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Popular Melbourne market among Victoria’s latest exposure sites

A fruit and veg stall, a coffee shop and a deli are among seven new tier-1 exposure sites all located within the South Melbourne Market.

The market itself has also been listed as a tier-2 site by Victorian health officials and is closed today.

Shoppers with masks at the South Melbourne Market earlier this year. Credit:Wayne Taylor

Anyone who visited the affected stores between 1.30pm and 2.20pm on Saturday, August 7 is required to get a COVID test and immediately isolate for 14 days.

The affected market stores are:

  • The Fish Shoppe;
  • Small Town Pie Co;
  • Emerald Hill Nursery;
  • Vangelis Deli;
  • Fruits on Coventry;
  • Haqen’s Organics; and
  • Rita’s Coffee & Nuts.

The list of exposure sites in Victoria grew to more than 400 overnight. Read the full list here.

Police to tighten rules on singles bubble, exercising at the beach as COVID numbers soar

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will tighten rules around the COVID-19 singles bubble and people exercising as part of renewed push to slow the spread of the Delta strain as it slowly engulfs the state.

Mr Fuller will also ask the Australian Defence Force for an extra 500 troops for Sydney’s worst affected areas, as harsher lockdown restrictions are extended to Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield local government areas.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at yesterday’s coronavirus briefing. Credit:Nick Moir

The state government, meanwhile, has begun talks with the hospitality industry to allow pubs and bars to reopen as early as September but only for staff and patrons who are fully vaccinated.

Read the full story here.

Four tiers to guide businesses on mandatory vaccinations

Australia’s workplace watchdog will dump its guidance to employers that they are “overwhelmingly” unable to require staff to be vaccinated and instead adopt a four tier system backing mandatory vaccinations for key industries.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says border control, quarantine, healthcare and aged care organisations are “more likely” to be allowed to mandate jabs for their staff. Essential businesses in areas of coronavirus transmission, which would include supermarkets in parts of western Sydney, are also “likely” to be allowed to require their staff to receive a vaccination.

Former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James called on the federal government to deliver clearer advice on mandatory jabs, which it has now done in part.Credit:Ryan Stuart

The fourth tier of the new advice says people working from home are least likely to face mandatory workplace jabs.

More on this story here.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company.

It’s Friday, August 13. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.

Here’s everything you need to know before we get started.

  • NSW will tighten the rules around its COVID-19 singles bubble and people exercising as part of a renewed push to slow the spread of coronavirus. It comes as harsher lockdown restrictions are extended to Sydney’s Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield local government areas. Only authorised workers are allowed to leave those areas for work. NSW reported 345 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 yesterday.
  • Two women who flew from Sydney to Melbourne without a valid travel permit have been fined more than $5000 each. The women have tested positive to COVID-19 and potentially exposed more than 40 other people to the virus. And a popular market in Melbourne’s inner south has been listed as a tier-1 exposure site. Yesterday, the state recorded 21 locally acquired infections.
  • The ACT is waking up to its first full day of a lockdown set to run for seven days. It comes after the territory recorded four cases yesterday, the first new local infections in more than a year. In total, around 11 million people are in lockdown across the country.
  • Vaccine hesitancy among Queenslanders has fallen to its lowest rate all year off the back of the recent Delta threat in Brisbane. Yesterday, the Sunshine State recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19. All were linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and were in isolation for their infectious periods. Meanwhile, the state has declared all of the ACT a coronavirus hotspot. But anyone who arrives before 1am tomorrow is allowed to isolate at home.
  • And Australia’s workplace watchdog will introduce a multi-tier advice system so that businesses have some certainty over whether they can make vaccines mandatory for staff. Mandatory jabs will likely be legal for essential businesses in areas of coronavirus transmission (such as supermarkets in western Sydney). People working from home are the least likely group to face a mandatory jab.
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