Controversial media personality Sam Newman has had another crack at under-pressure Premier Daniel Andrews, describing him as ‘Victoria’s dopey Joe Biden.’
While swimming in pools and personal training sessions outdoors are now permitted in the two hours of daily exercise, golf remains off-limits.
A renowned golf tragic, Newman saw Sunday’s announcement as another excuse to take another potshot at the Premier, likening him to presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden.
Sam Newman has once again attacked the Victorian Premier over lockdown restrictions
‘Andrews has become Victoria’s dopey Joe Biden. To say communal swimming is ok (because it doesn’t require a facility), but golf is not, shows the IQ required of an elected official. Unwittingly, he has given consent for sedition. #victorialockdown,’ Newman tweeted on Sunday.
His views sparked several hundred comments and divided opinion.
‘You can mingle in a park with a 100 strangers but can’t play a round of golf with your friends. Where is the data and science behind all these bogus decisions? Never been a more incompetent government in our history,’ one person agreed.
Another added: ‘Access to playing golf can be easily modified – just hypothetically you could restrict rounds to nine holes, extend minutes between tee off times, max two in a group, no access to change rooms.’
But many others welcomed the phased easing of lockdown and disagreed with Newman.
While swimming in outdoor pools and personal training sessions are allowed in Melbourne, golf remains off-limit. Pictured is a return to outdoor personal training sessions on Monday
It’s not the first time the Geelong Cats great has taken aim at Premier Daniel Andrews
‘I dunno Sam. A bunch of old codgers, susceptible the virus hanging out together compared to lone submerged swimmers in outdoor pools where the scientific evidence shows the virus does not spread in pools, chlorinated etc. But ya know, gotta have that IQ I suppose,’ one man tweeted.
Another added: ‘It is all about reducing the risk and movement of people. The more activities that are allowed straight away, the more chance of a third wave. We are 40 per cent chance of a third wave if we open up too quick. Golf can wait a couple of weeks.’
Newman’s latest comments come a fortnight after he called for manslaughter charges to be laid against Andrews over his handling of the pandemic.
Of the 872 lives lost to coronavirus in Australia, 784 were in Victoria.
Melbourne golfers returned to fairways in May following a two month hiatus before courses were shut down again in the wake of Victoria’s horror second wave of coronavirus
He also urged his fellow Victorians to protest the lockdown last month.
‘Of all the protests that we have put up with, how about a quarter million of us gather in the CBD to take the City/State back, before EVERY previous march will have been pointless,’ he tweeted at the time.
Newman was forced to backtrack on his comments and received a warning from police.
Melbourne’s 9pm to 5am curfew was lifted on Monday after being enforced for eight weeks in a bid to bring the state’s second deadly wave under control.
Daniel Andrews (pictured on Monday) was described as ‘Victoria’s Joe Biden’ by Sam Newman
An estimated 127,000 workers will be able to return to their jobs and childcare centres can reopen.
The majority of these workers are in manufacturing, construction, distribution centres, warehouses and abattoirs.
Outdoor gatherings of up to five people from two households will are allowed.
Non-essential businesses are still banned from reopening, with restaurants only available for takeaway.
A Melbourne paddleboarder takes advantage of the spring weather and eased restrictions
Melbourne’s two-hour exercise limit and 5km travel restriction remain but Mr Andrews foreshadowed full freedom of movement could come on October 19 ahead of AFL grand final weekend.
Just five new coronavirus cases and three more deaths were recorded in Victoria on Monday’s the state’s the lowest daily rise in infections since June 12
‘We are so close to being able to take a really big step — big step towards that Covid normal,’Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.
Melbourne’s eased restrictions
Evening curfew was lifted from 5am Monday
New massive $5,000 fine comes in for breaching gathering limits
Five people can exercise together 5km from home, but not visit each other
Solo hospital and nursing home visits allowed for two hours a day
Primary schools reopen on October 12, as do universities for final year students
Childcare reopens on Monday
Workers can exercise near workplaces, not just their homes
Outdoor pools reopen, fishing and hiking allowed (still 5km from home) but golf, tennis, etc still banned
Sole trader gardening and pet grooming allowed to operate
Elective surgery slowly returns to 75 per cent capacity
Meat processing plants back to 80 per cent capacity, factories to 90 per cent
Weddings allowed with five people, same limit for religious services held outside