Melburnians have been given a strict warning not to leave town to stay in their vacation homes because they can endanger coastal communities.
Victoria registered 218 cases of coronavirus on Saturday as the state struggles through a second wave of infections.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews ordered Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to the north of the state under phase 3 restrictions.
He also strictly specified that those with a holiday home in regional or coastal areas should not move to those areas.
An empty Spring Street can be seen with a lone taxi and tram on July 9, 2020 in Melbourne
People see face masks while shopping at Queen Victoria Market on July 11
However, there are fears that some Melburnians have already escaped to their holiday homes, which could cause a spike of coronavirus cases in parts of Victoria’s regional and coastal areas.
Victorian Senator Sarah Henderson labeled regional areas a “ true safe haven ” and urged locals to report vacation home owners who are not doing the right thing.
“We cannot afford to endanger that. I urge local residents in Victoria Regional to report any suspected violation of restrictions to the police, ”she said. Herald Sun..
Queenscliff Council, on the Bellarine Peninsula in southern Victoria, has notified all Melburnains who have decided to stay in their holiday home that they continue to comply with the same home rules.
People are only allowed to leave their home for four reasons: work, education, necessary groceries and medical help.
Queenscliff companies may also decline service to those whose main address is in Melbourne, a spokesperson told the publication.
Ali Wastie, general manager of the Bass Coast Council, has encouraged locals to report to Melbourne residents who are not leaving or arriving from their holiday home, particularly in the Phillip Islands (photo)
Ali Wastie, general manager of the Bass Coast Council, has encouraged locals to report to Melbourne residents who are not leaving or arriving at their holiday home, especially in the Phillip Islands.
“School holidays end and it is not acceptable for people to extend their holidays. We should see a significant drop in numbers. . . there is no reason for people to be at their vacation home, ”she said.
The Geelong Council, which includes Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, and the Surfcoast Shire, which includes Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne, and East Gippsland with Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota, have also been notified to report Melbourne residents.
Police can be seen outside the Alfred Street residential tower, which remains under strict shutdown in North Melbourne on Saturday, July 11
There are currently 1249 active cases known in the state.
Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, in the north of the state, have since gone back to phase 3 lockdown and the state is fighting through a second wave.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 9,553
New South Wales: 3474
Western Australia: 634
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 113
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 9,553
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 1287
Residents are only allowed to leave their home for four reasons, including: exercising, working, buying essentials, and getting medical help.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews reminded all Victorians that “we are here together” as they work to contain the virus.
“As difficult and challenging as it is, we cannot deny the reality of the situation we are facing, nor can we pretend that we are doing something other than following the rules,” he said.
People who are locked are also encouraged to wear face masks if the safe distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.
“Due to an abundance of caution, because it is relatively simple, we have to ask all Victorians when they are out of their house, and this mainly concerns the metropolis of Melbourne and Mitchell Shire … it is our request from you (to wear a mask), ‘said Mr Andrews on Friday.
“It’s not mandatory, we’re just asking that if you can wear a mask you can’t distance yourself from, that’s exactly what we want you to do.
“That’s a relatively small contribution, but one that can really make a big difference.”
The state government has already ordered two million reusable masks and one million single-use masks for the communities to slow down the spread of the deadly virus.