'For many Melburnians, the turn in the weather might be triggering.
For the past couple of years, if you felt the brisk winter air on your face it
was usually during a brief daily outing that took you no further than a few
kilometres from home.
But for the first time since COVID-19 arrived in Australia, Melburnians are
heading into a winter where the government has made clear lockdowns aren't on
This week, Health Minister Martin Foley told Victorians rising COVID-19 and flu
infections were sending the state into a "really challenging winter", but the
government wouldn't be reaching for harsh mandates to respond.
Instead, Mr Foley said the government would continue "devolving decision making
and responsibility to workplaces, to communities and to individuals".
"As we have this long plateau of recovery it's now a different phase of the
pandemic, and we now have to learn to live safely and alongside COVID," he
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