Lock prevents the bar from streaming popular music sessions

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Geelong’s piano bar has been forced to stop broadcasting its popular performances live from its venue during the current lockdown.

Owner Andy Pobjoy and his guests had been able to stream music during previous closings, keeping locals entertained.

However, the state government changed COVID restrictions to prevent live streaming from a location if it was not at home.

Mr Pobjoy said he only found out about the changes on Sunday morning and it wouldn’t be Piano Bar Live, if he wasn’t from the venue.

“We completely ignored it when we had just done a live broadcast on Saturday night, so it was very surprising,” he said.

“This (the live broadcast) is really such a low risk, but also a very nice benefit to the community who can still connect to the live music.”

Mr. Pobjoy thanked the community for their support over the past 18 months.

Photo: Andy Pobjoy at Piano Bar Geelong [via Facebook]

Geelong’s active COVID count

Geelong’s COVID tally remains at six, with no cases added on Wednesday.

A Lara family of six remains isolated after contracting the virus.

Authorities are investigating whether the cases are linked to the Newport cluster.

Wyndham’s active tally rose to 119, after adding four more cases.

On Wednesday, there were long waits at local COVID testing clinics across Geelong.

Barwon Health is once again urging residents to check its website for clinic locations and hours of operation.

Victoria on Thursday recorded 80 new local cases out of 56,248 tests.

Sixty-seven of the cases are linked to known epidemics and 39 isolated themselves during their infectious period.

Wyndham exhibition sites grow

No exhibition sites have been added in the Geelong area in the past 24 hours.

However, other sites have been added across Wyndham.

Level two sites include Bakers Delight at Hoppers Crossing Mall and Ferguson Plare at Hoppers Crossing Mall.

More sites are listed here.

Young Victorians push for vaccination

Young people trying to get an appointment for the COVID vaccine are always encouraged to keep trying.

The Pfizer vaccine became available to Victorians aged 16 and over yesterday, with the online reservation system crashing.

Over a million people have also tried to book through the phone service, which has struggled to keep up with demand.

A drive-through clinic has also been established at Eagle Stadium in Werribee.

Residents are reminded to make appointments at drive-thru sites and at the state-run hub in Norlane.

Gull Geelong suspends service during lockdown

Gull Geelong was forced to suspend his bus service between Geelong and Melbourne Airport.

The company took to social media, saying it had to temporarily suspend buses during the lockdown.

However, he hopes to resume his schedule when the restrictions are lifted.


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