Coronavirus Australia: Victorian weddings hit by lockdown changes

Coronavirus Australia: Victorian weddings hit by lockdown changes

Victorians have turned out in droves at shopping centres ahead of the predicted announcement of stage four restrictions. Premier Dan Andrews has announced tough new restrictions across Victoria, including a nightly curfew, and the new rules will mean an end to any weddings. “Funerals are unchanged,” the Premier said at a press conference on Sunday. This means that 10 people — as well as funeral staff — are allowed to attend a funeral and wake, as per previous restrictions. “(As) for weddings, (they) will not be occurring in Melbourne,” he said. RELATED: Mystery cases to blame for Melbourne’s Stage Four lockdown Mr Andrews was upset at having to make this decision, but was firm in his choice. “Those matters need to wait,” he said. “There are so many different things that have to wait because they pose an unreasonable risk.” Previously, five people — the couple, two witnesses and the celebrant — were allowed to attend a wedding under Melbourne’s stage three restrictions. However, Mr Andrews added that if “there is a compassionate reason”, authorities might be open to granting an exemption. “Someone may not have a very long to live, for instance,” he said, as one reason why a wedding might be urgent. “We will be as generous as we can be.” Mr Andrews warned not to use this compassion as an excuse to try to get other exemptions. “I know people will say, well, surely, all of these different activities (should be allowed) and give lots of examples, they are all low risk,” he warned ...
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