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Revisiting 2020 – with CBD Movers Australia

2020 the year to no one is going to forget began on a positive note-like all other years do. However, it quickly turned into the year that brought the planet to a “new normal” and gave the word “incredible times” a whole new meaning. A lot of things have occurred in 2020 – from the coronavirus pandemic to the destructive bush fires in Australia.
CBD Movers was able to add 25 new moving trucks to our fleet. This was possible because of the ever-increasing demand of services from CBD Movers in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Where many of the movers withing Australia is focused on the metro and city areas, CBD Movers is quite popular within the suburbs of all major cities in Australia.
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As the world steps into 2021 with new hopes, here are some stories that created an impact in 2020:
January
Beginning in 2019 and extending into 2020, Australia experienced one of the worst fire seasons in history, thrilling the globe as wildfires burned a staggering 47 million acres, displaced thousands of residents and killed at least 34. The fires have destroyed unique ecosystems and killed more than a billion animals, researchers said. Owing to the unprecedented possibility of bushfires, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a state of emergency for six local government areas and three alpine resorts in Victoria.
In the crisis of Bushfire, CBD Movers donated 1$ per move to the Australian government to help the families who lost their homes. Further CBD Movers also helped to move many affected families during the crisis.
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On January 20, A hailstorm ravaged Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding parts of New South Wales, including areas affected by firestorms earlier in the year. This was less than 24 hours after the region was hit by massive dust storms that blanketed entire towns and blocked the sun’s rays.
On January 25, Australia confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Melbourne.
February
On February 2, at the Australian Open in 2020, Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles and Sofia Kenin won the women’s singles. Richard Di Natale resigns as the Australian Greens’ leader.
On February 16, the Fire Fight Australia fundraising concert was held at Australia Stadium in Sydney after the 2019-20 Australian bush fire.
On February 20, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Royal Commission on National Natural Disaster Arrangements to look into the fires that devastated the country over the summer. 18 million hectares (44 million acres) were burned, 28 people died, and 3,000 homes were destroyed.
On February 24, The head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), Mike Burgess, said that there was increasing foreign and far-right interference in Australia and that violent Islamic fundamentalism remains the concern of ASIO.
On February 29, Ex AFL soccer player Joel Bowden secured the 2020 Johnston By-election, representing the Labor Party.
March
The first death from the COVID-19 pandemic was reported in Australia on 1st March. After the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia triggered cases of panic buying around the country, major grocery chains began to ration toilet paper sales. Premier Morrison declared that any overseas passengers arriving or returning to Australia must be self-isolated for 14 days, reflecting New Zealand’s similar requirement. Cruise ships were barred from docking in the country for 30 days. The new measures would exclude colleges, hospitals, workplaces and vital facilities such as department stores from the new measures.
In sports, in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Australia won, beating India by 85 runs.
Morrison declared on 20 March that all non-residents would be banned from entering the country. Scott Morrison declared that all bars, clubs, hotels, cinemas and indoor sports venues around the nation will close down indefinitely from noon on Monday 23 March in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Centrelink and myGov websites failed as a result of the indefinite closure of venues in the hospitality, travel, leisure, health and entertainment sectors because too many people tried to register for unemployment insurance online at the same time.
The cruise ship Ruby Princess disembarked its passengers in Sydney despite the symptoms of Coronavirus on many of them and some members of the crew
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During the Pandemic, CBD Movers helped many families to move with all the safety measures. CBD Movers kept serving clients during the lockdown caused by COVID-19. All safety measures to protect the team and valued customers from Covid-19 were taken. The COVID protocol was followed and is still in practice at CBD Movers.
April
Word of mouth a user-generated directory where people share the experiences they have with businesses – both good and bad; awarded CBD Movers with the Customer Service Award for 2020. CBD Movers has won this award the fourth time in a row owing to the quality services it has been providing to people all across Australia.
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The High Court unanimously quashed the convictions of Cardinal George Pell and replaced the verdicts of acquittal; The Court’s summary of its decision stated that there was “a significant possibility of conviction of an innocent person because the evidence did not attribute guilt to the required standard of evidence.”
The Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking to develop a mandatory code of ethics that will force news outlets to be compensated by Facebook, Google and other tech companies while using their content.
May
Jackie Trad resigned as Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Queensland and was replaced by Stephen Miles and Cameron Dick, respectively.
The 2020 NRL season resumed in its third round, with Parramatta Eels beating Brisbane Broncos 34-6 at Suncorp Stadium, following a two-month season suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
June
Sony Europe, Sony Australia’s parent company was ordered by the Federal Court of Australia to pay its customers $3.5 million AUD / $2.4 million USD in penalty fees, owing to legislators stating that the company made false and deceptive claims about its Australian Consumer Law (ACL) rights on its website and in relations with Australian customers.
On June 19, it was suspected that there has been a large-scale cyber attack against the Australian government; Scott Morrison held a press conference at Parliament House.
July
The continuation of the JobKeeper and JobSeeker systems beyond the current September deadline was confirmed by Scott Morrisson, although with substantial cuts. Every two weeks, JobKeeper was to be lowered from $ 1,500 to $ 1,200 for full-time employees and $ 750 for part-time workers (20 hours per week or less). This figure would fall to $1,000 for full-time employees in December and $650 for part-time workers. In October, a new qualifying test was to be added.
August
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing numbers of infection rates, especially in the workplace, Victoria had declared a state of disaster and Phase 4 restrictions had been put in place. Including a curfew imposed by the police in Melbourne Metro and Mitchell Shire between 8 pm and 5 am, the closure of a number of non-essential companies, exercise was permitted for only one hour per day, only one person per household was allowed to shop once per day and in 5 km range from home As a result of the high numbers of infections imported from the greater Melbourne city, all other areas in regional Victoria entered the third phase of restrictions previously placed on Melbourne and Mitchell Shire on August 5.
September
Australia was officially going through its first recession in nearly three decades, with GDP numbers for the June quarter showing that the economy contracted by 7 percent; The biggest decline on record, and marginally worse than predicted by most economists.
Also, the Census Bureau numbers released confirmed a 0.3 per cent drop in the March quarter, meaning that the Australian economy had slipped back for two consecutive quarters, in line with a common definition of a recession.
October
The federal court justified Qantas’ decision to expel hundreds of aircraft engineers without compensation after the Covid-19 pandemic. With fewer passengers, around 450 maintenance engineers at Qantas and Jetstar were among two-thirds of the employees hired for a month as of late March.
November
The Royal Australian Navy had joined the Indian, American and Japanese navies in the military exercises in the Indian Ocean. The four countries had raised concerns about Chinese packages in Asia.
Australia was returning to the Malabar Exercise after 13 years. India hosted the Indian Ocean war game.
December
Iron ore price reached a record high in nearly eight years, and Australian shares started the week higher. The benchmark ASX 200 index (+ 0.5 segment) rose to 6,664 points by 1:00 PM EST.

