Our beautiful city of Melbourne, in fact all of Australia has had to either shut it's business doors to Retail, Restaurants and Cafes, tourist destinations and activities, parklands and sporting venues.
Shopping centres are now deserted and the traffic on our streets has dwindled to just a few cars with essential services travelling to and from work.
Such a sad state of affairs and the public, including visiting tourists have had specific direction as to what we/they all need to do to stop the spread of this insidious virus.
Researching for content for the page has been difficult as each day 'things change'
For the latest update as we move into the month of April, please visit here ... Corona Virus
Each week, on my Market's Facebook page, I list all the markets that are on over the weekend. Visiting the markets are excellent things to do in April but not THIS April, 2020
As we have been instructed to stay at home unless it is totally necessary, I have suspended writing the list until it is safe for us all to pop down to enjoy the experience.
There are some markets open for the time being offering very restricted produce to purchase, as far as normal retail stalls, these have been closed for the time being. Checkout the city's open markets ...
Keep in mind that strict social distancing must be adhered to for the safety of the community and yourself. Just whilst the Corona Virus disaster is going on, please treat the shopping experience as a necessity rather than a social outing.
My suggestion would be to check before you venture out. Just a phone call usually will suffice.
Don't tempt fate, too dangerous to you and your loved ones. Stay home for the time being until it is safe to pop out socially to these great places.
VISIT AGAIN WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO
I am really looking forward to next year's 2021 Things to do in April updated page!
In the meantime, please take note that all festival are cancelled. All Melbourne's beautiful parks and gardens are still open but the recommendation is that you do not congregate or use these for any form of social activity. As one of Melbourne's best places and favourite things to do in April, family picnics and celebrations in these places just can't be enjoyed till we get back to normal.
Tesselaars have decided to cancel our 2020 Tesselaar KaBloom Festival of Flowers due to the implications of COVID-19. So sad as this wason my list of favorite things to do in April. Now CANCELLEED.
The flowers were ready to go and looking sensational however, in the best interest of the public, they have chosen to help ensure your safety and that of the wider community.
The fields will be closed to the public.
Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance (TBCA) regretfully announces the cancellation of the "19th South Asian New Year Festival" to be held on April 4, 2020.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2020 will not go ahead
"With great sadness we must announce that following the Prime Minister’s statement about non-essential mass gatherings, the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will not go ahead."
Due to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Surf League (WSL) is postponing or cancelling all events, at all levels of competition, through the end of May. This includes the postponement of the 2020 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
To celebrate the Comedy Festival that is much loved here in Melbourne – they will be sharing a clip each day from Festivals gone by. These will feature artists who would have been appearing at this year’s Festival and often they will relate to the particular Special Event scheduled for that date.
Head to our YouTube channel to laugh your way through hours of comedy archive gold
You might not be able to physically visit museums in Melbourne as part of your list of things to do in April at the moment, but you can visit them virtually. Museums Victoria launched Museum at Home; an initiative that allows you to engage and explore Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum online.
The online project will allow guests to go behind the scenes, take virtual tours, learn about STEM, experience live streamed virtual events and watch Q and A sessions hosted by experts.
There will be plenty of educational content made available. Museum at Home is live now with additional content to be added over the coming weeks.
Melbourne Museum at Home
Scienceworks at Home
Immigration Museum at Home
Their live public events have been postponed until further notice to curb the spread of corona virus (COVID-19), but join them for a program of virtual screenings, workshops, education resources and more from the comfort of your home.
Please, everyone, stay safe, stay at home and look after yourselves and, if you have just found Family Getaways Melbourne, spend some extra time wandering through my site's pages and perhaps enjoying a virtual tour of my hometown, Melbourne.
Maybe start a new hobby? Check out my latest book review on my hobby, collecting sea glass