Premier Daniel Andrews has taken responsibility for his ‘captain’s call’ of 8pm until 5am curfews in Melbourne which he claims were designed to help Victoria Police enforce Stage Four lockdowns – even though cops didn’t ask for one.
Five million Melburnians are banned from leaving their homes each night between 8pm and 5am under some of the harshest coronavirus restrictions in the world.
The night curfew, which has now been in place for 57 days, will be eased to 9pm to 5am from 11.59pm on September 13.
Andrews admitted on Wednesday that he only introduced Melbourne’s overnight curfew to make it easier for police to enforce lockdown.
But in an extraordinary development, Victoria Police’s Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said he did not request a curfew and only found about the new law hours before the public was told.
Andrews was also forced to backflip his previous claims he’d taken advice about the curfew from chief health officer professor Brett Sutton – after he revealed he didn’t recommend the curfew, either.
Good one, Chairman Dan. Care to resign?