Revellers will Face Grey Skies on New Year’s Eve

Australians are preparing to stay indoors on this New Year’s Eve rather than heading out. Cloudy and grey weather conditions are expected on January 1.
According to a senior meteorologist at the weather bureau, conditions for cities along the east coast, including Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, will be cloudy.
Senior meteorologist Jonathan How said on Thursday, “If you are staying indoors on New Year’s Eve, then it would not be such a bad thing because it will be quite cloudy weather for many Australian cities.”
He said Rain and storms were expected for much of the country’s north. The only cloud-free parts of the country will be Central and West Australia.
The nation’s capital Canberra will be cloudy, yet it will be mostly dry. And in Brisbane, there is the chance of showers until the stroke of midnight. At the same time, the Sydney showers are expected to clear before the fireworks.
In Melbourne, there would be cloudy and humid weather conditions as they celebrate the end of 2020.
Mr. How said, “For New Year’s Day, things are looking very interesting. We are going to see the chance of afternoon storms or showers and increasing humidity.”
Hobart’s first day of 2021 will be cloudy, and the conditions would be cool.
While Adelaide seems to be “quite nice” with mild weather, Perth will have clear conditions with a hot first day of the new year expected.
But in Darwin, there will be storms and showers on Thursday and into Friday.
Unfortunately, Mr. How said “the grey skies are expected to worst for the initial few days of 2021 across the east coast, with thunderstorms predicted across NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and the ACT. “
In Western, Australia temperatures are expected to soar for the first few days of January, with highs in the low to mid-40C range.

