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‘Fury’ in Melbourne over spike that ruined Australia’s COVID-19 recovery: and it’s set to get worse

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Scott Morrison says he understands the ‘anger and fury’ of Victorians facing tough coronavirus lockdown measures, as a frontline nurse warned the state’s cases and fatalities are likely to spike further in the coming days.  

Melbourne‘s horror second wave has halted the economic recovery of the entire nation, with nearly all states and territories retreating on plans to lift restrictions reopen their borders. 

As Victoria recorded 429 new cases and 13 deaths on Monday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced details of the stage four measures that will put 250,000 people out of work for at least the next six weeks.  

‘I understand people’s frustration. I understand their anger. In some case, I certainly understand their fury,’ Mr Morrison said from Parliament House on Monday.

‘But I also understand their tears and their deep disappointments.’  

Covid-19 palliative care nurse Maya Kaspi (pictured) working at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Covid-19 palliative care nurse Maya Kaspi (pictured) working at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Covid-19 palliative care nurse Maya Kaspi (pictured) working at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Nurse Maya Kaspi said the coronavirus situation will get worse before it gets better, as there is a time lag between when infection numbers spike and when hospitalisations occur

Nurse Maya Kaspi said the coronavirus situation will get worse before it gets better, as there is a time lag between when infection numbers spike and when hospitalisations occur

Nurse Maya Kaspi said the coronavirus situation will get worse before it gets better, as there is a time lag between when infection numbers spike and when hospitalisations occur

The Victorian government hopes the drastic lockdowns will crush the coronavirus case spike that is derailing Australia’s recovery that was once the envy of the world. 

Some 416 of Victoria’s coronavirus cases are in hospital including 35 in intensive care, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Monday.  

Perth nurse Maya Kaspi, who is working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital helping terminally ill patients, warned the situation is likely to deteriorate in the coming days.

‘With coronavirus, we see people get their sickest in their second week, so our huge numbers that we saw last week, we’ll expect them to be getting hospitalised probably over the next few days and the next week,’ she told the West Australian.  

Victorian hopes the drastic lockdowns will quickly crush the coronavirus case spike that is derailing Australia's recovery that was once the envy of the world

Victorian hopes the drastic lockdowns will quickly crush the coronavirus case spike that is derailing Australia's recovery that was once the envy of the world

Victorian hopes the drastic lockdowns will quickly crush the coronavirus case spike that is derailing Australia’s recovery that was once the envy of the world

Commuters wait for a tram in Melbourne on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told shell-shocked Victorians that he understood their anger and fury at the restrictions

Commuters wait for a tram in Melbourne on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told shell-shocked Victorians that he understood their anger and fury at the restrictions

Commuters wait for a tram in Melbourne on Monday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told shell-shocked Victorians that he understood their anger and fury at the restrictions

Empty streets in Melbourne on Saturday in the lead-up to Sunday's curfew announcement

Empty streets in Melbourne on Saturday in the lead-up to Sunday's curfew announcement

Empty streets in Melbourne on Saturday in the lead-up to Sunday’s curfew announcement

Some coronavirus sufferers have spent weeks on ventilators before recovering or dying. 

Ms Kaspi, 28, said on the frontline she often forgets her patients are ‘wildly infectious’. 

‘You’re covered in layers of PPE and you’re dripping with sweat and you haven’t had a break in ages,’ she said.

‘You forget all of that and do what you can to help them and you almost act like a family member.’  

Flinders Street Station on Monday. Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria

Flinders Street Station on Monday. Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria

Flinders Street Station on Monday. Face masks are now mandatory in Victoria

Angry traditional owners who live near Uluru blockade the entrance to the national park after a Jetstar flight from Brisbane landed at Yulara on Monday. Other states are on high alert, terrified of going the way of Victoria

Angry traditional owners who live near Uluru blockade the entrance to the national park after a Jetstar flight from Brisbane landed at Yulara on Monday. Other states are on high alert, terrified of going the way of Victoria

Angry traditional owners who live near Uluru blockade the entrance to the national park after a Jetstar flight from Brisbane landed at Yulara on Monday. Other states are on high alert, terrified of going the way of Victoria

Meanwhile, Doctor Norman Swan told the ABC’s 7.30 that Victoria’s extreme lockdown did not mean the previous stage three strategy had failed. 

New research from the Burnet Institute has shown what the numbers would have been like if the Stage Three lockdown had not been put in place.

