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‘Nervous giddy excitement’: relieved Melbourne residents enjoy weekend out of lockdown

The world’s lockdown capital emerges for its first Friday night of freedom, but not everyone joined the party * Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates * Vic: hotspots; restrictions; vaccination rates by postcode * Australia vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data tracker * Get our free news app; try our weekend edition app; get our morning email briefing From St Kilda to Coburg the traffic is heavy in Melbourne for the first time in months. The bars are filling up and friends are having long hugs as the world’s lockdown capital sheds its Covid restrictions and opens up. “Melbourne is back!” yells one man out of his car window on Lygon Street in the inner-city suburb of Carlton. Continue reading...

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