Zero. Nada. None. Nil. Zilch.
No New Cases Means Premier Must Open Safely – and Now.
Member for Northern Metropolitan and Leader of The Reason Party, Fiona Patten MP, has called on Premier Daniel Andrews to finally take the opening steps he has promised every Victorian as the state records zero new cases of Covid19 and marks a seven-day period with no deaths from the virus.
“With a 14-day rolling average of now just 3.8, well below what we were told was needed to open our city back up, it’s now time that Victoria emerges from the darkness we have all endured and start our new state of ‘covid normal’,” said Ms Patten.
“People are ready, business is ready – Melbourne is ready.
“We know we need to open our economy back up safely, there is no doubt about that, but having come all this way, Victorians now rightly deserve to have their freedoms restored.
“The Premier must now take a huge step forward and remove the bulk of restrictions across Melbourne.”
Ms Patten has generally supported the governments health-first approach to the Covid19 pandemic, but now that targets have been achieved says that the time has come for Victoria to get back to business – get back to life – albeit somewhat differently.
“It isn’t over, we know that, and the pain is going to be felt for some time,” said Ms Patten.
“Families, individuals, and businesses will need ongoing support. But we can’t keep living as we are.
“This is now about mutual trust. The community must trust that the government have the processes in place and I for one believe that they have. Most importantly the government must now trust that the community will continue to act safely and our businesses will follow strict Covid plans.”
“The time has come Premier,” she said. “Let’s go!’