Melbourne under curfew, a city devoid of life. A view of the Bourke Street Mall looking west as seen from Russell Street during COVID-19 in Melbourne, Australia. Premier Daniel Andrews announced yesterday his plans to extend Victoria's State of Emergency for another 12 months giving his government and his Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, unprecedented powers as well as the ability to curtail democratic checks and balances. It comes as case numbers continue to fall. Responsibility for the current wave the State is experiencing rests solely on the Andrews Governments shoulders and some are saying that if they cannot manage hotel quarantine effectively, handing them full and total power without accountability would be a fatal mistake. Victoria records another 149 cases overnight and a further 24 deaths, 21 in Aged Care.
So what does a city under curfew look like? Well if you’re not a working photographer, I wouldn’t suggest wandering into the CBD to find out. I was stopped by police 4 times in a three hour period. I had to show ID my work permit and all was fine but if I didn’t have my permit, I would have been fined $1,600 each time.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - June 27: Medial staff, including military personnel are seen conducting testing at the new Mobile Testing Site at the Melbourne Showgrounds during COVID 19 on 27 June, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Amid a worrying increase of Coronavirus test positive cases in Victoria which is sparking fears of a second wave the State Premier, Daniel Andrews announced last week that a targeted testing blitz would be launched yesterday (26 June) across ten targeted suburbs to zero in on community transmission. For the next fortnight, 10,000 tests will be conducted across Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham, with Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows identified as the top two and focus of the next three days of testing. An additional 41 new test positive cases have been uncovered overnight. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)
In today’s blog post I wanted to talk about something entirely unrelated to sport or photography. I’m currently half way through writing a blog about the best data backup strategy for photographers, or really anyone with critical data, but lets be honest, it’s a dry subject and not all that interesting. So I’ve put a pause on that one for now because I think there’s a special group of people that deserve our gratitude.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Topless Cricket fans pose for a photo during the Boxing Day Test Match between Australia and South Africa at The Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dave Hewison/Speed Media
It’s been a surreal time these last few months in Australia, not to mention the rest of the world where in many places the virus has hit much harder and lockdowns more severe. My heart goes out to all those affected.