Melbourne stores, gyms and regions reopen


Melbourne stores, gyms and regions reopen

Melbourne stores, gyms and regions reopen

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Victorians are enjoying new freedoms today and our photographers capture all the action, including a stormy morning.


Tien Mang Wong’s first priority was to return to the dance floor at JMC Dance Lab in Melbourne’s CBD for a 6pm class. The 22-year-old continued her regular hip-hop dance lessons online in her tiny apartment during the lockdown, but said dancing alone in front of a screen isn’t the same. “When you dance in class, the people around you give you a boost of energy,” she said. “I wasn’t sure how it was going to be, but after entering it felt like coming home, having people welcoming you, it was really good.”Credit:Justin mcmanus


The Coburg Drive-in was busy Friday night.Credit:Tom mckendrick


With Halloween right around the corner, horror fans Ekrem Karakos and Alev Babayigit have bought tickets to their first movie since July, Halloween Kills, a Halloween sequel where notorious killer Michael Myers escapes to continue the movie. bloodshed. “We go to the movies because we can,” said Mr. Karakos. “We are fed up with blockages,” added Ms. Babayigit. Mr Karakos said the best thing about lifting the restrictions was finally being able to make spontaneous plans. For Ms. Babayigit, it was to be able to put an end to teleworking. “It’s a different environment, and I’ve watched pretty much everything on Netflix, all the good movies,” Mr. Karakos said.Credit:Chris Hopkins


Hotel workers Joel Bainbridge and Phoebe Askham (middle) were among the first visitors along with their friend Sascha Mocerino at Nick and Nora’s. Champagne was their first drink of choice one night, according to Ms Askham, which was approaching pre-pandemic evenings. “This time after the lockdown it feels like everyone is a little more suspicious,” she said. “I like nights when you don’t need to have a reservation and know the exact size of your group. Hope we get there now.Credit:Luis Ascui


Photo of bar staff at Nick and Nora’s, making a cocktailCredit:Luis Ascui


Greg Sanderson, Managing Director of Nick and Nora’s, preparing a cocktail on Friday Credit:Luis Ascui


Members of CreateFit Gymnasium Enjoy First Day of Gym Reopening at SouthbankCredit:Luis Enrique Ascui


Photo of CreateFit Gym members enjoying their first day of reopening the Gym at Southbank on Friday October 29, 2021. Photo Luis AscuiCredit:Luis Enrique Ascui


Crowds flock to Louis Vuition in Chadstone on FridayCredit:Chris Hopkins


Shoppers at Chadstone Mall on Friday.Credit:Chris Hopkins


People flock to Chadstone on Friday evening.Credit:Chris Hopkins


There was a constant stream of cars heading across the west gate bridge as the lockout approached. Police had said earlier this week that they would use their discretion if the Melburnians tweak the timeline a bit to head to the regions. Early Friday, the energy market operator warned those heading for the bush that they could encounter power outages after severe storms that swept through the state earlier in the day.Credit:Jason South


Target’s Anthony Young is getting the Chadstone store ready for the first night of retail after Melbourne’s sixth lockdown. Target store manager Ida Gianfagna said staff were working from 5 a.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday to prepare the store. She said the government’s announcement to lift restrictions caught her off guard, but was able to hire and train 35 new workers before the reopening. “We’ve been locked in for three months doing click and collect, so my team is very excited for customers to arrive in an hour,” she said. “I’m really proud of the team and what we’ve accomplished and how we’ve changed everything.”Credit:Chris Hopkins


Zanelle Marama owns the Goodlife Health Club in Glen Iris, east Melbourne, where dedicated hygiene stations and socially distanced amenities will welcome members on Friday. His advice to Victorians returning to the gym for the first time in nearly three months is to avoid going too hard too soon. “Start slow, keep it simple, and focus on recovering between sessions to avoid injury,” says Ms. Marama.Credit:Justin mcmanus


Four-year-old Zara Zelman was eager to put on her glasses and jump straight into the pool at the YMCA’s Noble Park Aquatic Center after months of absence. “It’s been such a long time. There have been ups and downs; in and out of class so she is very excited to come back, ”said her mother, Danni Zelman. Swimming instructor Jen Walker was just happy to have some of her young students in the water again. “The ages I teach are five and under. It is important to put them back in the pool because they are at high risk of drowning, ”she said. “They can learn some basics like walking on water, floating on their backs, or being able to raise their hands to ask for help.”Credit:Paul Jeffers


David Jones’ staff at the department store in Melbourne city center are getting ready for tonight’s reopening. CEO Scott Fyfe said the high-end retailer expected pent-up demand from Victorian shoppers to increase. The company will welcome shoppers to its famous Bourke Street store with gifts, chocolates and a series of artwork designed by local artist Rachel Castle. “There are a lot of pent-up demands. Fortunately for Melbourne, we had a little dress rehearsal with our reopening in Sydney, which went very well, ”he said on Thursday. “We are seeing customers really spoiling themselves after so many weeks of confinement. “Credit:Jason South


Passionate surfers set off from the Olivers Hill boat launch in Frankston during the savage storm that hit the start early Friday.Credit:Paul Jeffers


Big waves at Half Moon Bay on a very windy day.Credit:Joe armao


Trees were blown across Melbourne as the storm swept through the city overnight and into the morning. Credit:Joe armao

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