are workers building  a new park in Melbourne’s CBD on Thursday

A Melburnian walks past a closed up shop on Wednesday as the city goes into stage four lockdown

A Melburnian walks past a closed up shop on Wednesday as the city goes into stage four lockdown

A Melburnian walks past a closed up shop on Wednesday as the city goes into stage four lockdown

Big business has taken aim at Premier Andrews as the economical implications of the stage four lockdown start to take effect.

Salta Properties billionaire owner Sam Tarascio slammed Premier Andrews’ leadership as diabolical.

‘The government is saying this is a health crisis and we can’t consider everything else,’ he told The Australian.

‘But that is like sticking your head in the sand. We can be healthy but we are going to stuff the whole state’s economy in the meantime.’

Salta is yet lay off any staff or slash wages during the pandemic so far.

‘But there may not be enough work for everyone from here — we may have to ask them to take some holidays and hope we work our way out of it,’ Mr Tarascio said.

Property developer Tim Gurner warned the restrictions placed on the construction industry down to 25 per cent capacity will see the sector go backwards.

He’s appalled the government didn’t consult builders and unions beforehand. 

‘It is going to be catastrophic for the Victorian economy. It is policy on the run,’ Mr Gurner said. 

Federal government officials are also angry they were forced to intervene after Victoria’s health authorities to share critical data with other states.

Senior health officials told the Herald Sun Victorian authorities have been ‘almost obstructive’ in theirs dealing with the Australian Health Protection Principal Commitee.

They also claimed the state’s chief health officer Brett Sutton was tight-lipped about the delays in contact tracing and notifying positive cases, sparking concern from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The healthcare sector has called for immediate government intervention to address the rampant spread of coronavirus in healthcare settings.

As of Thursday, 1388 healthcare workers in Victoria have contracted the virus.

Of the 810 active cases, 48 doctors, 346 nurses and 416 other healthcare workers are battling the virus.

Two-thirds are aged in their 20s and 30s. 

‘The current infection rate is unacceptable,’ Australian Institute of Health and Safety chairwoman Naomi Kemp said on Thursday.

‘But more tragically, it is preventable.’

Another 1435 of Victoria’s 7449 total active cases are linked to aged care.

Property developers have slammed the Victorian government's decision to restrict work on construction sites to 25 per cent of normal capacity. Pictured is a Melbourne working on his own on Thursday

Property developers have slammed the Victorian government's decision to restrict work on construction sites to 25 per cent of normal capacity. Pictured is a Melbourne working on his own on Thursday

Property developers have slammed the Victorian government’s decision to restrict work on construction sites to 25 per cent of normal capacity. Pictured is a Melbourne working on his own on Thursday 

The ‘failure’ to instil adequate health and safety standards contributed to the state’s second wave infiltrating hospitals and aged care centres, Ms Kemp said.

The national safety body claims many building site workers have better personal protective equipment to combat the virus than doctors and nurses.

National PPE guidance for use in hospitals does not require staff to wear P2 or N95 masks while treating confirmed or potential COVID-19 patients.

Surgical masks, more commonly used in hospitals, do not offer the same level of protection against the airborne virus.

The AIHS wants federal and state governments to step in and mandate the use of P2 and N95 respirators in these circumstances among a bevy of best-practice virus upgrades.

‘The Victorian experience will simply be repeated in other states unless we act urgently to introduce better protocols across Australia,’ Ms Kemp said.

‘We’re not saying that individual hospitals and aged care centres aren’t trying.

‘But many are only implementing the minimum health and safety standards, and those requirements are dangerously inadequate for frontline workers.’

The AIHS echoed calls from Victorian anaesthetists last week to provide staff-wide PPE ‘fit testing’.

Fit testing involves checking whether airborne particles can penetrate an N95 mask and other safety gear.

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists said it had made ‘numerous approaches’ to federal and state health authorities to request mandatory fit testing in all hospitals.

Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel and Protective service officers are seen on patrol

Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel and Protective service officers are seen on patrol

Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel and Protective service officers are seen on patrol

Police check the permit papers of a worker on day 1 of the full stage 4 lockdown restrictions

Police check the permit papers of a worker on day 1 of the full stage 4 lockdown restrictions

Police check the permit papers of a worker on day 1 of the full stage 4 lockdown restrictions 

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Andrews came under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Justice Jennifer Coate, who is leading the inquiry into the hotel quarantine program, said on Thursday the premier and his ministers were free to answer questions about the probe.

But Mr Andrews still remained tight-lipped, telling reporters he doesn’t have all the answers yet.

The premier gave a fiery response at the suggestion he was hiding behind the inquiry when asked about the chain of command in the hotel quarantine program. 