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* PM Scott Morrison announced a new disaster payment for Victorian workers on Monday

* Victorian workers who are told to self-isolate for 14 days and have exhausted all their sick leave can get the payment

* The payment is to make up the short fall when sick leave is exhausted 

* It is for Victorian residents only 

* Australian citizens and permanent residents living in Victoria are eligible

* Foreign workers on short-term visas are also eligible

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* Payment means there is no excuse for people to keep working when told to self-isolate

* You can get the payment multiple times if you are directed to self-isolate multiple times and thus cannot work 

* Federal Government will pay for citizens and permanent residents

* Victorian Government will pay for foreign workers on short term visas 

*  Those on JobSeeker do not qualify as they are already receiving income support

* Those on JobKeeper also will not qualify as they are already receiving income support

 

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Dr Swan explained that the lockdowns had reduced the rate of infection.

Before the lockdown, every 10 people infected with the virus would pass it on to 17 others, giving it a reproductive number of R1.17, he said. 

‘The Level 3 restrictions brought that infection rate down to just over 11 people, (R1.16) which means that about 20,000 infections were avoided during July.’

Burnet Institute professor Brendan Crabb said Victoria would now be suffering three to four times the death and serious illness without the stage three lockdowns. 

Victorian businesses are bracing for ‘significant pain’ as many prepare to scale back production or shut down altogether, putting another 250,000 people out of work.

Victoria’s Opposition leader Michael O’Brien called the decision to impose a Stage Four lockdown a ‘bitter pill to swallow’ for Victoria’s workers.

‘Small business will be particularly hard hit. Many shopping strips and High Streets will become ghost towns for at least 6 weeks. Many will not recover,’ he said.

Mr O’Brien called on Victoria’s Labor Government to do create a dedicated information hotline to support affected workers, sole traders and small businesses.

Premier Daniel Andrews outlined a three-tiered system for workplaces, effective from Thursday, to complement the state’s six-week ‘stage four’ lockdown combating the COVID-19 outbreak.

‘There will be very significant pain,’ he told reporters on Monday.

He estimated that roughly 250,000 workers would be stood down under the latest changes.

They’ll join a further 250,000 people who are already out of work under ‘stage three’ restrictions, with another 500,000 people working from home.

Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, post offices and banks will remain open as part of the first group.

Hardware stores such as Bunnings will be accessible to tradespeople, but move to ‘click and collect’ for members of the public.

Those classed in the second group, however, will not be able to operate at all.

Bearing the brunt of the impending closures is the retail industry, with travel and tour agencies, car washes, furniture wholesalers and hairdressers among those to close.

Pubs, taverns, bars, clubs, nightclubs and food courts had already closed their doors, while cafes and restaurants will continue to run as takeaway services.

Other industries will cut back production under the third category of businesses.

Meatworks across the state – a consistent source of outbreaks – will run at two-thirds capacity, with staff dressed in full medical kit and unable to work at multiple locations.

Large-scale construction will be capped at 25 per cent of the regular workforce, while small-scale projects will only be allowed up to five workers on site.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the state government would expand its $5000 grant program for impacted businesses to reflect restrictions running much longer than first expected.

Most retail in Melbourne will be closed to customers while tight restrictions will be in place at construction and meat processing sites, as part of efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Announcing the new rules to fight the state’s second wave of the virus on Monday, Premier Daniel Andrews urged people not to panic buy.

‘Supermarkets as well as grocery stores, the local fruit and veg, the local butcher, the baker, all of those shops, they will remain open,’ he said.

‘There’ll be more to go around if people buy what they need when they need it rather than going and buying four trolleys worth of groceries and enough chicken or beef to last you until Christmas. That’s not necessary.’

Non-essential retail, some manufacturing and administration must stop onsite operations as of midnight on Wednesday.

The premier says people will still be able to shop online or via click and collect services, while hardware stores will only remain open for tradespeople. 

Other states are looking at Victoria’s horror outbreak and are walking back plans to open up their economies.

Very few people crossing the Princes Bridge in Melbourne on Monday (pictured) after Stage Four restrictions were announced on Sunday

Very few people crossing the Princes Bridge in Melbourne on Monday (pictured) after Stage Four restrictions were announced on Sunday

Very few people crossing the Princes Bridge in Melbourne on Monday (pictured) after Stage Four restrictions were announced on Sunday

Melbourne's lockdown restrictions have shut down many businesses in the city centre

Melbourne's lockdown restrictions have shut down many businesses in the city centre

Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions have shut down many businesses in the city centre

Police on patrol in Melbourne on Monday

Police on patrol in Melbourne on Monday

Police on patrol in Melbourne on Monday

New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland have all retreated from removing their restrictions as a result of Victoria’s outbreak.

