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Aussie COVID-19 Protesters Are Smashing TVs, And It's No Laughing Matter

Do better, Australia.

We’ve been taking the absolute piss out of people when it comes to coronavirus stupidity, like those dumb gym protesters in Florida. So something like that happens in Australia, it becomes less funny and more serious as it hits way closer to home, literally. Case in point: A bunch of misinformed Aussie COVID-19 protesters rallied against lockdown rules and the media by smashing their TVs before gathering by the dozens in Melbourne to sprout ridiculous 5G and vaccine conspiracy theories.

Speaking of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, the GOAT team debunk the coronavirus nonsense going around on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Okay, so how did this wave of coronavirus stupidity start in Australia? Well according to The Guardian, it all began when some former reality TV star – no, not Pete Evans, it’s actually some bloke named Fanos Panayides – started a Facebook group called “99% unite Main Group ‘it’s us or them'”, which has grown to nearly 40,000 members in a short amount of time.

Like most dubious protester pages, this one by Fanos didn’t really have any unifying message other than loudly screaming how everyone isn’t being told the “whole story” on a bunch of things ranging from wild COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories, the alleged microchipping of people, and ridiculous 5G conspiracies.

As for the smashing TVs part, well Fanos told these idiots to do it as a form of protest against the media for “telling us what to think.” Seriously.

We’ve covered how ridiculous these COVID-19 conspiracy theories relating to 5G and vaccines are on GOAT so we won’t do it again. All you need to know is that these theories are bullcrap, 5G won’t hurt anyone, and vaccines are good.

But smashing TVs was just the start as Fanos then rallied up these dumb Aussie COVID-19 protesters for a protest in Melbourne on May 10, which resulted the arrest of 10 people (including Fanos) for breaching social distancing rules. Yes, the irony is off the scale here.

So what exactly are our leaders doing to quell these stupid Aussie COVID-19 protesters?

Chief health officer Brendan Murphy went straight for the jugular in calling out people spruiking these ridiculous 5G COVID-19 theories, calling it “silly misinformation,” “complete nonsense” and reiterating that “5G has got nothing at all to do with coronavirus.”

As for Scott Morrison, well he “both sides-ed” it frustrating fashion.

“It’s a free country, people will make their protest and make their voices heard. But equally, that needs to be done in an appropriate way and it needs to respect the law enforcement authorities who are just simply trying to do their job. So we understand it’s a difficult time and those issues will be dealt with in the normal way.”

Ladies and gentlemen, our PM.

Unlike the protests in America, the COVID-19 demonstrations in Australia have thankfully been laughably small so there’s ultimately nothing to really worry about.

Here’s hoping they’ll eventually go away if we ignore them long enough or they get tired of smashing their TVs in the name of COVID-19 freedom or whatever they’re whinging about this week.

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Please Enjoy These COVID-19 Gym Protesters Getting Their Arses Handed To Them

They really didn't think this one through at all.

We’ve had some seriously ridiculous things happen during this coronavirus pandemic, but we may have hit peak COVID-19 stupidity courtesy of the dumbest ever demonstration put on by a group of short-sighted gym protesters.

Speaking of coronavirus stupidty, the GOAT team talk about how people are falling for COVID-19 hoaxes and misinformation on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

30 or so protesters in Florida weren’t too happy that their gym was closed due to COVID-19 and decided to put on a demonstration (which was live-streamed) expressing their displeasure at being unable to workout while the coronavirus pandamic is wrecking havoc across their country.

This level of COVID-19 stupidity is pretty par for the course in America and this dumb little gym protest wouldn’t have gotten much attention had they not shown just how little thought they put into this whole anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration.

You see, when a news helicopter flew past this little COVID-19 lockdown protest, the gym protesters thought it would be a great idea to start doing push-ups and squats to really hammer home their complaints.

That’s right, these COVID-19 protesters are protesting over their closed gym by *checks notes* working out and proving to the world that they actually don’t need the gym to be open during the coronavirus pandemic in order to exercise.

Jesus Christ.

With that kind of COVID-19 logic being thrown around by protesters, it’s no wonder why Florida is one of the U.S. states where the coronavirus pandemic has hit the hardest.

To the absolute surprise of no one, the internet came down hard on this group of protesters and gave them a roasting that would have turkeys wincing in sympathy.

