Disruptions to Mernda line over long weekend


Michaela Meade

Mernda train line passengers are being advised to plan ahead for their travel over the long weekend, as viaduct works take place.

Trains will not run through the City Loop, and will go directly to and from Flinders Street Station from 9pm tonight until the last train Sunday, June 13.

Passengers should use tram services to travel around the city.

Public Transport Victoria has reminded passengers masks must be worn everywhere, including on public transport.

Details: bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions or ptv.vic.gov.au/QueensBirthday



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List of Melbourne COVID exposure sites grows as Mernda Line on Metro train added


The list of COVID exposure sites in Victoria has grown to 370, after venues in Travancore, Carlton North, and Brunswick were added on Wednesday.

Several bus services around Epping between May 24 and May 28 have also been added as Tier 1 exposure sites.

Here’s the full list, last updated at 8:00pm on Thursday, June 3.

Exposure times are subject to change as contact tracing work is done. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Department of Health coronavirus website.

Tier 1 COVID exposure sites:

The advice for tier 1 sites is to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.

Monday, May 31
  • Costco Wholesale Docklands, 381 Footscray Road, Docklands, between 3:30pm and 4:20pm
Sunday, May 30
  • Coles Spencer Street Outlet, 201 Spencer Street, Docklands, between 12pm and 1pm
Saturday, May 29
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Magnolia Unit), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Communal Facilities), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm
Friday, May 28
  • PTV Bus Number 357, Gammage Bvd/Edgars Rd to Memoral Ave/High Street, between 3:08pm and 3:18pm
  • BlueCross Western Gardens, 40 Anderson Road, Sunshine, between 12:00pm and 11:59pm
  • BlueCross Western Gardens (Whitten Way — Low Care Unit), (Ferguson Grove — High Care Unit), 40 Anderson Road, Sunshine, between 4:00pm and 9:30pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Magnolia Unit), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Communal Facilities), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm
  • ALDI South Melbourne, 100 Market Street, South Melbourne, between 2:00pm and 3:30pm    
  • Male staff bathrooms,  Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 8:45am and 6:30pm
  • Muffin Break, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 6:45am and 6:30pm
  • Food Court, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 8:45am and 6:30pm 
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 2:30pm 
Thursday, May 27
  • Thai Huy Butcher, Shop 144, 18 Irving St, Footscray, between 1:40pm and 2:30pm NOTE: the exposure date has been revised from May 26
  • Co Do Vietnamese Restaurant, 207 Hampshire Road Sunshine, between 11:00am and 12:00pm  
  • Muffin Break, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 11:45am and 9:30pm
  • Male staff bathrooms,  Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 11:45am and 9:30pm
  • Food Court, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 11:45am and 9:30pm
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 412, Paisley Street/Footscray to Millers Rd/Geelong Bus Route, between 2:39pm and 2:52pm 
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 412, Central Square Shopping Centre/Merton St to Footscray Station, between 5:40am to 6:25am
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 412, Footscray Station, Paisley Street to Central Square Shopping Centre, between 2:39pm and 3:52pm 
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 406, Emu Road/Hampstead Road, Maidstone to Footscray Station, between 1:27pm and 2:15pm 
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 406, Footscray Station to Emu Road/Hampstead Road, Maidstead, between 6:35am and 7:20am 
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Magnolia Unit), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Communal Facilities), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Communal Facilities), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 7:00pm and 1:30pm 
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Entire Facility), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm 
  • Healthy India, 276 Broadway, Reservoir, between 9:30am and 2:00pm 
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am to 2:30pm 
Wednesday, May 26
  • PTV Bus Number 357, Epping Station to Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd, between 9:22pm and 9:46pm
  • PTV Bus Number 357, Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Epping Station/Cooper Street, between 8:46am and 9:11am
  • Carlton Scouts Group, 12 Shakespeare Street, Carlton North, between 6:00pm and 7:30pm
  • Elite Swimming Ascot Vale, 50 Flemington Street, Travancore, between 5:15pm and 6:00pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Magnolia Unit), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 7:00am and 1:30pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care (Communal Facilities), 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 7:00am and 11:59pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care, 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 12:00am and 11:59pm
  • Point Cook Quality Meats (Halal) & Grocery Supermarket, Stockland Shopping Centre, 5 Main Street & Murnong Street, Point Cook, between 3:30pm and 5:30pm   
  • Marketplace Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Market, Stockland Shopping Centre, 5 Main Street & Murnong Street, between 3:30pm and 5:30pm   
  • Muffin Break, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 8:45am and 5:30pm
  • Food Court  Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 8:45 and 5:30pm
  • Male staff bathrooms, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 8:45 and 5:30pm
  • Nando’s Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 2:00pm and 5:30pm
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 406 Footscray Station to Emu Road/Hampstead Road (Maidstone), between 6:34am to 6:50am 
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 406 Emu Rd/Smith St to Footscray Station, between 1:28pm to 1:44pm 
  • Bus Route: PTB Bus Number 412 Central Square Shopping Centre/Merton Stop to Footscray Station, between 5:37am and 6:25am
  • Bus Route: PTV Bus Number 412, Central Square Shopping Centre/Merton Stop to Footscray Station, between 5:40am and 6:25am  
  • Inday Fillipino, Store 121/81 Hopkins St, Footscray, between 1:50pm and 2:40pm
  • Target – Stockland Point Cook Shopping Centre, Murnong St, Point Cook, between 3:30pm and 5:30pm 
  • Aldi Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre, 300 Point Cook Rd, Point Cook, between 5:10pm and 6:30pm 
  • Coles Stockland Point, Cook Shopping Centre, 5 Main St and Murnong St, Point Cook, between 3:30pm and 5:30pm 
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 3:00pm 
  • Yokozuna, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, between 11:30am and 12:00pm
  • Metricon Homes Kalkallo-Cloverton Display Homes, 24 Design Way, Kalkallo, between 2:25pm and 5:28pm
  • Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Road Mill Park, between 8:00am and 5:30pm
  • Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive, Epping, between 9:00am and 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 25
  • NEW: Elite Swimming Ascot Vale, 50 Flemington Street, Travancore between 5:00pm and 6:30pm
  • PTV Bus Number 357, Epping Station to Coles/Harvest Home Rd, between 9:22am and 9:46pm
  • PTV Bus Number 357, Gammage Blvd/Edgars Rd to Epping Station/Cooper Street, between 8:46am and 9:11am
  • GTA Consultants, Level 24/55 Collins Street and Level 25/55 Collins Street, Melbourne, between 8:30am and 6:30pm
  • Woolworths Heidelberg, 451 Lower Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg, between 11:00am and 11:50am 
  • Subway Chelsea Heights, 1-3 Piper Drive, Chelsea Heights, between 11:30am and 12:15pm
  • Metricon Homes – Campbellfield Office, 108 National Blvd, Campbellfield, between 1:33pm to 2:36pm
  • Fairy Hills Kindergarten, 7 Thyer Rd, Ivanhoe, between 9:15am and 11:00am 
  • Metricon Homes – Merrifield Display Homes, 15 Carrington Dr, Mickleham, 3:29pm to 4:47pm 
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 3:00pm
  • Uni Hill Town Centre, 5 Janefield Drive, Bundoora, between 2:47pm and 4:07pm
  • Agora IGA Express (La Trobe University), Shop 1 Agora East, Bundoora, between 11:20am and 12:15pm
  • PTV bus number 525, Highlands SC/Grand Bvd to Donnybrook Rd/Dwyer Street, Craigieburn, between 3:15pm and 4:45pm
  • La Trobe University, Library Level 1, Bundoora, between 11:45am and 2:30pm
  • Clarendon Centre Public Toilets, 261 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, between 9:15am and 6:45pm
  • Telstra Shop, Shop G01/265 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, between 9:15am and 5:30pm
  • Miss China Noodle Bar (within Clarendon Centre) Shop G08/261 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne between 12:40pm and 1:40pm 
  • Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Road Mill Park, between 8:00am and 5:30pm
  • Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive, Epping between 9:00am and 9:00pm
  • Dosa Hut Craigieburn Shop D1/420-440 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, between 5:45pm and 7:15pm  
  • Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, all day
  • Anytime Fitness, 63-69 Market Street, South Melbourne between 6:00am and 7:00am
  • Barrymore Medical Centre, 9 Barrymore Rd Greenvale, between 12:25pm and 1:30pm
  • Body Fit Training Hampton, Shop 4-6/498 Hampton St, Hampton, between 5:21pm and 6:29pm
Monday, May 24
  • PTV Bus Number 357, Epping Station/Cooper St to Liquorland/Harvest Home Rd, between 4:44pm and 5:17pm
  • BP Euroa, 29 Tarcombe Street, Euroa, between 5pm and 6pm
  • JMD Grocers and Sweets, 768 High St, Epping, between 3:50pm and 4:35pm
