Check out these images of Meltons Woodgrove shopping centre.

No, it’s not the night before Christmas.

It’s the morning after COVID.

With a stage 4 metropolitan lockdown in place since August, eased restrictions now mean people have flocked to retailers – and according to witnesses, a lot of social distancing has gone out the window.

“I wasn’t surprised by the amount of people, but I was shocked by how little attention was paid to distancing,” one Melton shopper said.

“There were people everywhere.”

Faces of shoppers have been digitally removed.

Larger shops are working to contain the number of people in their stores at any one time.

Queues were long in some cases with 1.5m markings on the floor.

The K-Mart shopper who sent us this image said the line to the checkout spanned the entire store.

What Facebook users said:
Kez: “I went at 8.30. Easy parking. Waited 30 mins in queue for Big W to open. Shopping was busy. Left at 9.30, car park full. Loads of people. It was like Xmas.”

Thomas: “Took a walk not that long ago and could see every car park was full. Like come on, it’s not Christmas.”

Summerlee: “Worse than Christmas haha.”

Melanii: “Took me 45 minutes to pay at Best and Less and Kmart wasn’t much better. But dammit, things were $2 and $0.98 on special – so I persisted.”

Eased restrictions now mean:

  • All retail can open,
  • Restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars can open,
  • Venues can have 50 people seated outdoors and up to 20 indoors,
  • Beauty, personal services and tattooing to reopen (provided you’re wearing a mask),
  • Outdoor community sport for under-18 and outdoor non-contact sport for adults can continue,
  • 10 people can gather outdoors,
  • Weddings can have up to 10 people,
  • 20 people can attend a funeral,
  • Religious gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people inside plus one faith leader, and outside a maximum of 20 people plus one faith leader,
  • Two adults and dependents can visit a different household once a day.

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