COVID-19 restrictions led to calls to open up golf courses to the public. But these are such precious refuges for native flora and fauna that access will have to be carefully managed.
A designated coronavirus hospital would relieve pressure on the state's health-care system and minimise the spread of the virus, but there are a few things to consider.
A previous version of Melbourne's COVID roadmap flagged an exclusive bubble between two households. The new plan allows residents to have two adult visitors per day, which is far riskier.
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Melbourne could be out of lockdown within a week, if COVID-19 case numbers continue their current trend. But blanket rules such as the new 25km travel radius risk unnecessarily burdening the public.
A senior World Health Organisation envoy caused consternation by proclaiming lockdowns are not a good long-term strategy against COVID-19. But it's true, and other subtler tactics are better in the long run.
The differences in sentiment in areas of high and low neighbourhood amenity have been clear under Melbourne's tough COVID restrictions. It's further evidence of the impacts of inequity on well-being.
Coronavirus is surging in Spain, France, Germany and the UK, after many countries relaxed restrictions over the summer. They should look to success stories like Vietnam.
We've become used to having autonomy over health decisions, which is what makes fresh restrictions so jarring.
Third places – where people meet outside of work and home – foster a sense of belonging, particularly for retirees. COVID-19 restrictions shut them down, so can online communities fill the void?
The premier said Melbourne's restrictions could be eased more than expected on Monday. But from an outbreak-management perspective, we should be careful of easing too soon.
We asked an epidemiologist, an academic who researches sharehouses and a philosopher to reflect on Victoria's new coronavirus rules.
Researchers created an artificial society inside a computer to model what would happen to virus transmission under different policies. It helped inform Victoria's exit strategy.
We've compiled the key COVID-19 restrictions in place across the states and territories.
The traffic light alert system, first proposed in response to the 2003 Beijing SARS outbreak, is already being used around the world to classify travel and inform restrictions in classrooms.
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Melbourne's stage 4 lockdown forbids residents travelling more than 5km from home during their daily hour of exercise. Fine for those in leafy suburbs, but not for those with less greenery nearby.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has declared a state of disaster and an 8pm-5am curfew for Melbourne for the next six weeks. Meanwhile, the rest of the state moves to stage 3 restrictions.
Eating at a restaurant and want to stay COVID safe? Check to see if staff are sanitising surfaces, wearing masks, using contactless payment, and spacing out customers.
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Victoria recorded 484 new cases on a day when COVID-19 should have been firmly on the decline if the latest lockdown was working. It's time to contemplate even stricter measures for longer-term gain.
Melbourne isn't the only place suffering under a second lockdown. It's happening across the world as the virus surges in countries that were initially successful in flattening the curve.
A survey conducted in April revealed more than half the participants flouted social distancing rules to go shopping for non-essential items, and visit friends or family.