COVID-19 Community Update: Some common questions on restrictions and information on NSW border permits
08 July 2020
Ahead of stage 3 restrictions coming into force in Mitchell Shire at midnight tonight, I have put together some of the most common questions I’ve received today to help people understand the restrictions.
I also want to reiterate that there is NO change to restrictions at this time throughout the rest of the Euroa electorate.
That means if you live in the council areas of Strathbogie (including the township of Euroa), or Benalla, Shepparton, Campaspe and Bendigo, the existing restrictions continue to apply.
MOST COMMON QUESTIONS
Can I travel from a non-restricted area to a non-restricted area through Melbourne or Mitchell Shire i.e. can I drive from Benalla to Geelong?
Yes. If you need to travel through Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you can. You should plan your trip so that you don’t need to stop in a restricted area (stopping for petrol is ok).
Can you visit your partner if one of you is in Mitchell or Melbourne and the other is not?
Yes. Partners who live separately can visit each other at home irrespective of whether one person lives in a restricted area.
I live outside of the Mitchell Shire. Can I still enter to do my shopping? i.e. I live in Avenel, can I still shop in Seymour?
Yes. Shopping for necessary goods or services is one of the reasons you can enter the Mitchell Shire.
The government defines necessary goods or services as any business which is not required to close under the restrictions, however, you are encouraged to consider whether you can obtain those goods or services in a non-restricted area if you do not live in Mitchell Shire.
I live in the Mitchell Shire but my children attend school / childcare / kindergarten outside the shire. Can they still go to school / childcare / kindergarten?
Yes. Students and children who live in Mitchell Shire can continue to attend even if their school, childcare facility or kindergarten is located outside of the shire.
I live outside the Mitchell Shire but my children attend school / childcare / kindergarten inside the shire. Can they still go to school / childcare / kindergarten?
Yes. Students and children who live outside Mitchell Shire can continue to attend a school, childcare facility or kindergarten within the shire.
I work in the Mitchell Shire, but live elsewhere. Can I still enter for work or study?
Yes. If your work can not be done at home.
I live in the Mitchell Shire, but work or study elsewhere. Can I still leave for work or study?
Yes. If your work can not be done at home.
My hairdresser is in Mitchell Shire. Can I still have my hair done if I live outside of Mitchell Shire?
Yes. Hairdressers are not required to close under the restrictions, therefore residents from outside of Mitchell Shire can still visit a hairdresser within the restricted area.
If I live in Mitchell and I am able to leave the shire for one of the permitted reasons (shopping for food or essential goods or services, work and study, care or compassionate reasons), can I sit down at a café, or visit shops, services and entertainment that are closed in Mitchell?
No. These restrictions travel with you. If you are outside the shire for any reason, you still need to follow the same restrictions that apply to you at home. That means you cannot visit shops, services and entertainment venues that are closed in Mitchell Shire but open in other areas.
I live in Mitchell Shire but a carer of my child lives in a non-restricted area. Can they come into Mitchell Shire to care for my children or can I drop them off at their house to be cared for?
Yes, but only if you are require them to care for your children for one of the permitted reasons – ie you need to shop for food and essentials, you require medical care, you need to work or study or to exercise.
I provide care to a member of my family who lives in Mitchell Shire. Can I continue to do so?
Can I go to a second property for the purpose of caring for livestock?
I have written to the Premier today to request the government provide a breakdown of active cases within Mitchell Shire by postcode.
I am hopeful that the government will agree to adopt a more localised approach to restrictions within the shire, as has occurred in Melbourne, if those cases are concentrated in particular areas.
I will keep you up-to-date with any information or response I receive on this front.
NSW BORDER PERMITS
Please note that Service NSW now has information on how to apply for a border permit, as well as more detail on exemptions for people who may need to cross the border into NSW.
That information is available here.