Do you live in Melbourne and want to find out which shops, parks, and essential services are within a 10km radius of your own home? There’s an app for that. Or more specifically, a website.
The website KM From Home is a super easy way to plan for Melbourne’s incoming eased restrictions, which were announced as part of a string of “modest changes” for the region’s current lockdowns.
It was originally built in response to the Irish government’s limit on movement back in March last year. However very quickly, people in France, Spain, South Africa and more countries started using the site as more and more governments implemented these kinds of restrictions.
the first place I'm going in my shiny new 10km radius is my favourite bagel shop in South Melbourne, and then my favourite juice stall at the South Melbourne market. I'm so excited I wanna cry ????
— catherine burton (@_ccaatherinee) September 16, 2021
Compared to the rest of the world, Australia’s had it pretty good in terms of restrictions (and confirmed COVID-19 cases), but the ongoing situation in Melbourne means things have been pretty clamped down for the last couple of months.
Because of its overseas origins, the website’s name is slightly confusing. Yes, the URL says 2kmfromhome.com, but the site’s name is now KM From Home and the functionality for Melburnians is there, which is all that matters.
Besides, you can change the distance to pretty much whatever you want.
Obviously, the extended Melbourne lockdown restrictions still apply with in the 10km radius, too. You can’t gather with a 10 mates from five different houses simply because they now live within your bubble. (But if there’s five of you that are fully vaxxed and live across two houses, you can have a picnic down the park.)
But if you need to check places to buy essentials or where to exercise in public for a couple of hours, this is your best bet to not get busted as well as, you know, doing your bit for public health.