NSW Recorded 10 New COVID-19 Cases

NSW has recorded ten new COVID-19 cases, three of which are part of the new Croydon cluster in Sydney’s inner west.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed that these ten new coronavirus cases were from 24 hours to 8 pm last night.
The index source of the Croydon cluster, which now totals nine cases, remains under investigation.
Ms Berejikilan said, “Today’s one case is linked to an isolated transport worker who tested COVID-19 positive earlier this month. Five of Today’s cases are directly connected to the Avalon cluster on the northern beaches. Three locally acquired COVID-19 cases are linked to the Inner West cluster, and one case is under investigation.”
South Australia Premier Steven Marshall confirmed that after the latest COVID-19 cases come, SA will enforce a hard border with NSW from 12.01 am tonight.
Wednesday, health authorities founded a positive coronavirus case in the northern suburbs of Sydney.
The chief health officer Kerry Chant said that this COVID-19 infection had now been linked to the Avalon cluster.
She said the man travelled into Mona Vale for some work-related issue between December 13 to December 19 and urged anyone who attended Pittwater Place between those dates to get tested if symptoms present.
Further, one case from western Sydney is under investigation. And seven cases are also found in return travellers who are in quarantine at the hotel.
The premier Gladys Berejiklian said that “during the previous 24 hours, almost 28,000 people across the state were tested and got an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in previous days.”
However, tough limits have been placed on New Year Eve’s household gatherings. It includes five guests on a day, and that cap will remain indefinitely.
Ms Berejiklian said while it was pleasant to see case numbers fall, the situation continues “very volatile.”
She said it’s mandatory to wear masks in indoor public places.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant also praised the increased coronavirus testing numbers yet urged the society to “strive for even higher COVID-19 testing rates”.
“If you have any symptoms today, please avoid going to NYE gatherings or any functions,” she said.
People are asked to make sure to check the new restrictions for New Year’s Eve before throwing any part.
Further, Australian citizens are encouraged to restrict non-essential gatherings at any place during New Year Eve so It can minimise the risk of COVID-19 community transmission.

18 New Coronavirus Cases in Sydney’s Inner West, Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions For New Year’s Eve

Sydney recorded 18 new cases in the past 24 hours. NSW Health officials fear Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak is spreading even more, including nine COVID-19 cases in the northern beaches and six linked to what is being referred to as the “Croydon cluster”.
All six COVID-19 cases are members from the same extended family and close contact with others over the Christmas period.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has freshly toughened restrictions for New Year’s Eve and announced another coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s Inner West.
Gladys Berejiklian says all home meets on New Year’s Eve in Greater Sydney will now be limited to five guests, as a new coronavirus cluster rises in the city’s inner west.
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant announced today that, a new unlinked cluster has at least 34 close contacts.
Dr Chant said, “there are six COVID-19 cases, three of them are children and three adults, were spread over three households in the Inner West and south-western Sydney. One of these COVID-19 cases first came yesterday morning.”
“We are presuming there will be new COVID-19 cases connected to that cluster just because of the number of close contacts and the close household contact that a number of those contacts had throughout Christmas and the next days”, said Dr Chant
The COVID-19 outbreak has forced the government to tighten restrictions for New Year’s Eve.
From tonight midnight until next notice, the maximum number of gathering per house has been decreased from 10 people to five only in the Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Nepean Blue Mountains areas, and Central Coast.
In the same region, outdoor gatherings are reduced by 50 people to 30 people.
The northern beaches region split into two distinct zones, will also have per household five visitor limit and outdoor gatherings will be capped at 10 and five people for the northern and southern zones, respectively.
“We know the impact of these restrictions, but at this moment, we understand there is a full scope of transmission”, Dr Chant said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, “the preferred advice” is for every citizen to reduce mobility and try to stay home for New Year’s Eve. And if failing that then prefer outdoors with social distancing and proper ventilation.
Australia has reached 909 deaths and over 28,300 Covid-19 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Queensland Authorities To Open Fourth Border Checkpoint On NYE!

Queensland authorities are opening a fourth checkpoint along the Queensland-NSW border on New Year’s Eve to ease long traffic lines for getting into the Sunshine State.
Citizens are hoping to get relief from traffic. Presently, there are 17 checkpoints along the border, yet 3 of them are operational due to the Sydney Northern Beaches outbreak brought back a hard border lockdown between the two states just over a week ago.
From Thursday 7 AM at Miles Street in Coolangatta, a fourth checkpoint will open and alleviate the heavy traffic.
Queensland Police Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler supported the continuing delays, confirming ten fines had been published so far in the last week to Sydneysiders supposedly lying to get over the border.
Five of those fines were issued on Boxing Day only to a crowd who allegedly lied on their border declaration pass and were travelling to Airlie Beach for a holiday, said Mark Wheeler.
For the claimed offence the group will have to fork out near to $20,000.
Superintendent Wheeler said, “Predominantly they are informing us they have not been in the Greater Sydney region in the last two weeks and they are the correct people we require to stay out of the state.”
“Citizens have to remember the directions of the Chief Health Officer are in place to restrict COVID-19 from people coming into Queensland and to keep our society safe.”
Superintendent Wheeler confirmed “authorities were in the last stages of fixing up the Miles Street checkpoint. I expect it will help ease overcrowding considerably on the Coolangatta and Tweed backstreets.”
There are three checkpoints presently in working mode has been operated 24/7, but ques in traffic have remained to increase with many wanting to get into Queensland, said Superintendent Wheeler.
“We have approx 100,000 transports a day passing just on the Gold Coast. And we are working to prevent a cohort of around five million people from the Greater Sydney area from getting into our state. So yes there have been delays not only for people who are doing their day to day business and travelling but for essential workers,” he said.

