Restrictions eased but caution required


Jamie Glaum was one of the first skaters to enjoy the easing of restrictions at the Rosebud skatepark. Picture: Gary Sissons

IT seemed as though the Mornington Peninsula became active again last Tuesday with the state government further easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Playgrounds, skate parks, outdoor gym equipment and park equipment, such as furniture and barbecues, were reopened for up to 10 people, with the number expanding to 20 from 11.59pm on Sunday.

Libraries, youth centres and other community facilities were given the go ahead to open with 20 people in a single area that complies with social distancing rules; men’s sheds and arts and crafts classes can resume; entertainment and cultural venues, such as galleries, museums, drive-in cinemas and historic sites can open, and swimming pools can open with up to 20 people and extra safety requirements in place.

Community sporting activities are also be permitted with up to 20 people in undivided spaces, provided the sport is outdoors, non-competitive, non-contact, and people are able to play 1.5 metres apart.

The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the easing of restrictions was a sign of “slowly and cautiously heading in the right direction”.

“If we stay the course and do the right thing, there’ll be more announcements on 22 June that will see a further easing of restrictions – something we’re all looking forward to.”

The gradual easing of restrictions was encouraging for local businesses and, in particular, the tourism and hospitality sectors.

“In the meantime, I remind everyone that we still need to remain vigilant and cautious and to observe the social distancing rules and practice good hygiene.”

In other signs of easing, non-food and drink market stalls can open, and overnight stays can resume at private houses and in tourist accommodation.

Campgrounds and caravan parks can open but with communal facilities closed. The shire camping season is proposed to reopen in October.

Up to 20 people are allowed at weddings plus the celebrant and couple; up to 50 are allowed at funerals, plus those conducting the ceremony, and up to 20 are allowed at religious ceremonies, plus those performing the service.

Outdoor gatherings can have 20 people and 20 people can be inside a home which, for a family of four, means 16 visitors.

Those able to work from home must keep working from home until at least the end of June. Details:

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 2 June 2020


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