The permanent ban is expected to get through the city process within 90 days from May 2. Park rangers have already started the usual “educational period” for the new temporary ban, signs were already up from the previous temporary ban, and full enforcement should start next week. Note that like most other city parks, alcohol permits for special events in Reynolds Park can still be applied for through the Parks Division.
The latest developments in China, including the banning of the World Service in Hong Kong, are deeply worrying developments. The BBC should be able to do its reporting without fear or favour. “It is of deep concern when our journalists are restricted and their work curtailed.
By Melanie BurtonMELBOURNE () Tennis fans wearing masks filtered into Melbourne Park on Monday for the start of the , this year first Grand Slam event, as the host city recorded one new locally acquired case of the novel coronavirus.Players and staff arriving from overseas have all served 14 days of quarantine but foreign fans have been kept out as part of Australia tough and effective measures to get to grips with the coronavirus.The tournament will welcome about half its usual capacity, with crowds limited to 30,000 fans a day, at its sprawling site divided into three distinct zones around the main showcourts named after Australian tennis greats Margaret Court and Rod Laver, and former state leader John Cain.There was no rush of spectators early on Monday and it was not clear if it was the overcast sky and 17 Celsius (62.6 Fahrenheit) temperature or coronavirus concerns keeping people away.Organisers, expecting a slow start to the two week championship, are stressing safety with masks, physical distancing and contact tracing at the ready to stem any outbreak.More than 800 hand sanitizer dispensers have also been installed together with QR code checks, click and collect for food and drinks and daily deep cleaning.”This year it has been all about making sure when our fans come on site they feel safe,” Tennis Australia Chief Operating Officer Tom Larner told reporters on the eve of the event.”The zones are set up to make sure that if we did have any positive cases on site, we can really quickly and accurately track who has been in that area.”Australia has been more successful in combating the coronavirus than many other countries with 28,800 cases over the past year and 909 deaths, largely as a result of its decisive lockdowns and border closures.Undaunted fan Boris Trbojevic, 30, travelled 1,700 km from the city of Brisbane to watch the tennis for a few days and was not worried about the coronavirus or getting caught up in a lockdown if a cluster of cases were to appear.”It a risk, but that the way it is,” he said.”Australia as a country has been doing great. Just one new case overnight . But it one case out of 25 million people.”Karen Orelli, 52, and sister Megan Batrouney, 50, said while things weren as cheerful as they usually are, the coronavirus virus restrictions meant things weren so crowded.”We can sit together but there are two seats between us and the next people,” Orelli said.”It good because you can get around, you can get onto all the courts, you can see whatever you want.”Australia reported just one locally acquired case of COVID 19 on Monday, in Melbourne linked to a quarantine hotel not associated with the tennis.Neighbouring New South Wales state was investigating another case in a returned traveller who tested positive after leaving hotel quarantine.(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Robert Birsel)Three climbers on K2 feared dead, three days after they went missingPakistani military helicopters continued to search for three missing climbers on the world second highest mountain K2 on Monday, as hope of their survival faded rapidly.