COVID-19: Victoria's third lockdown starts with anger, frustration

One new case has been recorded on the first day of Victoria's lockdown. The 'circuit-breaker period' has brought fear as well as frustration to the population just days out from the arrival of a vaccine. 

The stage 4 lockdown came into effect at 11:59pm on Friday and is scheduled to end within two weeks.

Victorians are only allowed to leave home for one of four reasons: essential supplies, caregiving, exercise or essential work.

It's a scene that's become all too familiar yet still hard to comprehend. The state of six million gripped by a lockdown with police back on the streets and COVID-19 back in the community.

It's all part of the rollercoaster of an outbreak. 

"I know there will be a lot of Victorians hurting now and it's not a position we wanted to be in," Victoria Premier Dan Andrews said on Saturday.

Given just hours to respond, recovering restaurants are sacrificing crucial business. One restaurant manager said goodbye to what was expected to be a busy weekend. 

"We were just getting ready for a crazy weekend especially with Valentine's weekend."

The Valentine's lockdown came on the eve of Dean and Siobhan's wedding. 

With two attempts already ruined by COVID-19, the couple called their celebrant and got happily married just in time. 

But for the rest of the population, this lockdown brings a mix of anger, frustration and fear.

The most vocal was an anti-lockdown protest voicing their anger on the streets of Melbourne. 

Frustrations also echoed across the stadium at Novak Djokovic's match, the crowd booing as they were sent home.

Games will play on though, the professional sports stars are considered essential workers and will form their own bubble. 

"It's going to be a rough few days for everyone, but we will get through it," said Serena Williams.

But there is one small reason to breathe a sigh of relief - test results from staff at Brunetti's, the busy airport cafe they were most worried about, have come back negative.

Andrews relayed the good news on Saturday.

"Brunetti's staff have been tested and they are all back negative," he said.

It was only 10 days ago Australia's Prime Minister reassured the country of its plans to vaccinate but the start date remains a secret. 

Eighty-four nations have started and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has set a clear time frame.

With Melbourne on the brink of a third wave it is time for Australia to do the same.