Western Australia was supposed to move to Phase Five of its road map out of restrictions on August 1 but has delayed it tentatively to August 15. 

Phase Five will mean the removal of the 2 square metre rule, but would leave the hard border restrictions.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 18,318

Victoria: 11,937

New South Wales: 3,797

Queensland: 1,085

Western Australia: 669

South Australia: 455

Tasmania: 229

Australian Capital Territory: 113

Northern Territory: 33

TOTAL CASES: 18,318

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 6768

DEATHS: 221

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Tasmania was to reopen its borders to several states on August 7 but now will not do so until at least August 31.

South Australia has announced new restrictions after the state recorded two new coronavirus cases. 

Starting on Wednesday, at-home gatherings in SA will be reduced from 50 down to 10 people, while patrons at licensed pubs and clubs must be seated.

Border restrictions with NSW will also remain with travellers having to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine. No Victorians are allowed in to South Australia. 

New South Wales has been recording steady daily increases in virus cases in the low double digits to reach a total of 3797 cases on Monday.

It was a Victorian who brought the sickness over the border sparking the current New South Wales outbreak, and the border has now been firmly sealed.

The Northern Territory has no community transmission and angry locals living close to Uluru blockaded the entrance to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on Monday after a Jetstar flight from Brisbane was allowed to land.

The NT is under Stage Three restrictions which allow most ordinary gatherings but restrict major events and public gatherings over 500 people.

Travellers to the NT from declared hotspots must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days under supervision at their own cost of $2500.

Queensland has barred any travelers from coronavirus hotspots from entering the state.

Three women who tested positive for coronavirus then lied about visiting Melbourne and visited venues in Brisbane while infectious.

Queensland reimposed rules on July 24 to restrict all businesses providing dining and drinking to do so for seated patrons only.     

What will still be 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

Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects

Supermarkets will stay open

Supermarkets will stay open

Supermarkets will stay open

Critical repairs to homes where required for emergency or safety

Cafes and restaurants for takeaway

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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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What will be 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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Victoria records 10 new cases and seven deaths overnight as state eases restrictions 

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Victoria has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths as Melburnians enjoyed their first curfew-free evening in eight weeks.

The latest cases recorded on Tuesday come a day after the state recorded its lowest number of daily new cases in three months.

A string of strict stage four lockdown restrictions were relaxed in Melbourne on Monday, including the 9pm to 5am curfew.

Victoria has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths as lockdown restrictions were eased in Melbourne, including a return to outdoor personal training sessions

Victoria has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths as lockdown restrictions were eased in Melbourne, including a return to outdoor personal training sessions

 Victoria has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths as lockdown restrictions were eased in Melbourne, including a return to outdoor personal training sessions

An estimated 127,000 workers will be able to return to their jobs and childcare centres can reopen.

The majority of these workers are in manufacturing, construction, distribution centres, warehouses and abattoirs.  

Outdoor gatherings of up to five people from two households are allowed.

Non-essential businesses are still banned from reopening, with restaurants only available for takeaway.

Melbourne’s two-hour exercise limit and 5km travel restriction remain but Mr Andrews foreshadowed full freedom of movement could come on October 19 ahead of AFL grand final weekend. 

A Melbourne paddleboarder takes advantage of the spring weather and eased restrictions

A Melbourne paddleboarder takes advantage of the spring weather and eased restrictions

A Melbourne paddleboarder takes advantage of the spring weather and eased restrictions

Melbourne’s eased restrictions

Evening curfew was lifted from 5am Monday

New massive $5,000 fine comes in for breaching gathering limits

Five people can exercise together 5km from home, but not visit each other

Solo hospital and nursing home visits allowed for two hours a day

Primary schools reopen on October 12, as do universities for final year students

Childcare reopens on Monday 

Workers can exercise near workplaces, not just their homes

Outdoor pools reopen, fishing and hiking allowed (still 5km from home) but golf, tennis, etc still banned

Sole trader gardening and pet grooming allowed to operate

Elective surgery slowly returns to 75 per cent capacity

Meat processing plants back to 80 per cent capacity, factories to 90 per cent

Weddings allowed with five people, same limit for religious services held outside

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Sir Paul McCartney is ‘so happy’ he reunited with John Lennon before his death

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Sir Paul McCartney has admitted he was grateful he got to reunite with John Lennon before his death.

The Beatles icon, 78, reflected on his friend’s passing in 1980, and admitted he would have struggled with ‘heartache’ if he had not reconnected with him.

Speaking to John and Yoko Ono’s son Sean for Radio 2’s John Lennon at 80 event on Tuesday, Paul said he was ‘so happy’ he had the chance to reconnect with his father.

