If you're feeling frustrated about the level of restrictions in Horsham, spare a thought for two former residents now living in Melbourne.
Brittany Nitschke and Charlotte White had until recently lived together in Brunswick West, which returned into stage three restrictions in early July, several weeks before the rest of Victoria.
The two women remain with more limits on their movement than their Wimmera-based families, with Melbourne only in the second step of restrictions easing compared to regional Victoria's third step.
Both have not seen their families since June. Effectively, many aspects of their lives have been adjourned for more than three months.
As a property and administration officer for Victoria Police, Ms Nitschke said she processed the fines handed out to people breaching the Chief Health Officer's pandemic directions. While she doesn't condone people that do this, she can understand the feelings underpinning their actions.
"There has just been an influx of fines coming through for people not wearing a mask, and - when there was a curfew - in people that were outside for no apparent reason," she said.
"I think people are getting a bit sick of how tight the restrictions are, and not caring about staying away from their friends and family."
"It does frustrate me to see that, but I also understand why they're frustrated, so it's a Catch-22. Most people are doing the right thing, of course.
"Being on different (social media) platforms and seeing everyone (in regoinal Victoria) posting stories with their friends at the beach or out for drinks, sometimes it does upset me because we are still in this lockdown when there are a lower number of cases."
"Draining is an understatement at the moment, I'm getting a bit sick of it."
Since September 28, Melbournians have been in the second step of restrictions easing. They can still only leave home for four reasons, must stay within five kilometres of their homes at all times, and outdoor public gatherings of up to five people from a maximum of two households are allowed.
Since they recently moved out of their shared apartment, Ms Nitschke has nominated Ms White to be in her "social bubble", where one person living alone can nominate another to visit for social contact.
When she returns, the first thing Brittany wants to do is get order a Panang curry from her favourite takeaway.
"It seems like the smallest thing ever, but I miss Thai so much," she said.
"Melbourne is great for food, but they don't make it the way they do in Horsham... I mean I'll give the family a hug and an 'I missed you' too, but Thai is awesome!"
Ms White's "social bubble" nominee is her partner Darcy. She agreed the prolonged period of lockdown had been exhausting.
"At the start, everyone kind of supported (the lockdowns), and I did too, because we thought this would be the best to get the cases down," she said.
"But now the cases are down, and we haven't really moved far it becomes a little bit disheartening because you always get your hopes up for an announcement and nothing much really changes.
"You compare it to New South Wales which has similar (daily new) case numbers to Victoria, and it's like a different world over there.
"I would love to travel home to regional Victoria, but there is also that sense of fear you might bring something home with you, and you don't want to stuff it up for everyone else. But if there are checkpoints and temperature checks, or if you get tested before you travel, surely there are ways of getting back to COVID normal as it's called."
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Ms White had the benefit of her father, an essential worker, being in town while she moved into a new flat in Brunswick West.
"He is transporting supplies from the airport with the Australian Defence Force," she said.
"Dad and I have definitely had conversations about how quiet the city is and how police are monitoring the streets. It doesn't feel real, I guess, and I think it was a shock to him coming from regional Victoria.
"We'll just keep our fingers crossed and hopefully things start to ease soon."
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