Unsurprisingly, the organiser of this gym protest later admitted to Buzzfeed News that working out for the camera was not a good idea and sheepishly concedes that all those comments about not needing a gym to exercise are valid.

However, he tries to dig himself out of his hole by claiming that the point of this protest was to highlight the struggle of local businesses during the COVID-19 lockdown and not the first world problem of being unable to take gym selfies in front of those big mirrors after a set of bicep curls.

With an incompetent Cheeto-in-Chief as a leader, politicians who are more concerned with earning a buck than saving lives, and clueless protesters putting on stupid COVID-19 demonstrations that defeat their very point, it’s no wonder why America has royally dropped the ball during this coronavirus pandemic.

Well done, America. You’ve become the prime example of what not to do during a pandemic.

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The Govt's COVIDSafe Roadmap Lets You Travel, But Only A Little Bit

Small steps.

After weeks of hearing Australia’s leaders flip-flopping back and forth on when the COVID-19 lockdown rules will end, Scott Morrison has finally revealed an actual “COVIDSafe roadmap” that outlines a plan on getting things back to something akin to normal by July (hopefully).

The GOAT team talk about ‘Hollywood’, i.e your next Netflix iso binge, on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Scotty laid out the COVIDSafe roadmap in a press conference and it involves a three-stage plan to gradually open Australia back up once we’ve got a firm handle on the COVID-19 crisis.

Now there’s no set time frame on when this plan will be achieved as Scotty says the COVIDSafe roadmap will be followed at the discretion of each state and territory depending on how things go (which we know can be unpredictable). The idea is to hopefully reach step three by July and have Australia’s COVID-19 lockdown rules end or at least eased up by then. But again who knows.

If it makes you feel better, we will be allowed to travel again. Well, sort of.

Anyway, here’s the rundown of Scott Morrison’s grand plan to ease the COVID-19 lockdown rules and gradually open Australia back up.

Step One – Small steps

Bye bye two-people rule and hello social gatherings of up to five people at home, and 10 people in business and public areas. Working from home is still at the discretion of your employers so if it’s been working then keep doing what you’re doing.

Restaurants, cafes, and retail stores will be opening again. Libraries, community centres, classrooms, playgrounds, and boot camps (A/N: uhh what?) will also be open, albeit under certain rules. Restrictions on outdoor gatherings will also ease up and funerals can have up to 30 attendees while weddings can have 10.

Here’s the big one: local and regional travel will be allowed again but not interstate travel. Baby steps.

Step Two – Getting bigger

Gatherings up to 20 people will be allowed now. WFH rules still the same.

More recreational venues will (finally) open under certain restrictions, such as cinemas, galleries, community sport, gyms, beauty parlours, and theme parks. Those who’ve been really missing camping and caravan-ing can also go do that.

Last but definitely not least: some interstate travel will be permitted again, though that depends on the border policies of each state and territory.

Step Three – Approaching normality

Things will be approaching something resembling normality here as gatherings up to 100 people will be allowed, though it all depends on how steps one and two go. WFH is no longer implemented and all of us should be headed back to the workplace.

For those sick of drinking at home, pubs, clubs, nightclubs and food courts will finally open up again, albeit with restrictions.

And now the big one: all interstate travel will be permitted (including air travel) and international Trans-Tasman travel will be considered. International travel for the Pacific Islands and international students will also be looked at.

Throughout each of the three steps, people are to still follow established physical distancing rules. this means:

  • Stand 1.5 metres apart.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Don’t be a slob when sneezing and/or coughing.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • (Optional) Download the COVIDSafe app. The govt has this on their rules list but we have it optional because of the app’s various functionality and security issues.

You know, things we’ve all been doing since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia.

Now all this looks promising but keep in mind again that there’s no set timeline for Scott Morrison’s COVIDSafe roadmap to be fully implemented. It’ll be up to the states and territories to make the big decisions on how to follow Scotty’s plan and it is very possible the planned July target may be a bit too optimistic.

But hey, at least this COVIDSafe roadmap shows that there’s some sort of plan in place to open Australia back up post-COVID-19, which is more than can be said for other countries around the world. We just have to be patient but it’s nice to know that we’re inching ever closer to normality.

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