Face masks mandatory & dreaming of holidays

Today in Victoria where we live the announcement has been made that from Wednesday 22 July 2020 at 11.59 it will become mandatory to wear a face mask.  The fine for not wearing a mask will be $200.

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.

We were going so well! Our numbers of cases were really low. Australia is an island. How did this happen? I have my own ideas and take them or leave them! ( And if you really object – please educate me on your opinion. I am willing to listen)

Here is what I think:

Why didn’t the world believe the news and videos that came out of China?  We should have been able to pick up that this virus was deadly. Box Hill a suburb near us cancelled a big Chinese festival back in March. Making the reasons and knowledge behind this cancellation by local government could have prevented the outbreaks that have followed. We stopped Chinese countries coming into our country, however we still had the rest of the world’s international travellers bringing the virus into Australia.

  • Incoming international travellers to Australia should have been stopped back in March.
  • Any international travellers coming into Australia ( especially if they booked and went ahead with their holiday knowing it there was a global pandemic) should be put in compulsory quarantine funded by themselves.
  • There are people in quarantine that cant be trusted and the security of them needs to professionally trained. ( OR Australian Defence force or Police )
  • Any protest march should be prohibited in a pandemic with organisers fined and jailed. Doesn’t matter what the cause is.
  • Mass religious or cultural gatherings of any type involved large numbers of family and friends should not be allowed in a pandemic.

We are all paying the price  – everyone is affected

Family and friends are affected differently – not only here but around the world.

  • Older relatives struggle to limit their shopping trips and to keep distance.
  • Job loss is huge. People may lose their homes
  • Businesses forced to close. Some may never recover.
  • Psychological fear of leaving the home for fear of getting the virus
  • Mental issues from isolation or other reasons
  • Immune suppressed people struggling and socially isolated
  • Socially we are all limited.
  • If you have a family member unfortunate to be in hospital they can’t have visitors
  • and many more reasons that are not listed here!

Selfish uneducated attitudes.

People that think this is just another virus and that they have got immunity – “Its all fake news so I am not wearing a mask, or washing my hands and I am going to continue to do what I want”.

I dont understand this selfish attitude. The sooner everyone wear masks, wash hands, socially distance themselves from others and just do what they are told – the sooner we can all get back to normal.

As the risk of transmission in aged care and health care settings remains high, from 22 July, visitation will be restricted to those defined as carers only, with a limit of one hour per day. And like previous asymptomatic staff testing blitzes, aged care staff will be able to access free testing, even if they don’t have symptoms


For information about coronavirus or to find your nearest testing site, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398.

Dreaming of going on Holidays

While other states may have different rules, here in Victoria – we will continue to dream about our next holiday!

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