Pictures: Strict Lockdown Sees Melbourne Deserted as Coronavirus Spikes in Australia

A sign on a truck warns people to stay home in Melbourne on August 5, 2020, as the city enforces strict lockdown restrictions after a fresh outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - Australia's worst-hit state of Victoria reported 725 new cases and 15 coronavirus deaths on August 5, including a …
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Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, has imposed the strictest lockdown rules in the country as it grapples with a coronavirus resurgence.

Victoria – of which Melbourne is the state capital – reported 19 deaths on Monday, and has now seen about two-thirds of Australia’s total 314 deaths and approximately 21,400 cases, the BBC reports.

The state has a total population of 6.359 million.

The new restrictions have been in effect across metropolitan Melbourne since Sunday, 2 August, and will last for six weeks. Some of the major impositions on residents include curtailment of movement, family gatherings and associated attempts at social discourse.

Workers must carry a permit to leave home, and all non-essential businesses have been shut. Mask-wearing in public is also compulsory.

All rules are enforced by a combination of military and civil authorities leading to an almost total shutdown of activity.

Other restrictions include:

  • Residents are only allowed to leave their house for four reasons: shopping for food and essential items, care and caregiving, daily exercise and work. Employers must support work from home.
  • There is a strict curfew on Melbourne residents between 8pm and 5am.
  • Caregiving includes managing shared custody arrangements, using a babysitter, leaving home to care for animals housed elsewhere, visiting someone in an aged care home and visiting someone in hospital. Specific directions apply.
  • Residents can leave their house only if they are at risk of family violence or to apply for an intervention order, and to attend court or a police station.
  • Shopping for food and necessary supplies must be within three mile distance, except if the nearest supermarket is further than three miles.
  • Only one person per household can leave to go shopping per day.
  • Exercise must take place within three miles of home and is limited to one hour, once per day.
  • Masks or coverings must be worn whenever leaving the house. There are a few exceptions. People with a medical reason are exempt, as are children younger than 12. Those who have a professional reason are also exempt and “if it’s just not practical, like when running”, but those people will still be expected to carry a face covering at all times “to wear when you can”.

The rules have led to the central business district of Melbourne being deserted and local authorities predict this will continue until at least until mid-September.

The impact of the restrictions on life and commerce have been devastating as the deserted streets and work places illustrate.

A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market. Australia's economy is losing four billion Australian dollars (2.5 billion USD) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Australia’s economy is losing four billion Australian dollars (2.5 billion USD) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman walks out of a near-deserted Flinders Street Station in Melbourne in August 3, 2020 after the state announced new restrictions as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Australia's Victoria state imposed fresh, sweeping restrictions on August 2, 2020, including a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on weddings, and schools and universities going back online in the coming days. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

A woman walks out of a near-deserted Flinders Street Station in Melbourne in August 3, 2020 after the state announced new restrictions as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Australia’s Victoria state imposed fresh, sweeping restrictions on August 2, 2020, including a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on weddings, and schools and universities going back online in the coming days. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Police officers pull a car over for a licence and permit check in Melbourne on August 11, 2020, during a strict stage four lockdown of the city due to a COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. – Victoria state reported 19 deaths from coronavirus on August 11, making it the country’s equal deadliest day of the pandemic despite a fall in new case numbers. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Members of the Australian Defence Force walk through Fitzroy Garden in Melbourne, Australia. Metropolitan Melbourne is under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, with people only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. The majority of retail businesses are also closed. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Members of the Australian Defence Force walk through Fitzroy Garden in Melbourne, Australia. Metropolitan Melbourne is under stage 4 lockdown restrictions, with people only allowed to leave home to give or receive care, shopping for food and essential items, daily exercise and work while an overnight curfew from 8pm to 5am is also in place. The majority of retail businesses are also closed. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

A man walks past a sign on a truck in Melbourne as the city enforces strict lockdown restrictions after a fresh outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - Australia's worst-hit state of Victoria reported 725 new cases and 15 coronavirus deaths on August 5, including a man in his 30s, making it the country's deadliest day of the pandemic to date. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images) 

A man walks past a sign on a truck in Melbourne as the city enforces strict lockdown restrictions after a fresh outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. – Australia’s worst-hit state of Victoria reported 725 new cases and 15 coronavirus deaths on August 5, including a man in his 30s, making it the country’s deadliest day of the pandemic to date. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images) 

As Breitbart News reported, not all of the city’s residents are so keen to comply with the lockdown.

Video emerged Monday of a woman being confronted by state police and violently wrestled to the ground for not wearing a mask. The vision has gone viral and sparked an official inquiry.

The woman – who was subsequently found to have had an exemption for wearing a mask – appears to resist as the male officer grabs her and she is pushed against a wall.“You’re choking me,” she yells and repeatedly swears at the officer before she is forced to the ground:

The woman has been charged with resisting police and assaulting police and the arrest has been referred to an internal Victoria police review body, the Professional Standards Command.

“Police made the decision to arrest the woman after she failed to provide her name and address,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said, NINE News reports. “She also did not state she had an exemption for not wearing a face covering.”

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