“It’s quiet, there’s no one around, no dogs, no children, no crowds to worry about,” he said.
It felt like “clinging on to normality” and a coping strategy during the pandemic. He would often then go shopping at 11pm.
“And suddenly the curfew came along and I was forced to exercise at the same time as everybody else, starting at 6.30pm or 7pm,” he said.
“Which seemed nuts to me because there were more people about, more crowds, it was less safe to exercise during the day than it was at night when it was quiet.”
He said most people didn’t seem bothered about the curfew, “but to me it’s been the most irritating aspect of stage four. I’m very pleased to see the back of it.”
“Part of me felt like a small child being told I had to be I bed by a certain time of night, I think.”
The comments came as Liberal Party member and Mornington Peninsula cafe owner Michelle Loielo pressed ahead on Monday with her lawsuit against Deputy Public Health Commander Michelle Giles.
Ms Loielo is claiming in the Supreme Court of Victoria that the curfew is disproportionate and violates her human rights.
The curfew was introduced on August 2 from 8pm to 5am daily, and from August 14, it was changed to 9pm to 5am.
Premier Daniel Andrews abolished the curfew on Sunday.
Age readers’ reactions to their new nocturnal freedom varied.
One reader said that with the curfew over, they intended to “go for a walk at 11pm with my whole household (our allowed two hours of exercise within five kilometres from home) then go to Maccas for a coffee on our way back home”.
But another reader said: “We still can’t leave the house for more than two hours, can’t visit friends or family nothing is open and my work is shut so it was a pointless rule in the first place, but it changes nothing.”
Another contributor, David, said the curfew ending offered him nothing new.
“The other restrictions still prevent normal activity. Lifting the curfew has virtually no practical effect. It was done as a political tactic – given it is highly likely to be struck down as illegal anyway.
“But until family visits are allowed and the five kilometre permit zone is removed, and pubs/clubs/restaurants can open, nothing much changes other than not being fined for being on the footpath outside my home at 1 minute past 9pm.”
Carolyn Webb is a reporter for The Age.