'It really gives me strength': On Tuesday, Sir Paul McCartney admitted he is 'so happy' he reunited with John Lennon shortly before his death (pictured with George Harrison in 1963)

'It really gives me strength': On Tuesday, Sir Paul McCartney admitted he is 'so happy' he reunited with John Lennon shortly before his death (pictured with George Harrison in 1963)

‘It really gives me strength’: On Tuesday, Sir Paul McCartney admitted he is ‘so happy’ he reunited with John Lennon shortly before his death (pictured with George Harrison in 1963)

Paul explained: ‘I always say to people, one of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business, you know, business differences really… that even after all of that, I’m so happy that I got it back together with your dad. 

‘It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn’t have reunited. It was so lovely too that we did and it really gives me sort of strength to know that.’ 

Lennon had reportedly privately told his bandmates he was quitting in 1969 and in 1970 the split hit headlines when Sir Paul announced publicly that he was no longer working with the group.

The feud between the two was well-documented by the press at the time and, in a 1971 interview, Lennon stated that he could not foresee working with Sir Paul again, however the pair did put their differences aside before Lennon’s murder in 1980.

Candid: Paul admitted, 'It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn't have reunited. It was so lovely too that we did and it really gives me sort of strength to know that'

Candid: Paul admitted, 'It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn't have reunited. It was so lovely too that we did and it really gives me sort of strength to know that'

Candid: Paul admitted, ‘It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn’t have reunited. It was so lovely too that we did and it really gives me sort of strength to know that’

Discussing how they worked together, Sir Paul added: ‘I think what was important wasn’t who was more sophisticated than the other or whatever.

‘And there maybe is some truth that, musically, I had an edge because my dad had shown us some things.

‘I’d learned the guitar chords a bit before John, but it wasn’t so much that, the sophistication, it was attitudes. So my attitude would be, “This is what I want to do”. And then John would bring another edge to it.

‘The great thing was the combination of those two attitudes and I look back on it now like a fan.

Let bygones be bygones: The feud between the two was well-documented by the press at the time, however the pair did put their differences aside before Lennon's murder in 1980

Let bygones be bygones: The feud between the two was well-documented by the press at the time, however the pair did put their differences aside before Lennon's murder in 1980

Let bygones be bygones: The feud between the two was well-documented by the press at the time, however the pair did put their differences aside before Lennon’s murder in 1980

‘You think, “Wow, how lucky was I to meet this strange Teddy boy off the bus who turned out to play music like I did. And we get together!”

‘Boy, we complemented each other. It was a bit ying yang. They say with marriages opposites attract and I think we weren’t like madly opposite, but I had some stuff he didn’t have, and he had some stuff I didn’t have.

‘When you put them together it made something extra, which I think was this.’

Reflecting on the group’s eventual break-up, he went on: ‘You know what I think it was, I think it was the fact that The Beatles were breaking up, which was a very difficult time for us, it was like a divorce, you know. So it’s very difficult to collect your thoughts and to just be jolly.

Family matters: Paul reflected on John's passing in an interview with his late friend and Yoko Ono's son Sean (pictured in 2011) for Radio 2's John Lennon at 80 event

Family matters: Paul reflected on John's passing in an interview with his late friend and Yoko Ono's son Sean (pictured in 2011) for Radio 2's John Lennon at 80 event

Family matters: Paul reflected on John’s passing in an interview with his late friend and Yoko Ono’s son Sean (pictured in 2011) for Radio 2’s John Lennon at 80 event

‘By the time Let It Be came about that became the story of the film. And then that coupled with the fact that we’d broken up, left it a gloomy … sort of cloud in the room, and I’d always bought into that.

‘For years when people say, “Oh,” about Let It Be I go, “Yeah, you know, I didn’t really like it because it was such a gloomy period.”

‘But then talking to Peter Jackson, when he was looking at the 58 hours of out-takes (footage of the Beatles during their recording sessions for Let It Be, for an upcoming documentary) I said, “Well, what’s it like?” kind of thing, expecting him to say, “Well, it’s very gloomy. You’re all arguing all the time.”

Grateful: Paul explained: 'One of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business... I'm so happy that I got it back together with your dad'

Grateful: Paul explained: 'One of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business... I'm so happy that I got it back together with your dad'

Grateful: Paul explained: ‘One of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business… I’m so happy that I got it back together with your dad’

‘He says, “No”, he said exactly what you just said. He said, 2It’s amazing. You’re like jolly and stuff”. He showed me some bits. It’s just great. It really made me happy. 