  • The Lott (St Kilda Road News), 509 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, between 8:03am and 8:35am
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 3:00pm 
  • Clarendon Centre Public Toilets, 261 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, between 9:15am and 6:45pm
  • Telstra Shop, Shop G01/265 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, between 9:15am and 5:30pm
  • Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive, Epping, between 9:00am and 9:00pm
  • Telstra Shop, Shop G01/265 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, between 9:15am and 5:30pm
  • Clarendon Centre Public Toilets, 261 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, between 9:15am and 6:15pm
  • Hunky Dory Fish & Chips, 252 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, between 1:00pm and 2:00pm
  • Pentridge Cinema Coburg, 1 Champ St, 7:00pm screening of the movie Those Who Wish Me Dead, between 6:45pm and 9:30pm
  • Dukes Gym Abbotsford in Abbotsford between 6:15pm and 8:15pm
  • Anytime Fitness, Shop TG-01, Uni Hill Town Centre, 1-3 Janefield Drive, Bundoora between 4:50 and 5:50pm
  • Ritchies IGA, Pentridge, 1 Champ Street, Coburg between 6:45pm and 7:25pm
  • Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, all day
  • Port Park Cafe at 7/484 Graham Street, Port Melbourne between 12:30pm and 1:00pm
  • Bay 101 Cafe at 7/101 Bay Street, Port Melbourne between 7:30am and 8:20am
  • Focus Health & Fitness, 121-123 Hyde Street, Yarraville between 6:30am and 7:30am
  • Anytime Fitness South Melbourne, 63-69 Market Street, South Melbourne between 6:15am and 7:15am
  • Body Fit Training Hampton, 4-6/498 Hampton Street, Hampton, between 5:35pm and 6:25pm 
Sunday, May 23
  • Sahib-E-Swad Restaurant, 9/215 Palmers Road, Truganina, between 7:45pm and 9:30pm
  • Jamaica Blue Cafe, Craigieburn Central, 350 Craigieburn Road, between 10:00am and 11:30am 
  • Short Straw, 743B Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, between 10:50am and 2:20pm
  • Taco Bell Chapel Street, 352 Chapel Street, South Yarra, between 5:30pm and 6:45pm
  • 7-Eleven Thomastown North, Corner Edgars Road & Main Street, Thomastown, between 5:45pm and 6:15pm
  • Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Road Mill Park, between 8:00am and 5:30pm
  • 7-Eleven Thomastown North, corner Edgars Road and Main Street, Thomastown, between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne all day
  • Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co, Westfield Doncaster, Level 2 May 23 between 7:40pm and 9:30pm 
  • 7-Eleven Fairfield East, 324 Station Street, Fairfield between 7:45pm and 8:00pm
  • The Sporting Globe at 590 Main Street, Mordialloc between 6:17pm and 9:43pm
  • Criniti’s Southbank, 645 Freshwater Place, Southbank between 6:00pm and 9:30pm
  • Bung Pai Thai Massage, 11/1320 Plenty Road, Bundoora between 4:15pm and 6:15pm
  • Anytime FitnessShop, Uni Hill Town Centre at 1-3 Janefield Drive in Bundoora between 3:40pm and 5:30pm
  • Bicycle Superstore, 1030 Dandenong Road, Carnegie between 3:33pm and 4:00pm
  • Green Man’s Arms, 418 Lygon Street, Carlton between 1:20pm and 2:15pm
  • Chelsea Heights Hotel, Springvale Road and Wells Road, Aspendale Gardens between 12:10pm and 1:30pm
  • Axedale Tavern at 105 High Street in Axedale between 11:45am and 1:30pm
  • Degani, Westfield Plenty Valley at 415 Mcdonalds Road, Mill Park between 11:30am and 2:00pm
  • Endless Lifestyle Studio in Balwyn between 9:45am and 12:40pm
  • Circus Bar at 199 Commercial Road, South Yarra, between 1:30am and 4:15am
  • Three Monkeys Bar at 210 Chapel Street, Prahran between 12:30am and 2:00am
  • The Coffee Club – Craigieburn, Craigieburn Central, Shop B00 15/350 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn, between 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Network Public Bar, 14/99 Spencer Rd, Docklands, between 3:30pm and 5:00pm
Saturday, May 22
  • JMD Grocers and Sweets, 768 High St, Epping, 5:00pm to 5:45pm 
  • H&M (Northland Shopping Centre), 2-50 Murray St, Preston, between 2:30pm and 3:50pm 
  • Edu-Kingdom College, 67A Hamilton Street, Craigieburn, between 1:20pm and 5:00pm
  • Preston City Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston, between 9:30am and 11:00am
  • Star Car Wash 1, Westfield Plenty Valley, 52/415 McDonalds Road Mill Park, between 8:00am and 5:30pm
  • Epping Spices & Nuts Grocery Store, 6/1 Lyndarum Drive Epping between 9:00am and 9:00pm
  • The Grande Reception and Function Centre, 6-8 Helm Court, Epping between 6:30pm and 11:45pm
  • Preston City Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston, between 9:30am and 11:00am
  • Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne all day
  • Somewhere Bar at 181 Chapel Street, Prahran, between 10:30pm and 1:00am
  • Three Monkeys Bar at 210 Chapel Street, Prahran, between 9:10pm and 11:00pm
  • Secco and Co at 414 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North, between 7:35pm and 8:55pm
  • Burwood Tepanyaki House, 145 Burwood Highway, Burwood East between 7:30pm and 9:40pm
  • Peko Peko Fitzroy, 199 Smith Street, Fitzroy between 6:30pm and 9:30pm
  • McDonald’s Clifton Hill between 6:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Woolworths Epping North between 4:45pm and 5:45pm
  • Caprice Hair & Beauty, 101 Charles Street, Seddon between 1:15pm and 1:40pm
  • LeNails Cranbourne, Shop 101 Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre, High Street, Cranbourne between 1:15pm and 2:15pm
  • Moonee Valley Football Club, Ormond Park Function Room/Bar, 2A Pattison Street, Moonee Valley between 4:00pm and 6:00pm
  • Moonee Valley Football Club, Ormond Park (Change Rooms), 2A Pattison Street, Moonee Valley between 12:00pm and 4:00pm
  • The Nicholson Coffee House in Nicholson Street in Coburg between 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • Nordie Cafe, 1008 Mornington-Flinders Road, Red Hill, between 9:09am and 9:34am
  • BP Southvale on Bell Street in Coburg between 8:10am and 8:30am
  • Little Tienda at 410 Station Street, Thornbury between 7:45am and 8:20am
Friday, May 21
  • Subway Rye, 2331 Point Nepean Highway, Rye, between 2:00pm and 4:00pm  
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am to 3:00pm 
  • Enchanted Adventure Garden, 55 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat between 11:25am and 3:00pm
  • Peninsula Hot Springs (bathhouse reception only), 140 Springs Lane, Fingal, between 3:00pm and 3:45pm
  • Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road Port Melbourne, all day
  • The Local on Bay Street in Port Melbourne between 1:30pm and 3:30pm
  • The Palace Hotel, 505-507 City Road, South Melbourne between 5:45 and 6:45pm
  • Bamboo House restaurant on Bourke Street in Melbourne CBD between 11:00am and 11:50am
  • Jump Swim School in Bundoora between 8:55am and 10:15am
  • McDonalds, 296 Canterbury Road, Bayswater North, between 11:00pm and 12:00am
  • Anytime Fitness South Melbourne, 63-69 Market Street, South Melbourne between 6:15am and 7:15am
  • Melbourne Swordcraft, Ransford Oval, Park Street, Parkville, between 5:45pm and 10:30pm
  • Hunky Dory Fish & Chips, 3/181 Bay St, Port Melbourne between 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday, May 20
  • Big W Craigieburn, 340 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn, between 11:30am and 12:30pm 
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 3:00pm 
  • Stratton Finance HQ, 1/435 Williamstown Road Port Melbourne, all day
  • Coles at Pacific Epping Shopping Centre between 6:46pm and 7:35pm
  • Woolworths at Pacific Epping Shopping Centre between 6:25pm and 7:15pm
  • Highpoint Shopping Centre between 5:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Lush Cosmetics at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong, between 6:05pm and 6:35pm
  • Smiggle at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong between 5:55pm and 6:30pm
  • Ishka at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong between 5:45pm and 6:20pm
  • Toyworld at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong between 5:30pm and 6:20pm
  • Kidstuff at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong between 5:20pm and 5:55pm
  • Insportz Knox, 108 Lewis Road, Wantirna South, between 6:30pm and 8:30pm
  • Anytime Fitness South Melbourne, 63-69 Market Street, South Melbourne between 6:15am and 7:15am
Wednesday, May 19
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, Epping Plaza, High Street, Epping, between 3:00pm and 3:48pm
  • PTV bus number 525, Highlands SC/Grand Bvd to Donnybrook Rd/Dwyer Street, Craigieburn, between 3:15pm and 4:45pm
  • Indiagate Spices and Groceries, Unit 14C, 560-590 High Street, Epping, 9:45am to 10:30am
  • Marmara Halal Meats 141-145 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 11:35am to 12:25pm
  • Bestway Supermarket 200-208 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, 12:15pm to 1:15pm and 1:00pm-1:40pm
  • Spice Inn Groceries 4 16-46 Cleeland Street, Dandenong, 1:00pm to 1:40pm 
  • Sabrini Foods at 77 Boundary Road Carrum Downs from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Nando’s at Dalton Road in Epping between 8:30pm and 9:20pm
Tuesday, May 18
  • JMD Grocers & Sweets, 768 High Street, Epping, between 6:40pm and 7:20pm
  • Hamara Bazaar, 315 Harvest Home Road, Wollert, from 10:30am to 11:30am 
  • Erol’s Fruit Shop, 318 Harvest Home Road, Wollert, from 11:25am to 12:10pm
  • Vicfields Summerhill Shopping Centre, 850 Plenty Road, Reservoir, from 4:20pm to 5:30pm 
  • Khalsa Sweets and Snacks 3 Annalise Avenue, Epping, 12:20pm to 1:10pm
  • Doctors on Broadway, 210A Broadway, Reservoir between 2:00pm and 3:45pm
  • The Furniture Trader in Epping between 12:00pm and 12:50pm
  • NEW: Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 3:00pm 
Monday, May 17
  • JMD Grocers and Sweets, 768 High St, Epping, between 6:30pm and 7:00pm 
  • JMD Grocers & Sweets in Epping between 10:30am and 1:00pm on May 17
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 2:30pm
Sunday, May 16
  • JMD Grocers and Sweets, 769 High St, Epping, between 3:50pm and 4:20pm 

