Haircuts and golf OK as virus curbs ease in Melbourne

By William WEST

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Retail is scheduled to reopen in two weeks time, but if the current low levels of infections continue it could be earlier. And I agree, that is what should be happening. We have to get back to some semblance of normal, manage the inevitable outbreaks when they occur, and no stuff-ups this time.

It's been tough for business, and will continue to be tough for a long time, but economies can be, and will be, repaired - whereas as far as I know, death is not reversible. And sorry, but there has never been any easy way out of this pandemic, such as the "let it rip" solution favoured by some. For a chilling comparison, on the same day in late July when Melbourne (pop. 5 million) recorded 723 cases, the entire UK (pop 67 million or so) recorded 763. Yesterday's UK number was almost 17,000, Melbourne's was 2.

Tell me again how lockdowns make no difference.

"It's all about the politics with this bloke, isn't it. That's all he does," Andrews said.

And that's all some other people do, also. Not to mention the inevitable whining and carping from some about how it's all cost too much in economic terms, even it has all been done in order to save thousands of lives. The economic cost has been huge, but it would have been even greater if the virus had been allowed to just "run its course" as some would have preferred it. In that scenario, both the economic damage and the death toll would have been even more disastrous.

To quote Oscar Wilde, some people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

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Im waiting for a stage 3!

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I'm all for wearing masks when I go the supermarket, but wearing a mask on the golf course, outdoors and away from people, has to be one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.

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