After 262 days, residents in the world’s most lockdown city are waking up to their very own Freedom Day today, with Covid restrictions in Melbourne finally eased
At 12.01 early this morning, cheers were heard throughout the city as people took to their balconies and the streets to celebrate: take a look
For 77 days, residents have been subjected to strict stay-at-home orders, with a curfew imposed between 9pm and 5am daily, and only five reasons to leave your home… whilst retail, hospitality and entertainment sectors were largely brought to a grinding halt.
There have been violent protests, following the construction industry shutting down for two weeks, with Covid vaccines being mandated for the workforce.
From today, restrictions on Melbournians leaving their homes will be lifted, private gatherings are allowed, restaurants, bars and cafes will re-open for seated service and life will slowly return to normal.
In this footage, you can hear excited residents singing Madonna’s “I Rise”
The city has endured six lockdowns in total, with the first totalling 43 days between March 30 and May 12, 2020.
The second lockdown was the longest, with 112 days of stay-at-home orders, between July 8 and October 27 2020.
Lockdowns three, four and five were all relatively short, and lockdown six ends today… after 77 days from August 5 to 11:59pm on October 21.
Prior to Melbourne’s extensive and extended stay-at-home orders, the city held the title of the world’s most liveable city for seven years in a row and was the fastest-growing urban area in Australia.
But as many other major cities right around the world began to open up and move back to normality, Melbourne’s retail, hospitality and entertainment sectors remained shut and the city lost its spark.
Meanwhile, countless festivals, shows, events, weddings, birthdays and dinners have been either canceled or postponed.
This is Chapel Street in the popular suburb of South Yarra when excited residents emerged from lockdown at 11.59pm Thursday night.
Today’s easing comes as the state of Victoria reaches its first major vaccine milestone, with 70 per cent of all eligible residents now double dosed against Covid-19.
Since the state government’s first declaration of a state of emergency on March 16 in 2020, more than 71,000 people have contracted the virus and over 990 have died.
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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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