Mitchell Shire COVID-19

Mitchell freed after Ryan pushes government over exposure sites

13 October 2021

Mitchell Shire residents will be released from lockdown at midnight tonight, almost four weeks after they were plunged into a seven-day lockdown.

Local MP and deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan repeatedly called on the Andrews Government to loosen the shackles on Mitchell Shire, asking them to provide the community with the rationale behind the lockdown – questions that remain unanswered.

“Finally, there is some good news for Mitchell Shire residents, three and a half weeks after they were plunged into what was supposed to be a seven-day lockdown,” Ms Ryan said.

“This is not a moment too soon. Mitchell residents have been left to watch as other shires, which have dozens of exposure sites, including tier one sites, have been free to go about their business.

“Not a single tier one exposure site was identified in the shire when the lockdown was called nor during the lockdown, despite a growth in case numbers.

“Communities were given no pathway and no direction from the government as to when the current lockdown would end.”

Ms Ryan asked the Health Minister a series of questions in Parliament about the easing of restrictions in Mitchell Shire last week.

“Common sense has prevailed with the government still unable to answer simple questions as to how they continue to make such illogical decisions.

“Areas like Shepparton and Latrobe are in similar if not worse COVID environments than Mitchell and yet they were able to exit lockdowns on time.

“The government has completely bungled their road to COVID normal, and these nonsensical decisions are symptomatic of this.

“I’d like to congratulate the Mitchell Shire community for pulling together and supporting each other through another really tough lockdown.

“My focus will continue to be making sure the government remains accountable to National Cabinet and provides a real plan to get us out of this mess.”

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