Thursday, May 13
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 6:00am and 2:30pm
Wednesday, May 12
  • Slades Beverages, 46/40-50 Keon Parade, Thomastown, between 2:30pm and 11:30pm 

Tier 2 COVID exposure sites:

The advice for Tier 2 sites is to get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result.

Monday, May 31
  • Male public toilets, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne, between 1pm and 2:30pm
Sunday, May 30
  • Officeworks, QV Centre Russell Street, Melbourne, between 10:40am and 11:10am
Friday, May 28
  • Flagstaff Gardens, 309-311 William Street, West Melbourne, between  2:30pm and 4:30pm
  • BlueCross Western Gardens, 40 Anderson Road, Sunshine, between 4:00pm and 9:30pm
  • Food Court, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 8:45 and 6:30pm
  • Woolworths, 117 Acland Street, St Kilda between 5:00pm and 5:30pm
  • BP Thomastown, 72 Keon Parade Thomastown, between 2:40pm and 3:30pm
  • Williamstown Post Office, 70 Douglas Parade, Williamstown, between 3:20pm and 4:10pm
Thursday, May 27
  • Simply Spanish (South Melbourne Market), 116 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, between 2:00pm and 3:30pm      
  • Food Court, Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 11:45am and 9:30pm
  • Gobind Sweets, 6/350 Settlement Rd, Thomastown, between 2:40pm and 3:10pm
  • Woolworths, 64 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
  • McDonalds St Kilda, 32 The Esplanade, St Kilda, from 4:10pm to 4:40pm
  • Footscray Market, 18 Irving Street Footscray, between 1:40pm and 2:30pm
  • Metro Train – Werribee Line, Laverton Station to Footscray Station, between 10:30am and 10:45am
  • Metro Train – Sunbury Line, Footscray Station to Sunshine Station, between 10:53am and 11:03am
Wednesday, May 26
  • NEW: Metro Train — Mernda Line Epping Station to Reservoir Station between 9:36am and 9:48am
  • Craigieburn Central, 340 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, between 9:00am and 11:45am
  • Craigieburn Central, 340 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, between 7:00pm and 9:05pm
  • Arcare Maidstone Aged Care, 31 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone, between 7:00am and 11:59pm
  • Proud Poppy Clothing (reception only) 29A Yellowbox Drive, Craigieburn, between 9:45am and 10:30am  
  • Food Court  Brimbank Shopping Centre, Corner of Neale and Station Rds, Deer Park, between 8:45 and 5:30pm
  • Stockland Point Cook Shopping Centre, 5 Main Street and Murnong Street, Point Cook, between 3:30pm and 5:30pm
  • Footscray Market, 18 Irving Street Footscray, between 1:40pm and 2:30pm
  • Zimmerman Chadstone, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone, between 12:50pm to 1:30pm 
  • Woolworths Lalor, Hurtle St, Lalor, between 11:10am and 12:00pm 
  • Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre, 300 Point Cook Rd, Point Cook, between 5:10pm and 6:30pm
  • Kmart Epping, Epping Plaza Shopping Centre, cnr High and Cooper Streets, Epping, between 3:20pm and 4:10pm
  • Ambarsari Dhaba, 3/38 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, between 7:20pm and 8:00pm
  • Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, from 11:30am and 2:00pm
  • Optus, Shop B311, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, from 12:00pm and 12:40pm
  • Bakers Delight, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 247C/ 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, from 12:40pm and 12:45pm
  • Woolworths, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, from 12:40pm and 12:45pm
  • Breadtop Chadstone, Shop F010, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East (Chadstone), between 1:03pm and 1:37pm
Tuesday, May 25
  • NEW: Metro Train — Mernda Line Epping Station to Reservoir Station between 9:16am and 9:28am
  • NEW: Metro Train — Mernda Line, Reservoir Station to Epping Station between 9:06pm and 9:17pm
  • Adairs Parkdale Plaza, 6/383 Nepean Highway, Parkdale, between 1:00pm and 2:10pm
  • DFO Uni Hill – Champion, Melrose Avenue, Quiksilver, Factorie and Edge, 2 Janefield Dr, Bundoora, between 2:47pm and 4:07pm
  • Woolworths Lalor, Hurtle St, Lalor, between 3:35pm and 4:25pm 
  • Laurimar Medical Centre, 120-122 Painted Hills Road, Doreen, between 10:15am and 11:10am
  • Pacific Epping Plaza – Cotton On, Edge, Valleygirl, Supre and Boost Juice, 571 – 583 High Street, Epping, between 10:05am and 11:45am
  • La Trobe University library, all levels except level 1, Plenty Road & Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora, between 11:45am and 2:30pm
  • Caltex Mernda, 1631W Plenty Road, Mernda, between 11:30am and 12:10pm
  • Chemist Warehouse Greenvale, Shop 4, 212-220 Greenvale Drive, Greenvale, between 12:50pm and 1:30pm
  • Coles Epping Aurora Village, 315A Harvest Home Road, Epping, between 9:05pm and 10:00pm
Monday, May 24
  • BP Truckstop, Southbound Carriageway, Hume Freeway, Glenrowan, between 4pm and 4:30pm
  • BP Truckstop, 1050 Hume Freeway, Wallan, between 6:45pm and 7:15pm 
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, Epping Plaza, High St, Epping, between 3:15pm and 4:15pm
  • MKS Spices’ n Things Epping, 1/84-88 Coopers St, Epping, between 3:35pm and 4:20pm
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, High St, Epping, between 3:15pm to 4:15pm 
  • Coles Port Melbourne, Corner Bay and Liardet St, Port Melbourne, between 3:10pm and 3:45pm
  • Prestige Fruit and Vegetables, 27 Anderson St, Yarraville, between 6:15am and 7:00am 
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, Epping Plaza, High Street, Epping, between 3:15pm and 4:00pm
  • 7-Eleven Thomastown North, cnr Edgars Road and Main Street, Thomastown, between 11:00am and 11:45am
  • Supa IGA Thomastown, 122 Main Street, Thomastown between 11:10am and 11:50am
  • Ritchies IGA Pentridge at 1 Champ Street in Coburg between 6:45pm and 7:25pm
  • Pentridge Cinema Coburg, 1 Champ St, between 6:45pm and 9:30pm. Tier 1 advice applies to those who attended 7:00pm screening of the movie Those Who Wish Me Dead.