‘Because I know, for years there, I thought “Oh God, The Beatles broke up, and it was acrimonious and we were arguing and oh”, which happens in a divorce, you know?’

John Lennon at 80 is set to take place from 9-10pm on October 3 and 4 on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Honest: Looking back at the group's split, Paul claimed 'it was like a divorce' as 'it's very difficult to collect your thoughts and to just be jolly' (pictured in 1964)

Honest: Looking back at the group's split, Paul claimed 'it was like a divorce' as 'it's very difficult to collect your thoughts and to just be jolly' (pictured in 1964)

Honest: Looking back at the group’s split, Paul claimed ‘it was like a divorce’ as ‘it’s very difficult to collect your thoughts and to just be jolly’ (pictured in 1964)

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AFL’s Harley Bennell rushed to hospital – hours after announcing retirement following COVID breach

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AFL star Harley Bennell has been rushed to hospital following a night out on the Gold Coast – just hours after he announced his retirement in the wake of a COVID-19 breach.

The Melbourne Demons player was ordered to leave Queensland after breaking the club bubble to visit an ‘unapproved premises’ in Maroochydore on September 19.

The 27-year-old retired after the incident on Monday, while the Demons were fined $50,000.

Despite his orders from the AFL, Bennell remained on the Gold Coast with friends while the Demons have been trying to organise his flight home to Perth.

Bennell was reportedly taken to hospital on Monday night after police were called to the Aria building at Broadbeach following reports of a disturbance at about 8pm.

Sources told The Courier-Mail the AFL player was heavily intoxicated and officers decided to call an ambulance.

AFL star Harley Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) remains in Queensland despite being told to leave by the AFL

AFL star Harley Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) remains in Queensland despite being told to leave by the AFL

AFL star Harley Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) remains in Queensland despite being told to leave by the AFL

Bennell’s partner and child already left the state in the days after his coronavirus breach.

Earlier, Melbourne CEO Gary Pert said Bennell’s actions were selfish and a ‘clear breach’ of the AFL’s COVID-19 protocols.  

‘He has made a very poor decision, which is incredibly disappointing,’ Pert said.

‘He has not only put himself, his teammates and the competition at risk, but he has failed to live up to the values of the Melbourne Football Club.’

Pert apologised for the midfielder’s behaviour and said the club accepted the $50,000 fine. 

Upon learning of a potential breach, the Demons immediately notified the AFL, which investigated the matter. 

The 27-year-old (pictured in action for The Demons) breached the AFL's COVID-19 return to play safety protocols to visit an 'unapproved premises' in Maroochydore on September 19

The 27-year-old (pictured in action for The Demons) breached the AFL's COVID-19 return to play safety protocols to visit an 'unapproved premises' in Maroochydore on September 19

The 27-year-old (pictured in action for The Demons) breached the AFL’s COVID-19 return to play safety protocols to visit an ‘unapproved premises’ in Maroochydore on September 19

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the AFL’s protocols are the competition’s license to play and anyone breaching them will be held to account.

‘Harley knew the rules and could have put his club and the competition at risk on the eve of a finals campaign,’ Dillon said.

The midfielder and former No.2 draft pick took to social media to call time on his rollercoaster 88-game career, which began in 2011 at Gold Coast.

Posting a photo on Instagram of himself in a jumper at all three of his AFL clubs – the Suns, Fremantle and the Demons – Bennell said it had been the ‘best 10 years of my life’.

‘Thank you to everyone that was involved. It was an awesome ride,’ Bennell wrote. 

Bennell started his AFL career with the Gold Coast Suns (pictured) where he enjoyed a breakout season in 2012

Bennell started his AFL career with the Gold Coast Suns (pictured) where he enjoyed a breakout season in 2012

Bennell started his AFL career with the Gold Coast Suns (pictured) where he enjoyed a breakout season in 2012

Bennell appeared set to earn a new contract with the club before the indiscretion after playing five games in his first season at Melbourne.

Injuries kept him to just two games in a four-year stint at Fremantle and he departed the Dockers in July 2019.

Melbourne acknowledged Bennell’s retirement, posting on social media: ‘Wishing you all the best for the future, Harley’.

Bennell played his best football at the Suns, enjoying a breakout season in 2012 when he finished second in the club’s best-and-fairest behind Gary Ablett Jnr.

Disciplinary issues saw him fall out-of-favour at Gold Coast and he was traded to Fremantle at the end of the 2015 season. 

Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) announced his retirement on Monday in the wake of his COVID breach

Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) announced his retirement on Monday in the wake of his COVID breach

Bennell (pictured with girlfriend Amy Crellin) announced his retirement on Monday in the wake of his COVID breach

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