Premier Daniel Andrews has taken Victorian to task for our presumed slackness in adhering to restrictions imposed as part of the state's efforts to manage COVID-19.
It now seems the entire state will be forced to pay the price for whatever it is that has gone wrong and led to an upsurge in the number of positive COVID-19 cases detected in our state.
This is disappointing, to say the least, for people in regional communities who have accepted and then toiled under tightened restriction policies that were part of the state of emergency introduced in March.
In our community, less than 10 cases have been reported, and no new cases have been detected for at least nine weeks.
But an upswing in cases reported mostly in Melbourne, and in a belt of suburbs, has authorities rightly worried.
It seems the government believes it must take action - cruel though it may seem, to try and halt the spread of the virus, and as it stands, that means all Victorian will be asked to abide by the same rules, regardless of where we live, where we work, or where cases have been detected.
Safety first is an admirable and understandable policy, but many regional Victorians who are already struggling under the weight of being locked down for almost three months feel this is the cruelest blow of them all.
Coming on top of a bevy of high profile protests that have openly flaunted rules regarding lockdown and public gatherings, the frustration felt by many is understandable.
A region-by-region or suburb-by-suburb approach to restrictions might not work.
It may well be too difficult to enforce and could create mass confusion, but if we must all be ruled by one same set of restrictions, please, let's everyone do the right thing.
Ongoing rules regarding family and social gatherings, religious and other services as well as public gatherings are having a dire impact on our community.
If the only way forward is to re-introduce harsher restrictions, for just a few weeks more, let's all play by the rules, because we are so close to having more of the freedoms we have been longing for.