  • BP Tullamarine, Corner of Airport Drive and Link Road, Tullamarine, between 4:30pm and 5:30pm
  • BP Tullamarine, Corner of Airport Drive and Link Road, Tullamarine, between 10:30am and 11:30am
  • Roll’d DFO, DFO South Wharf, 20 Convention Center Place, South Wharf, between 12:15pm to 1:15pm
  • Boost Juice DFO, DFO South Wharf, 20 Convention Center Place, South Wharf, between 12:15pm to 1:15pm
  • DFO Food Court, DFO South Wharf, 20 Convention Center Place, South Wharf, between 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Sunday, May 23
  • Craigieburn Central, 340 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, between 10am and 1:30pm
  • Scicluna’s Real Food Merchants, Taroonga Villiage, Glen Iris, between 4:10pm and 4:57pm
  • Connor Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre, 132 High Street, Cranbourne, between 10:50am and 11:30am
  • Bakers Delight Tooronga Village, corner Tooronga and Toorka Road, Glen Iris, between 4:10pm and 5:00pm 
  • Liberty Oil, 290 Leakes Road, Trugania, between 7:05pm and 7:40pm
  • Brighton Beach Hotel, 4 The Esplanade, Brighton, between 3:09pm and 4:52pm 
  • Oporto Cranbourne, 1060 Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Cranbourne, between 2:50pm and 3:25pm 
  • Factorie, Shop SP104 Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre, High St, Cranbourne, between 11:00am and 11:45am
  • Blue Sapphire Coin Laundry Epping, 2A Jovic Rd, Epping, between 12:00am and 12:30am 
  • German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria Western Branch Green Gully Reserve, McCrae Boulevard, Keilor Downs, between 9:15am and 11:20am
  • Woolworths South Melbourne, 113 Cecil St, South Melbourne, between 7:00pm and 8:15pm
  • Galleon Cafe, 9 Carlisle St, St Kilda, between 1:08pm and 2:35pm
  • Forvic Asian Supermarket, 251 Malvern Road, South Yarra, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Coles Tooronga Village, Glen Iris, between 4:00pm and 4:30pm
  • Coles Yarraville, Corner Williamstown Road & High Street, Yarraville, from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Edwardes Lake Playground, Edwardes Lake Reservoir, 5:15pm to 6:00pm
  • The Good Guys, 2-6 Sloane Street, Maribyrnong, from 12:30pm to 12:35pm
  • JB Hi Fi, Shop 159-163 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong, between 12:05pm to 12:15pm
  • Edwardes Lake Playground at Edwardes Lake in Reservoir between 6:12pm and 6:40pm
  • ALDI at Dalton Village in Epping between 6:00pm and 7:30pm
  • ALDI Preston South on Dundas Street, Preston between 3:45pm and 4:25pm
  • Docklands Stadium, Docklands, Level 1 between aisles five and 28; Level 3 between aisles six and 29 during the Essendon/North Melbourne AFL game
  • MCG, Zone 4, Level 1 between 2:50pm and 6:30pm
  • 7-Eleven at 324 Station Street in Fairfield between 7:45pm and 8:00pm
  • Adams Reserve Playground at Preston, between 2:15pm and 3:45pm
  • Urban Diner Food Court, Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, at 571-583 High Street in Epping between 1:15pm and 2:30pm
  • Chemist Depot Epping at Pacific Epping Shopping Centre between 11:15am and 12:00pm
  • Futsal Brunswick at 409 Victoria Street in Brunswick between 9:00am and 10:00am
  • Southern Cross Station Toilets under the Bourke St Bridge, 14/99 Spencer St, Docklands between 7:35pm to 8:15pm
  • Botanical Display Homes (Botanical Display Village), 23-25 Poppy St, Mickleham, between 11:15am to 1:00pm
Saturday, May 22
  • Giant Bike Shop, 1/316-320 Toorak Road, South Yarra, between 3:21pm and 4:30pm
  • 7-Eleven Cranbourne Amstel, 1/1016s Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Cranbourne, between 2:20pm and 2:55pm 
  • Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) Epping Branch, 83-84 Cooper St and High St, between 11:15pm and 11:55pm 
  • Blue Sapphire Coin Laundry Epping, 2A Jovic Rd, Epping, between 10:45pm and 11:59pm
  • New Lanka Restaurant, 262 Railway Parade, Noble Park, between 10:05am and 10:45am 
  • McDonalds (Northland Shopping Centre), 2-50 Murray Rd, Preston, between 1:55pm and 2:40pm 
  • Northland Shopping Centre, 2-50 Murray Rd, Preston, between 1:15pm and 3:15pm 
  • Muffin Break (Northland Shopping Centre), 2-50 Murray Rd, Preston, between 1:25pm and 2:00pm
  • Salsa’s Fresh Mex and Grill (Northland Shopping Centre), K033/50 Murray Rd, Preston, between 1:10pm and 2:10pm 
  • My Homes and Gifts, 182-186 Victoria St, Richmond, between 1:00pm and 3:40pm 
  • Woolworths South Melbourne, 113 Cecil St, South Melbourne, between 1:20pm and 3:00pm 
  • Zoumi Cafe, 70 Albert Rd, South Melbourne, between 10:30am and 11:00am
  • Kmart Epping, Epping Plaza Shopping Centre, cnr High and Cooper Streets, Epping, between 4:40pm and 5:30pm
  • Chemist Warehouse Mickleham, 250 – 270 Donnybrook Road, Mickleham from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
  • Shell Coles Express Braeside, 918-928 Springvale Road, cnr Governor Road between 8:15am and 9:00am
  • Dan Murphy’s Brunswick East, 513 Lygon Street, Brunswick East between 2:30pm and 3:00pm
  • P & C Indian Grocery & Convenience Store at Broadway Reservoir between 6:00pm and 7:00pm
  • House and Party Store on Lyndarum Drive in Epping between 5:15pm and 5:50pm
  • Epping North Shopping Centre on Lyndarum Drive in Epping between 4:45pm and 5:50pm
  • OPSM Barkly Square, Barkly Square Shopping Centre, 90-160 Sydney Rd, Brunswick between 3:45pm and 4:15pm
  • IGA Coburg, 12-20 Nicholson Street, Coburg, between 2:30pm and 2:50pm
  • Barkly Square, Brunswick;  Priceline, Kmart, Woolworths between 1:15pm and 2:30pm
  • Moonee Valley Football Club, Ormond Park (Airport Toyota Womens Division 1 game), 2A Pattison Street, Moonee Valley between 12:00pm and 5:30pm
  • Cohuna Football and Netball Club, Cohuna Recreation Reserve, Island Road, Cohuna between 12:00pm and 5:00pm
  • Hairfolk 33 Williamson Street, Bendigo  May 22  between 9:40am and 10:10am     
  • BP Southvale, 303 Bell Street, Coburg VIC 3058 May 22 between 8:10am and 8:30am

