COVID-19 Community Update: Melbourne border removed, changes to restrictions and an update for community organisations (9 November)
09 November 2020
From today, the state of Victoria becomes one again with restrictions applying state-wide and the border between Melbourne and regional Victoria removed.
This comes as a great relief for many people who have not seen family and friends for months, as well as for businesses who have been burdened by the restrictions.
A number of restrictions have been eased in Melbourne today which brings them in the line with the rest of the state. Restrictions will be further eased for all Victorians from 23 November.
SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO RESTRICTIONS
UPDATE ON COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND GROUPS
A number of community organisations and groups including sporting clubs, Lions clubs, RSLs, historical societies and art groups have contacted me about the opening of their community venues and facilities.
Up until yesterday’s announcement community venues and facilities have remained closed. Meetings and gatherings were to be done virtually or outdoors if online wasn’t possible.
Finally the announcement yesterday provided some good news for community organisations and groups – venues and facilities are permitted to open for any reason from today for up to 20 people indoors (10 people per space) and with the density quotient of one person per four square metres.
This restriction is set to ease to 100 people (group limit of 20) and one person per four square metres from November 23.
There are now only four active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, none of which are in the the Euroa electorate.
Today is the tenth day in a row of zero new cases and zero deaths across the state.
Daniel Andrews has not made any changes to the mandatory wearing of face masks.
This week in Parliament The Nationals will continue to push for face masks to only be applicable in certain situations (i.e. supermarket shopping) and request that they not be compulsory when engaging in outdoor activities such as walking, golf, bowls and fishing or where social distancing can be maintained.
VICTORIAN-NEW SOUTH WALES BORDER
At 12:01am on Monday 23 November 2020 the New South Wales border will reopen to Victorians.
This means residents from both states can travel freely across the border for any reason and without having to obtain a permit.
For now the border remains closed and anyone needing to cross for work, care or compassionate reasons can apply for a border entry permit here.
46 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS
It’s an understatement to say that it’s been a tough year for individuals, families and businesses.
Community support has been more important than ever and we must continue to rally around our friends, family and local businesses as much as we can.
As we start to look forward to the festive season and restrictions are eased further I would encourage you to plan to shop local and support small businesses where possible.
The Euroa electorate is blessed with so many amazing businesses that can put local produce on your table and Christmas presents under your tree (or someone else’s tree!).
In saying this, I acknowledge that Christmas will be different this year and times are tougher for many people. The greatest gift someone could give or receive might just be having the opportunity to spend time with family and friends once again or checking in on a neighbour.
I hope that the rest of this year will provide relief, joy, rebuilding, new opportunities and continued support.
As always please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.