SES volunteers set up a gazebo in a street on a sunny day


June 29

Monday I was on holidays and so didn’t go into work.

In Victoria things were beginning to escalate.

People who were in hotel quarantine who refused to get tested were going to be kept in quarantine for another 10 days.

10 suburbs were going into lockdown in Melbourne with only four reasons for people to move in around or enter those postcodes.

Premier Andrews had also announced that some parents had refused testing for their children for the nasal swab test and so a saliva test would be available.

Ten suburbs received a testing blitz, Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir, Hallam and Pakenham.

There had been daily double digit increases in COVID cases for each of the previous 13 days.

There were 70 Australian Defence Force members deployed to help.


June 30

Premier Daniel Andrews announced ten postcodes were going into lockdown for the next month.

There would only be with only four reasons for people to leave their homes, for work or school, for caregiving, exercise or to get food or essentials.

In these hotspots gatherings will be limited to family or two people, cafes and restaurants were back to take-away only and gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, playgrounds and community activities were over.

These suburbs were back in lockdown while the rest of the country enjoyed a different way of life.

Hotel quarantines or people returning from overseas were no longer going to be coming into Melbourne.



  1. It makes me so angry when I see people saying it is ‘over’, and demanding a return to ‘normal’. One guy I saw on the news here (interviewed outside a pub, naturally) said “It only kills old people, and they are going to die anyway”. He was about 45 years old, and quite obviously a moron.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. He is a moron. I’ve heard other people say similar things. There is a video going around of a GP who got it, healthy 50 year old avid cyclist who is alive but now he has irregular heartbeat. It doesn’t just kill, if you live you might not fully recover and certainly not straight away and besides who gives a shit if you think you’re invincible? The rest of us are not so maybe think about your fellow human beings!

    2. Still I’m trying to stay upbeat. We are in the midst of a second wave and I believe there will be several waves. Lots of people are going to become fatigued by that, they’re just going to have to suck it up. Best wishes Pete.

    1. I remember having my Dad mash up aspirin with honey for me. Then again I sucked up getting a needle in hospital and having surgery around the same age. We all have a part to play and even kids can come through when you ask them to help. We need to play ball. There’s more waves coming. This post was published the same night Premier Andrews announced a night curfew. Businesses across the state are shutting down. Six weeks. Good luck Victoria, it can’t be easy but you can do this.

  2. The lockdowns and curfew are a wise move for sure. Today, among the many lies and stupid things Trump said in his speech to the nation was that lockdowns do not prevent the spread of the virus.

    1. We will see how it goes in Victoria. Lockdowns helps, testing helps, treatment helps, tracing helps, closed borders help. Mostly people doing the right thing helps.

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