  • 7-Eleven Tullamarine (Carrick Drive), 182 Melrose Dr, Tullamarine, between 11:50am and 11:55am

Friday, May 21
  • Australia Post, 100 Market Street, South Melbourne between 5:55pm and 6:40pm
  • Gami Rasa Restaurant, 19 Hotham St, Cranbourne, between 6:00pm and 7:50pm
  • BT Connor Reserve at 200 Broadhurst Avenue in Reservoir between 8:00pm and 11:30pm
  • RMIT Campus, Building 56 in Carlton between 8:00am and 10:30am
Thursday, May 20
  • BP Service Station Thomastown, 123 High Street, Thomastown between 3:25pm and 4:10pm
  • Soprano’s Pizza, 746 High St, Epping, between 5:50pm and 6:45pm
  • Deep Indian Supermarket at 3/494 High Street, Lalor between 7:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Highpoint Shopping Centre, all other areas on Levels 2 and 3 excluding specific shops listed as Tier 1 sites, between 5:15pm and 6:35pm
  • Bunnings Warehouse at 761 Plenty Road, Mill Park between 4pm and 6:30pm
  • White Line Automotive at 2/28 Lipton Drive, Thomastown between 12:00pm and 1:30pm
Wednesday, May 19
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, Epping Plaza, High St, Epping, between 2:50pm and 3:20pm 
  • Walker’s Donuts Epping (Pacific Shopping Centre), 571-583 High St, Epping, between 3:00pm and 3:40pm
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, High St, Epping, between 2:50pm and 3:20pm 
  • Chemist Warehouse at Dalton Village in Epping between 6:45pm and 8:00pm
  • Fruits of Lalor at 328 Station Street, Lalor between 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • No.1 Fruit Market at 37 May Road, Lalor between 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • Everfresh Fruit Market at 346 Station Street, Lalor between 12:00pm and 1:00pm
Tuesday, May 18
  • Chemist Warehouse (Epping Homemaker Centre), 560-650 High St, Epping, between 6:30pm and 7:10pm 
  • The Cake Box, 314 Station St, Lalor, between 3:30pm and 4:10pm
  • Coles Lalor, 47-71 May Rd, Lalor, between 3:35pm and 4:25pm 
  • Shell Coles Express Reservoir at 192-202 Broadway and Whitelaw Streets in Reservoir between 3:15pm and 4:15pm 
Monday, May 17
  • ACTROL at 13-17 Brand Drive, Thomastown between 12:00pm and 1:30pm 
Sunday, May 16
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, High St, Epping, between 1:45pm to 2:45pm 
  • Coles Epping Plaza, Shop Q002, Epping Plaza, High Street, Epping, between 1:30pm and 2:35pm
  • Kmart Epping, Epping Plaza Shopping Centre, cnr High and Cooper Streets, Epping, between 2:15pm and 3:05pm
Saturday, May 15
  • Gloria Jeans Coffees Epping Plaza, 583 High St, Epping, between 1:50pm and 3:00pm 
  • SkyHigh Mount Dandenong and SkyHigh Cafe, 26 Observatory Rd, Mount Dandenong, between 6:00pm and 7:50pm 
Friday, May 14
  • Everfresh Fruit Market, 346 Station St, Lalor between 11:30am and 12:30pm 
  • Fruits of Lalor, 328 Station St, Lalor between 11:30am and 12:30pm
  • No. 1 Fruit Market, 37 May Rd, Lalor between11:30am and 12:30pm
Thursday, May 13
  • Caltex Woolworths Fuel, 557 High St, Epping, between 4:10pm and 4:55pm
  • Bunnings Thomastown, 11 Dalton Rd, Thomastown between 11:00am and 12:00pm

Tier 3 COVID exposure sites:

The advice for Tier 3 sites is to monitor for symptoms and if symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative test.

