Victoria has now recorded seven days with one or fewer new local cases.
- Victoria restrictions will ease again in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
- More Victorians will be allowed to visit other people’s homes, return to offices and gather outdoors.
- The number of home visitors will increase to at least 5.
- Limits on outdoor gatherings will increase too.
- No decision has been made on how many people can attend AFL matches this weekend.
Seven areas of NSW have been declared as Red Zones
- The Chief Health Officer has declared seven areas of New South Wales as red zones. Victorian residents who have been in a red zone can obtain a permit to re-enter the state but must quarantine for 14 days.
- The seven declared regions are:
- City of Sydney
- Canada Bay
- Inner West
- Wollongong has been declared an Orange Zone, meaning anyone who visited that area must apply for a permit to re-enter Victoria.
LGBTQI+ construction workers say more support would help others come out.
- A UNSW (University of NSW) report released yesterday on the experiences of LGBTQI+ workers in construction found many delayed coming out.
- Many participants say they moderate (change/adapt) their behaviour to "fit in" to their workplaces.
- The report also found leaders often lacked awareness of LGBTQI+ issues and failed to act when homophobic or transphobic behaviour surfaced.
- A person who works at the construction business Lendlease was relieved with the reception he got when he disclosed his sexuality to his colleagues.
In Fiji, as COVID-19 outbreak continues, fears of political instability are increasing.
- As Fiji's COVID-19 outbreak continues to devastate the country's economy, there are fears the crisis could create social unrest in the small Pacific island nation.
- Protests are rare in Fiji, but there have been at least three recently by quarantined villagers.
- Over the weekend, a wild street brawl erupted in a neighbourhood in the capital, Suva.
- Calls to helplines have more than doubled since this time last year
- A social worker says people are breaking COVID controls because they have run out of food and need help.