As Victoria records its 10th consecutive day of zero new Covid-19 cases and the ring of steel around Melbourne now dismantled, it would be easy to assume that it would soon be ‘business as usual’ as far as camping in the state is concerned.
However, there remain a high degree of caution.
Indeed, the hugely popular Mornington Peninsula area is to ban camping at shire campsites until February 2021, amid fears of a potential new outbreak of the coronavirus.
The shire’s CEO, John Baker, said the decision was made after careful consideration of the state government’s roadmap.
“Even as we hopefully move from step three into the last step of the roadmap and then Covid-normal, social distancing, density quotients, group sizes and a range of other measures will still be required,” he told 9News. “One of our major concerns is the transmission risk from people having to use the shared toilet and shower amenity blocks.”
The Mornington Peninsula Shire manages foreshore camping along the natural foreshore reserves in Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento.
An update on the reopening of foreshore camping will be provided in January.
Mr Baker insistent the ‘prudent approach’ was consistent with the Chief Health Officer’s advice which he said had underpinned the decision.
He told 9News that, while the council was disappointed the camping season has to be postponed, it was a necessary step to keep the community safe.
Areas usually occupied by campers will be made available for use by the public for picnics and other outdoor activities. Beachgoers will also be able to use the space to maintain social distancing requirements when beaches are busy.
Caravan parks are open across regional Victoria and Premier, Daniel Andrews, has urged Victorians to holiday in the state over the summer to help revive the local economy.
The NSW border with Victoria is due to open on November 23.