Friday, May 28
  • BP Thomastown, 72 Keon Parade Thomastown, between 2:40pm and 3:30pm
Thursday, May 27
  • KFC, 70A Acland Street, St Kilda, between 4:20pm and 4:50pm
Tuesday, May 25
  • Pacific Epping Plaza, 571 – 583 High Street, Epping between 10:05am and 11:45am
Sunday, May 23
  • MCG, all of stadium other than zone 4 between 2:50pm and 6:30pm 
  • Docklands Stadium — all other zones not individually listed between 4:30 and 7:30pm  
  • Hungry Jacks – Southern Cross Station, 14/99 Spencer St, Docklands between 7:30pm to 7:40pm 
Wednesday, May 19
  • BP Thomastown, 72 Keon Parade, Thomastown between 2:30pm and 3:00pm
Saturday, May 15
  • United Service Station, 183-185 Reynolds Road, Donacaster East between 4:50pm and 5:30pm
Thursday, May 13
  • RMIT Campus, Building 57 (Edward Jackson Building), 53 Lygon St, Carlton between 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • RMIT Campus, Building 56, 115 Queensberry Street, Carlton between 8:00am and 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 12
  • Shaan A Punjab Haveli, 10/1805 Sydney Road, Campbellfield between 3:45pm and 4:20pm
Tuesday, May 11
  • APCO Service Station, 828 – 834 High Street, Epping between 10:00am and 10:30am
  • Melbourne Kebab Station, 766A Plenty Road, Reservoir between 2:00pm and 2:30pm
  • Metro Petroleum, 139/145 Spring Street, Reservoir between 1:50pm and 2:30pm

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Elite athletes have to draw the line somewhere and Osaka’s bravely drawn hers


Imagine a moment when all eyes turn to you, the world hushes in anticipation and awaits your intervention. Silence falls. The next move is yours.

Yours to be taken. Yours to be lost. Yours to be judged on. The closest most people get to such a moment is saying “I do” in a ceremony, performing in the school musical, or taking a penalty in the Div 3 grand final.

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Amplify that pressure by millions of live viewers, several big-name sponsors, and a sea of lightly informed but very judgmental keyboard warriors.

Imagine being 23, with your performances ruthlessly scrutinised by a hard-bitten press corp, then having to improvise your own answers in real time, because everyone wants to see you live, vulnerable, and “authentic”.

Imagine training obsessively for those big-match moments. What you eat, how much you eat, what you drink, when you sleep, and how you recover. Eating chicken with no skin, ever. Taking ice baths after every game. Scheduling every single day to eat right, train right, rest right, repeat.

And every time you walk out there, someone is trying to knock you off.

What kind of job demands this? Naomi Osaka’s job: professional sportsperson.

Chief executives, by comparison, have whole departments of spin doctors to draft their key messages, select the best media opps, and background brief. Even politicians who survive the NSW “bear pit” can have secret lives.

Athletes, if they make it to the top of their sport, must negotiate all this at a relatively young age, and, in Osaka’s case, as a half-Asian woman of colour who chooses to speak out about racism.

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Mystery cases threaten lockdown time line


Victorian authorities say people are becoming infected with covid after just “brushing past” strangers with the virus.

Testing Commander Jeroen Weimar said at least four of the state’s 54 locally transmitted cases have come from “fleeting” contact between Victorians.

“What we’re seeing now is people are brushing past each other in a small shop, they are going to a display home, they are looking at photos in a Telstra shop,” he said.

“This is relatively speaking, relatively fleeting. They do not know each other’s names, and that is very different from what we have been before.

“This is stranger to stranger transmission.”

He said the ease with which the virus is spreading may be a feature of the Indian variant.

“We are used with previous variants, we are more used to transmission roccurring in the home, in the workplace, where people know each other already, not all of those big social settings,” he said. “These are quite different.”

“We have seen transmission in these places with very fleeting contact. We have transmission in places like the Telstra store in South Melbourne, JMD Grocers, the display home we talked about a few days ago, I’d add Craigieburn Central shopping centre.

“They are all examples of transmission with very limited contact. With previous variants, we are more used to transmission occurring in the home, in the workplace, where people know each other already, not at all of those big social settings. These are quite different.”

If anyone has been to any of the following sites in the past two weeks, they should come forward and get tested:

• Craigieburn Central

• Bay Street shops in Port Melbourne

• Clarendon Street in the South Melbourne

• Pacific Epping, also known as the Epping Plaza

• The Epping North shopping centre

• Broadway Reservoir

Will lockdown be extended?

With nine new cases of coronavirus confirmed on Tuesday, Victoria’s “incredibly serious” outbreak has the entire state concerned.

Six of those were cases we already knew about yesterday, meaning there are 63 active cases in Victoria, including 54 in the current outbreak.

However, there are growing fears the emergence of so-called “mystery cases” could mean Victoria’s lockdown will extend well past the Thursday deadline.

This comes after at least one of Monday’s cases has been dubbed a “mystery case”. That case came from the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility in Melbourne’s north.

Acting Premier James Merlino refused to rule out extending the lockdown, due to end on Friday.

He said that decision would depend not just on case number but the “type of cases”, including whether they were in a high-risk setting and linked to other known infections.

“There is no doubt the situation is incredibly serious,” Mr Merlino said. “The next few days remain critical … this outbreak may well get worse before it gets better.”

Chief health officer Brett Sutton said the lockdown was being reviewed on a “day by day” basis but that the latest cases, particularly in aged care, were concerning.

“We are neck and neck with this virus, and it is an absolute beast,” Prof Sutton said. “It has been a rapidly moving virus and the transmission that has occurred in those high-risk settings has been very substantial.

“We could get reassuring news … but we’ve had some stuff come to us in the last 48 hours that’s very concerning.”

Mystery case being investigated

Contact tracers are still trying to figure out how a staff member at Arcare, a woman in her 50s, picked up the virus.

The case was revealed by Victoria’s Covid-19 testing response commander Jeroen Weimer on Sunday.

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“We are testing everybody else within that facility today, we should have some results on that soon, and that will tell us an awful lot about what exposure has been,” he said.

This one case was “the first mystery case that we’ve seen in this particular outbreak,” he continued.

“That of course is a significant concern for us, and we’ve got everybody focused on trying to identify where that’s come from and any other exposure that she may have had.”

The woman worked at the facility on Wednesday and Thursday last week, authorities say.

It’s believed that she was infectious during this period, before she developed symptoms on Friday, when she immediately got tested.

“We are so, so grateful to her for doing the right thing,” Mr Weimar said.

She had received a first, but not a second, dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The mystery case is fuelling speculation Victoria’s lockdown could be extended further.

Epidemiologist Professor Mary Louise McLaws told the ABC on Monday she didn’t believe the state would be free by Friday as planned.

“We have a very high, very rapid increase over a short period of time,” she told the broadcaster.

“I know this lockdown costs a billion a week and that would make the authorities very anxious about extending it but … it has to go certainly for 14 days.”

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Greg Hunt said 85 per cent of residents in private aged care facilities and 100 per cent in Victorian residential facilities have been vaccinated.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick says that the vaccination rates at the Maidstone facility are an indication of Canberra’s “go-slow culture” on aged care.

“The hindsight of almost 2000 Victorian aged care residents contracting Covid-19, 655 resident deaths and more than 1600 aged care workers infected was not enough to motivate the Morrison government into urgent action,” she told ABC Radio.

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Friday news quiz: Do you know the secret to a long life? What about the meaning of a mysterious poetry line?


This week we learned the trick to living to 111 and found out the meaning of a phrase found on a scrap of paper linked to one of Australia’s most gripping mysteries.  

But did any of that actually sink in?

Let’s put your noggin’ to the test. 

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John Krasinski on stunt that put ‘his marriage on the line’


When it seems like celebrities are constantly mired in scandals and high-profile divorces, it’s so refreshing when one of them just gushes about their partner.

And no one gushes quite like The Office star John Krasinski, who’s married to the equally talented Emily Blunt.

Krasinski and Blunt are partnering up again on A Quiet Place Part II, the anticipated sequel to his 2018 horror movie in which the real-life couple play on-screen husband and wife Lee and Evelyn Abbott, who are trying to keep their family alive in a post-apocalyptic world.