‘I’m not going to conduct a judicial inquiry from this podium. I’m not having two inquires at once. We are having a proper inquiry.

‘Judge Coate will take that inquiry where ever she wants to take it and she will report whatever she believes was appropriate.’

He said he took responsibility for mistakes that had been made.

‘I am accountable because of the job I have. I’m accountable for any mistakes, and all mistakes, that are made. I have never shirked that responsibility. 

‘I’ve never moved so much as an inch away from that responsibility. That is the role that I have. I will own those errors. I will be accountable for those errors. So, please don’t be in any doubt about that.’

 The inquiry was due to start this week but it has been pushed back to August 17 when it will be held via an online hearing due to the Melbourne lockdown.

People packed  Queen Victoria Market on day one of the full stage 4 lockdown

People packed  Queen Victoria Market on day one of the full stage 4 lockdown

People packed  Queen Victoria Market on day one of the full stage 4 lockdown

Police and ADF are seen patrolling Flagstaff Gardens on day one of the full stage four lockdown restrictions in Melbourne's CBD

Police and ADF are seen patrolling Flagstaff Gardens on day one of the full stage four lockdown restrictions in Melbourne's CBD

Police and ADF are seen patrolling Flagstaff Gardens on day one of the full stage four lockdown restrictions in Melbourne’s CBD

 Earlier during briefing Mr Andrews revealed the details on the reduction in capacity for the state’s meat processing facilities as distribution centres have been forced to reduce their workforce to two-thirds of normal production during the six-week lockdown.

Red meat expected to go down to 66 per cent of normal operations and poultry to 80 per cent. 

Retail stores across the city will largely be closed to customers from Thursday, while construction and manufacturing work will also been scaled back in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

Employees allowed to work on-site now have to show a permit or official work ID if they are by stopped police to prove they can leave their homes, or face fines of up to $99,123 for businesses and up to $19,826 for individuals. 

Melbourne has been in stage-four lockdown since Sunday night. Pictured is a heavy police presence in Melbourne on Wednesday

Melbourne has been in stage-four lockdown since Sunday night. Pictured is a heavy police presence in Melbourne on Wednesday

Melbourne has been in stage-four lockdown since Sunday night. Pictured is a heavy police presence in Melbourne on Wednesday

Permitted workers and those working from home who cannot supervise their kids must fill out separate forms to send them to child care, kindergarten or primary school.

The rules kicked in a day after Victoria recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday with 15 fatalities, including that of a man in his 30s, and 725 new cases.

Melbourne has been in stage-four lockdown since Sunday with schools shut, weddings banned, and citizens restricted to within a 5km radius of their homes. 

Between 8pm and 5am, residents are only allowed to leave their house for work and essential health, care or safety reasons. 

There are now 7,227 active cases in Victoria, 2,280 of which have no known source. 

What is closed in Melbourne Stage 4

Furniture wholesalers

Personal care including hairdressers

Car washes

Pubs, taverns, bars, brothels and prostitution services, clubs, nightclubs

Food courts, restaurants, cafes, etc 

Architectural, engineering and technical services

Travel and tour agencies 

Non-emergency call centre operations

Non-urgent elective surgery

Museums, parks and gardens, ski resorts

Gambling

Places of worship except what is required to stream services or provide soup kitchens and food banks 

Manufacturing of non-metallic mineral and fabricated metal products, furniture, wood, textile, leather fur, dressing knitted, clothing and footwear, domestic appliances

All office-based and professional businesses, except those delivering critical services, must work from home

OPERATING BUT LIMITED

Building sites of more than three storeys – 25 per cent of workforce

Less than three storeys- five workers on site at a time only

Meat processing – workers cut by a third

Shopping centres for access to permitted retail only

Public transport, ride share and taxis only to support access to permitted services for permitted workers

Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing with minimum number of essential participants to operate safely 

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What is open in Melbourne Stage 4

Supermarkets, bottle shops, petrol stations, pharmacies, post offices, banks

Retailers working onsite to fulfill online orders 

Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade

Specialist stationery for business use 

Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs, mechanics

Locksmiths, laundry and dry cleaners, maternity supplies

Disability and health services and equipment, mobility devices 

Farms and commercial fishing

Vets, pounds and animal shelters

Supermarkets will stay open

Supermarkets will stay open

Supermarkets will stay open

Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects

Critical repairs to homes where required for emergency or safety

Cafes and restaurants for takeaway

Media 

Critical service call centres

Medicare

Law enforcement and courts for urgent matters

Prisons, facilities for parolees, adult parole board, youth justice facilities

Emergency services

Essential maintenance and manufacturing

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George Floyd death: Cop’s lawyer says he never touched victim

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The lawyer for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged over George Floyd‘s death has claimed his client ‘only handled crowd control’ and had offered cops a hobble restraint to use during the fatal arrest.  

Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo on Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against fired officer Tou Thao for lack of probable cause. 

The memo said Thao had his back to what was going on as officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed black man. 

Chauvin had pinned Floyd down with his leg for more than eight minutes on May 25 even after he repeatedly pleaded for air.

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to 'lack of probable cause'

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to 'lack of probable cause'

The defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Tou Thao (pictured right during a court hearing last month) is seeking to dismiss the charges against his client due to ‘lack of probable cause’

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd's fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd's fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao (right) was fired alongside three of his colleagues, Derek Chauvin (far left) J. Alexander Kueng (second from left) and Thomas Lane (second from right) after footage of Floyd’s fatal arrest went viral in May

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin

Thao's attorney has claimed he only handled 'crowd control' of the incident

Thao's attorney has claimed he only handled 'crowd control' of the incident

Thao was seen in footage of the fatal confrontation with his back to Floyd as he was pinned to the ground by Chauvin. Thao’s attorney has claimed he only handled ‘crowd control’ of the incident

According to the memo, Thao had offered a hobble restraint to the other three officers, but they refused it. 

A hobble restraint is sometimes used to by police to restrain suspects by their wrists and ankles. The device limits the person’s movement while keeping them in a seated position. 

Thao then ‘immediately turned his attention to crowd control’ and kept his back to Floyd and the other officers for the majority of the remainder of the arrest, the memo said.

‘When Officer Thao turned his back to Mr Floyd and the three other officers for the last time, Mr Floyd was still alive and breathing,’ the memo said. 

‘Officer Thao did nothing to aid in the commission of a crime.’

Thao never placed his hands on Floyd, according to the memo, and asked about the status of an ambulance, radioing police dispatch to hurry up the response.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

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Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after officer Derek Chauvin (left) pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

Thao claims he offered officers a hobble restraint (pictured in a stock image) for Floyd, but they refused

The lawyer also argues Chauvin was using a non-deadly, Minneapolis Police Department-approved neck restraint, and that Thao and the other three officers ‘had been repeatedly trained to use neck restraints.’ 

Viral footage of the deadly police confrontation showed Thao standing on the street as Floyd was pinned to the ground behind him, struggling to breathe.

Thao was seen facing a group of bystanders who were recording the incident as they urged officers to release Floyd. 

The disturbing footage captured Floyd’s final moments, during which he gasped for air and complained to cops that he couldn’t breathe before eventually losing consciousness.

He was later taken away in an ambulance and was pronounced dead shortly after on May 25. 

Thao was fired the next day along with fellow officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane following widespread backlash over the video. 

He was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.  

Floyd's death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

Floyd's death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

Floyd’s death triggered a nationwide protests against police brutality and the senseless killings of black Americans

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afl isaac quaynors leg is split open by his opponents boot

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent’s boot stud.

The Collingwood defender came off second best when he laid a tackle on Sydney Swan small forward Sam Wicks at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday night.

Replays showed the boot of first-gamer Wicks make contact with Quaynor’s shin, where a 20cm gash instantly appeared. 

The AFL is set to probe whether Wicks’ stud boots were made from metal, which is banned by the league to protect players from such injuries.  

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent's boot stud

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent's boot stud

AFL star Isaac Quaynor has been left with a gruesome gash on his leg caused by his opponent’s boot stud 

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley suggested in the post-match press conference Wicks may have been wearing screw-in metal studs on his boots.

‘Isaac actually tackled a kid whose studs sort of raked across his shin and actually split his shin, six to eight inches, completely open. It was bad luck,’ Buckley said.

‘The kid could’ve had metal studs in as well so, that was just bad luck, tackling the only kid that had that.

‘We don’t get them checked. It’s not under-12s where the umpire comes and checks all of your studs before you play,’ Buckley said. 

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

Quaynor suffered a gash of 15 to 20 centimetres on his shin

The Swans have told the AFL Wicks was wearing standard screw-in studs, but the Herald Sun reported he was wearing a hybrid boot.

The Nike Anti-Clog Traction boots Wicks reportedly wore use a combination of metal and plastic fittings in the studs.

A close up image of the small forward’s boots on the field appeared to show metal studs.

A close-up of Wicks' boot before the match

A close-up of Wicks' boot before the match

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

It has been suggested Wicks was wearing a hybrid boot that uses metal studs and plastic elements during the match. Pictured is Wicks before the game

The AFL said it will investigate the incident on Friday. 

Collingwood went on to defeat the struggling Swans by nine points. 

Quaynor will face weeks on the sidelines.

‘That’ll be a couple of weeks (out), it’ll depend on how you can clean the wound and heal that up,’ Buckley said. 

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