Melbourne has seen all sorts of days but now with the COVID19 revving up another notch, and things taking a new historic turn, the city has now braced for one last twist.
And just like that, the very real and inevitable Stage Four restrictions were announced. And while no one wanted it, now that it is here - right here, right now, at the end of today - Melburnians have humbly accepted the advice from medical authorities and the Premier, and will lockdown for six weeks.
In front of the rest of Australia, our city has shown just how vulnerable a large population is to the actions of a small number of people. After achieving such a good outcome from the first lockdown earlier this year, and which the rest of Australia was in, Victorians sadly watched the small numbers of cases in a hotel grow from a small cluster to several clusters, and then a proper outbreak, which we have yet to control. Somehow running away with themselves, the COVID19 has hit some of the vulnerable Victorians in nursing homes, providing the very vivid warning to stay at home as much as possible.
No one would have wanted this, but now that we are here, there is nothing but to do but just get on with the job. To adhere to the advice provided, the obligatory hand-washing, mask-wearing, physical distance creating, etc. More so however, it has also become tediously real that we are fighting a war on stupidity. One that it seems is much harder to win. Common sense, it would seem, once had a strong place in Australia, but lately this has been waning, and much to the horror of most of us, many people seem to want to sabotage the communal safety for five minutes of fame.
While I can understand how people might struggle to wear a face-mask, and it being the hardest of the communal lockdown conditions to deal with, the truth is no one should be above keeping the whole community safe, and more so, no one should feel that they can get away with anything any more. Bad behaviour has had terrible consequences so far, with victims including young people and aged care residents.
This is to me, completely unacceptable and tragic to witness. Especially at a time when the quality of aged care is so low and under question, and coming to light in a Royal Commission. And apart from looking on in horror, and taking the important and precautionary steps of santising, social distancing and mask-wearing, there would be very little that can be done, except wait this out.
Stay busy. Do the right thing. And wait it out. (exhale)
We are all watching this universal tragedy unfold around us. Melbourne has now had some insight into the pain and anguish much of the world is now experiencing, and we just have to wait. Hopefully to see better (infection) numbers. Let six weeks go by, stay busy, and keep reassuring ourselves, that we will be fine. Winter will pass, spring will be here and as online friends like to say:
"You got this, Victoria".