On the promotional trail for the follow-up, Krasinski, who wrote and directed the film, has been sharing the story of how he put “his marriage on the line” while shooting a specific scene in A Quiet Place Part II.

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There’s a stunt in the first sequence of the movie – and it’s in the trailer – that required Blunt to be behind the wheel of a car that’s comes up against several obstacles, including a bus.

The sequence took six weeks of rehearsals and it’s all real. But Blunt wasn’t in the rehearsals and when she finally sat down in the car, she didn’t know anything that was about to happen – to keep the reactions as authentic as possible.

“I realised as I was explaining to her all the things that are going to happen, like ‘You’re going to hit this pedestrian and then these cars are going to cut you off, and then a bus is going to come at you at 40 miles per hour’,” Krasinski told Live with Kelly and Ryan.

“That’s all happening to her. And I realised, ‘oh my god, I just put my marriage on the line, I might end my marriage in this shot’.”

Krasinski was, of course, joking, but if Blunt’s character’s reaction in the scene – absolute terror – is what Blunt was actually feeling, then he really put his wife and leading star through the wringer.

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It’s a good thing then that he can make up for it by singing her praises the world over.

He told a virtual live Q&A session following Australian preview screenings for A Quiet Place Part II, “Everybody was wondering how it would go working with your spouse and so were we, we were very excited to see how that would go and by excited, I mean terrified.

“On the first movie, I found the best collaborator of my entire life. She’s not only the best actress but she’s someone who puts everyone at ease because she’s so unbelievably prepared, unbelievably professional and cares so deeply about the entire process, the whole system, so it was almost like she was a producer on the movie.

“There were days when she wasn’t shooting, and she’d still come to set and she’d still see the shots and cheer us on.

“She is without a doubt, not only the best actress I have or will work with, but she’s the greatest collaborator I’ve ever had.”

It’s been a long wait for A Quiet Place Part II, which was originally scheduled to be released in March 2020. Its stars had already done their jobs promoting it, it had a glitzy premiere, and all the marketing posters were up around the world.

Then the pandemic hit, and it was one of the first movies to be yanked.

Except for the flashback scene that opens it, A Quiet Place Part II picks up moments after the first film wrapped up, with the Abbott family still trying to survive on an Earth that’s overrun by alien monsters whose razor-sharp hearing and razor-sharp teeth have decimated the human population.

With its nailbiting tension and visceral effects, it’s a movie that demanded a cinema experience, which, 14 months later, is about the eventuate for Krasinski, Blunt and all their fans.

A Quiet Place Part II opens in Australian cinemas on May 27 but there are sneak previews this weekend

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Business leaders in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin urge court to keep Line 5 operating


WASHINGTON, D.C. —
Political “brinksmanship” in Michigan risks allowing Enbridge Inc. to abandon plans for a $500-million tunnel that would protect an ecologically sensitive Great Lakes waterway from the controversial Line 5 pipeline, business leaders warned Wednesday.

The Canadian and U.S. chambers of commerce joined forces with their counterparts in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin by filing a joint brief in court to argue against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bid to shut down the cross-border pipeline.

Wednesday marked Whitmer’s original deadline for Enbridge to shut down Line 5, which she maintains poses an unacceptable environmental risk along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron with Lake Michigan.

“The tunnel solution essentially eliminates the risk of an oil spill at the Straits of Mackinac,” the chambers argue in their filing, known in legal parlance as an amicus brief.

The existing tunnel agreement with Michigan gives Enbridge the right to cancel the project entirely if the pipeline is forced to cease operations, even temporarily, they argue.

“Under the termination clause of two agreements … if defendants comply with the state of Michigan order and involuntarily shut down the pipeline, then defendants can choose to terminate their obligations to construct such a tunnel.”

The brief anticipates a scenario in which Enbridge is forced to temporarily shut down the line, cancels the tunnel project and then later receives a ruling that allows the line to start back up.

“The chambers urge the parties not to create avoidable short-term crises or put at risk the long-term solution (the tunnel) that they agree is superior to the status quo.”

The so-called “chambers brief” followed a similar filing Tuesday by the federal Liberal government, a rare international foray into U.S. legal proceedings, that urged the court to keep the pipeline running and the two sides to reach a settlement.

Wednesday’s deadline was expected to pass without incident; talks with a court-appointed mediator are scheduled to continue past May 18 and Enbridge has said it has no plans to accede to Michigan’s order.

That didn’t discourage those opposed to Whitmer’s efforts to speak their minds.

“This brinksmanship is political theatre,” said Christopher Guith, senior vice-president, policy, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute.

“Unfortunately, millions of Americans and Canadians are likely to pay the price for it.”

Richard Studley, the head of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, didn’t mince words, either.

“Every Michigan governor I have worked with, until today, has treated our Canadian friends and neighbours with courtesy and respect,” Studley told a news conference.

Enbridge, he said, has gone to great lengths to assuage the state’s concerns, including with the tunnel, promises of around-the-clock monitoring, an emergency buoy system and keeping response teams on standby — “only to be demonized for political purposes.”

“It’s really very troubling to the entire business community, to see a governor and attorney general abuse their power like this,” Studley said. “The question it raises in the general business community is, ‘Who’s next?”‘

In their brief, the chambers spell out in detail a cascade of likely “severe, nationwide and international” consequences if the line is shut down — everything from fuel price spikes and supply shortages to an increase in traffic fatalities and greenhouse gas emissions as a result of more tanker trucks on the roads.

Oil transported by rail is nearly five times as likely to spill than oil carried by pipeline, and the risk of a spill involving a tanker truck is 10 times as high, said Aaron Henry, the Canadian chamber’s senior director of natural resources and sustainable growth.

There’s also a risk of interstate energy emergencies, the brief notes — a phenomenon already on display in several East Coast states as a result of the ongoing shutdown of the Colonial pipeline, a key energy artery that was targeted by a foreign cyberattack.

“I think the most important lesson to be learned from the shutdown of the Colonial pipeline is that actions have consequences,” Studley said.

“Regardless of the motivation, shutting down a second regional, multi-state and international pipeline is virtually certain to have the same economic impact, which is negative: higher prices, lost jobs and a disruption of the daily lives of both individuals and employees and employers.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021.



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Gas runs out after Colonial Pipeline cyberattack: North Carolina declares state of emergency as cars line up outside stations in Virginia, Atlanta and Florida and American Airlines adds extra stops to long haul flights



Gas stations from Florida to Atlanta to Virginia are closing their pumps due to a fuel shortage brought on by the Colonial Pipeline hack – and a state of emergency has been declared by the governor of North Carolina.

American Airlines was adding stops to two of its long-haul flights from its Charlotte, North Carolina hub, CNBC reported, as a likely effort to conserve fuel in areas where it could run short.

The 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline was shut down on Friday evening by the company when the ransomware attack was launched – seemingly by Russian-based cybercriminal group, DarkSide. Service was gradually being restored on Monday.

At least 12 other companies were also affected by the ransomware attack, Bloomberg reported. 

The pipeline supplies 45 per cent of all the East Coast’s fuel needs, including Atlanta’s airport – the world’s busiest, by passenger traffic. The pipeline also serves 90 U.S. military installations and 26 oil refineries.

On Monday evening motorists were beginning to report shortages at gas stations.

A spokesman for Race Trac, which operates gas stations in the Atlanta area, confirmed the shortage to WSBTV-2. 

At least two gas stations in Tallahassee, Florida, were completely out of stock, Bloomberg reported. 

