Melbourne is readying for a mass shutdown as the full details of Premier Daniel Andrews’ Stage Four lockdown plans are revealed
Hundreds of Melbourne businesses are set to close their doors on Thursday as non-essential workers are forced to stay at home.
Speaking at his daily press conference, Premier Andrews revealed the latest agonizing restrictions which will see metropolitan Melbourne come to all but a standstill for the next six weeks.
“As heart-breaking as it is to close down places of employment, while I never thought that I would be telling people not to go to work, that is what we have to do in order to stop the spread of this wildly infectious virus, this deadly virus,” Premier Andrews said.
The latest tough lockdown laws aim to restrict the daily movement of 250,000 Melburnians after 429 new cases and 13 more lives lost were announced today.
Certain businesses are able to operate so long as they follow stricter measures, whilst Mr Andrews stated that essential stores would be remaining open to curb the wave of panic buying evident in recent days.
Supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, news agencies, post offices, plus of course everybody involved in our frontline response, our comprehensive response to this pandemic.Premier Daniel Andrews
“That means people do not need to be going and buying six weeks’ worth of groceries,” he said.
All onsite retail operations will have to shut up shop, meaning real estate offices will have to close their doors, though the extent of which the real estate industry will be affected is yet to be confirmed.
However, Premier Andrews did have this to say about the real estate industry: “I don’t want to see people not able to settle on their home. I don’t want to see people who are supposed to move from one place to another because the lease has run out unable to do so.
“We’re going to get some specific advice on that. We’ve already given it a fair bit of thought.”