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Victorian Government encouraged to offer small, regular steps out of coronavirus lockdown
Offering Victorians small, meaningful steps out of lockdown more regularly could help prevent people from choosing to breach coronavirus health directives, a behavioural expert says.
Premier Daniel Andrews has said Sunday’s announcement will contain mostly “social” eased restrictions for Melbourne, with more scope for expanding freedoms in regional Victoria.
Mr Andrews said he would also offer a clearer snapshot of how the state planned to further relax rules in the weeks ahead.
And as the list of liberties given back to Victorians grows, the decisions made by each individual to act in a COVID-safe way will play a greater role in preventing a third wave of infections.
Deputy director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Behaviour Change, Ron Borland, said maintaining compliance with rules would become “a real challenge” as Victoria began to move out of lockdown.
“As this goes on, it’s going to be more and more that people say, ‘I’ll just break the rules just this once, I’ve been a good boy or a good girl so far and I’ll just do it this once to, sort of, reward myself for all my good behaviour’,” he said.
Professor Borland said the “trail of positive steps” should be focused on offering small, safe steps that the widest possible group of people could benefit from.
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