Peninsula welcomes latest easing of restrictions 31 May 2020

Peninsula Shire welcomes latest easing of restrictions

The Mornington Peninsula Shire has welcomed the latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Premier on Sunday 24 May.

Today, Tuesday 26 May, playgrounds, skateparks, outdoor gym equipment and park assets such as furniture and BBQs will all progressively re-open for a maximum of 10 people (and then 20 people from 11.59pm. on 31 May).

We urge everyone to remain vigilant and cautious and to observe the physical distancing rules and practice good hygiene while being out and about and spending time with anyone they do not live with.

The easing of restrictions is a sign that we are slowly and cautiously heading in the right direction. This is welcome news to our local businesses, and in particular the tourism and hospitality sector, major employers in our region.

From 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May, these local measures will come into effect:

  • Libraries, youth centres and other community facilities may be able to open, if they need to operate and can do so with 20 people in a single area that complies with the social distance rules.*
  • Men’s sheds and arts and crafts classes can resume.*
  • Entertainment and cultural venues like galleries, museums, drive-in cinemas and historic sites can open.*
  • Swimming pools can also open with limits of 20 people and additional safety requirements in place.*
  • Community sporting activities will also be permitted with up to 20 people in undivided spaces, provided the sport is outdoors, non-competition, non-contact, and people are able to play 1.5 metres apart.
  • Non-food and drink market stalls can open.
  • Overnight stays can resume at private residences as can overnight stays in tourism accommodation.
  • Campgrounds and caravan parks can open –communal facilities like kitchens or bathrooms will remain closed. Shire camping season proposed to re-open in October 2020.
  • Up to 20 people allowed at weddings – plus the celebrant and couple.
  • Up to 50 people allowed at a funeral, in addition to those required to conduct the ceremony.
  • Up to 20 people will be allowed at other religious ceremonies, in addition to those required to perform the service.
  • All outdoor gatherings can also increase to 20 people.
  • You can have a total of 20 people in your home. For a family of four, that means 16 visitors.
  • For those able to work from home, you must keep working from home – at least until the end of June.

Please note:

*Opening dates and times may vary.

Physical distancing rules of 1.5m and 4m2 per person apply

Further updates from the State Government are expected on 22 June.

Victorian Government updates on the easing of restrictions

Shire information on what the easing of restrictions means locally


Artists and creatives on the Mornington Peninsula now have a new digital place to call home – the Shire’s brand-new arts and culture website. The website gives local artists an opportunity to promote their work and connect with audiences online.

But the online hub isn’t limited to arts professionals – anyone can access and enjoy activities, workshops, performances and events, from Peninsula Chamber Musicians’ live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 to online ukulele lessons and children’s collage workshops.

The website was launched as part of the recently adopted Arts and Culture Plan and is designed to advocate for and promote Peninsula based artists, arts organisations and creative practitioners. It also provides information about the Shire’s networking and professional development opportunities, grants and funding and other Shire initiatives in line with the Plan.

The arts industry has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic. Venues, studios, education institutions and businesses have closed, depriving artists of income streams and the community of creative experiences beneficial to their health and wellbeing.

Artists and arts audiences are moving online to connect with other creatives and new and old audiences. To enable this connection the Shire fast-tracked the development of the new website, with the goal of creating an online environment for the arts to flourish.

Visit the new website and sign up to receive the e-newsletter at:

Beautiful Briars reopens to the public

Peninsula residents can finally stretch their legs at The Briars, Mount Martha again. The gates have opened and visitors are invited to explore the wildlife sanctuary, community forest, lawns, and gardens and visit Angus and Rose for take away.

While the public toilets are open, the Nursery, Eco Living Display Centre, Outdoor Education Camp, Visitor Centre, Astronomical Society, and Josephine’s Restaurant remain closed. The Nursery offers an ‘order and pick up’ service.

If you have not visited the Briars yet, why not plan a trip and enjoy fresh air, native wildlife and explore our popular heritage park?


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