Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews responds to backlash

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It was an enormous day for locked-down Victorians, who found restrictions within the state will lastly ease from as early as 11.59pm in a single day.

However not everyone seems to be pleased – lashing out at Premier Daniel Andrews over among the choices surrounding enterprise closures and residential visits introduced on Sunday.

Anticipating to the backlash, Andrews made it clear he’s conscious not everybody could be impressed — issuing a warning to naysayers within the course of.

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“For those who are pleased, I’m pleased for you,” Andrews advised media on Sunday.

“For those who aren’t, please understand this: these are not easy decisions to make, there is a lot at stake,” he added.

“If we do too much too fast, then we’ll be where none of us ever want to be again. Doing this again, back where we were.”

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His warning got here as criticism erupted from the retail business – with Mr Andrews accused of “ignoring” companies that hoped for reprieve earlier than the tip of October.

“You cannot fix the economy and repair the damage that this virus has done to the economy until you deal with the virus,” the Premier advised reporters.

“To go further than we have announced today is not safe and every person in business who is not pleased – well, no-one is enjoying this. It is not like we have made a decision and we had all of these perfectly equal options and we chose one rather than the other. No, that is not what we have done.

“We will get you open when it is safe to be open. For you, for your staff, for your customers and for every single Victorian.”

Whereas the Australian Retailers Affiliation mentioned the plan to reopen shops on November 2 was an “enormous relief”, Chapel Road Precinct basic supervisor Chrissie Maus labelled it “an unjust joke”.

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“This is no longer acceptable or sustainable for our businesses,” she mentioned.

“I would rather have kept the 5km limit and the shops opened.”

Enterprise Council of Australia chief Jennifer Westacott mentioned there was no level to easing any guidelines if nothing was allowed to open.

“This is an inexplicable and unacceptable delay for Victorians and small businesses who are hanging on by a day, not a week,” she mentioned.

“Simply being allowed to go for a haircut or outside a bit more when you have no job, no money and your business has failed is just not good enough.”

“I would rather have kept the 5km limit and the shops opened.”

Equally aggrieved on Sunday had been AFL followers banned from visiting friends to watch the game on the weekend.

“Grand Final, fantastic day, important day, don’t go to your mate’s place,” Mr Andrews mentioned.

“Now, the Grand Final is very different this year, very different for obvious reasons, and while I know that many people would normally spend time with family and friends to celebrate that day, whether their team is in the Grand Final or not, it is a big part of who we are.

“But your household and only the members of your household, that is how Grand Final Day has to be. You cannot have friends over. Into your home. You cannot pretend that it is over because we all desperately want it to be.

“As important as it is, in a cultural sense, in a very passionate way, for every single football fan across our state, it is not worth risking all that we have done, all that we have built, all that we can do in just a few days’ time by having gatherings that are unsafe.”

Footy-mad Victorians hoping to cheer on Geelong or Richmond with their mates didn’t take the information nicely, with Blues star Brendan Fevola amongst them.

Questions have additionally been raised over the purpose of Daniel Andrews increasing the gap Melburnians are allowed to journey from 5km to 25km.

Infectious illnesses professional Catherine Bennett, of Deakin College, mentioned she was shocked by the federal government’s choice to maintain the restriction in place – given the unique rule was meant to be scrapped when Victoria moved its third stage of restrictions easing.

“I thought we were ready for step three,” Professor Bennett mentioned.

“I’m not sure what 25 kilometres gives us and I don’t know how you’d police that.

“Frankly, if you’re worried about popular beaches or the Dandenongs getting flooded (with visitors) it would be a much more efficient use of police resources to manage these locations.”

Australian Nationwide College’s Professor Peter Collignon echoed the opinion that extending the rule to 25km “doesn’t do much”.

“Provided people are keeping to the rules when they go out, it doesn’t matter if they travel 25km or 50km or 100km as long as they stay within that defined boundary,” he mentioned.

“Remember it’s people crowded in staffrooms, in workplaces, essential workers, that’s where the virus has spread.

“And the five kilometre limit hasn’t made any difference in regards to that.”

Concluding his announcement on Sunday, the Premier thanked Victorians for his or her onerous work and urged them to maintain following the foundations.

“Yes, these lockdowns have come with pain and damage and hurt but the strategy is working and will continue to work,” he mentioned.

“Not so long ago we had 725 cases and there was simply no way we could have a debate, a perfectly legitimate debate about how to open, when to open, how to do that.

“It was not an option available to any of us. But Victorians, in every community, from every background, every circumstance, have stayed the course and we just have a little longer to go, just a little longer to go in order to see off the second wave, defeat the second wave, and then to find the normal and to begin the process of rebuilding — not just repairing damage but making sure our state, individuals, families, communities, the economy, is stronger than it has ever been.”

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