Visiting family and friends is allowed, but stay home as much as possible to keep the community safe
Wednesday, 13 May, 2020 - 15:45
While the Victorian Premier announced the first easing of COVID-19 restrictions effective from 11.59pm yesterday (Tuesday, 12 May), Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM, is calling on the community to still stay home as much as possible in order to keep the community safe.
Cr Attley said there are now only five reasons for people leave home with the addition of allowing people to have up to five family and friends visit them in their homes and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.
“This is very welcomed by many, but the Premier’s message is still that where you can, you should stay home,” Cr Attley said.
While hiking, bush walking, fishing and hunting are now allowed, the Premier and Council’s position is that people should do this close to where they live.
“In order to keep our community safe, we do not encourage people to travel to our area to undertake these activities,” said Cr Attley.
“And while people now have access to parks for recreation, we’d like to remind them that camping and overnight stays are not permitted. Please check the DHHS website where you will find answers to all the commonly asked questions about travel - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/travel-restrictions-coronavirus ."
Cr Attley said the first round of easing means no immediate change in how Council is delivering services or access to Council facilities.
"Council is working with local associations to enable recreation facility use of tennis courts, basketball and netball courts as well as Council managed ovals in line with the requirements.
“Playgrounds and libraries remain closed and our office doors are also closed, although we continue to be here for the community via phone or email,” she said.
Council’s Resource Recovery Centre is also open with some changes to payment options to avoid cash handling.
The Premier yesterday announced dates for schools to open for prep, grades 1 and 2 and years 11 and 12 students. Locally, the Mansfield Steiner School has already had students return.