Big changes coming as we learn to ‘camp with Covid’

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Camping at Sorrento foreshore
Camping at Sorrento foreshore and elsewhere will be a little different. PIC: Mornington Peninsula Shire

As Australia eventually learns to live with Covid, it is pretty clear that it is going to have a big impact on the way grey nomads travel.

On Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, it has just been revealed that campers bubbles’ at council managed campgrounds will be assigned toilets and need a secret code to gain access.

The measure is part of a plan to create “camping bubbles’ at the foreshore sites Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Property and Commercial Services manager Nathan Kearsley told the Herald-Sun that the bubbles would help with contact tracing.

“Amenity block codes will be issued on a section by section basis so there is a different code for each block, issued only to users in that camping section,” he said.

The blocks would be cleaned three times a day and QR check ins required.

The council currently hopes to open campgrounds on November 5 when people in Victoria are allowed to travel to holiday accommodation.

While caravan parks and campgrounds in regional Victoria are already allowed to open to regional guests, many are waiting until next month to start the season.

Phillip Island’s Anchorage Park owner Stewart Hilton told the Herald-Sun that it still wasn’t clear what restrictions would be in place for campgrounds and caravan parks.

“I don’t know if we can only accept guests who have been fully vaccinated,” he said. “It would be very hard to police … people have visitors come to their sites and many don’t bother to check in at the office first.”

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