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    Dan Andrews shares a photo from his high school graduation to celebrate allowing the events – but the image sparks furious debate about harsh lockdowns

    • The premier posted an image of himself as a teenager standing with his mother  
    • Graduation ceremonies are allowed for the whole grade, without parents
    • While hundreds of students can attend a formal, 20 people can attend a funeral
    • Social media users pointed out the inconsistencies as restrictions ease

    A photo Daniel Andrews shared of his high school graduation to celebrate giving formals the go ahead has sparked furious backlash.

    As the number of coronavirus cases in Victoria sits near zero, the state’s harsh lockdown laws are gradually being lifted.

    Retail and hospitality businesses have reopened, residents can leave the house when they please, and Year 6 and 12 students will be able to sway together on the dance floor to commemorate the end of a tumultuous year largely spent apart.

    To announce the authorisation of such events, the premier posted an image of himself as 18-year-old standing with his mother as she adjusts his bow-tie. 

    To announce the authorisation of such events, the premier posted an image of himself as 18-year-old standing with his mother as she adjusts his bow-tie

    While the premier received messages of thanks from social media users who were grateful their children would have a school formal experience, others found the rules contradictory

    While the premier received messages of thanks from social media users who were grateful their children would have a school formal experience, others found the rules contradictory

    ‘Pleased to announce Year 6 and 12 graduations can go ahead. Bow-ties optional,’ Mr Andrews Wrote.

    Graduation ceremonies are allowed for the whole grade, but only students and staff are allowed to attend – parents will be forced to watch ceremonies via live stream. 

    The premier received messages of thanks from Victorians who were grateful their children would have a school formal experience, but others found the rules contradictory.

    Funerals are restricted to 20 mourners, weddings are capped at 10 attendees and group gatherings are limited to 10 people, but school year groups can be hundreds.

    ‘Just want to be the same as funerals? Not a big ask?’ asked one Victorian online. 

    ‘So we can all rick up to a part with our little picnic rigs with 700 other families while the kids climb all over high-touch equipment, but we can’t sit on picnic rugs in the school oval and watch out children graduate.’ 

    Funerals are restricted to 20 mourners, weddings are capped at ten attendees and group gatherings are limited to ten people (pictured: people picnicking in Melbourne in groups)

    Funerals are restricted to 20 mourners, weddings are capped at ten attendees and group gatherings are limited to ten people (pictured: people picnicking in Melbourne in groups)

    'So we can all rick up to a part with our little picnic rigs with 700 other families while the kids climb all over high-touch equipment, but we can't sit on picnic rugs in the school oval and watch out children graduate,' one user said

    ‘So we can all rick up to a part with our little picnic rigs with 700 other families while the kids climb all over high-touch equipment, but we can’t sit on picnic rugs in the school oval and watch out children graduate,’ one user said

    ‘You can fill a food court or a 24-hour Kmart but kids at small regional schools can’t have their parents with them for graduation? Poor choice,’ one person commented.

    ‘Have the graduation at a food court. Problem solved, plus bonus – catering already there!’ someone else replied.

    Despite the vast majority of infections being in Melbourne, parents in regional Victoria will also have to forgo their children’s ceremonies. 

    ‘Thanks for not letting us go and watch our kids graduate in person particularly in regional Victoria. Said no one ever,’ one user commented.

    ‘Bruh, we have no cases in regional let our parents see us graduate.’

    Pictured: Hoards of people enjoy outdoor eating on Swan Street in Richmond on October 28

    Pictured: Hoards of people enjoy outdoor eating on Swan Street in Richmond on October 28

    On Wednesday, the premier was labelled 'tone deaf' after he tweeted a photo of himself with a doughnut and top shelf whiskey to celebrate the end of lockdown and no cases of Covid-19

    On Wednesday, the premier was labelled ‘tone deaf’ after he tweeted a photo of himself with a doughnut and top shelf whiskey to celebrate the end of lockdown and no cases of Covid-19

    It marked the second time in two days Mr Andrews has come under fire from angry Victorians for sharing happy snaps on social media. 

    On Wednesday, the premier was labelled ‘tone deaf’ after he tweeted a photo of himself with a doughnut and top shelf whiskey to celebrate the end of lockdown and no cases of Covid-19.

    ‘Today’s a good day,’ he wrote.

    But the families of people who died from the respiratory illness said the post was insensitive.

    ‘There’s still 800 Victorians who have died because of Covid — and it’s because of him, and this second wave getting out of hand. He’s totally responsible for this.’ 

    ‘Deaths, job losses, business closures, bankruptcies, job losses and untold suffering. Well done,’ one user wrote.

    'Deaths, job losses, business closures, bankruptcies, job losses and untold suffering. Well done,' one user wrote. Pictured: People walking on Bourke Street in Melbourne

    ‘Deaths, job losses, business closures, bankruptcies, job losses and untold suffering. Well done,’ one user wrote. Pictured: People walking on Bourke Street in Melbourne

    ‘If he is patting himself on the back with the doughnuts; that is a person who has lost the plot in the sense of what he’s actually caused and the deaths that came from it,’ wrote another user.

    ‘We are at zero cases because of us being locked up, which has also crippled the state’s economy. It’s not come about by their government or good policies.’

    Victoria’s death toll was at 819 on Wednesday, with 800 coming from the state’s second wave.

    Two new cases were recorded after two days with no new infections.    

    Victoria free at last: What are the changes? 

    From Tuesday 27 October, 11.59pm

    All retail, bars and restaurants open with 20 indoors and 50 outdoors

    Beauty services and tattoo parlours open

    Outdoor contact sport for under 18s back on and non-contact sport for adults

    Four reasons to leave home removed

    25km travel limit remains in place

    Melbourne to regional VIC border remains  

    Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people

    Gatherings can be of more than two households

    Weddings increase to 10 attendees, funerals to 20

    Church services open with 10 indoors and 20 outdoors 

    PT, fitness and dance classes can be held outdoors with up to 10 people 

    Number of people at outdoor pools can increase to 50, subject to density limits 

    Must work from home if you can

    From 8 November

    25km travel limit scrapped 

    Travel to regional VIC allowed 

    Retail, pubs and restaurants allowed 40 people indoors, 70 outdoors

    Funerals allowed indoors with 20 and outdoors with 50

    Non-contact sport for U18s allowed indoors 

    Gyms and indoor fitness will be able to reopen

    Holiday accommodation to re-open

    Religious gatherings will expand with up 20 people and a faith leader indoors, and 50 outside

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