The consistent messaging, backed up by science, strengthened public support for the government’s health measures. In March 2020, Australia closed its international borders. Much of the country was under some form of lockdown for about two months.
When Melbourne reopened in June, it became the epicenter of Australia’s second wave. In response, the state imposed one of the world’s strictest and longest lockdowns, 111 days. For most of that time, people were only allowed out of the house between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for caregiving, essential work, exercise for one hour, and one person per household could shop for food or medical supplies.
Mask-wearing was mandatory. Violators faced heavy fines.