NSW Records Five Local Coronavirus Cases, New Year Eve Celebrations in Sydney Scaled Back

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced five new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours in New South Wales.
One another person has died due to COVID-19 on December 21. NSW health officials confirmed that “This man was in his 70s and died due to respiratory complications following a COVID-19 infection diagnosed in March.”
“Each positive case are on the northern beaches, and all of the cases are obviously linked with the Avalon cluster,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Avalon’s suburb as the epicentre, with the northern beaches cluster, now has 126 cases linked.
There were also nine cases reported in hotel quarantine in 24 hours up to 8 PM on Sunday. NSW Health stated the death toll of state from the COVID-19 had increased.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called for “absolute restraint” in the last month of the year 2020. She declared the Sydney Harbour foreshore would be fully vacated during the year-end of fireworks.
She has declared tight restrictions due to COVID-19 for Greater Sydney for the usually noisy evening; it includes a decreased cap on outdoor gatherings such as picnics and barbecues.
The newest tweaks to COVID-19 restrictions come as health authorities conducted more than 15,000 cases in the 24 hours to yesterday 8 PM.
The COVID-19 cases were declared alongside a litany of changes to New Year Eve’s celebrations.
Ms Berejiklian said, “Apologies for being so strict.”

  • NSW frontline workers like doctors and nurses, would not be given front-row seats to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the city harbour foreshore.
  • Greater Sydney people can only have up to 10 hospitality venues and household visitors adhering to one person per 4-square-metre rule.
  • The State Government would decrease the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 people to 50 people in Greater Sydney, as long as people are socially distancing.

NSW chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant said the man who died, “I believe this highlights the point that sometimes the complexities can be so critical that the lung damage and other complications arising from COVID-19, that can consequently be the reason of death after many months of coronavirus contamination.”
There have been 56 deaths due to the coronavirus in NSW since the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the five new cases, one is related to a previous case that continues under examination.

Nine New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in NSW, 40,000 Tests Conducted on Christmas Day

NSW Health investigates a newly reported Covid-19 infection after a Sydneysider from Bondi – including no connections to the Northern Beaches cluster – inquired positive to the coronavirus.
Nine new locally acquired COVID-19 cases were reported across the state after Christmas on Saturday. Approximately 40,000 people went for a COVID-19 test on Christmas Day.
Eight were connected to the Avalon cluster, which now sits at 116 cases, and the left contamination continues under investigation.
The number of overall cases connected to the Avalon cluster is now 116.
There are also 6 cases of coronavirus in returned travellers, and all of them are currently in quarantine in the hotel.
In a statement, NSW Health said, “eight of the regionally acquired COVID-19 cases are connected to the Avalon cluster.”
NSW Health said, “investigations continue into the source of the Avalon cluster, that is now numbers 116. The source of the other locally acquired case remains under investigation.”
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said, “We are taking every precautionary approach very seriously.”
“We are relying on repeat testing and serological testing on that case turning negative. We are identifying at whether recorded cases could be old COVID-19 case or false-positive case. ”
It comes after police from the NSW civil order, and riot squad were asked to help split up a large gathering at nearby Bronte Beach on Christmas afternoon.
Brad Hazzard, the health Minister, slammed the group for not worrying about the rest of Sydney – people who have been following the COVID-19 restrictions.
Brad Hazzard said at Saturday’s press conference, “citizens on the Northern Beaches have been doing their job to provide not only themselves safe, but also the rest of Sydney safe.”
“It is shocking to see what was a group of people or a huge gathering of people who did not give a damn of the rest of Sydney,” he said.
Brad Hazzard said, “I am hoping that event will not grow a COVID-19 super spreader event. But it has all chance that it could be.”
Approx 39,133 tests were conducted on Christmas Day, compared to a record 69,809 on Christmas Eve.