Patrick de Haan, an energy expert who runs the monitoring site Gas Buddy Tracker, said his sources showed five per cent of stations in Virginia running empty.

His recommendation to motorists? ‘Conserve, conserve, conserve,’ he said. 

The lack of supply could soon hit users across the country in the pocketbook.

AAA already predicts that gasoline prices in the Georgia region alone could rise three to seven cents per gallon this week, and said that there also could be ‘limited fuel availability’ in places.

‘This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and price, but the impact will vary regionally,’ said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman for AAA-The Auto Club Group. 

‘Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the East Coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and prices increases as early as this week.’

Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, said the emergency declaration would help people prepare for possible shortages. 

‘Today’s emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel,’ he said. 

The order provides funds for transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products. And certain registration and filing requirements when it comes to the transport of fuel will be wavied.es amid the shutdown will be waived, according to WTKR.  

On streets, motorists in Atlanta were reporting having to go to three different gas stations to fill up, people were posting on Twitter.

‘Gas stations around Atlanta are running out of gas and the ones that have it are hiking up the prices,’ said one man.

Another said: ‘Y’all better go and fill up on gas Atlanta. I finally got gas after trying at 3 gas stations.’

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Line of Duty’s Martin Compston says no rain will stand in way of pub pint as he celebrates 37th birthday


Scots actor Martin Compston is celebrating his birthday today and says no rain will stand in the way of having a celebratory pint.

The Line of Duty star turned 37 today and as he is currently working in Edinburgh, it looks like he will need a brolly to sip on his birthday pint as the forecast is for rain for most of the day and drinking indoors is still not permitted.

But the star didn’t let the weather rain on his parade as he took to Twitter to thank fans for their kind messages.

Compston, from Greenock, also shares his birthday with Line of Duty co-star Vicky McClure, and made sure he gave his ‘mate’ a mention too as she celebrates her 38th birthday.

He wrote: “Massive thanks for all the lovely birthday msgs really appreciated!!!No rain shall stand in the way of a pub pint today. Also the biggest of birthday love to the greatest partner in all of telly land, have a blinder mate @Vicky_McClure xx.”

One fan wrote: “Enjoy that pint!”

Another said: “Happy Birthday to TV’s finest Detectives.”



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Another wrote: “Ah the best duo to share a birthday with! Legends.”

One commented: “iconic mates, on and off screen.”

While one added: “Happy Birthday to you both @martin_compston and @Vicky_McClure and thank you for keeping us entertained with your incredible acting abilities and for giving us something to look forward to each week. Shame it had to end. Hope the rain stops for u.”

And today seems to be a common birthday in celeb land as Sir David Attenborough turns 95, and ‘H’ (not Detective Superintendant Ian Buckells) from pop group Steps turns 45.

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Possible shutdown of Line 5 not a threat to Canada’s energy security: ambassador


Canada’s ambassador to the United States says that while the potential shutdown of Line 5 is a serious issue, it’s not a threat to Canada’s national energy security. 

“It is not a threat to Canada’s national economic or energy security,” Kristen Hillman told CBC News Network’s Power & Politics on Thursday.

“I think that it is an important dispute or disagreement that exists between Enbridge and the state of Michigan that needs to be taken very seriously. And we are taking it very seriously.”

Line 5, which runs through Michigan from the Wisconsin city of Superior to Sarnia, Ont., crosses the Great Lakes beneath the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac, which link Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.

The pipeline carries petroleum east from Western Canada. Once it hits Ontario, most of the crude oil is turned into fuels that meet almost 50 per cent of the province’s fuel demands. The remainder of the supply is sent on to Quebec refineries through Line 9, where it provides 40 to 50 per cent of that province’s fuel supply.  

WATCH | Hillman on the significance of Line 5:

Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman tells David Common on Power & Politics that operation of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline should continue despite the Michigan government’s push to have it shut down by May 12. 3:07

The threat to the pipeline’s viability kicked off in November when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer revoked the 1953 easement — which has allowed the pipeline to operate without incident for more than 65 years — over fears of an oil spill.

Enbridge was granted approval to replace the underwater line with a tunnel, but Whitmer’s election in 2019 put a stop to those plans.

The notification that the easement was being withdrawn said the pipeline should be shut down by May 12, prompting concerns on both sides of the border that shortages of essential fuels would follow. 

“One of the governor’s top priorities is to protect and defend the Great Lakes, which are vital to Michigan’s economy. The Great Lakes … 350,000 jobs in Michigan. We cannot risk the devastating economic, environmental and public health impacts of a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes,” said Whitmer’s spokesperson Chelsea Lewis-Parisio.

Enbridge took Michigan to U.S. federal court over the dispute and both parties were ordered to find a resolution through mediation last month.

Hillman says finding a compromise between Enbridge and the state of Michigan is the only way the impasse will be resolved. She said she remains optimistic that, despite the firm date in the notice, the oil will continue to flow, at least in the short term.  

“We understand from the advice that we have received that there’s a good chance that the pipeline … will continue operating during the course of the litigation and mediation,” she told guest host David Common.

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All the jet fuel produced at Pearson International Airport in Toronto is made with crude supplied by the pipeline. Enbridge, which owns Line 5, says that Ontario’s fuel supply would be cut in half if the pipeline is shut down. But its closure would not only affect Quebec and Ontario.

Enbridge says shutting down the pipeline would also harm Michigan, which gets 55 per cent of its propane needs from the more than 540,000 barrels of light crude oil, light synthetic crude and natural gas liquids that travel through Line 5 before being refined into propane in the state.

Enbridge senior vice president Mike Fernandez said that he’s also confident the pipeline will continue to operate beyond May 12, but the passing of the deadline will likely prompt protests from anti-pipeline activists. 

“The reason I say that is because the matter right now is situated in a U.S. federal district court that has prompted both parties, that is the state and Enbridge, to work through a mediator,” Fernandez told Common. 

“If the state took actions, they would be acting outside the standard of good faith that’s normally required in such mediation.”

WATCH | Fernandez on the May 12 deadline:

Enbridge Senior Vice President Mike Fernandez tells David Common on Power & Politics that he doesn’t expect the Michigan government to act to shut down the Line 5 pipeline on May 12. 2:24

The Conservative Opposition has been harshly critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, saying its inaction on the energy file will result in the pipeline being shut down. 

The Tories blamed the killing of another pipeline, Keystone XL, by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, as evidence the Trudeau government did not fight hard enough to keep it alive.

The party were granted an emergency debate in the House of Commons to discuss the issue, which is taking place tonight. 

“Line 5 is not a new project, it is not a diversification, it is a line that has been a consistent and critical supply for Canada for decades,” Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said in the House. “Now because of the inaction on behalf of the Liberal government this critical piece of energy infrastructure is at risk.”

Green MP Elizabeth May told O’Toole that the people of Michigan were keen to shut down Line 5 because of the Kalamazoo River oil spill in July 2010, when an Enbridge pipeline burst. 

“This is about pipeline pollution … we need to find an alternative to get those goods to market and allow the government of Michigan to keep a campaign promise to protect the Great Lakes,” May said.

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan dismissed the Conservative attacks, saying accusations that the Liberals failed to act and are willing to let the pipeline die are totally false. 

“You can’t solve this issue with false bravado, by beating your chest while simultaneously sticking your head in the sand like members so often do, by calling people who disagree with you ‘brain dead,'” O’Regan said referencing the insult levied against Michigan’s governor by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. 

“That bombastic approach does a great disservice to our oil and gas workers and it does nothing to advance their cause.”

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