Mornington Peninsula restrictions Update

By 06/10/2020Local News
Mornington peninsula

Current restrictions on the Mornington Peninsula

 

To find out how many infections we have on the Mornington Peninsula, click on the interactive map on the DHHS website.
Thank you to the Mornington Peninsula community for following the rules and keeping each other safe. This week important changes to the restrictions have been introduced including lifting the curfew.

There are still only four reasons to leave home (permitted work/study, care/caregiving, essential shopping, and exercise). Continue to wear a face mask every time you leave home (unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so) and stay within 5km of your home. You can also leave home in the case of an emergency, including escaping family violence.

Enjoy catching up with friends and family again (up to five people from a maximum of two households), but remember no hugs or kisses yet, please and keep practicing good hygiene ☺️

Changes to our services

  • Tips are open for people living within 5km to dispose of garden waste only. All waste vouchers for the 19/20 financial year have been automatically extended until 31 December 2020. Did you know you can use your vouchers for kerbside waste collection?  A hard and/or green waste collection can be booked by calling us on 5950 1406
  • The Briars is now open to vehicles.

Libraries

  • Our library can deliver books to your doorstep via a contactless delivery service
  • Return chutes are open between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
  • All current loans have been renewed until Saturday 7 November.

Changes to restrictions

Socialising

  • Up to five people from a maximum of two households can meet in a public space outdoors for social interaction, exercise or recreation for a maximum of two hours and within 5km of their homes (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap)
  • People living alone or single parents can nominate one person with whom they can form a ‘single social bubble’. A bubble allows you to visit each other for social interaction. Single parents with dependents who cannot be left alone are allowed to include their dependents in the bubble. Mornington Peninsula (metropolitan Melbourne) residents can only form a bubble with someone in metropolitan Melbourne, not regional Victoria.
  • If the person you nominate to be in your bubble lives with other people, you can only visit if they are home alone. Alternatively, they can visit you at home.

Outdoor recreation

  • Limit outdoor recreation to two hours per day total, split into a maximum of two sessions
  • Outdoor recreation must be within 5km of your home or work
  • Outdoor exercise with a personal trainer is allowed with up to two people per trainer
  • Outdoor pools can open
  • Go to the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning’s website for a comprehensive overview of activities and access to public land.

Childcare and school

  • Parents/carers no longer need a permit to send their little ones to childcare. Kindergarten programs return in term 4
  • You can leave your home to care for children and enter another person’s home for this purpose. This applies to all children, not just those of permitted workers
  • In term 4, from 12 October, there will be a phased return for onsite learning for prep to grade 6, VCE (Y11-12 or those doing VCE or VCAL subjects) and special schools
  • For secondary students, remote and flexible learning continues when term 4 resumes, except for year 11-12
  • The 5km limit does not apply to child care, school, and health care.

Work

  • If you can, you must continue to work from home
  • If you can’t work from home you need a permitted worker permit
  • Private inspections for residential real estate can resume (specific restrictions apply)
  • Visit Creating a COVID-safe workplace on the Business Victoria site
  • The 5km limit does not apply to work.

New outdoor dining on the Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula Shire has introduced extended footpath trading and a new ‘parklets’ program to support local restaurants and cafes as COVID-19 restrictions ease over spring and summer.

Parklets and other additional outdoor dining space will be crucial for the Peninsula’s food businesses to re-open and remain profitable while complying with social distancing measures and space restrictions.

Parklets are temporary outdoor dining spaces set up by businesses on car parking spaces outside shopfronts. They use seating and planting to create a welcoming space to sit and dine while allowing for increased social distancing.

They will provide a much-needed economic boost to our local food businesses after months of business restrictions and a welcome opportunity for people to reconnect socially outdoors while supporting local businesses.

The Shire is working closely with chambers of commerce and traders to identify practical places for parklets in our townships’ shopping strips. This includes areas such as Main Street, Mornington, and Point Nepean Road in Dromana and Rye.

The new outdoor dining areas will be rolled out as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow.

Food businesses are encouraged to submit an expression of interest for extended outdoor dining and find out what they can do to prepare for a permit application.

Testing at home for vulnerable people

Call-to-Test service is available for people who have coronavirus symptoms and cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons.

The Call-to-Test service is available to:

  • people with an injury, chronic health issue, or frailty affecting mobility
  • people with moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability
  • people with moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified as a psychosocial disability
  • carers for a person with moderate to severe disability.

Call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398  and select option 9 to find out if you are eligible for this service.

Council elections

Council elections are held every four years. The next Mornington Peninsula Shire Council election will be held Saturday 24 October 2020.

Find out how to vote and view the candidates. 

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Coronavirus testing

If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, however mild, you should get tested. Symptoms can include: fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

For further advice call the 24-hour Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your general practitioner or use the State Government’s online self-assessment tool.

Testing is free if done through a public health facility or GP offering bulk billing.

Peninsula Testing Clinics

Rosebud Hospital: A Coronavirus Screening Clinic is now open at Rosebud Hospital. The clinic, located in Eleanora House at the front of the Rosebud Hospital site, is open daily 10am-6pm.

Frankston Hospital: Open daily from 10am-6pm at 12 Hastings Road, Frankston.

Atticus Health Medical Clinic Hastings: COVID-19 testing at the clinic carpark. Tests are by appointment only.

Rosebud Respiratory Clinic at the Rosebud Skin Cancer Centre: COVID-19 testing at the clinic. Tests are by appointment only.

 

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