COVID Christmas, Santa in the Town via Zoom call

The world is suffering from COVID-19 pandemic, and Christmas 2020 had been affected by this. Many traditions will have to be carried out in a very different manner. With coronavirus restrictions, social distancing rules, and gathering limits, Christmas will look very different in 2020.
The first significant change implemented due to COVID-19 is restrictions on large-scale gatherings.
At many places in Australia where people used to meet to see the Christmas light now will no longer celebrate Christmas.
For many citizens, tomorrow’s Christmas will be a time of mixing through video calls to wish your family and friends, who are stuck somewhere else.
2020 is the year of internet burnout, Zoom fatigue, and innovative technological workaround. This year Santa will arrive through a video call on Christmas.
The small company Encore Musicians based in the UK has been providing “musical messages” since the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are often messages between the UK and Australia — the client asks a song, regularly with personalised lyrics. And a trained musician plays the music on video call for whomever the customer nominates.
Santa on ZOOM call
In Western Sydney, this organisation has become a global purveyor of “Zoom Santas”, they are giving 15-minute Zoom calls with Santa at the North Pole.
They have proved popular with families in the United States where some children, due to lockdown, cannot visit the Santa in red at the mall this Christmas.
To see Santa Claus in real life will also get a bit difficult but children can communicate with Santa via Zoom calls. While many malls will still have a Santa Claus seated out in the mall’s centre, the children can click the photos following the social distancing rules in mind.
A Merry Christmas!

NSW announced new Christmas restrictions for Sydney

The majority of coronavirus restrictions across Greater Sydney will stay in place for the Christmas period, but there will be “modest changes” in time for Christmas Eve.
The NSW Government has declared changes to COVID-19 restrictions across Greater Sydney. And most of the lockdown orders will consider for the northern beaches on Christmas.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian held “crisis cabinet” meeting on Wednesday morning to recognise how citizens across NSW would spend their Christmas Day.
After declaring eight new COVID-19 positive cases, the Premier said there would now be two sets of restrictions for the northern beaches’ southern and northern areas.
From December 24, Sydney’s Northern Beaches’ lockdown will be divided into two areas: residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge and east of the Bahai Temple on Mona Vale Road and the southern section the local government area.
Ms Berejiklian said, “being a resident of the northern beaches’ northern part, you have to stay in your area because you are still in lockdown.”
“On the 24th, 25th and 26th of December, you are allowed to gather five people into your home. But there is one condition the guest should be from their region only.”
People in Southern area are not allowed to have more than ten adult visitors.
Ms Berejiklian said “the coronavirus restrictions brought in earlier this week for Greater Sydney. It involves the Central Coast and the Wollongong LGA, would stay in place; however for a small tweak which would allow an unlimited number of children under 12 to join a maximum of 10 adults to visit homes on December 24, 25 and 26.”
The ten adult cap applies to visitors, and not the residents of the home.
Ms Berejiklian said, “children below 12 have determined not to be carriers of the COVID-19.”
“What we are putting ahead is very modest restrictions based on the best advice given to us,” said Ms Berejiklian.
From December 27, the coronavirus restriction will revert to permit only ten people to meet households in the restricted area.
There will be no changes to coronavirus restrictions for regional NSW; there are approx 50 visitors permitted in private homes.

New South Wales Recorded 8 New Cases, Raising Concern of Eased COVID-19 Restrictions for Christmas

New South Wales coronavirus outbreak has grown by eight new coronavirus cases. Seven of them are related to Avalon cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches. And the eighth positive case of coronavirus is a nurse who is involved in the transfer of patients from the international airport.
Until 8 PM last night total COVID-19 positive cases were reached to eight.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday; there are now 90 COVID-19 cases connected to the Northern Beaches cluster, as 44,446 people over the state came ahead for testing in another record day.
NSW Premier Berejiklian thanked citizens for their acknowledgement so far but said “it is too early to say whether coronavirus restrictions in place across Sydney will be lifted before Christmas Eve. I know it would be a tough time for some citizens if they had to spend the Christmas eve alone.”
She said, “If it were not Christmas time of year, then the decision on COVID-19 restrictions would be much easier.”
She said, “we need to consider what people are going through as part of that decision, we have to consider mental health issues, as well we have to acknowledge what it means for our eight million citizens over the state.”
“We will take the fittest advice possible at that time, and we will base our judgment on that best data we have as at tomorrow,” said Berejiklian.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said, “healthcare worker case has transported several patients, but we have found that they also have transferred positive coronavirus cases.”
She said, “We are doing urgent genome sequencing for verifying that is the source of their infection, and those results will come later today.”
Dr Chant said, close contact of this healthcare worker also tested last night and found COVID-19 positive.
Dr Chant asked the people to stay up to date with COVID-19 warnings. State health authorities have passed alerts for approx 50 new venues where a coronavirus positive case may have visited while probably contagious.

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