Yesterday was the 5th of April.
It was Easter Monday, a public holiday in Victoria.
Most businesses were closed. When it comes to the shops, it looked like a Sunday: most smaller ones closed, most bigger ones open. (Not like Good Friday and Easter Sunday when everything’s closed.)
Schools were all closed, but they’re in the middle of school holidays anyway. Universities seemed to be closed.
The roads were generally quieter than a weekday. But as far as the reversible lane in Queens Road was concerned, it was a weekday, as in the morning it was operating city-bound. (Outside weekday mornings, it always operates outbound.)
Would a weekday parking restriction count on a weekday public holiday? I don’t know. Anybody know?
As far as the trains were concerned, it was a Saturday, with a Saturday timetable running, but without the two late-night after-midnight trains on each line. V/Line trains and coaches also ran to a Saturday timetable.
As far as the trams were concerned, it was a Saturday but with trams starting an hour earlier than the usual Saturday timetable. On a lot of public holidays they run a Sunday timetable but with trams starting at weekday times. I’m not sure why they don’t just fix the Sunday timetable so the trams regularly start a bit earlier.
Buses? All over the shop. Some routes ran Saturday timetables, some Sunday timetables.
If you travelled with a Metcard, it was a weekday. They don’t do public holidays. If you travelled on trains with a Myki, it knew it was a public holiday and should have charged a maximum of $3 for the day. (There you go, there’s an actual tangible benefit from it.) V/Line charged off-peak fares.
On TV, it appeared to be a normal Monday. Radio seemed a bit different — ABC 774 was doing its holiday thing of networking all the ABC Local Radio stations around the country together, with a host in some far-flung town broadcasting to the nation.
And me? I spent a fair bit of time at home, spending time with loved ones, and relaxing, so to me, it was closest to a Sunday.